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MAR 7 TUGBOAT CURACAO

The Competition For Best Snorkel Spot Just Got Tighter

sunny 30 °C

FTUGBOAT TO DIRECTORS BAY
We saved the best for last. Today's snorkel was the best on Curacao and ranked up with the best of Bonaire and Isla Coiba. Each is different and unique which is why it is so interesting exploring new areas. Today we started from a small beach, went out and checked the submerged tugboat in about 15 feet of water. It was fun with lots of little fishes. The tugboat site is the most popular and well known dive and snorkel site on Curacao and we had company for most of the time we were there.

SNORKELLING THE TUGBOAT

The real treasure was a stretch between the next two points finally ending up in Directors Bay, another well known dive site for advanced divers, a kilometre or so from the Tugboat site, and more exposed to the current and wind. In our opinion the kilometre in between was the most spectacular - a steep dropoff, with walls that drop from 20 feet down into dark bue emptiness. The shallows and edge of the wall was full of staghorn and other corals, sea fans, rods, tubes, sponges, and lots of fish including flounder, barracuda, and squids. We swam in about 15 ft of water and could look 60 feet down the wall until it just disappeared into dark blue. Very magical. I like snorkelling walls. They have such a mystery to them and you can dream of wondeful mermaids and sea beings ascending from the depths to play with you. On the trip out against the current, we swam along the edge of the wall. On the return, with the current and wave action, we explored the shallows. It is interesting that we never see any other divers or snorkellers in these beautiful locations. everyone else is closer to beach access or mooring buoys.

MOVING WITH THE SEA FANS

I decided to stay home in the afternoon and do some acquarel pencil drawing post cards celebrating life down here - one for my sweetie, and one for my daughter Megan who is celebrating her birthday in a few days. She gets the Lion fish birthday card. The Lion fish is a beautiful but invasive species rapidly expanding in the Carribean, and destroying other native fishes. There are programs set up for divers and fishermen to harvest as many as they can find, and they are now being served in restaurants as a delicacy, so we all had grilled Lion fish for dinner. Just doing our part to help establish them as a new harvestable resource. They are quite small and very boney, but the meat is very nice tasting.

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Tonight is Saturday night, and we checked out the Jan Theil beach scene, which was already hopping by 9:00 pm. Now we have live outdoor Carribbean Latin music from across the water filling the night air as the clock strikes midnight. The music may go on all night. It's loud enough here - a kilometre away. I sure wouldn't want to be in the venue itself - it would be deafening. Sleep will be hard so maybe I should put on my fins and googles and swim over and join in.

Posted by RDILL 21:16 Archived in Curaçao

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