Whale Watching Tours

Full & Half day available

From late-June to November every year whales migrate along the Pacific coast of Panama, escaping the colder northern and southern waters  to mate or give birth.  These magnificant humpbacks can be seen from several spots, including the beautiful Pearl Islands. Panama has an abundance of diverse marine life and you may also see dolphins, turtles, and manta rays. 

Seeing these magestic mammals in the beautiful Pacific coast of Panama will no doubt be a highlight of your trip! 


Tour Overview

Full Day- Panama City to Pearl Islands

The Pearl Islands (or Islas Perlas) is a group of beautiful islands located about 35 miles south of Panama City and are a perfect place to watch for whales.

  • Tour starts from Panama City, you will be picked up from your hotel/hostel around 6:15 am. 
  • Check into Sea Las Perlas Ferry at the Flamenco Marina dock and depart around 7:30 am out to the main island of Contadora which is the more built up island in the archipelago with good facilities and white-sand beaches. Ferry ride takes approximately 1.5 hours. 
  • You will disembark the ferry once you arrive at Contadora and head to the beach to meet your guide and board a 32-foot motor boat (roofed). Departing around 10:30 am to head out around the island in search of the whales. 
  • Your adventure will take you around nearby islands where whales are commonly spotted with a 1-hour stop at another island to snorkel, returning to Contadora around 1:30 pm.
  • Time to have some lunch at one of the local restaurants before checking-in to the Sea Las Peras Ferry at 2:45 pm. Return by ferry to Flamenco Marina dock at 5:00 pm for the shuttle service back to your hostel/hotel in Panama City. 

Included

  • Return transport from your accommodation in Panama City
  • Sea Las Perlas Ferry service 
  • 32 foot custom panga boat- lifejackets, first aid kit, safety equipment
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Drinking water
  • Snorkeling equipment

Not Included

  • Lunch is not included but you can enjoy lunch at the local restaurants on Contadora Island $5-$15 per person. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Half Day (3 Hours) – From Contadora Island

This tour starts from the Contadora Island, the main island in Islas Perlas. Contadora was the base for the popular show “Survivor” and is the a popular destination for Panamas wealthiest. It´s a paradise for local tourists and offers beautiful white-sand beaches around the island and coral reefs. 

  • Tour starts from Contadora Island in the Pearl Islands. Meet your guide at the beach (to be confirmed according to weather) at 10:15 am. Please be aware transport to Contadora Island is not included in this tour. See below for guidelines of getting there from Panama City. 
  • Meet guide 10:15 am and boat a 32-foot motor boat (roofed). Depart around 10:30am to head out around the nearby islands in search of the whales. 
  • Stop at one of the nearby islands to relax, swim and snorkel before returning to Contadora at 1:30 pm, where the tours ends. 

Please ensure you arrive on time for the tour- we recommend getting there 15 minutes before the scheduled time.  

Included

  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Drinking water
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • 32 foot custom panga boat- lifejackets, first aid kit, safety equipment

Not Included

  • Return transport from departure point of tour (Contadora Island)
  • Lunch

Pricing

1 full day- Panama City to Pearl Islands 3 hr tour- from Contadora Island
Adult price $180 pp $60 pp*

* Tour requires a minimum of 4 persons. We can go with less but must charge for 4 people. If you are less than four, please get in touch with us anyway incase we have other people interested in the same date. 


Additional Information

Please ensure you arrive on time for the tour- we recommend getting there 15 minutes before the scheduled time. 

Passport or Panamanian I.D are required for the ferry. 

We recommend to take cash along with you for lunch and refreshments. THERE ARE NO ATMS ON CONTADORA ISLAND.

Getting to Contadora, Pearl Islands: 

Sea Las Perlas Ferry and Ferry Las Perlas both provide ferry services from Panama City to Contadora Island. The price is around $90 per person including one piece of luggage. 

AirPanama has also begun flying from Panama City to Contadora Island for around $150 per person.