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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

By Panama Marine Adventures

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$145.00
per adult

Ages 0-99, max of 180 per group
Duration: 6h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Roundtrip hotel transfer from selected hotels
  • Sodas and water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • (available for purchase)


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance. The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. You can also contact us at this time.
  • Panama Marine Adventures Tour Office, Flamenco Island, Panamá, Panama Located behind the Duty Free, next to the PANAMA sign.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32283P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32283P3

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Panama Marine Adventures Tour Office
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Panama Marine Adventures
    Stop: 30 minutes
    Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.
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    Pass by
    Centennial Bridge
    Panama Canal
    Bridge of the Americas
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Flyer826264
Flyer826264
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Excellent
Wonderful experience, everything was great, the food, the boat, the pick up back and forth to the hotel was punctua
Departure19954767722
Departure19954767722
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Take your own food!
Very long day but worth the price except the phrases "breakfast and lunch included". I don't consider a banana and
chriistinah525
chriistinah525
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A MUST GO AMAZING
A truly AMAZING EXPERIENCE… This was not my first time transiting the Canal with this company. They are the ABSOLUT
DurangoDoug
DurangoDoug
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Worth doing if you are going to visit Panama City
Great experience if you know the history of the building of the canal. The boat is clean and comfortable. There i
Culture483787
Culture483787
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Great Experience on the Full Transit
This was a wonderful experience and about what I expected. We did the full transit as it had been on my bucket list
stevedG7618SL
stevedG7618SL
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full transit through the canal from Panama to Colon
Great trip on boat, crowded but not unpleasantly so. Transited through Miraflorea locks Gatan Lake and then Gatan
SandyWhite_12
SandyWhite_12
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Fradulent bait and switch
Fraudulent activities by this company. Do not trust them for a second. They advertise, sell and charge full price
Lev740
Lev740
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Fuerte Amador tour from Emerald Princess
Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador tour On December 28, 2022 the Emerald Princess arrived to Panama Canal. We were asked
Readytotravelmorenow
Readytotravelmorenow
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Once in a lifetime experience
Going thru the locks is a once in a lifetime experience. Seeing how the operate- coordinating with the ground pers
Coastal77542
Coastal77542
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
My wife and I took the Panama Marine Adventures tour on January 21, 2023 - having booked it through Trip Advisor. W
Stefanie S
Stefanie S
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Northbound canal tour
This is a very educational tour which we appreciated learning about the canal and seeing it first hand but it was e
rcelnino
rcelnino
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Great experience on the Panama Canal
I recommend this tour for anyone interested in seeing the Panama Canal and staying in Panama City. The tour compan
E8786UIrobertc
E8786UIrobertc
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Traveling the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic with the biggest ships
Amazing day Long Trip. Panama Marine Adventures was Fantastic. You need to know the day starts with a 04:30 hotel p
Victormxh1125
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Very Interesting
This is a tour that I think everyone who goes to Panama should go on. Just no that it's a long day and the process
Dan B
Dan B
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Do the Full Day Cruise!
I did the full transit through the Panama Canal with this company that actually runs the trip (as opposed to being
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Simon L
Germany2 contributions
I was picked up exactly in time, arrived at the boat just before it left and was also picked up again right after entering the harbour - everything was just perfectly planed and the communication via WhatsApp worked out well.
Concerning the tour, it was just an awesome experience: First you could see the landscape surrounding the canal and then we passed the locks on the Pacific side. It's definitely worth spending the money to drive with a boat through the locks, you're a lot closer to the ships and therefore it's way more impressive.
The trip was topped off perfectly with an excellent guide and air-conditioned areas with free sodas and a lunch.
Written December 23, 2021
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,312 contributions
Mar 2022
This was a really excellent experience!

For the Southbound Trip, the bus from Flemenco Marina is large and comfortable and pleasantly air conditioned. It holds about 50 people maximum. For a better shot at the best seats on the boat, sit at the front of the bus; I sat at the back and preferred that as the bus wasn't quite full and there was lots of space back there.

On the outside, the boat has 3 deck areas. The bow area has rather limited seating (considering the number of people). The upper deck, a few steps down from the bow area, has 2 rows of seating with each row having seats facing outward to water and inward toward center (and the other row). This deck also wraps around to the stern of the boat. The 3rd deck area is on the lower deck at the stern and is also a designated smoking area. With a reasonably full load, there aren't quite enough seats to go around - but that won't matter once you get started because most people are up milling around and taking pictures. Position yourself standing at the very front of the bow for the first part of the trip for good pictures. After the boat enters the Pedro Miguel lock (1st lock) you may want to go to the stern to get pictures of whatever large ship will be following you into the lock and of the water level drop where you're up and then down. This is the best lock for pictures, IMHO, because it has the largest drop; the upcoming Miraflores Locks are a set of 2 locks with smaller drops on each one.

Inside there is quite a lot of seating in 3 cabin areas. Immediately off the lower deck at the stern is the entrance to the 1st compartment. Going down some steps takes you to the restrooms and you can go forward to the enclosed bow area with seating or go down a few more steps to another cabin with seating where drinks and lunch is served.

Water and soft drinks are available throughout the trip at no charge; alcoholic beverages are charged for. Lunch is a brown bag affair with everything stored in a cooler for freshness until served. Very nice lunch with a delicious small sub sandwich, generous mixed fruit bowl, and a generous salad. The chocolate chip cookie was great, too!

The guide on the trip I took is a professor of history at a local college who does the guide bit on weekends - and is excellent. He provides a huge amount of great information about the canal and its history in alternating Spanish and English. He is also available with answers to any questions you may have about the canal.
Written March 27, 2022
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Hammbrook
New Jersey541 contributions
It was fun, and educational, to see the canal from a ship on the water as it traverses the canal itself. It is an amazing technological feat. Having said that, it’s a long day with a lot of downtime so you need to go into it with that realization and mindset. There was no commentary on the bus ride to the jump off point, and that is something that can be improved upon. The multilingual narrator on the ship kept everyone’s interest and the lunch actually exceeded expectations. The onboard “snacks” are essentially some chips and candy bars so bring your own if you think the lunch will not suffice.
Written December 27, 2022
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JJH3d
Quito, Ecuador158 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a very nice tour which takes up most of a day. I could not imagine doing the full canal, all day tour -- it would be too long. Lunch is a simple brown bag, which was fine. You're not going for the food.

PROS:

1. Communication and punctuality and organization: The email with the hotel pickup time arrived as promised; driver was right on time; 45 minute ride to the boat; lunch is in orderly phases.

2. Service: The entire staff is outstanding. Our driver (Miguel), the guide on the boat was very knowlegeble and helpful and responsive to questions; the bartender women were quick and efficient. Everyone extremely helpful and pleasant.

3. The boat: Compfortable; plenty of room to move about; decent bathrooms.

4. The Canal experience, easy to get a good view of everything.

CONS (very few):

1. It can be very loud near the speakers and motor. I had ear plugs and tried to stay away from that area. See the photo. They should position smaller speakers all around the boat instead of the four giant, blaring speakers in the middle.

2. There are a couple of times when we had to sit parked for close to an hour, but the boat is at the mercy of Canal authorities, so it is what it is. No big deal.
Written August 29, 2022
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R707
3 contributions
Mar 2023
This was a great trip. The Panama Canal is the primary reason I visited Panama City. The bus trip to the start was fine. The pick-up was at a hotel close to where I was staying. The ship was comfortable and the lunch was good. The best part was, of course, the journey through the canal and the experience of going through the locks. We had a containership journey with us through the locks and also a small sail boat by our side. There was also a larger container ship that made a parallel trip through the new larger locks. The narrator/guide did an amazing job of telling us (in English and Spanish) about the canal and our journey through it. Chatted with a number of friendly & interesting people from around the world that just added to the experience. People who travel are interesting!
Written March 7, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you had a positive experience and that our Panama Canal Tour met your expectations.
Written March 7, 2023
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Vandenra
Allegan, MI8 contributions
The tour involved a boat ride through over half the canal headed to Panama City and transiting through the 3 southern locks (Pedro Miguel and 2 chambers of Miraflores).
A guide provided a lot of interesting information throughout the trip in both English and Spanish. The boat has plenty of space if people wanted open air in the sun or shade or to be in air-conditioning. They provided free water and pop all day with beer for purchase. A nice boxed lunch of a salad, mixed fruits, sandwich and cookie was included.
Riding through the canal was a must do for our trip to Panama and this didn’t disappoint!
Wearing masks throughout the day was the main thing changed due to COVID and that was absolutely manageable for the experience.
Written January 27, 2022
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Jeri C
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Being inside the locks is fantastic. Our guide was fluent in English and Spanish and very informative. Buffet lunch was tasty and pretty good for feeding 220 people. Well organized excursion, the hotel pick up was on time and efficient.
We went through the locks with a 5,000 car roll on roll off Panamax ferry! The 1/2 distance was long enough to get your $$ worth, not so long as to take the whole day. Just right for us.
Written December 5, 2022
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debrak602
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
Well we got to see the Panama Canal and learned some interesting facts but beyond that it was nothing special. The transportation all went smoothly. I was hoping to hear more history and stories about how it was built, the issues that came up with the excavation and a lot more about the workers who came to build it.
Written February 1, 2023
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Patricia
5 contributions
Jan 2020
It was fascinating to be able to experience first hand this marvel of engineering. Our guide Gus was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of keeping the energy up during some lengthy periods while waiting our turn to pass through the locks. I’m so glad I did this, and highly recommend it.
Written January 26, 2020
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WFBTraveler3
Milwaukee, WI195 contributions
Feb 2022
My wife and I booked a southbound one half day transit of the Panama Canal. We had some concerns because of several negative reviews. The tour was wonderful. Not to worry, there was plenty of water, the food, individually packed lunches, was good and there was no overcrowding. Our guide was interesting and provided information on the history of the Canal, of Panama, on shipping and on Canal wildlife. We enter the locks in from of a large container ship and were given a detailed explanation of the process of passing through the locks. Numerous photo opportunities. The temperature was in the 90s but the trip was comfortable, you could go indoors with air-conditioning, stay on deck with an awning or out in the sun. We highly recommend the tour.
Written March 10, 2022
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