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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 NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & the Panama Canal$587011Jan 6, 2020Board Dumont-d'Urville for an 11-day nature focused cruise – its abundance and variety – and learn about the challenges facing species of all …
Between Martinique & Panama$446010Dec 7, 2019This 10-day itinerary will give you the opportunity to appreciate the richness of Afro-Caribbean cultures, an azure blue sky, and white-sand beaches. …
The Journey Between the Seas$41507Nov 27, 2019Embark on this 7-day small ship Panama cruise between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Panama Canal. Board the Discovery, a 24-passenger …
Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama$25908Dec 14, 2019Cruise along the Pacific Ocean and coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden coves, crystal-blue waters, ancient …
Treasures of Central America$780014Apr 1, 2020Discover some of Central America’s top destinations and most stunning natural treasures through this 14-day exceptional cruise. Starting from the …
Treasures of the Caribbean Sea$551012Apr 14, 2020Join the glamorous Le Boréal for a spectacular and exciting 12-day itinerary across Central America and the Caribbean Sea. Starting from the …
National Parks and Panama Canal$44908Dec 16, 2019A truly beautiful journey between nature reserves encounters with local communities and sailing through the Panama Canal. Sandy beaches, rocky …
Natural and Cultural History in Central America$51508Dec 30, 2019Discover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, between nature …
Treasures of Panama & Costa Rica$25908Jan 4, 2020Cruise along the Pacific Ocean coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool …
Costa Rica & Panama - Canal, Culture, Adventure$669511Nov 30, 2019Uncover the wonder of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal on this 11-day voyage. Search for wildlife and discover …

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Favorite Panama Canal Tours & Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Natural and Cultural History in Central America$51508Dec 30, 2019Discover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, between nature …
Treasures of Central America$780014Apr 1, 2020Discover some of Central America’s top destinations and most stunning natural treasures through this 14-day exceptional cruise. Starting from the …
Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama$25908Dec 14, 2019Cruise along the Pacific Ocean and coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden coves, crystal-blue waters, ancient …
Panama Canal: Panama to Antigua$329015Nov 30, 2019Starting in Balboa, Panama, sail through warm Caribbean waters as you make your way to the Antigua aboard the Royal Clipper. Over the course of 15 …
Pure Panama & Costa Rica$764513Apr 8, 2020Experience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping 13-day cruise through the crystalline waters of both the Pacific and …
Panama Canal$399015Dec 7, 2019Celebrate rich oral history, artistic heritage, azure seas, and endless beaches on this extended 15-day cruise aboard the Star Flyer. Embark in …

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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 pristine 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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