We are now back from the Las Perlas - what a great time we had! Now that I have internet, I will post some photos & videos.
We had such a good time on Isla Chapera! Watch a few videos below and you will see.
The above boy came by in his canoe, we gave him a chocolate cup cake, boy did he give us a big smile!
I really enjoyed giving away some of our beanie babies.
When we got to shore, this little boy followed us all around. He is so cute!
We also saw whales here.
On our walk we came across a waterfall. You might want to turn down your volume, as Jim really enjoyed his waterfall shower!
After 21 days in the Las Perlas Islands, we have enjoyed every minute, but we will return to Panama City to prepare to go threw the canal.
I will post some photos and videos of our time in the Las Perlas.
The photo above is a torch Denny found floating in the water.
This is sunset at Isla Moga Moga
This video is where they filmed Survivor Island - Panama
This day was soooo hot!
How hot was it Becky?
Smokin' Hot Day on Moga Moga
09/25/2011, Contadora - Las Perlas
Sunday morning we woke up to rain. Unlike most days this rain stayed longer than an hour. So we played games and did boat projects while we waited for a break in the weather so we could go to the beach. Our friends on Sound Effect left this morning to go back to Panama City. We will do the same Monday or Tuesday. For now, we will explore the northwest side of the island and hope the rain that stopped after 5 hours is gone for the day. It's not all bad; this morning reminds us why we left Tacoma to go to the tropics. We filled 20 gallons of water from the rain!
Well, we walked the island, it's about 1 mile long, if that, and has nice paved roads. There are several houses on Contadora, most are also bed and breakfasts. Every spectrum is represented from high end to my budget. The beaches are sandy and one even claims to be nude. Becky wouldn't let me go there. Several water taxis give tours of the Las Perlas Islands, so we could have done our three weeks in an afternoon if we wanted. We anchored on the south side, right in front of a hotel/restaurant called Restaurant Romantico. We spent time on the other side three weeks ago, so Becky is ready to give tours.
Life is good on Kokomo!
09/24/2011, Contadora - Las Perlas
I have always said I would not write about actually sailing as it gets old quick. Today though was one of those days. We set sail right from the anchorage and sailed right up until we dropped anchor 4 hours later. Most the day we were on the nose, but in 12 to 15 knots of wind that's ok with us.
Watched SV Sound Effect sail next to us
While we were sailing, we had a whale within 30 ft of the boat
Rain, thunder and lightning. We are so thankful no lightening strikes, but it sure is something else to watch in the distance
In the end had a cocktail while watching the sunset. 15 miles of great sailing. That's why were out here, or at least one of the reasons.
Sailing is good on Kokomo!
(have internet for a short period today)
09/23/2011, Perlas Islands - Isla Pedro Gonzales
Today we woke up to the sound of whales playing next to the boat. It's hard to describe what it's like when a moment like this happens. First we heard them in the boat the noises whales make. It was so loud it seemed like they were talking to us. These were very happy whales. There were 4 or 5 boats in the anchorage and every person was on deck watching as two or three gray whales rolled over and over flapping their long pictorial fin in the air. It was an I can't believe I saw it moment. Becky will post a video of this when we have internet and get back to Panama City, probably the middle of next week.
We are so happy we have had the opportunity to visit the Las Perlas Islands in western Panama as it has been an unexpected surprise. Clear warm water, beautiful white sandy beaches and whales have made the month of September unbelievable.
Life is good on Kokomo!