24 May 2011 | Nopolo
We decided to anchor in the southern finger of Nopolo which is a very small anchorage with room for maybe 2 boats. As soon as we were set, a fisherman with his two daughters came up in a panga asking if we wanted fish. Since we were well stocked from the day before, we really didn't want any but asked how much it was, especially since it was red snapper. The fisherman (Carlos) kept saying, "regalo, regalo". I had to pull out the Spanish dictionary to translate. It was a gift! He gave us over a kilo of fresh red snapper and refused to take any money. We found a package of M&M's and Lee gave up one of his beloved Snicker's candy bars to give to the girls. They were delighted!
We snorkeled later in the afternoon and found a huge tree underwater about 25 feet behind the boat. It's a good thing we didn't go in any further to anchor or we would have had a terrible time pulliing the anchor back up. But the tree provided nice protection for small fish and we saw lots of different varieties.
Later in the evening Carlos came back out to the boat to see if we needed anything. What a nice man. It looked like it was just 2 families that live in the small bay. They had some kind of power; we could hear music playing but couldn't hear a generator . The only access to their homes is by water, no roads that we could see. Very remote but very beautiful.