Isla Del Rey & La Esmeralda

Picked up the anchor and did a slow steam down the east coast of the largest island, Isla Del Rey. It is a national marine park and known for Hump Back Whales, we saw several but never close enough to photograph.

The coast looked wild.

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local fishermen

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We turned up at the village of La Esmeralda late in the afternoon.

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A local fishing boat was alongside in a flash and we bought 5 fish which we grilled for supper.

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Next thing we were flooded with young lads who thought diving off the boat was the best thing ever

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And they kept coming

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We gave them some pizza, some wolfed it down but one lad carefully divided his piece into three and shared it with others. Next was pop corn which produced a huge bun fight with some lads getting double hands full and others nothing, another bowl was split up into several smaller bowls with better results.  The lads waiting for more

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Lois rounded them up for a photo, but some were too shy

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Water pistols were well received and we let them keep them, I could imagine them getting a slap from Dad after a poorly planned shot.

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We were going to anchor there for the night but we would be having visitors all night so moved down to the next bay where we promptly chased out by the transport police who has some sort of base there.

So we steamed across the channel to Isla San Jose to anchor.

 

 

Islas de las Perlas (Pearl Islands)

After three days of wharf surfing we decided to head down to the Pearl Islands for the weekend. Only 34 Nm away it was a short steam on Saturday morning.

The Pearl Islands are named for their pearls although there was not much evidence of them. They are now mostly holiday resorts for the wealthy of Panama but are also used for desert island programs on TV – Survivor programs.

Pelicans were everywhere and came very close at times.

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Typical Offshore Island

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The beach where we anchored for the night. We anchored close in to try and get out of the swell but the 15 foot tide forced us to move out again to prevent a grounding.

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This is Concordia Island which is the most built up with a hotel and private holiday homes.