TOUR DESCRIPTION Don´t miss the humpback whale and dolphin season between July and September and join them during their short visit in Panama in the Archipelago of the Pearl Islands. Your bilingual guide helps you to connect, communicate and interpret the behavior of the whales and dolphins you will encounter on this excursion. You depart Panama City by ferry 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 may already spot some dolphins and whales. In Contadora you board the whale watching boat for a 3-hour guided tour, including a beach and snorkeling stop and some leisure time for lunch (not included) before returning late afternoon by ferry back to Panama City.

6-8 persons: US$220 per person plus 7% tax
4-5 persons: US$230 per person plus 7% tax
3 persons: US$260 per person plus 7% tax
2 persons: US$300 per person plus 7% tax

INCLUDED 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, Playa Bonita or hotels near Tocumen Airport), ferry shuttle between Panama City and Contadora Island, private boat tour on Contadora Island with bilingual guide from the island (boat with roof), snorkeling equipment.

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.


Thousands of Humpbacks migrate northwards from their summer feeding grounds around Antarctica, arriving in the region from July through September. 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.

You will be picked up early morning at your hotel in Panama City and brought to the ferry check-in on Causeway Amador. On a 1.5 hour express ride to Contadora Island you will leave behind the America’s Bridge and numerous ships that are waiting for their passage through the Panama Canal on the Southern entrance, in the Pacific. You may already spot some dolphins and whales during the ferry ride if you are lucky! When reaching Contadora in the Pearl Islands Archipelago you will meet your local bilingual tour guide on the island to soon depart on a 30-foot fast boat (with roof) travelling around nearby islands in search of the whales. During this day tour your Naturalist guide helps you to connect, communicate and interpret the behavior of the whales and dolphins you will encounter. You will have a 1-hour stop at a beautiful island to do snorkeling and return to Contadora Island by around 13:30 hrs. After the whale watching tour, enjoy some leisure time on your own to grab lunch (not included) or enjoy the beach before you return on the ferry back to Panama City (departs at 15:30 hrs, arrives at 17:00 hrs in Panama City). Your driver will be waiting for you upon disembarking from the ferry and bring you back to your hotel in Panama City.


Daily between mid July through mid October.
Recommended to book at least 5-7 days in advance as spaces go fast!

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!


  • Original passport (not copies!) is required
  • Lunch money
  • 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


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: 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


“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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