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The Contadora / Saboga / Out-islands all share the same “play ground” of exciting on-the-water adventures. Tours leave from Contadora or Saboga. Where you notice the biggest difference between the two islands is on land. A day on Saboga is much different than a day on Contadora. Contadora is a busy tourism destination. The popular on-land activity is to lounge at the beach, enjoy restaurants, beach comb, and take a self-guided tour by club car. Saboga is much less developed and popular with people who like to hike jungle trails as well as beach comb on pristine beaches and interact with the friendly residents of Saboga Village; home to descendants of African slaves since the 1500’s. Visiting Saboga Village is a cultural experience.
We are English speaking vacation consultants. We offer a menu of premium tours and activities and can coordinate accommodations. Based on over 20 years of personal experience as tour guides, but we also offer information on all water-related activities and events in Las Perlas.
Not your one-size-fits-all tour company. There are many price differences and options depending on specifics like language, professional interests and most of all whether you’re looking for the least expensive or the most all-encompassing adventure which many times you can book for just a fraction more in cost but gain twice or three times the overall value.
Although we are headquartered on Isla Contadora, we provide our services to the circle of islands that include the two inhabited islands, Contadora and Saboga, and four uninhabited islands all within a five-mile radius. We call it the Circle of Adventure.
Our guests tend to be adventurous and looking for something besides a “cookie-cutter”tour; a learning experience built into a memory of island life and activities.
We build value into a tour starting with the price of the boat best equipped and the guide and captain most experienced for the type of tour that you want. With a wonder-waterland so diverse – it is not one size fits all. It’s about matching you with the best combination of equipment and services on any given day. We charge $25 to custom build and book your tour – to manage your expectations so that you have the best possible day. We wave the $25 charge when you book a guided tour. Why is that a good deal? Because we know about the day’s weather, tides, moon phases and we take that into consideration as well as each boat’s equipment and the captain and/ guide’s expertise. And … we are available to you from the time you leave until the time you return to handle any issues or special requests.
Many people have asked, ‘what kind of boats do we use for tour’. For most snorkeling, island hopping, etc., we choose to use local pangeros (native fishermen) whose traditional fishing boats operate directly off of beaches.
It is important to us to support the local fishermen, and of course they are expert in their water and boat skills.
Pangas are a type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat common throughout much of the developing world, including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia.
We also have options for sport-fishing boats for people whose priority is off-shore fishing. And… we have special sailing tours. So, we customize our choices of vessels and gear to suit the guests.
The type of boat, and the captain, are carefully selected for their skills and their personalities. Each tour consists of a captain, the boat and a guide who is also the in-water snorkel and spearfishing guide.
Here’s an article that explains the respectful way in which we guide whale-watching trips. https://www.thevisitorpanama.com/2016/07/panama-whale-watching-season/
And if this video doesn’t inspire you to come on out, I don’t know what will 🙂