Archive for April, 2008

Anchored in the Perlas Islands

We dropped the hook here about 10:00 this morning off Rio Cacique on Isla del Rey in the Las Perlas group of Islands near Panama City.

After passing Punta Guanico on the southern shore of the large Azuero Peninsula we came under the influence of the outbound current from the Bay of Panama; it was slow going for about 12 hours after that. We were way offshore (about 35 miles) as we passed Punta Mala, but still felt the large chop associated with that point. We had a slight tail wind, but the sail only provided minor stabilization. We headed east across the Bay of Panama, hoping to catch the inward flowing current. The shipping lanes that we crossed contained many ships that kept us alert Monday night and Tuesday morning; three had to be “actively” avoided! Tuesday evening we picked up a strong northerly wind, which allowed us to finally cut the engine and sail for the rest of the evening and into the early morning hours; then we used the engine again to get us to this anchorage.

Abundant Sea Life

We are underway to the Bay of Panama and have rounded Punta Mariato, out of the waters of western Panama. We left our anchorage at Isla Gobernador this morning and have had seen lots of sea life as we moved out into the Pacific Ocean. Several times dolphins played at Lanikai‘s bow while manta rays leaped out of the water nearby; but most of all were the numerous, and very large, sea turtles that slowly swam past. There were also a few of the yellow-bellied sea snakes swimming by too. We hope to round Punta Mala in the morning and then cross the Bay of Panama to the Perlas Islands for a Wednesday morning anchor-drop at Isla del Rey.

Isla Cebaco

Yesterday we moved further south (and east) from Bahía Honda to an anchorage just north of Isla Cebaco off of the smaller island, Isla Gobernadora. While in the calm anchorage at Bahía Honda, Bill went up the mizzen mast to finish the step project that was started during out haul out. The workers in Puntarenas had installed the steps up the mizzen mast, but Bill did not like the position of one of the top steps; and they needed to have line added to them to help keep the halyards from tangling in the steps when we hoist the mizzen sail. Bill got all that accomplished on Thursday! Domingo, in Bahía Honda, provided us with a fresh stock of bananas, six avocados and a nice pineapple, all in exchange for a little gasoline and a few dollars.

Clear Water

We are on the move again to an anchorage near Bahía Honda on our slow move toward Panama City. The last two days were spent in the Islas Secas anchored at Isla Cavada. The jellyfish had moved in, making our favorite snorkel spot no fun!! After discovering too many jellies to enjoy the water, we headed off exploring in the dinghy. We explored around the island north of Islas Cavada and discovered no jellies on its eastern shore. There were many nice reefs so we picked one, anchored the dinghy nearby and jumped into the water. There we discovered one of the prettiest reefs that we have seen. There were many large schools of fish swimming among the green, orange and pink corals and the water was very clear. Instead of moving along on Tuesday as planned, we stuck around for a second day to enjoy the reef again.

Moving East

We are slowly moving east, enjoying some of our favorite anchorages along the way. We have a little over a week to enjoy this area before we start looking for a weather window to round Punta Mala and head off to the Perlas Islands and on into Panama City. Yesterday we had a nice motor-sail from Isla Parida to the Islas Secas, with winds less than 10 over the boat and very calm seas.