STOP AT MONA ISLAND
03 March 2011 | Mona Island, Puerto Rico
Michele/clear and sunny
After we left La Romana we stopped at Saona Island for dinner and then set off east about 10pm. On route one of our engine shafts started leaking, why do these things happen at 3am in the morning? The winds were very easterly but we finally managed to arrive at Mona Island in the Mona Passage about midday, lining up the range markers on shore to make our way through the very narrow entrance in the reef to the tiny anchorage.
This 13,000-acre island is famous for its crystal clear waters and varied fish population. It is home to a indigineous iguana. Although uninhabited, there are some buildings on shore for the handful of researchers and park rangers who come and go. There was also a group of hunters (for pig and goat) camping while we were there.
We walked along the endless beach and also did a long hike inland, much to the distress of the rangers who discovered us on the way back and said we were only allowed to be on the beach because of the danger of being shot by the hunters! There are a number of big caves to explore.
On Thursday we made our way out of the reef entrance and were fortunate to have calm enough seas to anchor for dinner before setting off for Boqueron, Puerto Rico.