We are up at sunrise, and what a spectacular sunrise it is.
We’re not avid bird watchers, more avid animal of any kind watchers, so when the opportunity arises to go on a bird watching hike, it sounds like the makings of a wonderful morning.
Light continues to seep into the sky as our skift makes its way to the penal colony, turned National Park, Coiba Island.
It looks like we are approaching a movie set. The color of the water is a dazzling turquoise.
Our guide for the morning is Liza. She is excellent at spotting birds (I don’t have a zoom lens so I have no bird pictures).
Every so often Liza has us stop and quietly listen. There are so many birds singing. The air is alive with the sound of a beautiful chorus.
It’s a humid, sweaty, hike, so Liza encourages us to take a beach break. We refill our water bottles and have a rest.
Liza finds a mango tree. She picks and peels fresh mangoes for us. They are juicy and sweet.
Refreshed and relaxed, we make our way to the lookout point.
I’ve never seen a cashew tree before. I am fascinated.
Tito the Crocodile is away running whatever kinds of errands crocodiles run, so he’s not hanging out on his beach today.
This guy (or girl, I’m not really sure) finally gives us our reptile fix. I love the blue markings.
As we approach the lookout path, we spot an agouti. He sniffs around looking for snacks. I love how excited everyone in the group gets. There is not a single person who is bored and/or unimpressed.
The tree trunk steppers on Coiba Island are really cool. I have fun jumping from circle to circle.
At the lookout point we’re greeted with a lovely view,
and a troop of white faced monkeys.
Liza makes sure we keep a safe distance as she recognizes one of the monkeys as a territorial, alpha male. Fortunately, the monkeys only seem interested in having a peek at us, and then going on their way.
The rest of the morning on Coiba Island is spent chilling on the beach. We enjoy the water, and the spectacular views, then we head back to the boat to gear up for an afternoon of snorkeling.
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