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A ferry to a tropical paradise
Las Perlas Archipelago, located in the Panama Bay, is one of the most beautiful places in the country, with white sandy beaches, sapphire blue waters teaming with marine life and a history that spans for centuries, it is a destination that every tourist and Panamanian should visit at least once in their lifetime. Sea Las Perlas Ferry can take you there in comfort seven days a week, the trip to Contadora Island, which is one of the most developed, only takes 90 minutes.
Contadora has an area of 1.39 km², which makes it the 11th largest island of the archipelago. It was the island where the Spanish counted the pearls that were harvested from the other islands in the archipelago, hence the name of the island, which means “the one that counts” in Spanish.
The islands produced pearls of many colors and sizes, and during the many years when pearls were harvested from the waters around the islands, the natives would converge to Contadora to count their pearls and sell them to the Spaniards. Early last century there was an underwater epidemic which killed most of the pearl oysters, reducing the production of pearls to a dribble. On the southern side of Contadora is Panama’s only recognized nude beach, as well as many other secluded beaches
Contadora is also a very popular tourist destination and Sea Las Perlas offers day pass from $120 that includes round trip to the island, welcome cocktail, lunch plus one drink, beach chair and umbrella. Prices vary depending on the hotel you choose to spend the day.
Check out this YouTuber’s Vlog about Contadora Island
Sea Las Perlas also travels to San Miguel, Saboga and Viveros, three beautiful islands waiting to be discovered by you. Saboga sits amid the shallow waters of the Gulf of Panama where the continental shelf extends for miles, sheltered from strong winds and currents by the nearby mainland. With around half the amount of rainfall of the Caribbean coast, Panama’s Isla Saboga sits amid the shallow waters of the Gulf of Panama where the continental shelf extends for miles, sheltered from strong winds and currents by the nearby mainland. Currently a green residential and hotel complex is under construction.
Viveros is going through a transformation with new roads, a marina, shops, hotels, restaurants and an airport under construction. Less commercial than Contadora, is a charming place where you can come face to face with nature.
Check out this great informative video about the Island on YouTube
Sea Las Perlas has day passes to those islands. You can go to the Viveros Beach Club for $130. The price includes round trip to the island, welcome cocktail, lunch plus one drink, beach chair and umbrella, beach towel, swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The day pass to Saboga Beach Club costs $119 and includes round trip to the island, breakfast and lunch, beach chair, kayak, snorkel equipment and showers.
The ferry departs every day from Brisas de Amador, Perico Island Causeway to Contadora at 7:30 a.m. trips to San Miguel and Viveros are: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesdays, leaving at 7:30am. Sea Las Perlas also has a booth in Albrook Mall at the Dolphin Entrance is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. Round trip to Contadora cost $90 for adults and $70 for children.
For reservations call: 391-1424 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For additional information call 209-4010 or write to