How to get to Contadora, The Pearl Islands?

This article will show you the easiest way to book your trip to Contadora Island. You will find prices, schedules for the speedboat, the ferry and private flights.

The famous Contadora is located in the Pearl Islands about 40 miles south of Panama City.

This is one of the most important islands of Las Perlas, with more than 13 beaches, a wide variety of hotels, condominiums, villas and tourist complexes.

Contadora Island offers the opportunity to spend the day on its beautiful beaches, rent golf carts, sport fishing, snorkeling tours, whale watching, and many other activities.

If you want to visit Contadora there are 3 ways to get there, from Panama City.

The ferry from Flamenco island in Amador to Contadora Island

The company Aero Albrook offers its ferry services to Contadora every day of the week.

This boat trip takes approximately 2 hours.

The trips are made in modern and fast catamarans from 50 to 90 passengers.


The ferry leaves from the Fuerte Amador Resort & Marina building, Flamenco, Amador at 7:30 a.m.

Check-in must be done at 6:45 a.m.


The ferry returns at 3:30 p.m. from Contadora Island, arriving at 5:00 p.m. to Panama City. Return check-in must also be done 30 minutes prior to departure.

Price per way:

  • $55 per way = adults and children 12 years and older.
  • $44 each way = children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Children under 5 years of age do not pay traveling on their parents’ legs.

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Private flights from Albrook Airport to Contadora

Depending on the model of the aircraft, private flights to Contadora Island can take from 20 to 30 minutes.

IslaDeContadora has the most complete range of planes and helicopters in Panama for this trip.

In a private plane you can fly to Contadora at any time during the day from $370.

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Shared flights to Contadora Island

We offer roundtrip flights to Contadora on Fridays and Sundays at fixed times. Each flight lasts 30 minutes.

Shared flights to Contadora Island cost $100 per person each way. There are no discounts for children.

Babies from 0 to 2 years old can travel in the legs of their parents, as long as the weight and volume of the luggage are within the limits established for each plane.

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Transfer by speedboat from Flamenco, Amador to Contadora Island

This boat is basically a fast, safe and direct transfer to get to Contadora Island.

It has no other stops and it takes less time to get to the island than it would be to get around on a normal ferry.

This boat has 600 horsepower (2 engines of 300 hp each).

It is of the Rib Boat type, with a fiberglass hull filled with floating foam.

It leaves from Panama City at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 3:15 p.m. from Playa Larga, Contadora.

At the moment transfers in the speedboat are only made from Friday to Sunday.

The maximum capacity of each trip is 35 people per boat.

  • The price per person is $45 x way per person
  • Pets $10 in the marina.

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