Gatun Lake
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After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the central part of the Panama Canal.
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,084 reviews
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Very good
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Average
84
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a must see if you have the time. Board a boat and cruise around the lake / jungle where you will see ships, crocs, birds, monkeys and so much more.
Written 4 February 2024
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We sailed Gatun Lake as part of our Panama Canal cruise on Viking. An enormous man-made lake that provides the fresh water used in the Panama Canal locks. Beautiful area of the Canal transit.
Written 6 January 2024
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Ontario76
Sherwood Park, Canada1,093 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We went over part of the lake on the way to the western part of the canal. This was a group tour. Not much wildlife seen in that brief part. We got into the boat more than halfway over the lake and made no special tours of any islands or such. If you want to see wildlife, the brief bit during the route to the western canal transit won't satisfy. You'll have to go to a more dedicated lake tour.
Written 3 September 2023
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We took a boat ride on Gatun Lake while we were in Panama City. I don't remember the company, but there are several. The lake is beautiful and there are opportunities to see the large ships in the Panama Canal as the Lake is a major part of the canal. We were even fortunate to see one ship that we later saw going through the locks at Miraflores. The Lake was a very pleasant place to visit and it was a great way to experience the canal.
Written 1 May 2023
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AZCatFan1998
Mechanicsburg, PA271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were in a little skiff going around to see monkey island but the best part was seeing the giant shipping vessels in the lake. Beware if you have a weak stomach the water does get choppy when you pass a ship and you may get sick.
Written 10 April 2023
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Shelley C
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We crossed Gatun Lake on our Monkey Tour, passed a couple of massive boats that were crossing the Panama Canal.
We didn't see the whole lake but it was very interesting to be on the canal route.
Written 25 March 2023
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Ken Q
Denver, United States827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We visited here as part of our boat tour of the Panama Canal. Fun to see the ships and there was lots of wildlife.
Written 25 February 2023
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Huge man-made lake into which ships sail from the Caribbean locks of the Panama Canal. We took a small boat to look for wildlife but, apart from a swimming sloth and some monkeys there was little to see. On another day we may have been more lucky.
Written 22 February 2023
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Marc N
Bartlesville, OK1,398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Hard to believe this is a man-made lake. Several opportunities to see flora and fauna. Highlight of this trip were the howler monkeys.
Written 12 February 2023
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Kevin
Chicago, IL219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
we caught peacock bass as saw monkeys, but the traffic getting there (Gambaa) from city was a hassle
Written 8 January 2023
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