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Panama Marine Adventures

Via Porras y Calle Belen, No. 106, Panama City, Panama
507-226-8917
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Ranked #36 of 86 activities in Panama City
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Panama Marine Adventures is the leader tour operator in Panama Canal Tours aboard the MV Pacific Queen. We offer two options to experience the Panama... more » Owner description: Panama Marine Adventures is the leader tour operator in Panama Canal Tours aboard the MV Pacific Queen. We offer two options to experience the Panama Canal and its history up close. The Partial Transit tour has a duration of 4 to 5 hours. It goes through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, underneath the Bridge of the Americas and Centennial Bridge and Gaillard Cut. The Full Transit tour has a duration of 8 to 9 hours. You will transit through the three set of locks: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks, commencing in Pacific Ocean and ending in the Atlantic Ocean.In both options you will observe some of the works that are being held for the Canal's expansion. « less
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Nipomo, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A couple of things went wrong, admittedly some on my part, and some I believe on the part of Panama Marine Adventures. I self-booked my partial transit tickets online through their website and the process was fairly easy. On second look, the website gives schedules and times and says that they are subject to change. The printed out boarding pass... More

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Chicago
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Took the partial trip through the Canal. Reservations and check in was very professional. The bus to Gamboa was a luxury tour bus. However, when we boarded the vessel it was not the 300 passenger Pacific Queen so heavily advertised but a boat half it's size with only open seating in the heat and not the enclosed air conditioned seating... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We booked a partial transit with Panama Marine Adventures. We rode in a bus to Gamboa where we then boarded a boat. The seats under shade went quickly, luckily those of us in direct sun had packed sunscreen and hats, but it would have been handy to have known full sun seats may be the only seats left beforehand. There... More

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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Very nice trip. It has been said before, the lunch sequence is determined by colour wrist bands, and indeed if you go southbound from Gamboa to the Pacific ocean and you are in the first group you could miss your lunch (which is nothing special to begin with, but that´s beside the point) We stayed on deck during the crossing... More

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UK
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23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

I am explaining about the wrist bands as this was the only thing I would change. We arrived early to check in and so were the first group. On our trip we started in Gamboa so had to have lunch straight away during transiting the cut. Had we a choice we would have eaten later during a lock transit. Gus... More

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Rockyford, Ab
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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We are in Panama for several weeks & wanted to see the canal without taking a cruise. THIS IS THE WAY TO GO!!! We had PBA Tours book for us & deliver us to the dock at Gatun Lake. From there we came thru the Pedro Miguel & Miraflores Locks to the Pacific, docking at Flamenco Marina off the causeway.... More

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Venice, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We took Panama Marine Adventures Partial Canal Transit based on the recommendation in Fodor's Guide. Overall it was a great experience, and I would highly recommend this operation over the other one providing transits. We were accompanied by the other operator's boat during the whole transit. Our boat was clean, and there was plenty of both inside and outside seating... More

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Washington, D.C.
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46 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Let me get the negatives of this trip out of the way first: A full transit is quite expensive. They only take place once a once and the boat is packed. The food is awful and most of the staff unfriendly. The bus back from Colon is old and uncomfortable Having said that, I could not image visiting Panama and... More

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Bocas Town, Panama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

You of course have to see the canal when you visit Panama. But the day we booked changed to a full day in staid of a half day tour. The full day tour makes a full transit which could be interesting, but it just takes too long: 13 hours... The trip costs $180 ($135 for a half day/transit). I think... More

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Netherlands
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107 reviews 107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

First of all, the Panama canal tour is a must, a great experience and this company did a good job. The best thing, guide Gus who has an enormous knowledge which he leveraged both in English and Spanish in a very relaxed way. Food was below average, both breakfast and lunch, free sodas, coffee and water, well, the trip costs... More

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