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Whale Watching Panama

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
+507 6758-7600
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Humpback whale watching tours from Panama city and Contadora Island in the...

Humpback whale watching tours from Panama city and Contadora Island in the Pearl islands and trips to Isla Coiba, Panama.

We offer 1 day trips from Panama city, 3 hour, 1 day and multiple day trips in the Pearl islands and multiple day trips to Isla Coiba.

Peak Humpback whale watching season is July to mid-October. In the Pearl islands we have a 99% success rate in seeing the whales.

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Pink Zebra visits Las Pearles & Isla Contadora

Although it's not whale season, we booked with Anne Gordon de Barrigon for a day trip for our group of 68 - we were interested in snorkeling in Las Pearles (also known as the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it's not whale season, we booked with Anne Gordon de Barrigon for a day trip for our group of 68 - we were interested in snorkeling in Las Pearles (also known as the Pearl Islands) What we didn't expect was to come up on a group of false killer whales (not sure of their proper name). They were incredible... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

This tour is just an amazing experience that everyone should do at least once in their life. For me it was just f¿great, we were so lucky to have so much activity that day in the water with differents whales but specially with a baby that was so playful discovering his body. Being guide by Anne is such a nice... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were about 40 people, taking off with a small ferry (catamaran) from Amador Causeway (Balboa Yacht Club) en route to Las Perlas (Pearl Islands). One-way trip takes something around 2 hours. We were lucky to spot whales for a few times, so we stopped and watched them and took several photos both on the way to Las Perlas and... More 

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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Left PTY in drizzling rain but the clouds rolled back for a spectacular day. View of the city, boats lined up for the canal, and of course the whales. Saw mothers with their calves, whales breaching all amidst the spectacular Pearls. Very nice lunch and time for a brief walk around Contadora, before heading back with more whale sightings and... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I can't speak to the specifics of the day trips as I was part of a week-long retreat with Anne (the owner), but I can assure you that she has extensive experience working with all types of animals and knows pretty much all there is to know about cetaceans, in Panama and everywhere else, and is learning more all the... More 

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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Fantastic trip! Diego and Joshua were wonderful, very informative and fun. We saw so many whales, it was absolutely incredible. Highly recommend this company to anyone visiting or living in Panama. Anne and her team are very nice and truly care about the ocean and the whales.

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is our third trip with Anne and first on the Taboga Express. We were on a private tour and returned to Panama City on the Taboga Express, enjoying a very different experience. We were very impressed at how much families were enjoying both their time together as well as seeing the whales and learning more about them. Photography aboard... More 

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Brantford ON
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

We were fortunate to participate in a whale watching trip to see the Humpback whales in July. I was so impressed with the entire Whale Watching Panama team. These creatures are simply amazing! If you have an opportunity to go, don't miss it! You will not regret your experience and you will learn a ton while you're there. Check them... More 

Thank mamaG_10
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102 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

Lunch was also included. The boat (Taboga Express) was very comfortable. Anne is very knowledgeable and interesting.

1 Thank stanvia
Playa Coronado, Panama
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

The new partnership with the Taboga Express Ferry is a winner. The joint venture with Anne's experience and expertise and the new, large comfortable boat made for a memorable all day experience that was thrilling and not fatiguing. The inclusion of a lunch stop on Isla Contadora makes for a perfect excursion experience. If you have tried whale watching from... More 

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