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Municipio Especial Isla de la Juventud

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  • Day23

    Sirena Beach

    June 17 in Cuba

    We go for a walk along the northern beach spotting sea stars, conch shell's, upside down mangrove jellyfish, crabs, and plenty of fish. We walk in the crystal clear shallows all the way to the small jetty, where we cross the narrow peninsula to the wonderful southern beach. The temptation is too much and we go swimming.

    Walking back to the boat, we find the crew have decided we are having a snack on the beach of lobster legs, with a cooler box of drinks.

    Later on we reverse off the beach into open water, and anchor for supper and our overnight stay.
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  • Day23

    Sirena beach

    June 17 in Cuba

    Cayó Largó is an island with 25km of gloriously white sand beaches. We skirt very close to shore, until we reach the west side of the island and Sirena beach. The water gets deep, very quickly here. As we turn the corner into a bay, we are able to beach the boat.

  • Day24

    Cayó Largo marina

    June 18 in Cuba

    We motor a short distance to Cayó Largó marina for breakfast. After which we visit the small Turtle sanctuary. We get a hell of a lot of information from a very knowledgeable and passionate Leonardo, who runs the centre.

    We learn about the different species of marine turtle's that nest along Cayo Largo's 25km of beaches, 7km of which are on tourist beaches. These eggs are transferred to the research centre for incubation in a controlled environment. He also shows us several tanks of nine month olds, a small amount kept back from the hatched eggs, which they will eventually tag and use for research purposes.

    He then says the first batch of eggs they lifted from the beach are overdue, they don't check on them until after 70 days, and he invites us to watch him dig them out. Unfortunately of the 99 egg's, 7 never had embryos, 3 died in the embryonic stage, only two were formed and moving, but never separated from the umbilical cord, and would eventually die. The rest, because of the extremely heavy rains when they were laid, never formed. Very sad, but Leonardo always seems to have hope.

    We did get to tag and name an eighteen month old, which we'll release to the sea in a few days when we return. We unanimously named him Leonardo.
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  • Day25

    Cayó Iguana

    June 19 in Cuba

    We then head back towards the Cayo Largo area. Ben, Joss and myself decide to take the kayaks to the nearby Iguana Island, a very small low-lying island. We land on the island and immediately come face to face with some very big iguanas. They are all coming towards us, but we manage to avoid them. It turns out that other boats land here with tourists, who feed the iguanas, causing them to expect it now unfortunately. We manage to walk around a bit, before another sailing boat arrives, and a big crowd of day trippers wade to the island. Time to leave. We kayak around the island and head back to where the Neptune left us.

    We find the catamaran beached on another Island's beach, where we join the rest of the group spending the afternoon in the shallow water playing volleyball, dancing and having cocktails with our Iguana friends. Later we leave the shore and go further out to anchor for the night.
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  • Day26

    Kayaking to Cayó Rico

    June 20 in Cuba

    After breakfast we sailed westward for a short time, we were heading for Cayo Rico. Half way there we tried something new and dropped the kayaks in the natural pools and eight of us paddled our way over three miles to Cayo Rico.

    What an experience! We saw nurse sharks, Osprey, Black Hawks, Stingrays, not to mention the beautiful scenery and water. Most of the way the water was barely knee deep, despite us being a fair bit offshore. Occasionally it was so shallow the kayaks would run aground, and we had to walk. At one point we saw a nurse shark, that went under our kayak, and we felt it striking the underside. A truely amazing experience.Read more

  • Day26

    Cayó Rico

    June 20 in Cuba

    Once we landed at Cayo Rico, the rest of the tour group were already there, we had lunch in the open air café. As with many places we'd visited on the Canarreos Archipelago, this place was deserted apart from the two café workers. Then we hung out with the Iguanas & Jutias before swimming in the beautifully warm waters.Read more

  • Day26

    Coral Gardens

    June 20 in Cuba

    In the afternoon we kayaked back to the Neptune, spotting a stingray on the way. We again set sail to the east, heading for Cayo Largo, stopping for a short while at the Coral Gardens.

    Here we went snorkeling and the crew went hunting for food. Eduardo who was using a speargun managed to get several fish, however, one on them had darted into some coral just as he fired at it. He got the fish, but the spear got lodged inside the coral. Eventually he had to cut it from the rope and leave it. He wasn't happy.Read more

  • Day26

    Then in the evening we docked in the marina of Cayo Largo and after sundown we all tried our dance moves at the “White Wednesday” party..

    This was an open air nightclub, with only the dance floor covered with a thatched roof. It was the Cayó Largó event of the week, as all the workers and tourists congregated here. It was pretty normal to take your own bottle of rum to the party, as did the captain when he plonked the bottle on the floor in the middle of our group and said drink. 😜

    The funniest event of the night had to be when a red crab 🦀 walked across the middle of the dance floor and nobody thought it was unusual. 😂🤣
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  • Day27

    Freedom for Leonardo

    June 21 in Cuba

    After breakfast, we revisited the Turtle Rescue Centre, because today we were going to do something very special, releasing the 1.5 year old green turtle "Leonardo" out onto the reef.

    It was an emotional moment when Leonardo the man, who had raised him, said his goodbyes to Leonardo the turtle.

    We sailed a short distance to a nearby reef, and gathered in the water, as Allan released him. We followed him for 30 minutes and he was already eating after that time – amazing!
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