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Dolphin Bay Preserve

Dolphin Bay, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
507-6915-1155
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Ranked #3 of 4 attractions in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Dolphin Bay Preserve EcoTour is unlike any other tour in Bocas del Toro!Go beyond dolphin viewing, jungle hiking, and snorkeling and experience... more » Owner description: The Dolphin Bay Preserve EcoTour is unlike any other tour in Bocas del Toro!Go beyond dolphin viewing, jungle hiking, and snorkeling and experience nature like never before!This is your chance to taste the fruit of cacao fresh from the pod, get close enough to touch poison dart frogs, caimans and sea urchins, and learn about the rich socioeconomic and cultural history of Bocas del Toro. Itinerary:• 10:00 (flexible): Our guide picks you up at your hotel• 10:30: Arrive at Dolphin Bay for dolphin watching• 11:00: Arrive at Dolphin Bay Preserve and begin hike• 1:30: Locally prepared lunch • 2:00: Snorkeling• 3:00: Return to your hotel « less
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Iasi
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Well, I was so attracted to see dolphins in the wild that I befooled myself and took for granted the information from some advertisings writing that captains of the boats pay attention to minimalize any harm to dolphins and their environment. Now I precisely know it isn't true. If the captains stop the motor when approaching the bay is because... More

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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I love dolphins in the wild. My trip to the preserve was done well on a sailing catamaran. The captain was considerate of the dolphins, and took every precaution not to disturb them. However, other motor boats attempt to chase and get close to the dolphins to please their paying guests. There are reports of dolphins being hit by motors.... More

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Squamish
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Skip this, and look at pictures of dolphins on the internet. None of the local guides demonstrate any knowledge of, or respect for, marine mammals. The few dolphins that have not fled the area, are constantly harassed, chased, circled, and menaced by the many (11 when I was there) tour boats, manned by short-sighted and poorly-educated captains, trying to curry... More

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Boquete
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We did see many dolphin's surface in this bay area. Neat. The tour boats I have heard sometimes scare them away, but we were seeing them with other tour boats around

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

I called it hunting dolphins,it's not a good choice to take any powerboat tours to dolphin bay,the taxi's are overpriced and the chances to see the dolphins with the tours are a poor choice,there are no dolphins left if there keep doing this tours in the future the dolphins are going to stay away there are scared in there one... More

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Malaga, Spain
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

They took us on the boat where supposedly we would see Dolphins but the only thing we saw was nothing but water........

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Netherlands
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the place you visit when taking a tour. We saw about 15 dolphins but you have to be lucky to see them jumping etc as it is not a zoo. Definitely nice, but even when they would have jumped, to me it is an average attraction. Would not take a tour just for the dolphins.

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Los Angeles
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Went there twice. Saw one dolphin the first time and tons the second time, honest dozens! Seems like its a stop on several excursions.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We saw loads of dolphins. Well worth the trip. It's normally part of one of these day tours. Worth doing. Can't swim with them due to the jelly fish

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Dolphin activity was good. We saw plenty of dolphins swimming and jumping. The captain of our catamaran (Maurice with Bocas del Toro sailing) was very informative. The bay itself was beautiful. The annoying thing was the little boats that would cruise around quickly and chase the dolphins. The drivers of those little boats would see a dolphin begin to surface... More

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