Ewilensky's Dive Log
Mangel Halto Reef on 8/13/2009
Snorkeled here yesterday. Swim out past marker in channel (watch for current which is usually mild). Excellent reef condition past marker to the north. Lots of fish, some turtles and excellent plant/coral life. For strong swimmers you can use the private island to the north of the marker as base of operations. It does get shallow so be careful. This is a very good place to snorkel and we will return for a dive.
Baby Beach Reef on 8/13/2009
Great place to learn how to snorkel as inside the bay is as calm as glass. Sandy bottom in bay reduces visibility somewhat. Does not get interesting however until you leave the bay and go outside about 200 feet. Do early as wind creates lots of chop. Eagle ray, octopus and some large brain coral. EXCELLENT place for beginners.
Boca Catalina on 8/14/2009
Aug 14, 2009, 12:00 AM
Great snorkel site, evident by all the boats. Enter Boca Catalina and head right towards the reef. We snorkeled from Boca Catalina to Arashi Beach and found it an excellent day. Lots of macro life - sponges, corals, anemones, nudibranches, etc… Saw sea snakes, eels, cuttlefish, squid, tons of fish. Not so much reef as Mango Halto but the rocks hold excellent life and are worth poking around. Excellent beginners site. We'll try Arashi today and head down to Boca Catalina. A+ for beginners.