We went for the second option and took off for a day-tour starting with a trip down to Dolphins bay! And let me tell you, it's not called that for nothing. It was amazing! For the first time in my life I saw real dolphins live, right there in the water next to our boat. Incredible!
The perfect start to a perfect day. After the dolphin watching, we set off for the white sand beach of Isla Zapatilla where the sun suddenly made its appearance and gave us a couple of hours of swimming, playing with waves and enjoying ourselves.
As the sun was shining the next day and as we found out that there is a night bus to Panama City, we decided to stay a few hours that day and go up to Boca del Drago in the northwest of Isla Colón, or rather to Playa Estrella - the star island that gets its name from the abundance of red starfish that lines this beach in the sea.
So no monkey spotting in Panama. Nor any sloth spotting. But so many incredible sea creatures that we got our need for animal spotting largely satisfied.
If I would recommend Bocas del Toro? Guess twice!