…and the manta rays! And because I don’t have an underwater camera, you’ll just have to believe me when I say I saw not one but two of these slightly elusive, mainly harmless creatures.
Today’s trip to the Isla Rosario with Diving Planet more than made up for yesterday’s disappointment. We boarded a fast boat to the islands, a protected natural coral reef environment about 1 hour from Cartagena and a world away. I was the only snorkeler along with 5 other divers. Happy to brag… the snorkelers were the only ones to see the manta rays! Snorkeling today was a lot like being in a very big salt water aquarium… although not quite as bright. Schools of blue and black fish, striped and spotted and everything in between, danced their perfectly in sync dance around us while we quietly became part of the habitat.
Of course the silence also has its advantages…since my guide couldn’t speak English and my Spanish is rudimentary when it comes to all things aquatic… like how to say snorkeling, for example.
Later, while the divers did another dive on the other side of the island, my snorkel guide and I swam through a mangrove lagoon, home to a million almost microscopic fish, and plants that snap shut when you brush by them. Very cool, but admittedly the water was a little murky, making it hard to see too far in front of me.
Salt in my hair + wind from the boat ride home = tangled disaster. Even though I knew it would happen, the question remains… did I bring enough conditioner to fix this mess? Or is a head shaving the only thing that will work? If I’m bald on the beach tomorrow, you’ll now how that worked out. 😉