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Monkey Island

Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #28 of 58 attractions in Panama City
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Islands
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took a boat into the canal, which took us to a place called Monkey Island. We thought the name was an exaggeration. It wasn't. The monkeys literally jumped into our boat. It was fantastic!

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Canyon Country
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After a short 15 minute boat ride from Gamboa nature resort we arrived at Monkey Island. We did come upon a sun bathing crocodile however no Monkeys. We were told that they were probably napping. If you sell a pricey ticket to go see Monkeys then you should not sell them during nap time. With the time constraint they did... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We had somewhat low expectations of seeing monkeys and other critters, based on other reviews but we saw lots of cool animals/reptiles! We were in a small boat, with a total of three guests, a tour guide, the tour guide we hired to drive us to Gatun Lake, and the boat driver. They guides and the driver know their stuff!... More

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Honolulu
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Otherwise forget it. One or two monkeys come down to boat to take banana slices. Many boats visit so later in day monkeys not very interested. If you must go, take a boat with few people

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MN
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We took 2 small boats over to Monkey Island as part of a Caravan Tour of Panama. It was quite a ways to go, but very enjoyable, as the weather was beautiful. We saw several monkeys high up in the trees, they were very active. I wish I had had binoculars, but then we pulled up to the island and... More

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Buffalo, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a fantastic tour that brings you into a working research facility on an island that was created when the canal work created Lake Gatun. We started by boarding the boat which brings the researchers and workers to the island from Gamboa. During the trip across Lake Gatun we passed container ships traversing the canal and overheard scientist discussing... More

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Miami, Florida
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18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

2014: Monkey Island has ceased to exist in the way it was when I first visited it in 2008. Rather, the tour is now about Gatun Lake. There are still many islands with a variety of animal wildlife that is very interesting. Some of the islands have different monkeys. On a recent trip, the tour guide informed us that the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Definitely the more interesting way to "be in the canal". The boats that take you out there play a neat trick with the monkeys where they put peanuts on the prow of the boat and the monkeys jump in and eat them. Never seen anything like it, but definitely worth your time.

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London
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62 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A long bus ride with great commentary from our guide. We arrived at the dock and were split into two groups. Access to the boat was not easy as the river was bumpy. A high speed ride along the canal was fun but any commentary was drowned out by the engines at the back. The monkey watch was fun and... More

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SF, CA
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We went with the Gamboa Rainforest Resort's tour which is listed as "Gatun Lake Tour". Prior to going, I read a lot of reviews saying the monkeys jump in your boat so I was really excited to get up close and personal with the monkeys but unfortunately, this no longer happens. On the official monkey island, there is only one... More

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