zodiacs from Sea Lion
Kayaking in Costa Rica
Hiking Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Panama-C.Rica Cruise -7nts


  • Easy pace, but must be able handle wet landings and boarding Zodiacs
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Scheduled dates: see below
  • Price: from $5,690 per person  

JB Journeys can book any Linblad/National Geographic departures. 


Natural wonders along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Panama

Joining an expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal is a singular experience of diverse nature and jungle wildlife coupled with an in-depth crossing of the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering.  A knowledgeable, engaging staff caters to your daily interests and provides insight, all while traveling in comfort. The 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion enables you to:

  •   Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, and explore far from any inhabited places
  •   Transit the Panama Canal—a historical marvel of engineering
  •   Kayak cool azure waters where the rain forest meets the sea
  •   Explore idyllic islands; snorkel over a vibrant coral reef and take an expedition landing craft cruise through mangroves 
Escape into wildness - The perfect winter escape.  Dense, lush rain forest.  Pristine deserted beaches.  Monkeys galore.  Coatimundis and dozing sloths, plus toucans, macaws, and hummingbirds.  Walk deep into the rain forest; the only sounds are the birds and monkeys in the trees and your own footfalls.  And slowly, everyday life dissipates as revitalization takes over.  Each day reveals distinct facets of the region: forest trails for hiking, a cool swim in a waterfall pool, or a coral reef to snorkel.  portunities abound to see creatures in their natural environs—both land and sea.
     Exhilarating adventures daily - You’ll walk the rain forest, kayak through mangroves, search for wildlife by expedition landing craft, and transit the Panama Canal—a modern wonder of the world. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific.  Our expert naturalists and photo instructors are with you every step of the way, always giving you choices and expanding your knowledge. And aboard, you can always savor panoramic views from the National Geographic Sea Lion. 
     Travel with an exceptional team - Explore with the largest, most knowledgeable expedition team in the region.  With one naturalist for every 12 guests, you’re ensured more access and varied points of view. With no assigned groups, you are free to experience the different personalities and specialties of our staff. They know these trails and coastlines well, adding insight, depth, and clarity to each landing.  Our naturalists are adept at spotting wildlife and our photo instructors will help you with camera settings in the rain forest and aboard ship.  Their enthusiasm for the region and its biodiversity is contagious.


  • Day 1 - Begin in Panama, and board the Sea Lion in Colon on the Caribbean side, and enter the first locks of the Canal, overnighting in Gatun Lake 
  • Day 2 - You will spend today at Barro Colorado Island, the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Station, a rich biological example of rainforest. Meet working scientists, walk the trails
  • Day 3 - Gulf of Panama Islets, kayak the turquoise waters, look for brown pelicans and roosting magnificent frigate birds 
  • Day 4 - Isla Coiba National Park, Panama's former penal colony, rich is bird and sealife, great for hikes or snorkeling
  • Day 5 - Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica, visit an orchid garden, look for parrots and toucans. Kayak and swim in the gulf 
  • Day 6 - The Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. Hike the rainforest, looking for monkeys; swim in waterfalls
  • Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park - Costa Rica's beautiful coast, the forest filled with sloth, monkeys and lots of birds 
  • Day 8 - transfer to San Jose, Costa Rica for departure

Note:  Some departures run the opposite direction

Dates:   2015: Jan 3, Jan 10 (SJ), Jan 17, Jan 24 (SJ), Jan 31,Feb 21 (SJ), Feb 14, 28, Mar 7 (SJ) 

(SJ) denotes San Jose start, ending in Panama

  • Accommodations:  All 31 cabins have a window, and the upper and bridge deck cabins open to the outdoors.  Each cabin has private facilities and thermostats. National Geographic Sea Lion also offers a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables for taking in the sea air or sharing an evening cocktail.  Her inviting lounge is the hub of expedition community life—with a full-service bar and monitors for presentations, films, and photo slideshows.  Meals are served in a single seating, with unassigned tables for casual and easy mingling.  Wellness treatments as well as fitness options are also available. She also features a library, global market, and bridge where guests are invited to talk with our officers, learn about navigation and share the captain’s view.
  • Included:  All meals & non-alcoholic beverages, cappuccinos, lattes, snacks and hors d'oeuvres, fitness center, services & guidance of expedition staff, all sightseeing & excursions, entry fees, park fees, port taxes, snorkel equipment including wetsuits, presentations and guest speakers.  
  • Not included: Gratuities, international airfare, scuba, spa treatments, travel insurance