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Two groups of Dolphin Destiny clients visited Panama this Spring and Summer with great reviews for the accommodations, site-seeing and diving that can be found in this remote island group. This region is reached by flying from the US gateway cities to Panama City then transferring to the local airport in Panama City and they flying to Bocas Del Torro via Panama Air on a short 1 hour + flight. Upon arriving in Bocas we were met by the representatives from Red Frog Beach Resort.

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Red Frog Beach Resort & Nature Preserve:
Red-Frog325This luxury villa resort is a short 10-15 minute small boat transfer from Bocas and features a beach that many in Panama consider their “most famous beach”. The private villas range in size from 1, 2, 3, 4, and even a 5 bedroom villa…..all with private pools and gourmet kitchens. The rainforested island is a nature preserve and a National Park. While we were on the island we saw red frogs, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and sea turtles. Transport on the island to the beach bar or restaurant is limited to golf carts which are rented at the reception area. There is also a marina and a zip line on the island. Each day we were picked up by Bocas Dive Center for scuba diving excursions.

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Bocas Dive Center:
We were so impressed by this Padi 5 Star dive facility! The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The boats were clean and comfortable and with sun covers and stocked with either lunch items or surface interval snacks, depending on your dive sites.

The dive sites themselves were interesting and different than most Caribbean sites with plenty of underwater formations to explore. Bocas is part of an archipelago of nine large islands that includes the protected Bastimentos National Marine Park. This is where you’ll find the best dive in Panama; nearly all of the coral species found in the Caribbean can be found here.

Several of the sites are in the protected bay area and are very comfortable for beginner and open water divers. The more advanced sites are further from Bocas in the open ocean. We really enjoyed Tiger Rock which is the tip of a seamount that rises from the seafloor and protrudes only a few feet above the ocean’s surface. The deepest part of the dive is approximately 90 feet with lots of fish, coral encrusted crevices and walls rich with life.

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Bocas Town Restaurants and Nightlife:
Bocas Town is a bustling waterfront town with many great restaurants that set right on the wharf over the water. It’s a great place to come for dinner and even has a couple of nightclubs!

Dolphin Destiny can set up your entire journey to Panama including a stopover in Panama City so that you can see the Panama Canal!

Call and ask for Mary Jane.

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Adventure on the Riviera Maya

by Kelly on May 23, 2016

Hatch-225Zip Lining, repelling, cenote swimming or diving, hiking the tallest Mayan ruin in the Yucatan . . . these are all adventures that we can organize for you on your trip to the Riviera Maya.  We have the largest selection of adventures to this area than any other wholesale travel company in the U.S.   Here is just a sample of our packages:

 

Zipline-225Three Cenote Multi-Sport Adventure Day:

We have an adventure that is very close to the popular city of Playa Del Carmen and some of the area’s best resorts.  This large privately owned area houses an underground river, 3 open cenotes for swimming and several underground cenotes for diving.  Our tour here starts with your private guide who takes you on a series of 3 ziplines that float above 2 cenotes and above the lowland rainforest.

Monk-225After you complete your zipline, you pick out a mountain bike and then follow your guide through the forest to a sacred Mayan cave where a Mayan shaman gives you a blessing and speaks about the cultures of the Mayans and the surrounding caves and animals.  You then take your bikes to a deep underground cenote that is accessed by repelling ropes, (supported by 3 assistants with safety lines), down a 30-40 foot opening.  At the bottom you are guided with headlamps and snorkeling gear through a series of underground caverns and then lifted on ropes back to the entry area.  After another mountain biking tour you can return to the open cenotes for swimming in the crystal clear and clean water.  This entire tour takes 3 ½ hours.

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles:

Dolphin Destiny offers a snorkeling afternoon in the Bay at Akumal at the turtle preserve.  This tour is great for beginners or advanced snorkelers.  We also offer this same area to scuba divers.

4 Wheel Drive Tour of Sian Kaan National Park

Sian Kaan is one of the largest reserves in Mexico and is very wild and beautiful. This tour has two parts.  First, we take you on a tour in a 4×4 or SUV vehicle through the dirt track that separates the Caribbean Sea from the lagoon and the mangroves of the Sian Kaan Reserve, to arrive to our pier, where we will board our boat.  Halfway there, we will stop at the Boca Paila bridge to watch the crocodiles in an area where the sea and the lagoon meet. Coconut trees, mangroves and the Caribbean coast will be our scenery during the tour through the strip of land to access Punta Allen.

The second part of the tour is a 3-hour boat ride around Ascension Bay. In these 3 hours of sea crossing, you will be able to watch dolphins, sea turtles, various types of birds such as roseate spoonbills, cormorants, frigate birds, pelicans and ospreys in their natural habitat. After all this contact with nature, we will snorkel in the barrier reef and relax in a natural pool, before we go to lunch at the restaurant.

Amazing New All-Inclusive Resort at Akumal:

Resort-475We are featuring a new Secrets adult all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya.  This resort just opened in November of 2015 and is ideally located along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal.  The resort has an elegant and original design highlighting nature’s elements.  This rates as one of the top 10 beaches in Mexico and is renowned for its green sea turtle population.

Room-225At this resort you can choose from 7 different restaurants, (all included in the price), and all beverages including premium alcohol.  This is also a perfect location for a wedding or honeymoon. We are now offering a special rate at this property and a $200 resort credit that you can use towards optional activities or spa services.

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Top End Adventure in Australia

September 5, 2014

I recently returned from a “top end” Northern Territory adventure in Australia that was totally incredible!  I spent 2 weeks exploring the sites, adventure experiences and the wilderness lodges in 4 national parks.  I found 2 adventure lodges that are hidden gems and negotiated some really great rates for our clients.  These 2 lodges serve […]

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Dolphin Adds a new Destination Wedding Division

April 9, 2014

We are excited to announce a new “Destination Wedding” division to our product line.  This division will be headed by Cathy Reynolds a Certified Wedding Planner with over 1000 successful events to her credit.  Cathy was the recipient of Wedding Wire’s Bride Choice Award, putting her in the top 5% of the nation’s wedding specialists.  […]

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Dolphin Destiny Partners with Ustream – Live Video Content Anytime – Vanuatu

January 23, 2014

Live streaming video by Ustream Check out our amazing footage from the islands of Vanuatu! We partnered with Ustream to create the live experience on our website. We will air footage from different countries around the world on loop so you can join the broadcast at anytime and watch as long as you want. Many […]

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January 8, 2014

Legal Educational Diving Tours to Cuba Featuring the Gardens of the Queen by Tom Pederson Departure Date: April 2-12, 2014   Trip Cost: $7600 Includes: All required fees and licenses for legal travel to Cuba by American citizens Roundtrip charter flight Miami to Havana 4 nights at a 5 star hotel in the heart of old […]

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July 10, 2013

BELIZE ~ Best of the Reef and the Rainforest by Mary Jane Augustine   I fell in love with Belize the first time I visited 22 years ago.  Recently I returned to Belize and found the same enchanting country that took my heart in the past. Belize is an authentic destination offering unique, intimate experiences […]

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Liveaboard Diving: The Spirit of Freedom

August 15, 2012

“The best way to dive the Great Barrier Reef” By Dylan Mason We left from Cairns on a Monday afternoon, which is the regularly scheduled weekly departure for the Spirit of Freedom, and headed north towards the most prime real estate of the Great Barrier Reef.  After less than an hour on the boat we had […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks

July 16, 2012

Swimming with Whale Sharks by Mary Jane Augustine A “bucket list” item for almost every diver is to be in the water with a whale shark. Many people travel long distances and any pay high fares to get to remote sites like Utilla, the Philippines and Western Australia. But the largest concentration of whale sharks […]

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All Inclusive Resorts | Dolphin Destiny Adventures

June 13, 2012

We are one of the very few wholesalers to be awarded a contract from AM Resorts for their super romantic ALL-INCLUSIVE resorts; Zoetry, Secrets, and Dreams Resorts. We selected these resorts as additions to our collection based on the high quality food and beverage, the pricing value and the amazing accommodations Zoetry Resorts I had […]

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