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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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We merely circled the island by raft. We were able to see some wildlife, but no monkeys. On a prior trip, I did see monkeys. This is a lovely setting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Oh, those cheeky monkeys! They really want your fruit! They gambol through the trees and sometimes seem to pose for the camera. Such tiny expressive faces.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Monkey Island boat tour on our recent family trip to Panama. It was an amazing experience for all of us, especially for the kids! We started out at the Gamboa docks, passed several large ships as we went through the canal on our way to the Monkey Islands. The first island the boat went up to had... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We merely circled the island by raft. We were able to see some wildlife, but no monkeys. On a prior trip, I did see monkeys. This is a lovely setting.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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 June 27, 2016 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 June 26, 2016

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 June 24, 2016 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 June 24, 2016

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 June 20, 2016

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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