Coral Bay to Carnarvon

10—11 July 2002 The next morning we took leave of our neighbours and drove to Coral Bay, which was absolutely bursting at the seams with holiday-makers.  It was all we could do to find a parking space.  Once we secured one, we made our way down to the main snorkelling spot.  Luckily we arrived at…

Cape Range NP day 3

9 July 2002 On our final day in Cape Range National Park we attended to some business in Exmouth, drove back to Turquoise Bay and walked to the beach immediately south of the bay.  There was a strong current moving from the south to the north. I went in first to check to see if…

Cape Range (Ningaloo Reef)

7—8 July 2002 On the first morning at the caravan park the weather was overcast.  I got up and did a load of washing, which seemed like a good idea at 6.30 a.m., but it rained for the second day in a row so I had to get ingenious with the clothesline.  The kids did…

Snorkelling: Punta Perdiz

Friday, 29 May 2015 Our host, Lidia, kindly organised the bus to collect us from outside the house so we did not have to travel into town to meet it. Our destination was Punta Perdiz, a popular diving location located about 10 km down the road towards Playa Larga. Our German housemates, Dennis and Gwen,…

Snorkelling: Caleta Buena

Thursday, 28 May 2015 Caleta Buena is a small inlet about 8km from Playa Girón. It’s hard to believe that it was envisaged as one of the landing sites for the 1961 invasion of Cuba, but so says Wikipedia. We rode there on the bicycles provided by our hosts. It was an easy, level ride,…

Playa Girón day 2

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 In 1961, Playa Girón—also known as the Bay of Pigs—was the site of an attempted military invasion of Cuba by a counter-revolutionary force that was backed by the CIA. The invaders were rounded up in three days by Cuban forces under the command of Fidel Castro. On our second day in…

Trinidad day 4

Sunday, 24 May 2015 Playa Ancón is said to be the best beach on the southern coast of Cuba. It’s a long stretch of featureless sand with cabañas for hire, fancy hotels, tepid water, and no waves. We had set aside Sunday to spend a day there, and put to use the snorkelling gear that…