Gatun Lake, Panama Canal, Panama Cruise Port

As your cruise ship arrives on Panama waters, you will be taken to the shores of Gatún Lake via tenders. This large artificial lake to the south of Colón, Panama forms a part of the Panama Canal and remains one of Panama’s biggest tourist draws all year round. Be sure to book a shore excursion in order to disembark your cruise ship for amazing photo ops, wonderful scenery and a day trip to Colón, Panama. The cruise port of Lake Gatún is the most scenic spot on this famed passage between the oceans, and it takes approximately 15 miles to travel across the lake. Until 1907, Gatún Lake covered what was once the fertile Chagres River Valley, and it is currently surrounded with protected parkland, beautiful lodges, monkeys and rare tropical birds.
 
Book one or more of these shore excursions on your cruise to Gatún, Lake, Panama:
 
  • Regardless of your fishing skills, the Peacock Bass fishing guide are the best in providing sport fishing opportunities on Lake Gatún. Peacock Bass is very appreciated by sport fishermen due to its qualities, and the fishing guide do an excellent job of leading the adventure with professionalism. Head over to local restaurants with the owner and his team for a fabulous fish dinner with Patacones and rice.
     
  • Learn about the current Panama Canal expansion with a bird’s eye view at The Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center. This is where larger locks are being built for ships too large to traverse the current canal. Located in Colón, Panama on the Caribbean side of Panama, you get to see the ships just a few feet away as they sail through the Gatún Locks.

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