I’ve dragged my goggles and snorkel around since September 30 and it’s time to use them. I guess they get mailed home in Panama City, maybe it wasn’t worth it. But today we’ll use them.
There’s a small group of islands, the Islas Secas, 15 miles offshore and offer the best snorkelling, and the biggest sharks on the coast of Panama. Below they appear under the words ‘Golfo de Chiriqui’
There’s no-one at the lodge and I get a ride out there for the cost of a two-tank dive. There’s the driver and a young guy along for the ride.
The islands are surrounded by reefs and shoals
The first snorkel is a jump off over a sea mount a mile or so from the islands. Unfortunately my Lumix doesn’t like under-sea shots but it looked a bit like this
Being alone on the mount, a mile from anything was very interesting and slightly freaky. A week ago I was swimming in the surf at Osa and asked a guy about sharks. He said some, but mostly a ways offshore. Oh great.
Towards the islands, more reefs
Bigger, a pelican on this one
And then the small islands. Uninhabited, windswept, green and black
On the lee side there were several small protected coves. This one had a beach a few hundred feet long
And another had the world’s best picnic beach. Except this is Panama and the heat staggering and the water warm, even out here
I was in the water for about 3 hours at different locations. You know, fish
And that was probably my best shot. Oh well. A ray
Up at the surface my camera did better. Hi puffer fish
More spectacular shoreline on these tiny islands
The boat guys scouting for fishing spots between dives
Beside the islets
But they weren’t catching much today, just mackerel
A last view, then home
Just made it back to the mainland before the storm