Explore Tropical Rain Forests, Snorkel from Wild Beaches & Cruise the Legendary Canal
There are few places in the world where nature is as exuberant, colorful and diverse as in the tropics of Costa Rica, home to an amazing array of flora and fauna. From white-faced capuchins to scarlet macaws and blue morpho butterflies, Costa Rica's wildlife will wow you. But this adventure cruise takes our Central American nature immersion a step beyond, to the adjacent land of Panama as well. To many, the country of Panama is synonymous with its famous canal, one of the most celebrated human achievements on the planet. What many people don’t know, however, is that Panama offers natural beauty and biological diversity that’s equal to Costa Rica’s. That means you'll get double the rewards on this special itinerary that includes both of these spectacular nature destinations!
Transit the Panama Canal with a stop midway at Barro Colorado Island where we're accompanied on forest walks by guides from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Discover an astonishing variety of jungle wildlife—monkeys, sloths, reptiles and more than 300 species of birds, including toucans and macaws
Explore less-traveled beaches and coastal rain forest on Costa Rica's Pacific side with stops at Golfo Dulce, the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park
Sail with the World Leader in Conservation-Focused Small Ship Cruising
We’re proud to offer a worldwide slate of Adventure Cruises through our partner, Lindblad Expeditions. Nat Hab joined forces with Lindblad in 2016 to expand our mutual collection of nature adventures. Founded in 1958 by Lars-Eric Lindblad, the company pioneered eco-conscious expeditions for “citizen explorers" and today is the world leader in conservation-focused small-ship cruises. Our Adventure Specialists are intimately familiar with the ships and itineraries and are on call to answer any questions you might have.
Transit of the Panama Canal as Few Have a Chance To
Few have the opportunity to experience the Panama Canal this way. Our transit elapses over 48 hours, enabling you to see the canal and learn about its mechanisms by day and see it dramatically lit at night. This is an in-depth experience of this historically significant and remarkable achievement of human engineering, with a nod to its natural surroundings. Within the Canal Zone, we have special permission to overnight at Barro Colorado Island in Gatun Lake, serenaded by the thrilling sounds of the rain forest. Barro Colorado Island has been the site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute since 1923 and is where we’ll meet Smithsonian scientists who accompany us on a guided forest walk.
Experience Makes a Difference
Lindblad’s 20+ years exploring Costa Rica and Panama offer an unmatched experience of this coastal geography as experienced from the sea. The world's leader in small-ship expedition cruising, Lindblad owns and operates the National Geographic Quest, a new state-of-the-art vessel used on all departures of this voyage. The result is attention to detail, along with a suite of amenities, which most other tour operators in the region simply cannot offer.
Diversify Your Wildlife Encounters with Local Naturalists
Every trip sails with a veteran Lindblad Expedition Leader and a hand-picked team of Costa Rican and Panamanian naturalists, offering a guide-to-guest ratio of one naturalist for every 12 guests, with a wealth of daily activities to choose from. The small, intimate scale of the ship and group means we can easily reach places inaccessible to larger vessels, offering more in-depth access with varied points of view. The ship's naturalists know shores and trails well; they are adept at spotting wildlife, and their expertise offers greater insight to our guests.
Gear Up to Explore the Region's Exceptional Biodiversity
The ship is a base camp for exploring this remarkable land bridge between North and South America, and we’ve got the tools to help you be an engaged, active explorer. Five expedition landing craft, plus eight single and 12 double kayaks, let us follow intricate shorelines and remote rivers. Step ashore on gorgeous beaches with no tourist infrastructure. Snorkel gear is available for all guests, so you’ll never miss a chance to swim with brilliant schools of fish. Video microscopes, high-definition screens, hydrophones and other tools provide added opportunities for in-depth understanding.
Take Advantage of Optimally Timed Wildlife Sightings
Traveling with our own personal expedition team provides us the advantage of their deep knowledge of Costa Rican and Panamanian habitat. They know when rain forest inhabitants are most active, and forays are scheduled accordingly. There may thus be some early morning outings or walks in the forest as wildlife is awakening for the day. Your early rising will be amply rewarded with freshly roasted Costa Rican coffee to fuel you before you set out for time among blue-footed boobies, noisy parrots and delicate butterflies.
Get the Finest Possible Nature Photos
Fascinating wildlife, untouched beaches and lavish rain forest vegetation afford terrific opportunities for photographers. Juxtaposed with the massive concrete and steel engineering project that is the Panama Canal, and the diversity of photo opportunities are hard to surpass. A Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor is on board to provide assistance with your camera and instruction in elements of composition to help you take your best photos ever.
We’re Committed to the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventure is a standard-setter in eco-conscious travel. We were the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company. And we continue to break innovative ground in adopting practices that help to protect our global environment. Because of our concern for the environment, we are pleased to partner with Lindblad Expeditions for our Adventure Cruises, a company that shares our values and commitment to the planet.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our environmental commitment and the outstanding quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation we’re very proud of! When you book your Lindblad Expeditions cruise with us, a portion of your trip fee supports WWF.
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