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A tour or cruise of Panama offers the perfect mix of nature, adventure and culture. Discover clear blue waters for snorkeling and diving, lush rainforests, vibrant indigenous communities, and idyllic islands. A trip to Panama wouldn't be complete without a visit to the manmade "eighth wonder of the world", the Panama Canal. But, Panama has much more to offer like Bocas del Toro, a Caribbean paradise where its Isla Bastimentos reveals an ecosystem rife with both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Glance into the lives of a vibrant Caribbean Kuna indigenous community in the San Blas Islands. Hike through biodiverse rainforests and along seemingly endless beaches.  Adventure Life has many all-inclusive Panama trips combining Panama wildlife with the life-affirming Panameño people. Contact us to start planning your trip

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10 Best Panama Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
The Journey Between the Seas$39507RelaxedEmbark on this 7-day small ship Panama voyage between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Panama Canal. Board the 24-passenger ship, Discovery, …
Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal$25908RelaxedCruise along the Pacific Ocean coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden coves, crystal-blue waters, ancient …
Costa Rica & Panama - Canal, Culture, Adventure$669511RelaxedUncover the wonder of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal on this 11-day voyage. Search for wildlife and discover …
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal$59908RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica & Panama on this wonderful 8-day sailing expedition aboard the National Geographic Quest. Venture into remote wilderness: hike …
Panama Canal Expedition Cruise and Adventure$29997RelaxedHave your camera ready to capture the amazing wildlife and cultural exchange with the Emberas. Discover the natural and cultural beauty of Panama …
Unveiled Wonders: Panama and Costa Rica$45959RelaxedJoin the Safari Voyager on this fantastic 9-day cruise and admire the tropical wonders this famous region has to offer. Start in the well-recognized …
Pure Panama & Costa Rica$734513RelaxedExperience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping 13-day adventure through the crystalline waters of this unique region. …
National Parks and Panama Canal$43608RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Champlain, between nature reserves, …
Central American Adventure: Costa Rica & The Panama Canal$399510RelaxedNowhere else in the world can you find a concentration of wildlife like that of Central America – in particular Costa Rica and Panama. Costa Rica …
Unveiled Wonders—Fitness & Yoga$47959RelaxedUncover the wonder of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal on this 9-day voyage. Search for wildlife and discover …

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Favorite Panama Canal Tours

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Fort San Lorenzo and Canal Railway$3651RelaxedVisit this UNESCO World Heritage site with your local guide. Tour the fort, invaded by pirate Captain Morgan, and learn about this historic structure.
Panama Canal Full Transit$2701RelaxedJourney between oceans through a man-made wonder, the Panama Canal. Sail through two sets of locks from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore Panama City$235½RelaxedTour Panama City with a local guide, well versed in the history of the area. See a transit of the Panama canal and tour Casco Antiguo where the …
Panama Canal Partial Transit$217½RelaxedClimb aboard and experience the "Eighth Wonder of the World" first hand as you transit through the Miraflores Locks to the Pacific Ocean.
Encounter Panama$14747RelaxedBegin your Panama journey at the celebrated marvel, the Panama Canal, and continue your travels into the region's tropical forests. Visit an …
National Parks and Panama Canal$43608RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Champlain, between nature reserves, …

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Top Places to Visit on Panama's Caribbean

White beaches with nesting tortoises, Caribbean islands with indigenous peoples and mile after mile of paradise await you on the Caribbean side of Panama. Here are some of our favorite spots to plan a Panama trip around:

San Blas Islands are made of over 360 islands off the Caribbean Coast of Panama, only 60 of which are inhabited. The islands are virtually self-governed by the local Kuna indigenous people who host and educate travelers about their traditional lifestyle in harmony on these paradisiacal islands.

Bocas del Toro Islands, an isolated chain of islands off the northeast coast of Panama let you dive into a relaxed Caribbean vibe. Explore Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and it's endless coral reefs for world class snorkeling and sea kayaking.

Portobelo was founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage to the new continent in 1597, and naturally, this quaint town is full of stories of conquests and plunder. Explore Portobelo and the coastline of the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal on a cruise of Panama's Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean.
Panama Fun Facts

The famous "Panama Hats" are not actually from Panama, but rather Ecuador, where they were originally made and are known as toquilla straw hats. Their popular use during the construction of the Panama Canal gave them their misnomer.

One of the most well known palindromes in the world: A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL, PANAMA. 

The only capital city in the world that has a rainforest within its city limits is Panama City.

Panama was the first country in Latin America to adopt US currency as its own.

Panama is the only country in the world where you can swim in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in one day without flying from one coast to another.
Panama Canal Cruises
Why take a Panama Canal cruise?
Since the Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific, not only do you experience all the best that Panama has to offer, but you can also explore destinations in Costa Rica and the Caribbean

How long are they?
We offer Panama Canal cruises that are between 7-days and two weeks, however if you find another land-based excursion that you like, we also feature several day-long or half-day extension tours that you can add on after your other itinerary ends.

What are the activities on a Panama Canal cruise? 
These cruises are great for travelers of all ages and especially families, since there are a lot of engaging activities along the way. A few examples of things you might do include:
  • Journey to the Darien Jungle and meet Embera Indians.
  • Kayak along beautiful & unspoiled beaches.
  • Experience the history & operation of the Panama Canal.
  • Explore Barro Colorado Island & its abundant wildlife.
  • Visit historic sites of the Spanish conquistadors.
  • Transit along the Panamá Canal, a marvel of engineering and human tenacity.
  • Enjoy bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration in the Gulf of Panama.
  • Visit Granito de Oro islet, named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites.
  • Hike through the jungle in incredible Corcovado National Park.
  • Snorkel in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and tropical Pacific Islands.
     

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