You can paddle yourself out on the kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards or canoe, but you can often see the dolphins close to the dock without even getting out of your hammock. There is no “best time” they are most likely to appear as they are permanent residents in the bay and can surface at any time. You may notice around 10 AM that many of the tour boats from Bocas town come to observe them. We try to avoid being out on the water at that time, but you are certainly not prohibited from going out at this time.
Please keep in mind that the Dolphins are free, wild animals and are not trained in any way. If you are fortunate you may see them jump and play about but most often you will see them surfacing for air. These incredible pictures were taken here by lucky guests who happened to be at the right place at the right time. Just make sure you have your camera ready!