Founded in 1597, Portobelo was once an important port where silver, gold, spices and many other goods were traded from the new world to the old world. Visit the fortresses built by the Spaniards to protect the zone from piracy and learn how these colonies influenced the local culture living in the area today.
Follow the famous route that thousands of cargo ships take each year on a full transit of the Panama Canal. This one-day canal crossing on a shared boat first crosses under the Bridge of the Americas and then navigates through all three sets of the Canal’s locks: the Pedro Miguel Locks, the Miraflores Locks and the Gatun Locks. On this journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic, you will also travel through the historically significant Gaillard Cut, otherwise known as the Culebra Cut, and discover Gatun Lake.
This partial transit of the Panama Canal either follows a southbound or northbound route, depending on the day. On the partial transit, you will pass through two of the Canal’s three sets of locks: Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. The southbound route boards the shared boat in Gamboa and begins at the north end of the historically significant Gaillard Cut, also known as the Culebra Cut.
Located two hours from Panama City by boat, the Pearl Islands is an archipelago of over 200 islands and islets off the Pacific coast. First settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, the Pearl Islands were named for the thousands of pearls found there. Today the islands are best known for their lush vegetation, clear waters, sparsely populated beaches and fascinating marine life. One of the highlights is spotting the amazing humpback whales during their winter migration, from July through November, when they come here to breed and give birth. Watching these magnificent whales is a unique experience and a spectacle not to miss!
The Gulf of Chiriquí Marine Park is a protected area of nearly 58 square miles encompassing 25 islands and 19 coral reefs in the Gulf of Chiriquí, off of Panama’s Pacific Coast. This national park is home to unique coral reefs, marine swamps, and incredibly biodiverse marine ecosystems. Hammerhead sharks, Whitetip reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins, several species of sea turtles, schools of colorful fish, and other aquatic species are frequently seen here.
Bocas Del Toro (meaning “Mouth of the Bull”) is a province of Panama formed by the mainland and nine main islands. Christopher Columbus explored the area in 1502 while searching for the passage to the Pacific Ocean. Columbus’s original name for the island was Isla Del Drago.
On this ecological tour, you will visit a privately owned and operated chocolate farm with botanical gardens. Walk through the lush tropical rainforest, botanical gardens and cacao plantation of the property’s 30 acres, while being introduced to the area’s flora and fauna. Howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, and a wide variety of birds and butterflies can often be seen here.
Bocas Del Toro is one of the best spots for scuba diving in Panama, and its calm conditions, clear Caribbean waters and abundant aquatic biodiversity make it an ideal diving destination. The archipelago is part of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, which is an international park spanning Panama and Costa Rica to protect the area’s rich ecosystems. Bocas Del Toro is also home to Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, the country’s first national marine park.
You will be taken to Playa El Arenal in Pedasí, where our boat will be waiting to take you to Iguana Island, a wildlife refuge 8 kilometers off the coast. The island is famous for its white sand beach, crystal waters, extensive mangrove forests and coral riffs, which include 12 different types of corals that shelter more than 300 species of fish.
Anglers from across the globe flock to Panama’s oceans for its rewarding big game fishing. Year-round fishing is possible along the Pacific coast, where the bait fish are plentiful. One of the best fishing destinations in Panama is the Pearl Islands, located just one hour from Panama City by speedboat. The lush archipelago, named for the thousands of pearls that were found there by Spanish settlers, has a fascinating mix of marine life. Here opportunities abound to catch Dorado, Yellowfish tuna, Blue and Black Marlin, and Snapper, among many other species.