Kayaking and Snorkelling away

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Well, there is always a last day to everything, and this is our last day at the Bocas del Toro Islands. Just when we were getting into the Carribbean rythmn of doing everything at extra slow speed and listening to Bob Marley until our ears drop off...

So to make sure we didnt leave with a feeling of laziness we got up extra early (6.30 am) to have a good healthy muesli breakfast (there is a Deli store on the main street that sells products from all around the world, including German Muesli for less than it would cost in Germany itself. They also produce their own Bocas chocolate bars which are delicious).

First we rented to sea kayaks (same as canoes but with no top and wider to be able to go over sea waves easily). It was Veronikas first time paddling in a kayak, and she did wonderfully well without falling off once! We toured the coast of Isla Colon for an hour ($5 rental at Bocas Hotel) and luckily the sun slept in this morning (must have had one too many at the happy hour on Thursday) so it was fresh.

As we did not dare take the camera to avoid wet accidents, a link to sea kayak is the best we can do to show you what it was like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_kayak

With tired arms after all the paddelling, we hired 2 snorkelling sets (mask and snorkel) and the services of a sea taxi to take us to Hospital Point ($10 per head return), where we had enjoyed the reefs a couple of days before. The taxi dropped us off at the beach next to Hospital Point at 11am and returned at 4pm to take us back.

The experience was again magical, although we had a couple of frights with quite large fish which we were not sure what species they formed part of it...waving our arms did not seem to scare them away! One seemed to be tuna which is OK, but the other certainly had baracuda looks...it actually looked identical to this picture in the link and they live around the reefs of this area:

Funnily, when we arrived at the beach at Hospital Point there were "private" signs all over the place. So when an old american man came up to us after landing we thought he was going to tell us to leave. To the contrary he warned us not to leave any bags on the beach and to place them at the entrance of his garden where they would be safe. He mentioned that there are about 150 indians living on the Island and that they love to take rucksacks away when people go snorkelling.

Anyway...the end has come to this particular paradise in the Carribbean. Tomorrow we will move early to the mainland and cross the frontier to Costa Rica. We will most probably stay on the beach at the Carribbean side of Costa Rica and get a bus to San Jose (the capital) on Sunday. We need to be there early Monday morning to pick up our German friend Stefan and collect our rent-a-car which will be our luxury during 10 days.

Panama is definetly another country we would not mind coming back to (we have left all the eastern part untouched).

Cheerio for the time being.
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