Isla Saboga is a true nature lover’s paradise. Unspoiled, practically deserted beaches and tropical jungle only 35 miles from Panama City, at the gateway to the Pearl Islands. If you can imagine what Hawaii must have been like 100 years ago, before all the development during the 20th century, you can perhaps begin to appreciate what Isla Saboga and the Pearl Islands has to offer. It is one of the world’s last unspoiled, undeveloped archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from Panama City makes it even more special.
A 1 hour and 30 minute ferry ride from the city brings you directly to the dock on Saboga, where we will meet you and escort you back to your accommodations in the El Encanto development on the west side of the island.
For US TV history buffs, the seventh season of CBS’s ‘Survivor’ – Survivor All-Stars – was filmed on here Saboga, and two additional seasons were shot here in the Pearl Islands as well. ‘Survivor’ is now an international franchise, and Turkey has just completed filming its own ‘Survivor’ on neighboring Mogo Mogo island.
Whale watching is a favorite activity during the months of July through mid-October, when the humpback whales from Antarctica migrate here to the Bay of Panama to give birth to their calves, breed, and escape the cold Antarctic winter. Whales can be seen directly from shore, and you can hire a boat to get an even closer look. The Panama Whale Watching Tours operates out of neighboring Contadora, and offers daily tours from July through mid-October.
Here are some images of Saboga: