One of our vacation days at Lapa Rios, we spent the morning on a boat watching dolphins! This was definitely one of the best days we had in Costa Rica, and since they were all pretty darn good that says a lot! We were charmed and captivated by the bottlenosed, spotted, and spinner dolphins we saw in the Golfo Dulce.
The day started early, and we had ordered fruit and ginger cookies from the kitchen to take along as a snack. They gave us way too much fruit, but we ate some of it. We were driven to Puerto Jimenez, where we had the opportunity to use the Lapa Rios Office bathroom before boarding our boat. Soon we were in the midst of a pod of dolphins!
They came right up to the boat, even mothers with babies! They blew spray into our faces, turned to check us out, and zig-zagged off into the distance. Sometimes they raced the boat, other times they played in the wake.
It was MOST exciting when the dolphins leaped out of the water, sometimes right nearby! This happened first only a few moments after our guide told us that the dolphins could leap six feet out of the water. Suddenly one did, right next to us! It is VERY tricky to capture the leaps in a still photo, but we had three cameras capable of video with us, and one that can shoot 30 frames of still shots per second. So we got a few good shots, a lot of photos of splashes, and this collection of video clips I’ve assembled (and edited down from way too long to watch):