|Questions and Answers
M21419 is dedicated to providing responsible, respectful, educational and fun Humpback whale and dolphin tours in Panama.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M21419 has been operating since 2008 and pioneered Whale Watching as an eco-tourism activity in Panama. We began our company to share our passion and love for whales, dolphins, the ocean and all it's marine life with others.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to provide responsible, respectful, educational, unforgettable and fun whale and dolphin watching tours in Panama.
3. What does your company specialize in?
M21419 specializes in Humpback whale and dolphin tours. We offer 1 day tours from Panama city and the Pearl islands, 2-5 day custom package tours in the Pearl islands and Spiritually themed 5 day Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreats.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Anne Gordon de Barrigón grew up boating in the San Juan islands in the Pacific NW of the USA and remembers seeing Orca whales passing by as she did her homework on the beach near her childhood home in Olympia, Washington. She is a Biology major with a minor in Animal Behavior, and has worked as a zoo keeper at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo and trained wild animals to present in school assemblies teaching about wildlife appreciation and respect. She also trained animals, both wild & domestic for the TV & film industry for over 20 years.
Anne now lives in Panama and is married to an Emberá Indian man, Otniel Barrigón, whose family still lives in traditional villages in the jungle. She conducts day and overnight tours to the Emberá Indian village to meet her Emberá family.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our 1 day Whale watching tours from Panama city are one of our most popular tours, because it fits into everyone's travel schedule and is a fun and easy tour from the city. Our 5 day spiritually themed Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreats in the Pearl islands are also very popular. We have a 99% success rate and in the Pearl islands you can stand on the beach and see the whales swim by!
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"You have brought back the joy in my life after being on this trip with the whales." From a client who had lost her grown son to cancer the previous year.