On day six of our cruise we arrived at the Isle of Pines. I had heard a lot about the Ilse of Pines, but never been there. It pretty much lived up to my expectations with beautiful white sand, stunningly clear blue water and impressive pine trees.
We got on the tender boats again travelled across some rough water to arrive at the island. We quickly visited the famous sacred rock on the island (it was much bigger than I expected) before getting ready for our tour.
We’d booked a tour to ‘snorkel the natural aquarium’ and so headed off on a bus. As we travelled we got to see the surprisingly diverse landscape of the small island. After about 20 minutes we arrived at our destination, got out and walked into the ocean. Well, it wasn’t open ocean, but the water was salty. We had to leave our shoes on so we didn’t step on anything bitey as we walked through the water. The scenery was definitely worth looking at.
After a short walk we arrived at the natural aquarium. It is protected area where many fish have decided to call home. As it turned out, we probably couldn’t have chosen a better tour for that day. It was quite windy, but because where we were was so protected the snorkelling was wonderful. The fish there were so confident too! As I swam over them they didn’t flinch, just went about their business.
The water was wonderfully clear and we had a great time with the friendly fish.
After snorkelling we walked around a very small market area to get some last minute souvenirs. There was an engine that had been underwater for so long coral had started to grow on it. The sign read: “Thank you, do not touch me, I am very fragile. I stayed 18 years under the water. Will try to keep it like that another 20 or so.”