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Monkey Island

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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 5073902322
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Interact with monkeys

The monkeys were clearly used to human interaction and it was fun to be able to hand feed them as they came onto your boat... spread out between 3 islands, you get to see a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our visit to Monkey Island was early in the morning before traffic on the water became too heavy. We fed the monkeys grapes and bananas (healthy food) in moderation, but they climbed on the boat and took food out of our hands. Feeding the monkeys that close was so fascinating and their colors/appearance was so striking. This is a fun... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monkeys were clearly used to human interaction and it was fun to be able to hand feed them as they came onto your boat... spread out between 3 islands, you get to see a few varieties.

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Heywood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went round a few of the islands in the lake and managed to see 3 different species of monkeys, 2 of which came down close to our boat. Also saw lizards, iguanas and some were lucky to see a croc.

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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Toured by small boat some of Islands along the Panama Canal, which used to be totally on dry land, until the lake was formed. The monkeys on the Island have been there a long time and have been spoiled by the tourists who bring banana to them. They jump on the boat to get them and it is great to... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the monkeys they came on the boat and stood there for people taking pictures great place!!!The guide was very nice let you move up closer if you asked him. Very polite.

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new hartford ct.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I, on a recent trip to Panama, decided to checkout, the Panama Canal. So you meet your driver early. Like 8 am. I think the trip to where you get the boat, takes about 1 - 1 1/4 hrs to get to. I think its called the Gambio Resort. This was originally buildt, to house the canal... More 

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Chiriqui Province, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I recommend this tour for day trip excursion from Panama-City before to visit the Miraflores locks. You can go either with a tour company, Gamboa resort but for a more private and local experience I suggest you to go to the boat ramp and ask for a tour... You will enjoy to be on the canal, observe the ship and... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We stopped here on a private boat tour of Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal; the white faced capuchin monkeys are cute and very friendly; our guide hand-fed some banana pieces to them and they were quite thrilled to get food!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The two tours we took with Garceth-- Monkey Island and Embera Village -- were the highlights of our 2 weeks in Panama. Speaking in this review only of Money Island, Garceth, an Embera Indian, shared his intimate knowledge of the animals, flora, fauna, and history in a fun exciting way., Educated in the US as a naturalist, he made the... More 

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Oshawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Part of our Eco Tour of the canal excursion with Adventuras 2000 tours, we stopped at Monkey Island to feed a few monkeys who were willing to board the ship to grab some fruits from us. Unfortunately, one visitor on our group threw all her bananas on the island so the monkey found it safer to grab these ones than... More 

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