Santa Catalina... the Pacific!!
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After a day on buses headed for Santa CAtalina we made it as far as a regional town by the name of sona. We found a little hotel for the evening.... which was super creepy & stinky (and cheap!- yes!), but did the job. After a rough nights sleep, and an early early morning bus ride, we were at the seaside village of SAnta CAtalina keen for some surfing.
I'm told that Santa CAtalina is the in the crosshairs of developers, and I can see why... what it lacks in white sand (onyl black sand beaches), it makes up for in beaty in the surrounding farmlands (almost a bit like NZ... green rolling hills), thick forests, palm trees & lets not forget.... friendly people. Whilst everyone here have all seen tourists before... they've only been the down to earth types interested in beauty in the land and culture.
The town boasts only a couple of shops (who seem to complement each other with what they stock... 3 different stops for food, beer and ice!), and a couple of restaurants (which are great!). It's super easy to fall in love with the place, especially seeing as we stayed in a place directly overlooking the ocean and surf breaks. It's even better as we opted for the budget option: a matress on the floor in the under construction room. brilliant!
The waves themselves are great too.... many different options for the full spectrum of skill levels. Although there seems to be one particular wave (the best) which can get a little crowded, there is always somewhere else to head that isn't quite as good, but you are by yourself.
Deciding to give the surfing a bit of a break for a day, we heade to isla coiba for a day of diving. The island is an old penal colony turned National Park & everything you read about the underwater and above water environments say its legendary....
WEll, turned out it was. The waters are alive with marine life both outside and inside the park. The best dive (i believe) was outside the park. we saw eagle rays, turtles, eels, lobster, dolphins, frog fish, wahoo, etc etc etc. The diving was amazing & we didnt see another dive boat the whole day.... if i had the time and money... it would be a great place to explore sailing...
Anyway, we had to make a move and get to the internet to try and organise an upcoming sailing trip to colombia (life is tough!?) so that we didnt overstay our 30 day visa... so we grabbed a ride to the next destination, Playa Venao, with some californian guys who we were hanging with at S CAtalina...