Transiting the Panama Canal, what to see in Panama, and much more…

The original aim of this website was to explain how to Transit the Panama Canal by Yacht.

The project quickly expanded to include what you will see when you Transit the Panama Canal by Cruise Ship, and some of the shore excursions you can make during a port call in Panama

Thing to see and do in Panama can be found in the Panama Sights pages and links.

Of course, the Panama Canal is the main attraction, so you can find an overview of the history, descriptions of how it works, and ways to see the Panama Canal.

We also provide Articles and Posts about Panama and the Canal.

Most of the website information and a lot more is available to Download as a PDF

We have collated the information on this website relevant to transiting a yacht through the Canal, and you can download it here. Just email for an update if you received an older version.

The cruise ship version can also be downloaded here. This ebook has the same information about the Canal and how it works, and then details more than 140 things to look out for while going through the Canal, from sights on the shore, to the various boats and ACP equipment you might see.

A recent testimonial about the yacht guide:

Ready for details? They’re all in Mad About Panama’s website and very useful $2.99 ebook. If you read just one guide to prepare, this should be it.

All about the Panama Canal


Photographs from our collection

This map shows places that are mentioned in the website:

We are Russell Stanley and Diane Osborne

An Aussie and a Kiwi who now live in Panama, and have helped out as linehandlers on yachts transiting through the Panama Canal. We have an extensive maritime background, and plenty of trips through the Canal, with positive testimonials from the yacht owners.

This website developed out of a love for Panama and the Canal, and we hope to provide information for yacht owners and tourists alike. We welcome inquiries regarding all things Panama, whether you are considering relocating, transiting the Canal or just visiting. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

And don’t forget, you can download a PDF here that contains most of the relevant information about transiting a yacht through the Canal.