The morning is filled with excitement, as we board the skift, eager for our first off ship adventure.
With Jenny as our guide, our skift cruises around the shore of Isla Iguana, an island, wildlife refuge, in Panama. As red throated frigates circle overhead, Jenny imparts information regarding their nesting and mating habits.
As we draw closer to the beach, we come upon a patch of water that looks like a pot of boiling pasta. The patch of boiling water seems to be moving alongside us, at the same speed as the skift. Once we are close enough, Jenny, with the same level of wonder and enthusiasm as we are experiencing, exclaims that we are witnessing a school of jack fish.
After landing, Jenny takes us on a short hike from one end of the island to the other.
During World War II, the U.S. military used the island as a bombing range. You can still see an indentation on the island from a detonated bomb.
Unfortunately for our group, Isla Iguana does not live up to its name, as we do not see a single iguana, though some of the other groups from our ship do (no worries, there will be plenty of iguana sightings in our future). We do see other cool things during our hike.
Our walk ends at a beach on the opposite end of the island.
Jenny gives us time to meander around and take in the beautiful beach scenery.
After making our way back along the trail, we have some fun- in- the- sun, splashy, beach time, before heading back to the ship.
The afternoon is our longest day time at sea. We have a lot of ground…or in this case…sea to cover, in order to reach our next destination.
Guests gather on the bow of the ship, along with binocular bearing adventure guides, to watch for sea life.
We spot a lot of birds, a few rays (and one Rey pictured above), and a couple of dolphins in the distance.
After the late, previous night, spent marveling as we made our passage through the Panama Canal, it was nice having a relaxed afternoon. I watch some sea life, chat with fellow passengers, and write in my journal (because Doug Walsh said I must journal) while enjoying my first 3 o’clock cookie time. It is the perfect way to ease into the very active week ahead.
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