Agua Clara Locks & Kayaking in the Canal

  • Port

    Gatun Lake, Panama

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included


Gatún Lake was created during the building of the Panama Canal because raising the water level across the isthmus meant that excavations did not have to be so vast. A large earthen wall was built, villages were flooded and the water rose to form Gatún Lake.

At the Melia Resort, you will gear up and away you go -- paddling a kayak on the Panama Canal itself. You'll have approximately 1¾ hours to paddle among the islands of Gatún Lake. There are 1,368 species of vascular plants, 93 species of mammals and as many as 366 species of birds in this area.

You will also visit the Agua Clara Locks Lookout to see the Panama Canal in operation -- a great marvel of modern engineering and an unforgettable experience.

Your kayak paddle ends in Colón, where you will re-join the ship.


Maximum weight is 250 lbs. Minimum age is 9 years. Double kayaks are used. Tour departs from Gatún Lake and ends in Colón where you will re-join the ship. You may arrive in Colón before the ship does. Suitable for adventurous and physically-fit participants. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.