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Gringo's Isla Trip-Day 23,24 Missing ,Day 25 ,Isla Contoy

By: Gringa1 (View Profile)
Date: 3/8/2008

Isla Contoy

Today was a perfectly beautiful calm day and THE day to go to Isla Contoy.Unfortunately Captain Tony needed 6 people to go so we were taken to Captain Raoul to take us out.We departed at about 9:30am with juice and muffins before we left.Then headed towards Isla Contoy on a pretty calm water day with a stop in the Ocean where there was a fisherman that handed us a fresh caught barracuda.We carried on to a reef where we donned our snorkel gear and did approx a 45 minute snorkel.I saw lots of fan coral,brain coral and more.Not a huge plentatude of fish but saw many varieties including spotted cow fish,black grouper,parrot fish, barracuda and one of the guys saw a nurse shark swim below him.Well that would have done it for me and I know they are pretty harmless but the movie "JAWS" has ruined my life.Anyway getting back to the snorkelling it was really quite a good experience.
We then pushed on to the Island where we were the first to arrive and the other boats did not come for at least 1/2 hour so it was our Island for that time,yay!!!
there are lot's of fish swimming close to shore including these very tame Manta Rays and Trigger Fish.We also saw a whole lot of those needle nose bluish/green fish and small barracuda everywhere.

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We then had a great meal of grouper,barracuda,guacamole,salads,pico de gallo,etc with soda and some cerveza's.

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When we had finished they throw the remnants of fish & salad in the bush where the bushes come alive like in a horror movie with hundreds of hermit crabs and iguana's.It was great watching and listening to the rustling of shells with them all coming out for a meal.You then have to watch where you step as the hermit crab's are everywhere and underfoot.I even hand fed one of the huge Iguana's as they have become semi tame.

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When we got back we got showered and got ready to go to the Party at our friend's place past the airport strip.Lot's of people showed up for drinks and then we all headed back to town for dinner and to listen to some more music.

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