How to Get to Contadora?

This guide will show you how to get there by ferry or with flights to Contadora Island, Pearl Islands, Panama. Beautiful beaches and comfortable hotels make Contadora Island the most visited tourist destination in the Pearl Islands.

Ferry Flights

Before you travel:

The ferry restarts on October 17th. Only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

When traveling to Contadora Island, you should always bring your original passports.

There are no ATMs on the island. Make sure to bring enough cash, since many hotels, restaurants and tour operators do not accept credit cards.

Ferry from Panama City

The cheapest way to get to the Island!


The ferry, departing every day at 7:30am (check-in 7am) of the Flamenco Marina, Causeway Amador.

Contadora is not the first stop (usually):

It takes almost 1.5 hours to arrive in Contadora Island, but before the ferry can stop on Saboga Island.

Book the ferry online to secure your seat, there are limited spaces available.

Arriving at Playa Larga, Contadora Island at 9am.


Returning at 3:30pm (check-in 3:00pm) from Contadora Island arriving at 5:00 pm to Panama City.


  • Adults or children 12 years and older. $ 55 each way ($110 the old round)
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old $ 44 each way ($88 round trip)
  • Children from 0 to 4 years old do not pay travel on their parents’ legs

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Flying to Contadora

Locate at just 40 miles from Panama City. Contadora is the nearest island with an operational airstrip at the Pearl Islands.

Depending on the aircraft, this flight can take from just 20 to 35 minutes each way.

Private charter flights

Aero Albrook offers the most complete selection of light aircraft and helicopter to fly to Contadora Island.

You can flight in a private plane almost at any time in the day starting at $370 USD (2 – 3 seat plane).

Larger planes are available up to 10 passengers each.

Flights to Contadora (OTD), Las Perlas, PA

FlightsOriginOne Way
Islander Bn2 - Turbo Prop
8 (1600 pounds | 725kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
Piper Seneca - Turbo Prop
4 (700 pounds | 317kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
Piper Archer - Turbo Prop
3 (400 pounds | 181kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
Kodiak Quest 100 Deluxe - Turbo Prop
8 (1500 pounds | 680kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
King Air HP-12BLM - Turbo Prop
7 (1700 pounds | 771kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
Robinson R44 - Helicopter
3 (700 pounds | 317kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
Airbus EC130 T2 - Helicopter
6 (1200 pounds | 544kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
Charter Flight
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Commercial flights

Commercial flights provided by Air Panama to Contadora are very itinerant and on occasion, they are temporarily suspended and resumed the following week.

These flights depart from the Albrook Airport in Panama City.

Air Panama requires you to arrive at least 1 hour before your flight.

Book the ferry for large groups:

These flights have a maximum capacity of 8 to 10 passengers depending on the plane that this airline uses.

Pricing: $90 to $120 per person round trip.

Things to do in Contadora

There is no taxi service available at the Island so renting a golf car is the #1 option!

  • Golf Car Full Day: $70 per day
  • Whale Watching Tour: from $75 per person.
  • Paddle Board Rental: $75 per board per day
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling tours
  • Yacht Charters
  • Catamaran day tours

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Recommended Hotels in Contadora

Mar y Oro

The only oceanfront hotel in Playa Cacique. Ideal for couples. Check prices!

  • Telephone: +(507) 202-7426
  • Address: Playa Cacique, Contadora Island

Condesa del Mar

One of the few hotels with a pool on the whole island. It offers comfortable rooms and incredible views. Check prices!

  • Telephone: +(507) 6544-1717
  • Address: Playa Cacique, Contadora Island

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