Whale Watching – One Day Tours

Tour Overview

New to our day tours we now have available Whale Watching, just in time for the whale season, which is normally June 28th to October 15th, but the word is that they are early and there are already sightings.

Panama City to the Pearl islands

The Pearl islands are located about 35 miles South of Panama city. We will leave Panama city around 8:00 am and head straight out towards the Pearl islands looking for whales and dolphins the entire time. We can stop and snorkel at a reef area also in the Pearls and have lunch on Contadora island at a local restaurant before we head back to Panama city arriving around 5:00 pm. We have a 99% chance of seeing whales on this tour. We use a variety of fast, small yachts for these tours. They have a capacity of 10-14 people maxi- mum and do have a shade/rain cover. We will stop by Contadora after spending time with the whales for lunch. We can also stop by any of the islands for a snorkel, swim and beach combing.

From Contadora

From Contadora island in the Pearl islands, we take either a 44’ catamaran sailboat or a glass bottom boat (can be your choice, subject to availability) out for a relaxed day of whale watching. The whales are often seen before we even leave the beach on Contado- ra! This tour includes lunch. We can also stop on any of the other nearby islands for some beach time, snorkelling or swim.

Sunrise Wildlife Tour (from Contadora only)

Spend a beautiful morning on the sea observing key Blue footed booby, Magnificent frigate bird and Brown pelican nesting areas. We will also look for marine mammals such as Humpback whales and dolphins. We may even spot some sea turtles, jumping sting rays and other marine life. We begin our tour at 7:00 am when the sea is normally very quiet and few other boats will be around. We return at 9:00 am so you can enjoy a leisurely day on the island.

Sunset with the Whales (from Contadora only)

Sunset is a magical time to observe the whales and dolphins as the light is rich and golden, perfect for spectacular photos. At this time of day the waters are usually calm and we are often the only boat out with the whales. You will set out at 4:30 pm to observe the Hump- back whales and possibly dolphins as the sun descends to the West. We return at 6:30 pm filled with incredible memories of your visit with the whales and dolphins.

Three hour Whale Watching tour (from Contadora only)

We start out from Playa Galeon (where the ferries arrive) at 10:00 am (or as soon as the last ferry has arrived) in search of the whales. Often times we have already spotted the whales while standing on the beach! We spend 3 hours out with the whales and possibly dolphins. For these tours, we like to support the local fishermen who have turned to tour- ism for their sole source of income. We go out with one of them in their local panga style boats. These boats are very safe and these locals were born and raised fishing in these waters. We return to the beach at 1:00 pm. This tour is perfect for people coming out to Contadora for the day only.

Kayak with the Whales

For the ultimate close up encounter with the whales, try our 4 hour Kayak with the Whales tour. Price includes kayak rental, expert Naturalist guide, drinks, and an optional support boat to get you within close range of the whales.

 

Panama City to the Pearl islands

On Saturdays and Sundays, we guarantee the lowest price of $200.00/adult.
1 adult $900.00
2 adults $500.00/ adult
3 adults $325.00/ adult
4 adults $250.00/ adult
5 adults $225.00/ adult
6-14 adults $200.00/ adult
Children 5-12 are half price
Children under 5 are free

These prices include hotel transfers, the boat, it’s crew, the guide, drinks and snacks. It does not include lunch.


From Contadora

$150.00 per adult
children 5-12 half price
Children under 5 are free.


Sunrise Wildlife Tour

Price $50.00 per adult
Children 5-12 half price
Children under 5 are free.


Sunset with the Whales

Price $50.00 per adult
children 5-12 half price
Children under 5 are free.


Three hour Whale Watching tour

Price $50.00 per adult*
Children 5-12 half price
Children under 5 are free.
* 4 person minimum- we can go with less people, but to cover costs we must charge for 4 people


Kayak with the Whales

Prices with a support boat
1 person $350
2 people $250/person
3 people $200/person
4 people $150/person
5+ people $125/person
Additional hours $85/hr


Prices without a support boat
1 person $175
2 people $125/person
3 people $100/person
4 people $85/person
5+ people $75/person
Additional hours $20/person/hr

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