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Monkey Island

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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
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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Lots of wildlife

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Chesley, Canada
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Chesley, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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327 attraction reviews
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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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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Aurora
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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We were staying at the Bamboa Rainforest Resort and took the boat tour to Monkey Island. The boat ride was very nice cruising along with the freighters in the canal. The dedging boats were amazing and the piping used to moving the dirt/rocks was interesting, Monkey Island does have monkeys and some will come down to the boat lured by... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We booked the Jungle Land tour, and our guide took us by boat to Monkey Island. We sat still in the boat, the guide gave us peanuts, and the monkeys came right onto the roof of the boat, leaned over and grabbed the peanuts from us! It was so funny to see and their little faces are so cute. We... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

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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