Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise - Panama City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Panama City, Panama
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from Panama City hotels, Pick-up time will be confirmed the day before the tour.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See for yourself how the Panama Canal works as you transit the Miraflores Locks, one of three locks used along the canal. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken at the time, and it made an enormous impact on shipping in the region. This is an amazing sightseeing cruise not to be missed!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Panama Canal, Panama city, Panama Province

Cross half of the Panama Canal

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: La Playita de Amador Resort & Marina

Check in point

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Miraflores Locks

Cross the 2 level locks

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pedro Miguel Locks

Cross the 1 level lock

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Gatun Lake Construction

Get to the beggining of Gatun Lake

Duration: 10 minutes


Guided sightseeing cruise

Hotel pickup and drop off


Non-alcoholic beverages

Entry/Admission - Panama Canal

Entry/Admission - Miraflores Locks

Entry/Admission - Pedro Miguel Locks

Entry/Admission - Gatun Lake Construction



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Feb-2020

    Going through the locks is interesting, but there is way too much waiting around: lots of boring along with a few minutes of interesting. I would say it's not worth the time (takes all day) and expense. The lunch was good. The tour guide was OK.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    We had been to Panama before, and to the Miraflores Visitors Center, which we loved. But the experience of going through the canal is completely different, and totally amazing. The half day tour can be a long half-day — we were picked up at our hotel at 10am and returned there at 7pm. The tour guide on the boat was fabulous, the food was great, and we can't recommend this highly enough.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    I read reviews about Bay Island Tours being unreliable. I only booked the afternoon before and to triple check I gave them my phone number, e mail and hotel number should there be any hiccups.
    I was told I’d be picked up between 4 and 5am at the hotel. Got up at 3.30 and waited until 5.05. I got the hotel to call and was informed that there weren’t any boats that day! I spoke to them asking why they didn’t call me or the hotel. No apology.
    I rescheduled for the next day. Told someone would pick me up at 10amwhich they did. Got to the office at 10.20 and we’re told we would leave at noon. Why pick me up so early?! At 12.20 we drove past my hotel on the way up the canal.
    I’m glad I did a tour of the canal. I’d just recommend a note reliable company.

  • 13-Feb-2020

    Was very happy with this Partial Transit tour. Hotel pick up was a wonderful perk. Staff and guide were very pleasant and accomodating. Would do it again. They also fed us a good breakfast and lunch.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    Tour guide was great. Lunch was superb. Canal travel on board boat had many options for good photos from many decks

  • 03-Feb-2020

    The boat ride through the canal was amazing to say the least and our guide was very informative and entertaining. It is a great experience going through the locks. Much better than just watching ships from the visitor centre. The boat was great with lots of space, beer and a buffet lunch. The only issue was the wait times. Of course we had to wait for our turn to go through the canal and then the locks. It’s a 2 hour window and that was completely expected and explained. But getting us organized to drive to the boat was very long and pretty inefficient. And that had nothing to do with the canal time windows. We got picked up at 8:30-9 am, and went through city to the boat tour office where we waited almost an hour before the bus headed back through city, then headed to the boat. That whole process took more than 2 hours. If they could be more efficient with that, it would have been a five star day. But the boat ride itself is highly recommended - worth it!

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Long wait but our tour guide, JC was very informative. Lunch was not good. Driver was very nice and went out of his way to take us to a hotel for a clean bathroom.

  • 22-Jan-2020

    Juan Carlos excellent good food, good experience, would recommend. No that’s it you are being annoying. We should be able to say how much we want,

  • 01-Jan-2020

    This is a must see and experience adventure. You travel through and completely in the actual ORIGINAL locks built by USA in 1904-1914. The highlight is our Guide.. JUAN CAR9. Amost magnificent and humorous individual. You will enjoy every moment as you travel through History and the 3 Locks of the Panama Canal....

  • 23-Dec-2019

    Go in the morning. It rains most afternoons this time of year. We did not get our pick up time til late the afternoon the day before. Might want a light jacket (windy).

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