Our day started round eight am, when Panama Pete’s tour van got here to get us. We quickly left the town and commenced our drive alongside Buena Ventura which was unbelievable! Inexperienced timber and mountains line the highway, sometimes damaged by strips of pristine Caribbean waters washing up simply ft out of your automotive window.
The drive to Isla Mamey (which is close to the higher recognized Isla Grande) takes about two hours. It isn’t a nasty experience in any respect, if you do not get caught in visitors, which we sadly did each methods.
Earlier than arriving to our vacation spot, we handed the ruins of Portobello, the place the Conquistadors as soon as held their treasures. They appeared actually fascinating, and if we had time to cease, I might have cherished to stroll round. I used to be jealous of different individuals who have been doing simply that!
Lastly, we pulled into somewhat village space the place totally different boats put up their costs on a board for transportation to the islands; they ranged from $3-$10. Nevertheless, this was included within the worth of our tour. We took a slim picket boat, in all probability fifteen ft lengthy on a gorgeous experience by means of the clear turquoise waters. As soon as we arrived at Mamey, our information paid one other charge to a household who gave the impression to be in cost; there’s a charge as a result of the island is privately owned.
We placed on our snorkeling gear and explored the reefs till we have been drained. Right here, the water is heat and the reefs are like mountains beneath the water, although they’re just a few ft under. Small fish are plentiful right here, in sensible colours of yellow, black and purple. All in all of the journey was properly value it, however residing right here I could not assist considering that driving there myself would have been a greater choice. Nevertheless, for first time guests, I extremely advocate a tour service.