Everything you’ve heard about Panama in one package. Spend your first three nights in the capital city as you visit the Panama Canal, go peacock bass fishing, and experience the diverse culture and nightlife of Panama City. Next you’ll head to western Panama to experience beautiful beaches and world class fishing. Fish for giant marlin and tuna at famous hot spots like Coiba Island and the Hannibal Bank. Add in some incredible in-shore fishing for massive cubera snapper, grouper, wahoo, and roosterfish and you’ll see why Panama is on the rise.
Fly into Panama City, Panama where you will be met and taken directly to your waiting private transfer. You will spend your first night downtown and the gorgeous new Waldorf Astoria. Just one year old, this is the first and only Waldorf in Latin America certainly meets the Waldorf standard of 5-star amenities and service. Enjoy their highly rated sushi restaurant, pool, spa, gym, and first class service while you explore Panama City.
Today you will enjoy a private tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal with our expert bilingual guide. First you’ll head over the 500 year old ruins of the first Spanish settlements in Panama Viejo. As you pass through the city your guide will point out other famous locations like former dictator Manuel Noriega’s home, the new Trump Tower, and the best shopping and restaurants. Next head out to the Amador Causeway, a popular road built out into the ocean connecting four islands to the mainland. Enjoy duty free shopping and panoramic vistas of the city from here. Your next visit will be to the French Colonial part of town, Casco Antiguo. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Casco Antiguo is full of boutique shops, great little restaurants, and beautiful colonial architecture. Last but not least we will take you to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal. Visit their museum to see how 100 year old engineering still functions perfectly today at one of the world’s most impressive modern marvels. We’ll time your day perfectly so that you are able watch enormous 1000 ft long Panamax ships go through the locks from the Visitors Center Tower.
Let’s go fishing! You’ll be picked up early in the morning for a full day of fishing on the Panama Canal. You’ll fish on the man-made Lake Gatun, formed during the construction of the canal in the early 1900s when the Chagres River was damned. Lake Gatun is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and is home to an incredible amount of marine life including peacock bass, rainbow bass, snook, tarpon, snapper, and even crocodiles and manatee! Troll and sight cast along the rainforest covered banks, river mouths, rocky ledges and acres of submerged forest to provide for the Panama Canal Grand Slam - peacock bass, snook, and tarpon. Most peacock bass are 2-3 pounders and can be caught in droves, but 7-10 pounders are considered trophies and are caught with a bit more skill and patience.
Late in the morning we will pick you up and take you to the Albrook Airport for a quick flight to David located in western Panama. You will be met there and taken one hour to the sleepy fishing town of Boca Chica. You’ll stay at the boutique Seagull Cove Lodge, which is a welcome change from the mega resorts that line Panama’s central coast. With just five cabanas you’ll experience privacy, friendly service, and the relaxing natural beauty of the Gulf of Chiriqui. The five rooms feature a queen bed or two double beds, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, AC, satellite TV, private baths, orthopedic mattresses, and private terraces with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Let’s go fishing! Your fishing day will start early (6 AM) as you’ll run 50 miles offshore to the world famous fishing grounds of the Hannibal Bank. This unique seamount, named after the USS Hannibal which discovered it in 1914 while doing depth sounding surveys for the Panama Canal, is home to some of the world’s best marlin fishing. Warm blue water and nutrient rich currents that rise up the Hannibal Bank create the perfect habitat for baitfish like bonito, small yellow-fin tuna, dorado, and rainbow runners – all favorites on the marlin menu. Both blue and black marlin are caught here throughout the year, most in the 300-500 lb range, although every year there are stories of unexpecting anglers raising a grander. The squid chains, teasers, and dredges will be out as you troll plastics or circle-hook rigged ballyhoo, but for the best action try slow trolling live bait like a 5-15 lb bonito or mackerel and see what happens.
Free day! Relax at the pool and your own private beach or set up a tour to explore the numerous islands and secluded white sand beaches that dot the Gulf of Chiriqui. There are also some great snorkeling spots and in season (Aug-Nov) some terrific whale watching.
Let’s go fishing! Today is your last full day so head back offshore to the Hannibal Bank for another incredible day of fishing. If you’ve already landed the marlin of a lifetime then today focus your offshore efforts on the other fish that has made fishing in Panama so famous – yellow-fin tuna. Schools of yellow-fin tuna can be seen boiling at the surface when bait is present and deeper down 200-300 lb ‘cow tuna’ lurk. Just ten miles away from the Hannibal Bank sits Monster Island, Isla Montousa. Here you can go bottom fishing for mammoth cubera snapper, mangrove snapper, amberjacks, grouper and huge roosterfish. In the afternoon you can continue in-shore fishing for wahoo, roosterfish, jacks, and snapper at other hot spots that make up “Jurassic Park” like the Islas Secas, Isla Parida, and Isla Ladrones.
Take and early flight from David back to Panama City and then we’ll transfer you over to the PTY Airport for your international flight home.
Panama is growing in popularity and more high end hotels are being built every year. Whether it’s five star luxury in Panama City, an eco-lodge, a beachfront resort, a secluded boutique hotel, or one of our world renowned fishing resorts Panama offers it all. Below are suggestions for this sample package, but if you don’t see what you are looking for keep in mind we will customize your itinerary until it is perfect.