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Texas to Isla-June 2009-Day 5

Date: 3/9/2010

Trip Report Day 5

There was a knock at my door at 7am. Oh crap! We were supposed to meet at Tonys at 7 for whale sharking with another captain. A little beat up from yesterdays excursion, we decided to forego the tour of the Caribbean. Los Delfines were the words of the day thanks to Michaels close investigation of our MapChick map. I never really had a desire to head down the rough road of Sac Bajo and donate all of my pesos to the mexican version of Sea World. But with Kates birthday seriously lacking in the whale shark department, we opted to attempt a swim with mammals, instead of very large fish. We grabbed a cab with Luis and navigated the south road again, this time with air conditioning. Upon arrival, we were asked if we wanted the wristband for food. $15 USD secured us a blue bracelet and free range of the all-day buffet and open bar. Even if you dont actually swim with the dolphins, this is a steal. Michaels stitches were still threatening to tear open so he opted to take full advantage of this opportunity. A short intro with Olympia and we were certified dolphin trainers, kind of. We grabbed wetsuits and walked down a long dock about 150 yards into the ocean. Im not sure I can really describe this experience in a Trip Report. It was definitely worth $99. We spent about 45 minutes in the water with Leowis and Dory who seemed more than happy to entertain us gringos. We got kisses, hugs, and plenty of hands-on dolphin time. A quick swim to the center of the water earned us a belly ride back to our platform. Simply amazing. The second time I ventured into the water, Leowis pushed me back to the platform with his nose on my foot. Wow, it was very fast and very fun! We motioned for them to sing songs, had a water fight, and had more water time with snorkel masks. Overall, it was a great experience. We will probably visit the dolphins every year from now on. We stayed until the bar closed and cleaned our plates from the buffet. For dessert, we had cake and a sea lion show. Lena the sea lion (not a seal) entertained us. Kate and I both earned a stinky, slimy kiss from Lena, complete with once in a lifetime photo op. (with the missing photos that include the photoshoot with the “Chair”)

Very pleased with our day so far, we went back to the hotel to shower up for my favorite part of the day. Buhos was our sunset and drink choice of the evening and Daniel was there to greet us as usual. This sunset was by far the best we have seen in three trips to Isla.

Rolandis for dinner. Our Rib Eye was good and covered in garlic butter and Kate said that her Espaghetti Bolognese was better than she had in Italy! After all of the recommendations from the fine message board folks, we finally stopped at Cool. 2 scoops and a waffle cone and Michael thought he was in heaven.

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