Monkey Island

Monkey Island, Panama City: Address, Phone Number, Monkey Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Monkey Island
4.5
Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.
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2-3 hours
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Jess1818
Sarasota, FL84 contributions
Jan 2022
Monkey Island was great. It's actually many islands that tour companies have been going to for a while so the monkeys are very used to seeing people. The tour guides will likely have food you can feed them and they will happily come onto the boat to get it. The monkeys were clean and looked healthy. Great for kids!
Written January 10, 2022
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60 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We took a boat to Monkey Island and had a blast. The owner takes great care of the monkeys and ensures they are well looked after. I’d highly recommend.
Written January 5, 2022
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TJ E
Kansas City, MO301 contributions
Dec 2021
Very cool place to visit. You get there via boat. The guides know where to find them. They will come right on the boat and take the treats (bananas/peanuts work well) from you and head to the trees to eat. Pretty cool.

You also go right up the Canal next to the huge ships!
Written December 29, 2021
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georgiaw829
South Ogden, UT45 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited at least five different islands and saw several different kinds of monkeys. It was great fun to spot them. Some of them are not shy at all and came right onto our boat to get food.
Written December 18, 2021
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Travis Hotz
Iowa City, IA37 contributions
Nov 2021
My suggestion is to find a taxi driver to take you here because they'll offer you a much better experience than signing up with an excursion company. I would also suggest taking bananas with you because the monkeys will jump on your boat and it's an incredible experience.
Written December 4, 2021
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Wendy R
7 contributions
Oct 2021
A boat trip down the canal to the island was very interesting and make sure you take some fruit with you as the monkeys then come onto the boat and eat out your hands
Written October 26, 2021
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Erin A
Atlanta, GA5 contributions
Sep 2021
We took this trip while in Panama and had a great time. We did a morning trip, leaving on the boat around 9a. It was raining in the beginning but ended up clearing for most of the trip. Luckily the boats do have a canopy but I recommend brining a poncho just in case. And bug spray!
Like many reviewers have posted before me, the monkeys come right onto the boat for some nibbles. It was great! They were gentle, grabbed their food and went back to the trees. Saw a mom carrying a little baby, too.
In addition to the monkeys, we saw a lot of birds, Toucan, Iguana, Capybara and a small gator. It was also pretty spectacular to see the giant ships passing through the canal up close.
Written September 12, 2021
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Leti12
Windsor Mill, Md24 contributions
Aug 2021
First of all to get to Monkey Island you must travel by boat across and along the Panama Canal, which is an adventure in-and-of itself! Make sure you have a guide who is familiar with the operation of the Canal so that you can get the most out of the trip to the Island. Spending time with the monkeys is absolutely AMAZING! They will join you on the boat especially if there are bananas and citrus fruits involved. They eat the bananas (of course) and "wash up" with the citrus fruits. The citrus fruits help them to get rid of skin irritation and insects. It's one of the cutest things I've ever seen to watch them "wash" from head to toe with a piece of lime or orange!
Written August 8, 2021
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Jane C
Missouri City, TX4 contributions
Jul 2021
Mario provided a wonderful experience. We were picked up at our hotel at 6:40am and returned around 11am. We saw howler, capuchin, and tamarin monkeys, as well as, a sloth with a baby. The capuchin and tamarin monkeys came on the boat. We also enjoyed seeing the large ships in the canal/lake. This tour was the highlight of our trip.
Written July 28, 2021
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Emily L
Victorville, CA22 contributions
Jul 2021
The boat ride was great! The breeze refreshing. However we seen 1 monkey, and were not allowed close to it.
Written July 26, 2021
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