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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Madison, Georgia
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Montreal, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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
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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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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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125 reviews 125 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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