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Photography Boat Tour on Gatun Lake Panama Canal: 3-Hours provided by 9 North Panama

Photography Boat Tour on Gatun Lake Panama Canal: 3-Hours

Photography Boat Tour on Gatun Lake Panama Canal: 3-Hours
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from €111.14 per adult (price varies by group size)
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from €111.14 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free cancellation
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
About
Whether you're a photography enthusiast or a beginner, you'll learn to take your best photos in a beautiful setting on this tour of Gatun Lake. Accompanied by a professional photographer guide, you'll learn tips and tricks for taking great wildlife and nature shots, and will have the chance to use high-end equipment. Cruise on the lake and keep an eye out for monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies, and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Learn new skills from a professional photographer
It doesn't matter if you don't have your own camera, as pro-level gear will be provided
Take your photos home with you on a complimentary memory card
Snacks and refreshments will be provided
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 104099P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
All tours are EXCLUSIVE to your bookings. Solo travelers welcome. • Professional photography host (Owner: English) • Boat captain / wildlife guide (Panamanian) • Price includes the use of a DSLR camera and 150-600mm semi-pro telephoto lens • We use quiet, energy and emmission efficient 4-stroke outboard motors • Refreshments: Tea, Coffee, Water in flasks, Fruit Juice, Snacks • Complimentary SD Memory Card with your photos
Exclusions
Gratuities, at your discretion • Hotel pickup and drop-off (UBER or private transport can be arranged) • **WE DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS! The Rainforest is not a zoo** • **We do not use single use plastic water bottles or soda cans!**
Duration
3h
Departure details
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Goethals Blvd, Gamboa, Panama At the Entrance Gate, please ask for directions to the Marina. We will meet you in the parking area at the Marina, alongside the boat.
Inclusions
All tours are EXCLUSIVE to your bookings. Solo travelers welcome. • Professional photography host (Owner: English) • Boat captain / wildlife guide (Panamanian) • Price includes the use of a DSLR camera and 150-600mm semi-pro telephoto lens • We use quiet, energy and emmission efficient 4-stroke outboard motors • Refreshments: Tea, Coffee, Water in flasks, Fruit Juice, Snacks • Complimentary SD Memory Card with your photos
Exclusions
Gratuities, at your discretion • Hotel pickup and drop-off (UBER or private transport can be arranged) • **WE DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS! The Rainforest is not a zoo** • **We do not use single use plastic water bottles or soda cans!**
Departure details
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Goethals Blvd, Gamboa, Panama At the Entrance Gate, please ask for directions to the Marina. We will meet you in the parking area at the Marina, alongside the boat.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum age is 8-16 years, must be accompanied by an adult
Hat, sunscreen and bug spray recommended
Our specialist photography chairs have a maximum weight bearing limit of 120kgs (260 lbs)
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Gamboa Rainforest Resort
    Goethals Blvd, Gamboa, Panama
    At the Entrance Gate, please ask for directions to the Marina. We will meet you in the parking area at the Marina, alongside the boat.
    See address & details
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    Gatun Lake
    Stop: 3 hours
    Relax, enjoy and photograph the wildlife in this wonderful Rainforest lake.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Gamboa Rainforest Resort
    Goethals Blvd, Gamboa, Panama
    At the Entrance Gate, please ask for directions to the Marina. We will meet you in the parking area at the Marina, alongside the boat.
    See address & details
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Chiori G
4 contributions
A Spectacular Day with Andrew
Jan 2020
What a spectacular day it was!  The day started with Andrew greeting us  - my husband, my 88 year old mother (yes, he took our reservation knowing this), and me - at the dock with a beautiful smile.  And as the trip progressed, I could see his smile was genuine; he truly loves to share the beauty of the rain forest with everyone.   The rain forest is magnificent; that is a given.  I could feel it was filled with lives.  However, finding animals that blend right into the soundings is impossible.  Exactly 100% of animals we saw was pointed out by Andrew.  The first one was only a few minutes into the trip.  He stopped the boat and told us there is a crocodile on the edge of the water under a tree.  It was a chill in my spine moment; I was staring at a wild crocodile! As we cruise the lake, Andrew pointed out many birds, iguanas, turtles, and monkeys. The first monkey we encountered was a loner. He was as curious about us as we were about him. A little by little he came closer and closer to the boat, jumping between branches. The sight made my mother so emotional, she was in tears. I had never worked with DSLR cameras or telephoto lens before. I was keep going out of focus at beginning. I was happy just seeing the animals with my own eyes. However, Andrew did not give up on me; he kept saying we would get this. I finally started finding animals through the camera. Now at home I am pulling up beautiful pictures I took, remembering how wonderful time we had.
Written 25 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bill
Issaquah, WA1 contribution
Four of us took a photography safari to several islands on Jan 19th, 2020
Jan 2020
Andrew was a fabulous guide and the boat with its rigging and cameras was as good as it gets. After a short tutorial on the equipment and a short ride to the islands, Andrew found many animals and birds for us to photograph and gave great detail on each. At the same time, he provided positive feedback and instruction on the use of the camera he provided. Time flew by. When we returned, Andrew provided chips with our pictures to each one of us. In addition, a few days later he provided a slide show and video compised of pictures we took on the safari. One of our group said this was the highlight of our two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama and on Windstar. I heartily agree. Andrew is the best and a must do activity while in Panama.
Written 22 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eric F
Atlanta, GA23 contributions
Phenomenal Wildlife Safari
Jan 2020 • Couples
The experience with Andrew was unique and unparalleled. For starters, Andrew’s boat is equipped with specialized chairs and camera mounts that make it remarkably easy to maneuver to any angle to capture the best shots. Additionally, the DSLR cameras he provides are fitted with enormous zoom lenses that allow you to capture a level of detail I never could with my own digital camera or iPhone. I am far from a skilled photographer, but the photos I took with Andrew were just phenomenal. My wife and I opted for the early tour — leaving at 6:30 AM. It kept us out of the midday sun and allowed us access to much of the wildlife we would likely not have seen later in the day. This was a very good choice (it helped that we were staying 5 min away in Gamboa, however...) Next is perhaps the most important thing to recognize: there are many, many tour operators taking boats of people out to “Monkey Island” in Gatun Lake. What’s essential to realize is that there is no specific “Monkey Island.” Instead, it’s a collection of many islands on the lake where one may see a collection of birds, butterflies, iguanas, and yes, a FEW monkeys. But these are not islands teeming with frolicking primates. There may be 2 or 4 monkeys on a particular island. And after being fed by the um-teenth tour boat, the monkeys may not even make themselves visible. These other tours seem to do “monkey drive bys” rather than pausing to discuss the primates, the habitat, and more. With Andrew, we took our time. We were able to see 3 different types of monkeys — a Tamarin, a White-Faced Capuchin, and a Howler — who came unusually close for us to photograph. We also saw an assortment of birds, looked for crocs, and photographed numerous iguanas. Over the 3-4 hours we spent together, we learned a good deal about digital photography; but we also learned about the species we observed; about conservation; about habitat loss; about Panama; and so much more. We boated to a shady spot on the lake to drink coffee and discuss the convergence of different ecosystems and how that impacts biodiversity. Besides the delicious coffee, he brought snacks, as well (which happened to be kosher — a real bonus for us!) The morning was a really special one. It focused on depth over breadth and really allowed for an unusually special experience that I don’t think I could have replicated elsewhere.
Written 11 January 2020
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Hannah
14 contributions
Amazing adventure through the rainforest
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was the highlight of our trip! We saw so many interesting creatures, including many species of bird, as well as iguanas, monkeys, bats, a turtle, and many more. Andrew's knowledge of the rainforest - and best spots to find wildlife - is incredible. I would recommend this trip to anyone, you won't regret it!
Written 2 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Isa
2 contributions
Highlight of my trip to Panama
The tour was amazing! Andrew, the owner, is absolutely brilliant. He explains everything in detail - from photography to nature. I never felt rushed and had time to concentrate on taking some good shots with the camera. The equipment - boat as well as camera and lens - is in excellent condition! What I really appreciated was the fact that Andrew respects the animals and their habitat. Even if you are not into photography, I would certainly recommend the tour to see Panamas wildlife.
Written 19 December 2019
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Hello Isa.B Thank you for your review. I had a look through you photos and you got some stunning shots of the iguanas pairing up. This is an interesting phase in the forest as it transitions from the wet to dry season, and the animals start their breeding cycle. We had a lot of fun with you on the boat and you are very welcome to join us again, hopefully soon! Travel safe Kind regards, Andrew
Written 20 December 2019
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emrafnzch
Zug23 contributions
Amazing, cannot recommend highly enough
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had an amazing few hours out on the water with Andrew and Johnny. We saw so much wildlife, got some great photos and were able to really enjoy the beautiful area. Andrew leads you away from the crowded tour boats to hidden nooks of the lake where you have peace and quiet to wait for nature to put on it's show. Johnny has a great eye for spotting creatures and getting the boat up close, and on the right angle for great photos. Andrew is very knowledgeable and told us lots of interesting bits and pieces along the way. Highlights were watching a sloth climb through the treetops, a couple of cheeky posing lizards on rocks, the sweet wee monkeys and some amazing moments with a turtle. Cannot recommend this highly enough for a great way to get up close with nature.
Written 11 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cdlhos
Los Angeles, CA398 contributions
Excellent photography tour in Gamboa
I met Andrew and the boat at the Gamboa marina for a 10:30am tour. Scheduling the tour was very easy using email, with very quick replies to my questions. It was just myself, Andrew, and the boat driver. The driver was great, going at a slow speed so we could spot plenty of wildlife. Andrew is a great guide, friendly, and interesting to talk to. We covered lots of inlets and coves where we were the only boat. I was familiar with a similar camera and lens, but had never shot using the mounting rig. You do not need to be an experienced photographer, Andrew has several preset settings that work well. It did take a while to get used to raising and lowering the camera as needed. We were on the lake for about three hours and had great weather. We saw three species of monkeys, loads of birds, iguanas, crocodiles, and more. I would highly recommend this tour for adults who like photography and nature. It was one of my favorite experiences in Panama and would definitely do it again when I return.
Written 20 October 2019
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Adele
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Must do!
I found this tour browsing TA, and I couldn’t have been luckier! I had the chance not only to see my favourite animals up-close, but also to take incredible pictures of them :D Everything from pick up to drop off was perfect, and Andrew is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve met; you don’t want to miss out this experience! Thank you so much for everything to the whole crew!
Written 19 September 2019
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Michelle Severino
Panama City, Panama3 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2019 • Solo
My experience with Andrew for the Capture the moment tour was amazing. I really enjoyed the nature wildlife and just being able to take in all scenery while photographing the beauty of it. Below are two photos I took while on the tour with Andrew at Gatun Lake, Panama. I would definitely recommend anyone for this tour especially those who are really into photography but also love to relax and see the beauty of what Nature, Rainforest has to give. Great for Family, solo, and couples.
Written 28 August 2019
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Freya
5 contributions
A great way to capture these beautiful animals.
It was wonderful. With this Canon camera and fantastic 600mm lens you will definitely shoot the most amazing photos even without experience. Andrew will tell you the important things about the camera and will give you tips and tricks. Thank you Andrew and Captain Hawkeye.
Written 23 August 2019
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Hi Freya Thank you. Despite it supposed to be the wet season, once again the early morning weather was perfect, and we had a great tour. All the best Andrew
Written 26 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: 9 North Panama
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Family friendly tour
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6 hr Gatun lake fishing trip
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Perfect tour with Andrew!
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Adlfish
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Must-do when visiting Panama!
Andrew and his tour are a must-do when visiting PTY! Must. Do. First, Andrew himself is wonderful. Very nice guy wh
Niklandia
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BOOK IT NOW! One of the most amazing tours we have ever been to!
I wanted to surprise my husband for our wedding anniversary, he loves photography and this tour caught my eye becau
JudyandIan
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Great guides mean great photos
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Annette F
Annette F
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Terrific idea, fabulous photos
Andrew's idea of providing a boat with swivel chairs and upscale camera equipment which can capture fabulous wildli
Gary W
Gary W
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Fabulous Day with Wonderful Guides
I have been on Gatun Lake fishing and feeding monkeys several times, but this trip with Andrew, Pauline and Johnny
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Gatun Lake photography tour
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jafleming3
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An Unusually Interesting Wildlife Photo Tour
While I know my way around cameras, I'm not a wildlife photographer. The gear is expensive, heavy and specialized.
Anthony S
Anthony S
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Rainforest Photography Safari
Andrew and Pauline's tour is a must-do tour, even if you are a novice photographer, but enjoy the beauty of Panama'
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Do this tour! Please don't go with other 'operators'.
There are several operators that will take you out to the same areas (all but one area that only 9 North goes to).
1683chris
1683chris
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Pauline and Andrew have to be one of the most inspirational couples we have met. They were so positive, informed an
HDExplorer15
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Top of The Line Tour
Andrew and Paulie, a kind, amazing and most welcoming couple (and their hawk-vision captain) will make you feel at
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