Another gorgeous island of San Blas, there are so many islands there are not even names for all of them in the guidebooks, although the locals most likely have names for all of them
The freighter from Cartagena
There were a few other boats in the anchorage, a lot of cruisers seem to camp out in this area of Coco Bandero Cays
The Kuna people fished all day long
Kunas sailing a cayuco
Another cruiser in the anchorage
The little blue boat reminded us of "Bluey" it was a 27ft. steel boat that had sailed to San Blas from France
The couple living aboard had sold us some jewelry that they had made from the tagua nut
Kate's (Shelly's) haul from the Coco Bandero anchorage, sea urchins, a sea biscuit, a baby conch, coral, and a triton that had a crab in it, so we had to put it back
The anchorage at Coco Banderos
Sunset our first night at Coco Banderos
Nightfall on Stray Cat
Master Mola Maker of Momaketupu or Mola Maker Island
These were by far the best Molas we had seen
The craftsmanship was far superior and Venancio told us about the layers
He told us how the numerous layers make the Molas more intricate and difficult and the more layers, the more time they take to make and also, the more expensive they are
The colors were fantastic
Capt Stu bought this one
Most had animals or flowers or geometric patterns on them
This was the Kuna Tribal Pattern
Very Tradicional Kuna
The colors were fantastic
Turtles or tortugas were very popular
Some Molas told a story, Venancio had one with Jonah being swallowed by a whale
There are lots of indigenous birds in San Blas
Venancio liked this one a lot and he had sewn these 2 Molas, so of course Kate ended up with them
Venancio, Kate & Stuart the "Mola Crew"
The Mola in Venancio's hands was 6 layers and he told us that it took him 4 months to make, he wanted $100 for it - he took that one home with him!
Kate's favorite pastime!
Blue headed Wrasse
Not sure about the name, but this fish had the most vivid colors of any fish we saw
Flowers on the uninhabited island of Dupwala
Walter on the island of Dupwala
Walter in Paradise
Palm trees in paradise
Kate was loving this life!
Snorkel Gear in Paradise
A King's Helmet, unfortunately the King was at home
A moon jelly
Walter with a Bahamian Conch, King's Helmet and a piece of coral, what a treasure!
A Starfish in the deep, there were lots of them from 20-40 feet deep
Our little speckle fish hiding in the coral
Spotfin Butterfly Fish
The elusive Queen Angelfish
M&K with snorkel lines
Self-portrait at Olosicuidup
Katherine selling jewelry
It was gorgeous and made of vegetable ivory or the tagua nut
She had all kinds
The presentation was very good!
I love earrings!!
Katherine and Kathleen with the Booty!
The small spirals on the coral head were animals that would suck back inside of the coral if you got to close to them
The coral bubbles
More pipe organ coral
It is impossible to look cool in a snorkel!
An incredible angelfish who was very camera shy
The freighter on the reef, it had wrecked on it's way from Cartagena, Colombia to Colon, Panama
Most of the middle section of the ship had been destroyed from constantly being battered on the reef
The bridge deck or pilothouse
My new jewelry rocks!
More Molas!!!!!!!!!!!!! This happened at least everyday
Here is the daily catch
The lobster Yovanni is holding probably weighed 6lbs and he wanted $35 for it!
We bought 11 lobsters for $25 from Yovanni, Antonio & Juan
Yovanni cut the tails and cleaned the poop out for us
These are called Caribbean Spiny Lobster they are delicioso!!!
The water was some of the clearest we had seen
The locals would keep the heads, boil them, and make soup with them
Walter was purchasing Molas
Capt Mark reading the travel guide
Capt Mark trying for some dinner
La Reyna (the Queen) as she was called by the locals for, being the only girl on board
Another Incredible Sunset!!