Dolphins, snorkeling and red frogs
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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.
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.
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.