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Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Looking for a fun way to explore the neighboring islands, my dad and I decided to spend our last day in Bocas del Toro on a snorkeling trip. Though I could tell dad was a little hesitant about this last minute adventure, I assured him he´d be glad he did. And wouldn´t you know it, I was right!

mangroves in Bocas del Toro

We started the tour off driving through perfectly still, mangrove surrounded waters to reach Dolphin Bay. According to our guide, Willy, you have an 80% chance of seeing dolphins on any given day, as this bay is home to a pod year round. The dolphins are free to roam out into the open ocean, but seem to prefer this secure bay which abounds with jellyfish- one of their favorite foods.

Dolphins in Bocas del Toro
Next, we made a lunch stop at a restaurant with one of the most beautiful views in the world.  Though the food wasn´t the greatest, their lovely macaws made up for it.

Bocas del Toro
After ordering our food, we headed out to the neighboring waters to snorkel while it was being prepared. I do believe that that´s the most fun I´ve ever had waiting for food.  

snorkeling in Bocas del Toro
Snorkeling in Bocas Del Toro
The next and final destination was Isla Zapatillas (aka one of the most gorgeous islands in Bocas). The aquamarine water and complete lack of development in this national park made it the perfect place to lay back and nap while listening to the gentle waves hit the beach. 

Isla Zapatillas
It´s certainly been a great week out of site, but I´m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in my little village. If there´s anything I learned in the McKenna school, it´s how good it feels when your hard work pays off.  

P.S.  Everyone stay warm up there.  I heard it´s been a little cold?


Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

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