Puerto Rico Day Four: A Short Stay On Gilligan’s Island.

Puerto Rico Day Four: A Short Stay On Gilligan’s Island.

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I returned to my hotel after my morning walk and enjoyed a nice late breakfast.  After eating I was soon on my next adventure. A boat ride to Gilligan’s Island. Yes, Gilligan’s Island. 

Pier at Copamarina resort

The small island is about a mile from the resort. It was named after the famous 1960’s television show. As soon as I read about it I knew I had to visit. 

The next boat left the pier at my resort   at 1:30 p.m.  It returned every half hour until 4:30 p.m. As I boarded the captain asked when I would return and I said on the last trip. He asked why I was going and I told him to explore and take photographs. He suggested I take the next trip back since there was not a lot to see. 

Well we took the short ride to the island, watching the resort and mountains recede as we neared the island. 

The small island was surrounded by a number of small boats and one  rather large police boat.

I walked onto the dock and found these birds standing in line to greet me.  I think they are sandwich terns. terns in a row on pier

Once on shore I  found it packed with local residents enjoying the few small beaches and shallow waters that surround the island. They were swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing or picnicking  on the tiny sub-tropical  island. 

The island was beautiful but there really wasn’t much to do. It was covered in mangrove forests and it would be a perfect place to swim and snorkel. I did see some beautiful fish in the shallow waters.mangrove trees along beach

And there were many of these shorebirds on the islandsandpipers on a log .

They are some type of sandpiper but I can’t make a positive identification. Any help with a more accurate identification would be appreciated. sandpiper in flight

However I had my camera and couldn’t go swimming and  the large crowds of people did not make fort he ideal conditions to relax and reflect. The captain was right, I waited for the next boat back. While I waited I did get to watch and photograph the many terns  flying near the shore, looking for a fish or some food from the picnickers.tern in flight

On my way back to the resort the captain told me he heard  there were many birds near the ranger station in the Dry Forest Reserve, about 8 miles from the resort. terns in flight

After a brief boat  tour of the area, I returned to the resort, saw this iguana near my room, and was soon off to the Guanica dry forest ranger station. Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to Gilligan’s Island. Puerto Rico Day Four Gilligan’s Island February 11 2018. iguana

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!” — Calvin from Calvin and Hobbestern in flight