Dolphin Bay Preserve, Bocas Town

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See bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, go jungle hiking, and snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters filled with coral at Dolphin Bay Preserve. After a short boat ride to the secluded and tranquil bay, you can visit a working cacao plantation. Crunch on fresh sugar cane and taste fresh pineapples and cacao straight from the pod while hearing about the process of making chocolate from the caretaker--a member of the local Ngöbe tribe. You're likely to see caimans, howler monkeys, toucans, and sea urchins. Be careful not to step on poison dart frogs, and don't forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellent. Our Bocas Town family vacation planner makes visiting Dolphin Bay Preserve and other Bocas Town attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Located approximately 15/20 ' boat from Isla Colon. Ride for anyone who goes heading to Cayo Zapatilla. Beautiful Bay where they tend to observe several dolphins according to the weather and the time of year, but there is almost always someone.
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  • We went to the Bay of the dolphins as part of a larger trip, unfortunately we had a fairly cloudy day and which rained a times, but the place is incredible with rain and all. On this excursion you left 40 minutes in this Bay and dolphins were seen walking from here to there, one saw him drop belly up, it was very good. Although several guides told us that the best time to see them was from August to October, that September was the ideal month since it was not raining and reach many more Bay to mate, so swimming around the boat. It should be a great experience. Recommendation: leave the cameras and cell phones for a moment and just contemplenlos.
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  • We went to the Dolphin Bay with a tour that was going to Zapatilla cays which was quite disastrous. We left later than the scheduled time and when we arrived we saw no great thing... soon someone pointed to a point and when you looked at already there was nothing or they saw a fin leaving or entering the water, not even giving you time to do a photo.. .to said to see dolphins should go soon because only see them about 9 or 10 in the morning and at dusk... and knowing that , we left at quarter past 10.. .or is that fatal... Seems much more attractive name than it actually is or will be that I had bad luck...
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