Snorkeling at Arashi and Boca Catalina Beaches

Trip Start Jan 27, 2011
Trip End Feb 17, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Today was going to be an easy day.  I got up at 9 am instead of 8 when I woke up.  I ate my breakfast at my little patio table outside my door and then I started to get everything ready for snorkeling and all the little rituals to get out the door...not before the maid tried to clean my room...twice.   I thought I had everything to snorkel including my contacts.  What I discovered was that the problems I had seeing when I wore them before were definitely the fault of the contacts.  I  saw double cars and double columns.  In terms of snorkeling, I really didn't notice much difference with and without contacts.  I did notice when my mask fogged though

I walked over to the low-rise hotel area to catch the bus to Arashi Beach.  The first bus didn't go there so I waited quite awhile.  When I got to Arashi, I didn't see many people snorkeling.  I went out and saw a few of the blue and yellow fish and not really all that many.  A staffperson at the Arubiana said she liked Boca Catalina Beach.  It is rockier but it was like an aquarium she said.  I walked down there and found a spot to leave my bag.  It had been difficult to decide what to take that I could leave while I snorkeled.  I went in 3 times with varying degrees of success.  The first time was the best.  I saw lots of tiny irridescent fish in schools, lots of the blue and yellow striped ones and several other different kinds, including one flat large fish with bluish spots.  That one was definitely my triumph.  The last time out I was looking for the turtle people had seen but only ended up finding some schools of maybe 4inch yellow fish.  I did see parrot fish again the first time out. 

When I got out of the water, there was no real beach, just rocks so I had a rather ungainly exit crawling out over the rocks.  Then to my surprise, I couldn't figure out where I was.  I had gone around some corner of the beach but I wan't sure which end of the beach.  I asked a couple but they didn't know.  They suggested I ask the locals in the villa across the street....I am running around in bare feet now...but the locals were Americans and they didn't know but one guy did say that the current came from the east and there was a small parking lot in that direction so I was pretty sure that was the way for me to go.  I may even have overshot the turtle area I was aiming for.  So I got back and packed up.  I was happy with my excursion but thinking I might get one of those little paddle boards so I won't be so anxious about deeper water.  Also I need some way of working the water camera since I cannot see the screen and don't know whether it is on or off.  I think today, the battery died and I only brought the Fuji so I wouldn't have to leave it on the beach.

On the way back, I stopped at the Palm Beach Plaza across from the Holiday Inn for stamps.  I waited in the line a long time while the woman in front of me bought money orders I think.  Then I walked over to the Pelican Pier where I had lunch one day and got a Pina Colada for my last florins.  I had a bit more cash than I needed to get the bus back to the low-rise hotels.  When I got back to the Arubiana I took advantage of some remaining daylight to do some reading by the pool until the boisterous boys splashed me with water while playing ball.  I went over to the other side to the hammock and they managed to get me once there too.  Now I am wrapping up for the day and thinking about how long I can avoid packing up for my early departure tomorrow am.

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issi on

Dianna, these turned out great, lovely to see we still have such brilliant fish in our oceans. Thanks for sharing.

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