Panama Canal [Partial Transit] boat tour

8 Hours - The Panama Canal Partial Transit boat tour travels northbound and southbound. Here we sail through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks. The best boat tour through the Panama Canal.

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Price Per Person (USD)
Saturday, Sunday
Flamenco Marina, Amador, Panama City
15 pers. max.

Itineraries of the partial transit tour of the Panama Canal

Check-in times are subject to last minute changes due to Panama Canal operations. Remember to confirm the check-in time one day before.

Transit directions:

  • Northbound :
    • Pacific Ocean » Gatun Lake
    • Check-in: 6:30am – 7:30am
  • Southbound :
    • Gatun Lake » Pacific Ocean
    • Check-in: 9:30am – 11am

Regardless of the direction of transit, the meeting point for check-in will always be Flamenco Marina, Amador, Ciudad de Panamá.

Transit directions by date:

  • Saturdays: Northbound
  • Sundays: Southbound

Northbound Tour

After boarding the ship we headed to the entrance of the Panama Canal. From where you can see the skyscrapers and the Bridge of the Americas.

Miraflores Locks
Then we go to the Miraflores Locks where the ship ascends 18 meters in its two water chambers, to match the height of Lake Miraflores.

Pedro Miguel Locks
After navigating Miraflores Lake, we arrive at the Pedro Miguel Locks where the ship ascends 9 meters in a single chamber of water, reaching the height of Gatun Lake.

Leaving the Pedro Miguel locks, we enter the famous Culebra Cut and sail until we meet the Centennial Bridge.

We continue sailing through Culebra Cut for about 13.7 kilometers until we reach our final destination at the facilities of the Panama Canal Dredging Division in Gamboa. From there we are transported by bus back to our starting point in Flamenco Marina, Amador (45 minutes).

Southbound Tours

This tour is the exact opposite route of northbound transit.

Here we start with a bus trip of almost 45 minutes from the Flamenco Marina, Amador to the Panama Canal Dredging Division in Gamboa.

Then we descend through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks until we reach the water level of the Pacific Ocean, disembarking at Flamenco Marina.

The Pacific Queen, The Ship

The Pacific Queen is a vessel specially designed to provide the best experience for our passengers as we explore the wonders of this impressive engineering feat.

Dimensions: The Pacific Queen is perfectly sized to navigate comfortably through the canal. It has a length of 33 meters and a width of 7.5 meters.

Capacity: Our ship can accommodate a maximum of 250 passengers, ensuring that each one has enough space to enjoy the journey without overcrowding.

Levels: The Pacific Queen features four levels so that our passengers can enjoy the journey from different perspectives:

  • First level: Here, you’ll find an enclosed cabin with air conditioning, where you can relax and enjoy the comforts while observing the landscape through the windows. We also have bathrooms for your convenience and a food bar where you can purchase snacks, beers, and other drinks to stay refreshed during the journey.
  • Second level: Similar to the first level, this space offers another enclosed cabin with air conditioning and comfortable seating for passengers who desire a more intimate and cool environment.
  • Third level with a roof: Here, you can enjoy the outdoors and panoramic views of the canal while relaxing in outdoor seating. It’s the perfect place to take stunning photographs and feel the sea breeze.
  • Fourth level (flybridge): This elevated, roofless level is ideal for those who want a unique perspective of the journey. From here, you can take the best photos of the journey and enjoy an unparalleled panoramic view.

What to bring?

  • Original passports or valid Panamanian IDs
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera or cell phone
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Money to buy souvenirs


  • Guide
  • Lunch

Not Included:

  • Ground transport to the meeting point

Terms & Conditions:


Booking Details:

Saturday, Sunday
Flamenco Marina, Amador, Panama City
15 pers. max.

Price Per Person (USD)
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★★★★★ Rated 5.00 Based on 3 Review(s)

  • Salvador Hunt June 12, 2022

    Good trip. Very well narrated.

    Learned a lot about the history of the panama canal and its importance. What an amazing experience. Great guide and nice crew.

  • Vicente Esteban April 30, 2022

    This is a very well organized and executed trip.

    Everything went as planned, from our arrival at Flamenco to check-in.

    All services were impeccable, from the guide, food.

    Some recommendations:

    – Bring a hat, umbrella, sunscreen

    – The best photos, the ones that give the greatest impact, are the ones taken when entering the locks. The forward deck is where you will see the most.

  • Jorge Santana March 15, 2022

    My friend lives in Panama, he booked this tour for us. It was a very informative tour. The guide did a great job. We started in Gamboa, ending in Flamenco. Water, snacks, soft drinks and a lunch was included. We had a great time.