We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find...

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find hidden islands where Capuchin and Howler monkeys can be seen leaping in the trees above. Occasionally, they become curious of visitors and venture down to take a closer look. This Panama Canal tour provides a unique opportunity for viewing wild monkeys in their natural habitat. Other animals you might spot on this tour includes Two and Three-toed Sloths, Crocodiles, and turtles that are native to Gatun Lake. The boat ride to and from the island passes through the Panama Canal, giving you the chance to spot huge container ships during their passage across the world.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 35 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
Monkey Island

It was fun to get on a boat on Chagras River to watch for monkeys in the so-called Monkey Island in the rainforest. Lucky to see spider monkeys and tamarind monkeys. Our tour... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Margaret C
Bethesda, Maryland
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 30: English reviews
Norfolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

A great experience! If you're afraid of monkeys sit in the middle seat, not on the side! We were glad we went.

Thank Union502
Bethesda, Maryland
Level Contributor
500 reviews
200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

It was fun to get on a boat on Chagras River to watch for monkeys in the so-called Monkey Island in the rainforest. Lucky to see spider monkeys and tamarind monkeys. Our tour guide threw some fruits (banana and grapes) on the front of the boat and the tamarind monkeys were brave enough to jump into our boat to eat... More 

Thank Margaret C
Level Contributor
93 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This was sort of a let down. We booked it thru the hotel for about $38 per person. About 15 minutes up and 15 minutes back. Enjoyed more of the info on the Canal than the wildlife. We found out later that some other tours from the same place actually let the monkeys go into the boat and you feed... More 

Torrance, California
Level Contributor
605 reviews
506 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The guide and captain knew how to call the monkeys. When they made noises, monkeys came and took bananas. You will have 10 minutes or less to watch them. Very cute.

Thank minimize940314
Stratford, Canada
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

The boat tour stopped in 2 areas where we were able to see 2 kinds of monkeys, baby Caimans and a Jesus Christ lizard. Very cool if you are an animal lover! Remember to take bananas with you!

1 Thank cindy h
Staten Island, New York
Level Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Has a terrific time. We arrived minutes before the tour started and were booked immediately. We took a small bus to the dock where we boarded a boat (with life vests) for our tour. Our tour director explained everything and we pulled up to the island and saw the different types of monkeys. They will come right on the boat... More 

Thank Mike O
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

We took this boat trip to see the Monkeys. So firstly, note that it is in Gamboa closer to the city than Gatun Lake, where most of the searches in Google or Trip Advisor come up but its about 1 hour from Panama City/Playa Bonita area vs. 2+ hours to Gatun. The resort you leave from is beautiful for sure.... More 

3 Thank justaguyNyc
Toledo, Ohio
Level Contributor
74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

To clarify rightcoastgirl's previous review, I think she did a boat tour with a different company. This specifically is related to the monkey boat tour with Gamboa Rainforest resort, which is $37 per person, as another has mentioned. They call it the Gatun lake trip, since there is no guarantee of seeing monkeys. I really wanted to see monkeys and... More 

2 Thank Visa711
baltimore, md
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

This trip can be overrated. It is an amazing thing to see the monkeys up close and for the most part you do. I do recommend as others have commented that you go first thing in the morning. There are quite a variety of monkeys - capuchin, tamarind, and howler monkeys. Make sure you use a reputable company because the... More 

1 Thank rightcoastgirl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

We were able to have a private tour that included a boat tour and then on to Monkey Island. Seeing the monkeys in their natural habitat was fascinating. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the monkeys and their environment. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Panama.

Thank DeeDeeR57

Travellers who viewed Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour also viewed

Panama City, Panama Province

Been to Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?