Panama Canal Tour

The Panama Canal, in addition to being a commercial maritime route of supreme importance, is also a tourist jewel in Panama. A private tour of the Panama Canal not only guarantees a more enriching and comfortable experience, but also allows you to experience this engineering marvel with the attention you deserve.

Booking a private tour of the Panama Canal offers numerous advantages such as the privacy offered by a crowd-free tour and the pleasure of relaxing in peaceful transit. Additionally, you will have a dedicated crew available to answer your questions and provide you with personalized attention that suits your needs.

When taking the private transit with Gem Charters you will have the option to choose the type of vessel you want to sail on, this makes the trip more comfortable and focused on your preferences. In addition, it is the perfect setting to celebrate special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays or corporate events.

We know that not everyone has the same availability for transits, so we offer different options so you can enjoy this spectacular monument.

Option 1

Private charter for partial transit (approximately 5 to 6 hours): Miraflores Locks

Because it is the most central point, it is the preferred one, as it has easy access and good transportation combinations.

The tour begins by entering the Miraflores Locks where the boat ascends a total of 18 meters in two stages and leaving the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Then we enter Lake Miraflores, which is a small freshwater lake that separates the two locks on the Pacific side of the canal. You travel across Lake Miraflores until you reach the Pedro Miguel Locks where the ship ascends 9 meters. When leaving the Pedro Miguel locks, you can see the Centenario Bridge that crosses the canal.

The boat continues sailing and enters the famous Culebra Cut where the 13.7 kilometers that comprises it are navigated in its transit to the Gamboa area, where the passengers disembark and board the buses that take them back to the marina from where the departure took place. 

Please note that for this tour the departure time to cross the Panama Canal is chosen by the Panama Maritime Authority. Additionally, all reservations must be made at least 15 days before transit.

Option 2

Private Charter for Complete Canal Transit (8 to 8.5 hours approximately):

The entire Panama Canal transit runs from the Pacific to the Atlantic side of the Canal. It can also be done in the opposite direction upon specific request. After passing through the Centenario Bridge, the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks, you cross Gatún Lake. After passing through Gatun Lake, you cross the Gatun Locks. These are the final and largest in the Panama Canal. They lift the boat 85 feet (26 m) in three steps and are just over 1 mile (1.5 km) in length.

The Canal has been in constant operation 24 hours a day since 1963 and awaits your visit.

The departure time for both options is determined by the AMP. Please note that all reservations for transit through the Canal must be made at least 15 days in advance.


Opción 3

Tour of the bay and surroundings of the Panama Canal (2 or 4 hours)

The Panama Bay Tour can be 2 or 4 hours long. It begins with a view of the Miraflores locks and gives you the opportunity to learn about Canal operations (This tour does not include transit through the Canal). Likewise, you can enjoy the wonderful views of the Panama Bay and take the opportunity to fish. This tour is availabe at any time and you can choose your departure. Wheather you want a quick lunch getaway, or a sunset cruise, we will accomodate it for you.

This tour can be booked at any time, as long as boats are available.

Book your Panama bay & Canal tour

Book the Proline

Capacity for up to 8 passengers

Enclosed Bathroom, marine sound system, and freshwater shower

Reserva el Todomar

Capacity for up to 15 passengers

Enclosed bathroom, marine stereo, 2 comfortable lounge areas, 1 mini cabin

Reserva el Viking

Capacidad para hasta 16 pasajeros

2 cabins, 2 bathrooms, A/C, complete galley and oplen Flybridge

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