Isla Isabela – The ‘Galapagos of Mexico’

Departing Mazatlan, our fellow dock neighbors bid us farewell, casting our lines for us as we set our sights on Isle Isabela.

Once underway we motor sailed the majority of the passage due to light wind. We were fortunate to have a bright full moon the entire night. Peggy lucked out catching a breaching whale off to the starboard side making an impressive splash. birds-and-rockOur timely arrival to Isabela had us approaching the island well into morning. Tuned into the marine radio, two boaters (one referring to himself as a naturalist) were discussing their island discoveries. Triggering one of Peggy’s phobias… they reported seeing a 5 foot milk snake. Yuck!

While evaluating the anchorage options, we cruised into the south bay, narrowly avoiding the underwater pinnacles. We eventually dropped the hook on the East side of the island with a firm hold in sand and rock bottom.Isablea-sign

The island is overpopulated with Frigate birds and Blue Footed Boobies, Brown Footed Boobies, Iguanaiguana’s and lizards of all sorts. We set the dinghy in the water and ventured to the south bay entrance, which offers the only reasonable entry/exit to beach the dinghy and adjacent to the fishermen’s dwellings.II-Fish-Village We walked around to explore and photograph the Frigate birds, lizards and iguana. We didn’t trek far enough inland or uphill to locate the Boobies though… (Remember Peggy’s snake phobia?).

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After two days on the hook, we set sail eastbound for LaCruz de Huanacaxtle. With a light breeze we sailed peacefully and eventually had to motor sail to maintain our speed to arrive timely at high tide Saturday morning.

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