Dolphins, snorkeling and red frogs

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Laguna Boctorito (aka Dolphin Bay)

Today I took a tour which included watching dolphins frolicking in the ocean, seeing fish while snorkeling and swimming at Red Frog Beach. The tour, which is by boat (it´s a major form of transportation here), left around 9:30. There were about 15 people inlcuding an Australian couple, a french guy, a couple Central Americans (I presume), and a bunch of North Americans. I am trying to avoid saying Americans for people from the US because to Latin Americans, "American" means all of America. Most people spoke Spanish but the tour guide did explain things in English as well.

The boat was quite fast but the water was calm, so it was fairly smooth going. First we went to Dolphin bay where there were Dolphins swiming around.

Me snorkeling
There were a couple tour boats there. At first we just motored around slowely so that we could see the dolphins. Then they drove the boat fast in a circle and the dolphins were following the boat. I´m not sure if this is a good idea but they seem to like to play in the wake of the boat.

Next we went to an area for snorkeling. The boat tied up to a buoy and we snorkeled off the boat. The water was very clear and I saw a lot of small fish that were very colorful but I didn´t see much else. My mask didn´t fit great, so that didn´t help. I think it would be worth purchasing a good mask before taking another trip like this. After about an hour they took us to a restaurant that was basically just a large dock with a couple of stands.

After lunch they took us to Red Frog Beach.

Another red frog
We got off at a dock from where we had to walk about 10 minutes to the beach. We also had to pay 2 dollars to do this, which they had failed to inform me when I made the tour reservation, but I wasn´t suprised because my tour book mentioned that. It was a great beach -- probably the most beutiful beach I had ever been too -- but I didn´t see any frogs. I spent most of the time in the water which was very warm and wavy. When I was returning to the boat, there were some people grouped around some kids who were showing people the frogs. They are very tiny. I took a couple pictures, for which the kids wanted me to pay them for, so I gave them the loose change I had on me. I was very happy that I had finally gotten to see the frogs of Red Frog beach!

On the way back it was kind of rough because the wind had picked up. We stopped for one more snorkeling stop off of Hospital point (named that because many years ago a banana company had built a hospital there). The tour guide alloted less time for this stop because the wind was causing the water to be murkier and the visibility for snorkeling wasn´t as good. From there it was a short ride back to the town of Bocas. It was about 4:00 when we returned.

Mike_Lindgren says:
Gato! We went and visited your cat last night. She was very glad to see us and played with Leia and Travis and me. She seems to like Travis. I ate some of your food. The gang is getting together tonight. I'll let them know your progress.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2007
Mike_Lindgren says:
Alejandro! Glad you got to see some frogs. Frogs are off the hook. Hope you're having a good time. Everything here is well. We miss you.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2007
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Laguna Boctorito (aka Dolphin Bay)
Laguna Boctorito (aka Dolphin Bay)
Me snorkeling
Me snorkeling
Another red frog
Another red frog
A frog on the path to Red Frog bea…
A frog on the path to Red Frog be…
Me at Red Frog beach
Me at Red Frog beach
Red Frog beach
Red Frog beach
The waterfront
The waterfront
Dolphins at Dolphin Bay (Bocas de…
Returning from snorkeling and Red…