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Monkey Island

Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #29 of 59 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is quite expensivre this excursion . You do see monkeys, but apart from the fact they are on an island the difference with a zoo is not so big. The know the boats and by the end of the day are not interested in more bananas. too expensive for seeing a couple of monkeys.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The boat ride was beautiful. We saw 4 different types of monkeys. They came up on the boat to eat fruit. We also saw baby alligator and other animals. I would definitely recommend.

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johnnypanama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Well I went in a friends boat and we saw lots of Spider monkeys that were put there by FSU university as a study....just remember there Wild animals and at no time should you let your guard down....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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