Coral Reefs and Thatch Huts

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Panama  , Kuna Yala,
Thursday, March 22, 2012

We stayed on at Mono Island and said goodbye to "Blessed" who were pushing on to Colon, then picked our way through the reef system to our next stop.  The Island of Aridup.  Along the way we passed a reasonable sized 'town' which took over a complete island.  As we sailed past there didn't appear to be a spare space anywhere, just a jumble of thatched and corrugated iron roofs.

At Aridup Island we were further out in the reef system and here the water was a lot clearer.  Much easier to see as we crept into a sandy area and dropped the anchor off the windswept island.  It looked un-inhabited, but had the odd thatch roofed hut visible through the coconut trees.  Being the only two boats there gave us a "Robinson Crusoe" feel.  We could see the waves crashing onto the reef on the other side of the island but were sitting nicely in flat water.

There were a few fishermen around and they came alongside offering fresh lobster/crayfish for $5.  We couldn't refuse.............!  They paddle their dugout canoes in quite choppy seas, constantly bailing as they go.  Occasionally one will put up a stick for a mast and attach a sail.  The material can be anything, from a superman cover, to plastic sacking.  With the constant trade winds it's surprising how quickly they can move along

We explored our "un-inhabited" island and found a couple of dogs, who appreciated a few stale biscuits.  We did our sundowner thing on the beach and drank to the perfect peace and solitude of this amazing place.

The next day we motor sailed a short distance to a place called Snug Harbour.  Once again we had closed to nearer  the mainland so the water was murky, but the anchorage was totally protected and we happily stayed two days.  We were joined by two american boats but it was a large anchorage so our space did not feel invaded.

We had been lucky with the weather, days partly cloudy, with rain squalls in the hills behind us. Temperatures a very pleasant 31-33 degrees and with the trade winds the humidity wasn't bothering us.
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