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Dolphin Bay Preserve

Address: Dolphin Bay, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-6915-1155
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Ranked #9 of 24 things to do in Bocas Town
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Dolphin Bay Preserve EcoTour is unlike any other tour in Bocas del Toro!Go beyond dolphin...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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
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Edmonton, AB, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

No wildlife seen, just another section of water. Even the snorkelling was poor other than sponge corals.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We did a catamaran trip for the day with Bocas Sailing for $48 and visited Dolphin bay first. We saw lots of dolphins- 4 in total I think it was. There was a mother and her two babies. They were jumping out of the water lots and came very close to the boat. Cool to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We booked a boat tour that included a stop at Dolphin Bay. I realize that there is no guarantee to see any dolphins, so we were happy to have spotted at least one lone dolphin playfully swimming through the bay.

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North Naples, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

gorgeous place, and lots of dolphins. The boats stay on for about 15 minutes to ensure you view all dolphins. The views are gorgeous, the bay is tranquil.

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kelowna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Stuck out the first day but hit a great morning with schools of Dolphins in the bay. Worth the boat ride across the rough seas. Get a guide that doesn't drive almost over the dang Dolphins. Not the smarted guides around.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

As soon as the mother and baby dolphin surfaced, all boats rushed towards them (some boat captains being egged on by over-eager tourists). Dolphins soon disappeared n resurfaced in a different location some time later, only to be chased again. There were so many more dolphins to be seen 10years ago when we were the only boat and the engine... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went through Dolphin Bay on our way to Green Acres Chocolate Farm. We were lucky to see some dolphins and it was really nice to watch them. However, there were not many. We saw only two surrounded by 8 other boats which didn’t feel right. It felt like harassing the dolphins. It would have been nicer to watch them... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I agree with some other posts: harassing dolphins in their natural habitat by circling them in after spotting some gins- everything here is about making $$$$ - no sense of Eco tourism, respect for nature and mammals. Wished would not have been part of this. The area is beautiful but certainly seeing "the fins" did not add to my experience.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have been lucky to be able yo watch them play in the pacific off CA shoreline - dolphin Bay and the pictures posted are nothing BUT MARKETING! You might see a couple of fins while harassing them with the many other boats - certainly not worth the negative impact you leave with your visit.The water taxi tours GAMBIT- tours... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Our hearts were set on seeing dolphins and the boat tour did it disappoint. There were several pairs of dolphins gliding elegantly along the crystal clear waters. I even caught a shot of one taking a surface dive!

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