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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced...
Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

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Interesting species of Monkeys

I paid close to $40 to take a boat from the Gamboa Rain Forest area. I saw Capuchin monkeys like that one on the Night At the Museum movies. and Tamarind monkeys that looked like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Globetrotter10079
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Seattle, Washington
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The sounds of the monkey were there but Im not sure that there were any real monkey A nasty little boat ride , better spend the day at the beach or climbing the observation tower. Rent a private boat and tour the lake.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I paid close to $40 to take a boat from the Gamboa Rain Forest area. I saw Capuchin monkeys like that one on the Night At the Museum movies. and Tamarind monkeys that looked like faces of birds. Most of them came on the boat.to get good pics. Expect the trip on the boat to be very windy. The people... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Feeding wild monkeys was not up there on my bucket list. However, others in our group (especially the nine-year-old) were interested in doing this. We went with Lumo Tours and Luis really knew what he was doing. It turned into a highlight of our Panama trip. The monkeys are adorable and this was unquestionably a unique and enjoyable experience, including... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We took the tour using Urban Adventures and we certainly got our money's worth and more! Our tour guide was Ross Alford and he was very informative and knowledgeable about the habits and routines of the various monkeys. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Madison, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We took theMonkeyIsland tour while our ship turned around in Gatun Lake. It was quite the adventure for us. We got in a boat after a short bus ride . When we got to our boat for our tour it was not tough for the handicapped person . Once in the ride was fun. Saw lots of monkeys in the... More 

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Chesley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The boat tour to visit 2 Monkey Islands allowed us to see 2 different types of monkeys, as well as a crocodile, an iguana and many different birds ( Snail Eating kites, Toucans, Frigate Birds, etc) Bring your camera!

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Ridgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We took the Monkey Island tour at Gatun Lake offered through the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. It seemed a bit rushed, and probably was. We discovered that the boat had to get back in time for two couples who had signed up for the Aerial Tram tour offered by the same resort. Our tour lasted exactly one hour. We were better... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Took a Jungle Island Tour- a #, not person- really enjoyed the lake "tour" part b/c we got to see BIG boats up close in person as they waited their turn in Canal. As the Jungle Boats weaved-in and out- of mini islands looking for monkeys (only one spotted by tourist in boat, not the disinterested Spanish speaking boat driver)-... More 

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Ucluelet, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This tour was offered through the Cruise ship. The ship anchor's in the lake and you get off and go on an hours bus ride. You then board the smaller tour boat. The boat seats about 25 persons. The tour takes you into the main channel. You travel for about 20 minutes to an area were there are several small... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Thankfully this tour worked out very well for us. I can see how this could be a risk. Our tour was on the expensive side but it also included lunch, transportation and a few other elements beside monkey island. We chose an early start which is wise in the rainy season apparently because when we were done and waiting for... More 

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