Up early to dive. Caught cab out front & went into town for breakfast at the Pirate's Restaurant. American cheese, why? with our scrambled eggs y jamon.
Went to dive shop next door, waited for awhile for them to get organized. Our DM Manuel is from Guatemala.
Dive 1 @ Dolphin Rock where we saw: Eagle Ray, Lionfish, lots of Fireworms, & 6 Lobsters lined up side by side under an overhang. Funny. Not a lot of coral, with just ok visibility.
2nd site at Sachen. Amazing coral reef, beautiful. The most colorful since Belize. Pink, red, blue, purple, lavender, yellow, orange, black, fans, just amazing. We saw a RN shark in a cave who just stared at each of us as we went down to look at her, from the back of the cave we saw her tail sticking out. We saw our first Sea Goddess Nudibranch, it looks like a slug but the most beautiful creature. It was bright blue & orange with white edging around it. I've wanted to see one since I saw it in a book & today we saw 3! We saw a starfish (or maybe a brittle star) that looks like
it had snakes for arms.
Back to dive shop & had lunch at their restaurant. Good burger with lots of pickles. Geoff was happy. I had fish filet. Why does diving always make me want to eat fish. It sort of seems wrong on some level...Called our cab, Angel, to take us back to Tesoro. He was so nice & called a hostel in Bastimientos to see about availibility for us the next day & he got the price dropped for us. Seriously, the kindness of strangers.
At Tesoro we were completely & utterly beat. Our legs were sore & tired from walking for hours yesterday & then diving today. There was a bit of current today that we had to work through & now we are done. We showered & napped. We were out, sound asleep. I finally woke up, but could have slept longer, & forced myself out of bed. I didn't want to be up awake all night. So, I roused Geoff up & we spent some time on the deck, facing the ocean, & reading & looking at our pictures we've taken. The view from the deck is spectacular & the waves are so
loud when they crash into the rocks. We sat out there until it was dark & time for dinner.
Tonight was only us, Cristian & Natalie, & this odd couple (an older white guy with a much younger Russian woman, all I could think was mail order bride...) seated for dinner. It was fun. Cristian wanted us to look at their pictures from diving in Coiba & their snorkel trip here in Bocas. We all gathered around our computer & looked at the pictures after dinner. He let us copy some videos of sharks & some other pics which is always awesome since we don't have an underwater camera, yet! We all drank a little wine & shared diving stories. Always fun.
Then off to bed. Tonight we have a much better plan for turtle sightings. We got the entire scoop from Matty. Apparently, we need to go out around midnight, not use a bright flashlight, & walk quite a bit further than we did the night before. So, I took a quick catnap & Geoff read until around 11:45 & then we headed out to the beach. It was pretty dark tonight, which is supposedly better for
the odds of turtle spotting. Sadly, we didn't see any turtles, but we did watch the moon rise over the horizon. It was a perfect half moon that was glowing yellow/red & beautiful. After that we headed back. I think we don't have what it takes to be turtle sighters. We would have to sit out there for some time but I really liked the sound of sitting in my bed....So, back to our sweet room & to sleep.
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