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 email@example.com
- Monday through Thursday: Panama – Taboga – 8:30 a.m.
- Monday through Thursday: Taboga – Panama – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: Panama – Taboga – 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- Friday: Taboga – Panama – 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Panama – Taboga – 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Taboga – Panama – 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Round Trip: Adults $14.00, Children $9.50 and Retirees $9.50
- 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.
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.