WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING LAS PERLAS

Whale Watching Pearl Islands

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TOUR DESCRIPTION Don´t miss the humpback whale and dolphin season between July and September and join us on this unique full day tour (see specific departure dates under DETAILS)! Your Naturalist guide/narrator on board helps you to connect, communicate and interpret the behavior of the whales and dolphins you will encounter on this full day excursion. You depart Panama City on a comfortable 60-passenger boat early morning and pass by numerous ships that are waiting for their passage through the Panama Canal on the Southern entrance, in the Pacific. You will look for dolphins and whales the entire time until reaching the Pearl Islands Archipelago where you stop for lunch at a local restaurant on Contadora Island before you head back to Panama City late afternoon.

PRICE Adult: US$215 per person plus 7% tax // Children from 5-12 years): US$120 plus 7% tax

INCLUDED Bilingual naturalist guide, lunch on Contadora Island, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Canopy Tower, Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or hotels near Tocumen Airport). Snacks and beverages are available at extra cost on the boat. 

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

ITINERARY


Thousands of Humpbacks migrate northwards from their summer feeding grounds around Antarctica, arriving in the region in the beginning July. They breed and give birth to their calves in the warm, shallow and safe waters that can be found here in Panama just a few miles off-shore from Panama City.

Las Perlas archipelago is located about 35 miles from the Panama Canal´s southern entrance in Panama City and comprises more than 100 islands (many tiny and inhabited). Rich in history and natural beauty native Indians inhabited these Islands until 16th century Spanish Conquistadors came in search of fortune, glory, and the archipelagos coveted pearls. During this period legend says Isla Contadora or "Counting Island" became the central point where pearls from around the region were sent to be counted, registered, and prepared for transit over the isthmus and finally shipped to Spain. The archipelago has also served as a haven for Pirates from which they would stage daring assaults on the treasure laden Spanish Fleet, returning to the islands sanctuary to divide and stash their plunder.

Your Naturalist guide/narrator on board helps you to connect, communicate and interpret the behavior of the whales and dolphins you will encounter on this full day excursion. You depart Panama City on a comfortable 60-passenger boat early morning and pass by numerous ships that are waiting for their passage through the Panama Canal on the Southern entrance, in the Pacific. You will look for dolphins and whales the entire time until reaching the Pearl Islands Archipelago where you stop for lunch at a local restaurant on Contadora Island before you head back to Panama City late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel by your Ancon Expeditions driver.

DETAILS



DEPARTURE DATES

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016


TOUR SCHEDULE
06:15 hrs Pick up at your hotel in Panama City
17:30 hrs Approximate return to your hotel in Panama City

 

Check our SPECIALS SECTION for current "open tours" with already passengers signed up or review our green season Specials!

WHAT TO BRING

  • Original passport (not copies!) is required
  • Cash for optional snacks and beverages on the boat
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Swim wear
  • Towel
  • Light clothing
  • Light raincoat
  • Sandals or flip flops are the perfect shoes for the boat
  • A positive attitude for a great day on the boat with the whales

TIPPING

Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase

REVIEWS


“We had the opportunity to admire more than 8 humpback whales with their small calves and innumerous dolphins - we couldn´t be happier! What a life-time experience! Thank you!"

Eva Harrington, Canada


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