Isla Contadora Travel Blog› entry 88 of 99 › view all entries
April 2nd, 2009 – by: jthreasher
Unfortunately the dive centre on the island was closed until this morning, when I'm leaving, so I was unable to use my Open Water certification to see some Pacific Ocean marine life. I had to settle for snorkelling and a ride in a glass bottomed boat. Sounds ideal, but looking through the glass bottom for minutes on end made me feel queasy. As there wasn't anything really exciting to see there, I went to the front of the boat to get some sun instead. Some of the smaller islands of the archipelago had some beautiful beaches, and one was used for the television series Survivor. We did get to see a manta ray, which is spectacular enough for me. With the tip of its "wing" poking out of the water though, I genuinely thought we had spotted a shark! But no.
The island has some very nice beaches, such as Playa Cacique which was right in front of my hotel, Punta Galeon and Playa Larga. Particularly the water at Playa Larga has such a beautiful turquoise colour. On the plane ride back, I got a seat right behind the pilots and had a good view when we made the approach to Isla San Jose, which only has a grass air strip. I thought "we're landing there?!". It was a smooth landing though. I haven't been on turbo prop driven planes before this trip and the landing at Panama City had some unnerving moments, where it seemed as if the plane was stopping in mid air and then suddenly it would drop suddenly and start going forwards again.
I'm flying to Los Angeles today from the international airport of Panama City. Bye bye Latin America.
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