Getting Up a Close and Dirty
05.03.2015 - 06.03.2015 30 °C
MAR 5 BEACHES AND SNORKELLING
Don and I are ready to write the definitive guide to snorkelling Curacao and Bonaire. Today we hit Playa Abou and Playa PortoMarie. Playa Abou had a nice sand beach, but we struck it off the list for the top 10 snorkel spots in the world. Playa Porto Marie did somewhat better. It had a good restaurant and a nice sand beach that was filled with sun chairs and umbrellas and Dutch sunbathers in various forms of undress, which made it great for people watching. It also had a rather nice reef offshore but not a lot of variety and a lot of It was in deep water (80 feet or more) which taxed our ability to get close. As we approached the right side it got a bit more shallow and more interesting for snorkelling. So far Little Knip has been our favorite. So now we have one more site to check out tomorrow " Tugboat". It is supposed to be at the top of Curacao dive and snorkel spotsm, but we have already relegated Curacao to last spot on our Panama, Bonaire, Curacao snorkle guide. It has some great beaches though. We spent the late afternoon exploring the Sint Michiel area which was nice in that it is not so touristy.
PLAYA SINT MICHIEL
MAR 6 SEALIFE UP CLOSEu
We spent the day getting closeup to all kinds of sea life. It was by far the best day yet on Curacao for encounters with ocean creatures. Here are some of the shoots of the day.
FLAMINGOS, SPOTTED EEL, LION FISH,
Unfortunately the up and close was at the Sea Aquarium here rather than in the wild but they were all creatures we played with in the wild over the past few weeks. It was my first experience with aquariums It was better than I thought. Quite informative and the staff were really nice and loved sharing information and stories. It was also neat cause there were only a few visitors so we got to interact with the staff and the animals. My favorite was feeding the nurse sharks and feeling how strong the bite was as it devoured the fish we fed them. Also loved feeling the texture of the skin of the sting rays and nurse sharks. Don had a sea lion give him a kiss. The sea lions are not native to the area but were left here In transit after the owner abandoned them over 30 years ago. It was interesting talking to the staff who obviously love the animals they look after, and have mixed feelings about them being held in captivity. Most of the dolphins have been born here and the staff have been trying to coax them to swim freely in the ocean, and have had some success in getting them to slowly move farther out to sea. But they always return since they regard the aquarium as their home territory.
I WANT TO TRY THIS
All you have to do is dive down deep under, turn to face upwards, balance, and the dolphin lifts you out of the water. Looks easy.