Happy Texas Independence Day.
We departed St. Thomas on Friday morning and headed to Bahia de Almodovar on Culebra. We were able to clear customs by phone. (Yes, you have to clear customs in Puerto Rico coming from the USVIs.) The bay was perfectly flat. So flat that you could forget you were on a boat at times. Delightful.
For a short time, we had the whole bay to ourselves, but other boats trickled in over the afternoon and picked up the moorings. Yikes, we snorkeled by one and didn’t think much of it. Other than a quick jump in the water, we didn’t leave the boat. On Saturday, we decided to stay another night and use the day to snorkel and push through a few projects. The snorkeling was pretty low key with a few outstanding sights. We don’t know what this conch or snail is, but it was 12″ long.
There are hundred of sea cucumbers. I recall hearing in Maine that they were developing a fishery for them. Perhaps those folks should come down here. They are there for the taking. And the water is warm.
Then, we headed over to one of the cays and swam into the mangroves. It is a whole different world among the mangrove roots.
The shallows are covered by jellyfish that sit upside down on the bottom. Many of them have blue bits sticking up like this one. Note the small fish near the middle of the jellyfish.
Hannes also took the initiative and explored one of the small cays. We expected it to be low, wet and basically just mangroves. It was quite different. As he put it, in the middle, it looked like Texas with rocks, dead, dry grass and cactus.
Sunday morning, we had a new Caribbean experience. The wind died overnight and we awoke facing west. Every other single night down here we have had the bow pointed east. Maybe a bit north of east or a bit south of east. But, always east. The water looked as smooth and reflective as glass.
We love hanging on anchor at Almodovar. This time, we needed the downtime to check off a long list of projects. And, have the swimming and snorkeling as well.
Now, on Sunday evening we moved over to Dewey, the main town on Culebra. We had hoped to stop again at Zaco’s tacos. We read online that they were open Wed-Sun. Nope. Cerrado. Their sign now says Mon-Fri. Tomorrow we head over to Fajardo.