Monkey Island Tours

Visit the Monkey Island Foundation in Bocas del Toro, Panama

During this educational wildlife tour you will get to interact with some of our resident monkeys and learn lots about each of the species we look after. All while you take in the beautiful scenery of a unique and remote mangrove island…a true monkey paradise!


Don´t miss the chance to experience a unique and unforgettable tour during your visit to Bocas del Toro, Panama


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Welcome to Monkey Island Tours at the Monkey Island Foundation!


During this educational wildlife tour you will get to interact with some of our resident monkeys and learn lots about each of the species we look after. All while you take in the beautiful scenery of a unique and remote mangrove island…a true monkey paradise!


Entrance Fee

  • Adults: $20
  • Panamanians: $10
  • Children ages 12-17: $10
    *Not recommended for children under 11 years of age

All the money we collect from tour entrance fees goes 100% into covering the monkeys costs (food, enclosure maintenance, visits to the vet, and check-ups)

During your visit to the island, you can enjoy other activities such as: snorkeling and swimming around the island, playing volleyball in the water, and relaxing in one of our many hammocks or lounging areas

Lunch is available upon request, as well as cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages

To schedule a tour with us, please contact us via phone or e-mail.

You can reach us

  • via e-mail at info@monkeyislandtours.com 
  • by phone at 507-6668-2027

Note: You don’t necessarily need to book/schedule the tour in advance. If you contact us beforehand we can assist you in finding transportation to the island or with anything else…but if you can’t reach us or simply decide to come in last minute, feel free to do so during visiting hours. We look forward to seeing you here!

Open everyday (Monday through Sunday) from 10:00am to 3:00pm

If you are interested in booking a stay with us at the island’s eco-lodge, please visit this page


Do we get to actually interact with the monkeys?

Yes! Some of the monkeys are running free and you are able to pet and feed them. Even the monkeys in enclosures enjoy being fed treats from guests.

How many monkeys are on the island?

Currently, we have ten monkeys from three different species.

Do we get to feed them?

Yes. If you would like to feed them, we have seeds and fruits for you to offer them.

What do they eat?

The monkeys eat three meals a day. They eat fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and proteins.

Do the monkeys bite?

These are wild animals, not pets. We cannot guarantee that they will not bite. However, our monkeys are used to being around people and are very friendly and playful. Our staff monitors the interaction and will guide you in how to interact safely.

Is it safe to be around them and touch them?

All of our monkeys have been tested for any diseases and are up to date on all of their vaccinations.

Do we need to bring food or do you provide?

We have dried fruits and nuts and seeds for you to offer them during your stay. However, if you want to bring something special for them, it is always welcomed. Their favorites are dried tropical fruits, such as kiwi, mango, and pineapple and they love cashew nuts!

How long can we stay?

You are welcome to stay for two hours to interact with the monkeys between the hours of 10 am -3pm.

Are there certain hours we can come to see the monkeys?

We only accept tour groups between the hours of 10am-3pm. We begin luring the monkeys back to their cages for the night by 4pm each day.

What age children can come on monkey tour?

Children over the age of 12 are welcome to come on the monkey tour.

Why can’t I bring my young children on the tour?

For the safety of both the animals and the children, it is not recommended for young children. Young children cause the monkeys to be anxious and they are less likely to be friendly and interact with the group.

What if we want to come on the tour but have no choice but to bring our small children along with us for our excursions?

If a group shows up with a young child, we have two options. We either do not allow monkeys out to play and they are only viewed through the enclosures or a parent must stay on the boat with the small child and the boat stays slightly offshore. The adults can rotate to allow each of the grown-ups an opportunity to meet the monkeys.

Why do we have to pay for the tour?

The monkeys are very expensive to care for and your fees and donations help us to provide for them and contribute towards their food and vet bills.

Do you offer food or drinks for purchase during the tour?

We do have a drink menu for purchase. We can sometimes offer lunch, but it should be scheduled with us prior to your arrival. We also have overnight guests to tend to and need to ensure we have enough provisions on hand.

Can we bring our own food or drinks?

No. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing your own food and drinks onto the island. Some foods are not safe for the monkeys and will be tempting for them. Only foods and drinks purchased from our restaurant can be consumed here on the Island.

Is there a place to swim?

If you wish to take a dip during your stay here, you are welcome to. We have a beautiful natural swimming pool (the sea). We encourage you to wear your swimsuit on your visit and remember to bring a towel, as they are not provided.

If we are interested in staying overnight, how do we make a reservation?

We would love for you to extend your time with our monkeys and to stay in our resort! You can find out more about our accommodations and make reservations at our Eco Lodge.


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