Transportation Service to Taboga

There are two companies which provide transportation to Taboga Island, (e.g., National Tours, S.A. and Barcos Calypso).  Both are very reliable and responsible companies, but their service is a bit different.  The first company owns faster launches and leave towards the island earlier than the latter.  On the other hand, the second company has launches which can accommodate more passengers, depart later, and sail at a slower speed allowing passenger to enjoy the panorama and take pictures.  If you are lucky you will find dolphins swimming alongside the vessel.  Unfortunately I didn’t see any.  Maybe next time.

I selected Barcos Calypso, since I was interested in enjoying the ride and taking as many pictures as possible.  The weather was great for picture-taking.  The trip to Taboga was about an hour and covered twenty kilometers, equivalent to 12.4 miles.  The site to board the launch is La Playita de Amador Causeway on the island of Naos in the former Canal Zone.  Their telephone number is 314-1730, Fax 314-1729, and their e-mail address is


  1. Monday through Thursday:  Panama – Taboga – 8:30 a.m.
  2. Monday through Thursday:  Taboga – Panama – 4:30 p.m.
  3. Friday:  Panama – Taboga – 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  4. Friday:  Taboga – Panama – 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  5. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays:  Panama – Taboga – 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  6. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays:  Taboga – Panama – 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.


  1. Round Trip:  Adults $14.00, Children $9.50 and Retirees $9.50
  2. Single Trip:  Adults $8.00, Children $5.50 and Retirees $5.50

They had no information regarding ticket fares for the different ages of children.  My recommendation is to call them and find out when you are in the process of programming your trip to Taboga with your family if it includes children, of course.

The launch was right on time.  I checked it with my cellphone.  I love punctuality, a characteristic which is not very common in this part of the world.  The return trip from Taboga was also exactly up to the minute.  A big kudos to this company.

Below are several pictures of the launch which looked new, well maintained and modern.  Its name was Calypso King E.  Here we go.

Snapshot of the Calypso on its way to the dock to pick up the passengers for Taboga. It was exactly 08:30 a.m. Punctuality is a good word to have in your personal dictionary. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the Calypso King E. safely moored at the dock at the Amador’s Causeway ready to accommodate passengers to Taboga on an early Monday morning. Notice the chairs on the bow of the craft. That is where I sat during the journey to Taboga. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of my last sight of the launch after arriving at Taboga, These young kids were excellent company during the trip. They were a friendly bunch of young kids having fun at the beach. I enjoyed their company during the whole trip. Tomorrow I plan to post several pictures of these fun-loving kids. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Tomorrow I plan to introduce you to a bunch of young revelers who shared the trip with me to Taboga.  Their enthusiasm, stamina and deep sense of humor was contagious.  They were lots of fun.  I’m sure you will love their pictures.  Please return to Lingua Franca.  Good Day.

6 thoughts on “Transportation Service to Taboga”

  1. That’s a good-looking boat. Do you know what the “E” in the vessel’s name stands for? My guess is that they have several boats in their fleet and that’s how they distinguish them, but that could be completely wrong.

    You surely did have a beautiful day for that sort of outing!

  2. Morning Linda:

    I’m afraid I have no idea what that letter stands out for. It could very well be to identify the fleet. On the way back, we had another vessel, not as modern as this one. It was a nice ride with beautiful people as you will discover tomorrow.

    Expect to see you tomorrow for another friendly morning chat.



  3. On my very first trip to Panama to meet my lawyer to start the process of obtaining my ‘Pensionado’ visa, I took the same boat out to Taboga. Enjoyed it immensely. Fortunately I opted for the early return since there’s not a lot to do once you get out to the island unless you are going to spend your time there swimming. You can walk the whole town, stopping to take pictures, in about a half hour. Then there’s little to do except sit at one of the restaurants for a couple of beers. But I’d give the trip two thumbs up, for sure.

  4. Hello Richard:

    The purpose of my trip to Taboga, was to breathe some fresh air and take pictures. The island is a historic treasure. I will post about this in the future. I stayed overnight, since I wanted to talk to the people and try to capture the personality of the islanders. Staying there for one day allowed me to take pictures of sunrise from the balcony of the hotel. It was an awesome view.

    Several pictures of daybreak were taken with my Canon DSLR camera and a brand new powerful Canon zoom lens. I will post these pictures as well in future blog posts. Stay tuned.

    In a nutshell, the island was a treasure of light, people, history and peacefulness. I’m glad I took that trip. It was worth every second I was there. My next trip is to the San Blas Islands or Kuna Yala which is the proper name for these paradise-islands on the Atlantic Ocean.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s