BJ’s Travels: Part 2, Snorkeling at Isla Iguana
| December 20, 2013

BJ and her husband work in the travel industry and are based out of Georgia. The couple recently sailed on Star Flyer, exploring Panama and Costa Rica. BJ shared her experience on her blog BJ’s Travels, and we’ll be publishing excerpts from the journey here. Enjoy!

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Passenger’s Log, Star Flyer Date 112513 (Monday) Isla Iguana

We wondered, “Is it really only day 3?”

As usual, I awoke early. I found the 24 hour coffee station and enjoyed a cup on the front deck while watching more sails being hosted.

After the talk, we went to the sports deck to check out snorkels and fins. 

While we were standing in line, we noticed several water spouts in the distance. The captain announced that, due to the ‘tornados’ the crew would take down the sails and start the engines…

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We anchored around noon and had lunch before going ashore. Lunch was a buffet of mostly seafood items. There was a carving station with baked salmon. 

We changed into our swimsuits, slathered up with sunscreen, grabbed our snorkel equipment and took a tender to Isla Iguana for our first “wet landing”. That means the tender pulled up “near” shore and dropped a ladder into a few feet of water. Who cares? We’re going snorkeling anyway!
 
The beach was deserted except for our little group!

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We snorkeled until our fingers shriveled up. We saw lots of big parrot fish, a pregnant puffer fish, some clown fish and some tiny purple fish.

After snorkeling, Tony took the next tender back to the boat so he could have his turn in the shower. I did some exploring on the island and found a path that led to a smaller, even more isolated beach on the other side of the island. 

I also followed the path by the sunning iguanas up to the round visitors center with posters about the area.
 
Back on the boat, I found Tony at the bar, let him know I made it back, and then went to shower.

We went to the top deck to watch the sails being raised and the anchor being lifted. There was always some Russian sounding music as we set sail. Tony said it sounded like the soundtrack from Hunt for Red October.
  
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We visited with our new friends on the deck and then went downstairs for cocktail hour where we met more new friends.

Next we went to the back of the boat and sat on the stern. We felt a few drops of rain and started inside. We heard the captain say, ‘lots of rain coming’ and sure enough, we barely made it under cover before the bottom dropped out.

By then it was 7 and time to meet friends for cocktails.

We had dinner with two other couples. By now, Tony had discovered that the wine list had an extra page he hadn’t seen the night before with the house wines – much more reasonably priced, and totally drinkable, especially the Chardonnay and the Cabernet.

After dinner, I went to the fashion show and Tony went to the cabin to model his PJs. The fashion show featured some of the young crew members who were quite entertaining.

There would be a time change when we got to Costa Rica so we set our watches back one hour before going to bed.

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