Colon (Cristobal) Kayaking Excursion Reviews

For a fun, active and educational Panamanian excursion, take to the ocean on a guided kayak trip.
Our guide, Eddy, spoke very good English and was very entertaining.
Sail Date: November 2017
Our guide, Eddy, spoke very good English and was very entertaining. We stopped at a state sponsored site that had a good movie and nice view of the canal with little else. Next we went to a resort on Lake Gatun where we kayaked for about 1 ... Read More
Our guide, Eddy, spoke very good English and was very entertaining. We stopped at a state sponsored site that had a good movie and nice view of the canal with little else. Next we went to a resort on Lake Gatun where we kayaked for about 1 1/2 hours. Our guide tried hard to find wildlife for us to no avail. The day was hot and muggy so my bet is the animals were resting for cooler weather. The bus dropped us at the port in Colon (totally worthless place--couple casinos, couple restaurants, couple touristy junk shops and not much else). The ship didn't get there until 6:30pm; we had been waiting since 3pm. Way too much time to waste. Even though the tour was good, we would recommend staying on the ship unless they improve the port area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The kayaking was mostly limited to areas along the shores of Gatun Lake, not far from residences - ...
Sail Date: November 2017
The kayaking was mostly limited to areas along the shores of Gatun Lake, not far from residences - it's likely the wildlife we were looking for may not feel comfortable around commotion.
The kayaking was mostly limited to areas along the shores of Gatun Lake, not far from residences - it's likely the wildlife we were looking for may not feel comfortable around commotion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Overall this tour was okay.
Sail Date: December 2016
Overall this tour was okay. The only reason we did it was so we could get off the ship during partial transit of the locks. Problem is you get back to Colon and have to wait 4 hours for ship to show up. There is very little to do in Colon. ... Read More
Overall this tour was okay. The only reason we did it was so we could get off the ship during partial transit of the locks. Problem is you get back to Colon and have to wait 4 hours for ship to show up. There is very little to do in Colon. Looking back I would have found a way to stay the hotel the rest of the afternoon and then take a taxi back later. First stop of tour was the Gutun Locks for an hour. Enjoyed this stop a lot. Kayak tour was at a hotel called Meliá Panamá Canal. This is the same location the boat tours go out of. Kayaked for about an hour which was fun. Saw very little wildlife. There are bathrooms at the hotel for changing clothing. Recommend wearing a bathing suit, you will get wet to your waste getting into and out of the kayak. Colon - This was probably one of the worst ports to get stuck at for 4 hours. Very little to do. Based on what we saw during our ride through town to get to the port, we decided it probably wasn't the best area to go off exploring. Once the boat docked, it was a mad rush with everyone wanting to get back on board. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The excursion was great, but the kayak trip needed to be much longer; one hour isn't long enough to ...
Sail Date: December 2016
The excursion was great, but the kayak trip needed to be much longer; one hour isn't long enough to explore the great lake. Also, the over all tour is only three hours, so you're left to fend for yourself in Colon for FIVE ... Read More
The excursion was great, but the kayak trip needed to be much longer; one hour isn't long enough to explore the great lake. Also, the over all tour is only three hours, so you're left to fend for yourself in Colon for FIVE HOURS. THERE IS NOTHING TO DO IN COLON Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Kayaked Gatun lake and had time to swim at the hotel.
Sail Date: December 2015
Kayaked Gatun lake and had time to swim at the hotel. Didn't run into any gators so that was a plus for us. Had to take a tender (lifeboat) from the ship to shore. Ship went back through the locks.
Kayaked Gatun lake and had time to swim at the hotel. Didn't run into any gators so that was a plus for us. Had to take a tender (lifeboat) from the ship to shore. Ship went back through the locks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour guide didn't speak English very well.
Sail Date: March 2015
Our tour guide didn't speak English very well. Kayaking was ok. The canal experience was just ok. I will probably never go back, but if I did, I would probably go to the free zone for a shopping day.
Our tour guide didn't speak English very well. Kayaking was ok. The canal experience was just ok. I will probably never go back, but if I did, I would probably go to the free zone for a shopping day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Loved it!
Sail Date: April 2012
Loved it! Juan Carlos was a wonderful guide and showed us many types of wildlife, as well as lots of history about Panama.
Loved it! Juan Carlos was a wonderful guide and showed us many types of wildlife, as well as lots of history about Panama. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises