Boating Tours in Panama

No matter where you are in the narrow Isthmus of Panama, you’ll never be far from the sea. This country has both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Boat tours will bring you the Panama’s most popular spots for marine life observation, and to Panamanian islands with pristine, quiet beaches. Some tours combine a boat tour with a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. And don’t forget – a boat tour is the only way to truly experience the Panama Canal, as well as its many locks and lovely lakes.

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Cayo Zapatilla One Day Tour, Panama
Cayo Zapatilla One Day TourBocas Village

This all-day tour takes you to the island of Cayo Zapatilla, which protects some of the wildest parts of Panama’s ecosystem. It is located inside the boundary of the Bastimentos National Marine Park.

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Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Snorkeling
Discover Scuba Diving, Panama
Discover Scuba DivingSanta Catalina

Do you want to try scuba diving but are unsure about plunging into a full certification course? If so, this is the course for you. Discover Scuba, operated by the Panama Dive Center in Santa Catalina, lets you scuba dive without a certification. It’s a great way to learn to use scuba equipment, try diving, and get a quick introduction to the ocean.

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Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Pacific Queen Cruise Tour on Panama Canal, Panama
Pacific Queen Cruise Tour on Panama CanalPanama City

These Pacific Queen tours of the Panama Canal offer travelers an up-close look at the Panama Canal—its locks, cruise ships, islands, and wildlife. Both partial and full transits are available.

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Boat Tours
San Blas One-Day Tour, Panama
San Blas One-Day TourPanama City

This tour introduces you to the Guna, one of Panama’s indigenous groups. They have full control of the white-sand islands and blue waters of San Blas and govern themselves independent of the rest of Panama. On this tour, you’ll visit two of the 365 islands that comprise the archipelago.

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Beach Trip
Boat Tours
Snorkeling
Panama Fishing Tour, Panama
Panama Fishing TourPanama City

On this tour you'll head out into the Pacific Ocean and go either rock or deep-sea fishing. You'll enjoy lovely views and will haul in some seriously impressive fish.

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Boat Tours
Fresh Water Fishing
Half Day City and Canal Tour, Panama
Half Day City and Canal TourPanama City

This half-day tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal provides travelers with an excellent look at some of the area’s best attractions.

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Boat Tours
City Tour
Guided Tours
Contadora Island Ferry, Panama
Contadora Island FerryIsla Contadora

This ferry is a scenic way to get from Panama City to the islands of Contadora and Saboga, which are also known as “Las Perlas.” Las Perlas in English means “The Pearls,” a nickname the islands earned because of their pristine beauty. This is a regular ferry and not a tour boat – it’s simply a lovely way to see the Panama Bay on your way to the islands.

Boat Tours
Pacific Ocean Scuba Diving Tour, Panama
Pacific Ocean Scuba Diving TourPanama City

Get ready to dive near two islands off the Pacific coast of Panama during this tour. You'll leave from Panama City and dive near Taboga Island and Taboguilla Island.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Pacific Ocean Scuba Diving Tour, Panama
Pacific Ocean Scuba Diving TourPanama City

Get ready to dive near two islands off the Pacific coast of Panama during this tour. You'll leave from Panama City and dive near Taboga Island and Taboguilla Island.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Atlantic Ocean Scuba Diving Tour, Panama
Atlantic Ocean Scuba Diving TourPanama City

This tour provides travelers with the opportunity to dive off the Atlantic coast of Panama near the town of Portobelo. You'll take two dives, one of which is near the wreck of an airplane.

Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Complete Transit of the Panama Canal, Panama
Complete Transit of the Panama CanalPanama City

Get ready to experience the Panama Canal as few travelers do. On this tour, you’ll travel through the entire Panama Canal, including its locks and lakes.

Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Leisure
Full Day City and Canal Tour, Panama
Full Day City and Canal TourPanama City

This full-day tour brings visitors to some of the most interesting places around Panama City. You’ll visit Casco Viejo, the Miraflores Locks, the Causeway, and the Biodiversity Museum.

Boat Tours
City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
Jungle Canal Day Tour, Panama
Jungle Canal Day TourPanama City

This tour covers some of the most interesting parts of the Panama Canal. Lake Gatún makes up a 21-mile section of the canal. This area used to be a lush valley – it was flooded to make a manmade lake between 1906 and 1914.

Boat Tours
Fresh Water Fishing
Kayaking
Nature Walk
Partial Transit of the Panama Canal, Panama
Partial Transit of the Panama CanalPanama City

During this tour of the Panama Canal, tour participants will experience three of the of the canal’s most famous features – the Gaillard Cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks, and the Miraflores Locks.

Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Expedition Lake Gatún, Panama
Expedition Lake GatúnGamboa

This tour of Lake Gatún allows travelers to experience the natural wonders of the lake and also get a partial look at the Panama Canal.

Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Deep Board Tour, Panama
Deep Board TourBocas Village

This tour combines snorkeling with a speedy twist. Instead of swimming around the corals, your boat will tow you along as you hang on to a specially designed board. On a deep board tour you’ll see huge schools of fish gathered around coral reefs. The underwater landscape off the coast of Bocas del Toro is varied, and the water is a bright, emerald green.

Boat Tours
Snorkeling
Isla Grande Truck Tour, Panama
Isla Grande Truck TourPanama City

This tour will take you to some of the most interesting scenery and culture of coastal Panama. At the outset of the tour you will explore the city of Portobelo. Then the tour continues with a road trip to the coast, and a boat ride to Grande Island.

Boat Tours
Cultural
Guided Tours




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