The dolphins of Bocas del Toro have a special predilection for the bay locally known as Dolphin Bay. This bay is bordered by the east side of Cristobal Island and a peninsula from the mainland. A labyrinth of shallow channels, formed by mangroves, screens its northern entrance, helping to make it a kind of giant natural aquarium, six kilometers across at its widest.
One of the most famous snorkeling spots in Bocas de Toro, Crawl Cay, is a tiny island located in the channel between Bastimentos and Popa Island. Crawl Cay is surrounded by lush coral gardens.There are restaurants on this cay built on stilts over the water, so most visitors will order some fresh seafood before heading out to snorkel. Upon their return, a delicious meal will be awaiting them.The food is simple, but fresh and flavorful.
The next destination is Red Frog Marina, a 15-minute hike across the narrowest point of Bastimentos Island allows you to reach Red Frog Beach. Red Frog is one of the more accessible beaches, and the only one with facilities including restaurants and bathrooms. Hospital Point is one of the most accessible sites for snorkeling. There are a few homes behind Hospital Point, and also a small indigenous community, but most of the island is covered with rain forest.