Panama is the only place in the world where both the Northern & Southern hemisphere populations of Humpback whales come together in their migrations to give birth and breed here in Panama! This gives us a double season and twice as much time as any other place in the world to spend with the whales.
During the Southern hemisphere Humpback whale migration, July-October each year, we have a 95% chance of spending time with the whales. (0f course, with any natural wildlife observation there is no way to guarantee sightings. However, we do guarantee we will do our best to find the whales & dolphins for you.)
Panama waters are home to over 30 species of cetaceans (dolphins & whales). In the Pearl Islands, (home to 2 seasons of the Survivor TV series) there are crystal clear turquoise waters and many islands, some deserted, where you can swim, beach comb, snorkel as well as swim or observe from a glass bottom boat the Whales and Dolphins as well as Manta Rays, Sea Turtles and even Whale Sharks that frequent these waters. In addition to all the colorful tropical reef fish found here.
Come spend 5 days in the tropical Pearl Islands or near Isla Coiba in Panama. We will spend each day out on the water with the whales and dolphins. July-October
Combine a 2-5 day custom whale & dolphin watching trip to the Pearl Islands into your Panama vacation.
Or take a 1 day whale watching tour from Panama city, with a stop on Taboga island or the isla Contadora in the Pearl islands for lunch and a quick swim in the clear and warm tropical waters. July-October
Come spend the day with the Whales & Dolphins here in Panama. We take a boat out from a port near Panama City and head out past Isla Taboga looking for whales. Of course, there is never any guarantee when looking for wildlife, however, it is very likely we will see the whales and dolphins are common sights as well as manta rays, sea turtles and maybe even whale sharks!
We have two options, a day trip from Panama city to Isla Taboga and waters around the nearby islands. We have often seen the whales amongst all the ships waiting to transit the canal! The 2nd option is a day trip from Panama city to the Pearl islands where we have seen whales 100% of the time on our trips there.
We spend several hours, ideally with the Whales & Dolphins back behind Isla Taboga, and then we stop at Taboga for a lunch in one of the local seaside restaurants and we even have time for you to take a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean before we head back to Panama city.
Isla Taboga Day Tour Prices:
2012 Prices start at $125.00/person for groups of 6 or more
Children 5-12 half price and children under 5 are free
We will head out from Panama city around 7:30 am and travel by fast boat out to the Pearl islands looking for whales and dolphins all along the way. We can also stop on one of the islands for a snorkel and swim and we will stop on Isla Contadora for lunch at a local restaurant. Then back out with the whales and back to Panama city by around 5:00 pm.
Isla Contadora Day Tour Prices:
2012 Prices start at $200.00/person for groups of 6 or more from Panama City
Children 5-12 half price and children under 5 are free
From Isla Contadora: $125 per person
Spend 2-3 days out in the Pearl Islands, Panama observing and swimming with the Whales & Dolphins. A perfect addition to your Panama trip. Or a great way to spend a weekend if you live here. The Pearl Islands are a short 25 minute flight from Panama City. You can be in the city for breakfast and be sitting on a boat observing the whales and dolphins that afternoon!
We have the option of using either a 32' glass bottom boat or a 44' hybrid catamaran sailboat. We often use the Glass bottom boat on one day and the Catamaran on the other day(s), it is entirely your choice. Both are fabulous, and we have had the whales swim right under the boats a number of times!
Packages vary from:
2 nights/2 days
2 nights/3 days
& can be custom designed to suit your needs
Packages include pick up in Panama City, flight to Contadora Island, comfortable lodging at the Contadora Island Inn, daily boat charter to see the whales & dolphins, an interpretive guide who is both knowledgeable about the biology and behavior, as well as the Spiritual aspect of the cetaceans, and all breakfasts and lunches. Dinners are on your own.
2012 Prices start at $495.00/person.
We leave from the local Panama airport on Sunday afternoon and take a short 20 minute flight out to the Pearl Islands South of Panama city. These islands were featured in two seasons of Survivor. We will stay at the very comfortable and homey Contadora Island Inn .
We will head out each day on a beautiful 44' catamaran hybrid and eco friendly sail boat, Rebelle, or a 32' Glass bottom boat to spend time with the Whales & Dolphins found easily in the waters here.
- Healing Heart and Soul with Humpback & Dolphin Wisdom July 8-12 with Madeleine Walker & Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2195
- Bubbles of Joy Playshop July 15-20 with Cyndie LePori & Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2195
- Shamanic Whale Journey July 29-Aug. 3 with Jason Kerr & Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2295
- Yoga with the Whales & Dolphins Aug. 12-17 with Francoise Freedman and Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2195
- Whisper with the Whales and Discover your Deepest Self Aug. 26-31 with Francoise Freedman and Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2195
- Kayaking with the Whales and Dolphins Sept.9-14 & 16-21 Hosted by Louise Adie & Anne Gordon de Barrigón $2495
- Connecting with Whales & Dolphins in the Pearl Islands Sept. 23-28, Oct. 7-12 with Anne Gordon de Barrigón $1995
prices are per person based on double occupancy
All Pearl island 5 day trip prices include:
2 nights hotel in Panama city at The Balboa Inn
International airport transfers to and from hotel
Flight from Panama City to the Pearl Islands & back
5 nights at the comfy Contadora Island Inn in the Pearl islands
5 full days of boat charter on a Catamaran sailboat or Glass bottom boat
All meals on the island, except 1 night out at a local restaurant
Expert Guide and group facilitator
The Contadora Inn will be your home away from home in the Pearl Islands