There are still undiscovered lands… It seems like every time I visit Isla Palenque, I discover a cove or lagoon that becomes my new “favorite place” on the island. Thanks to continual changes in tide and light, it’s virtually impossible to see the same sunset twice, and every day on the island feels entirely special and new.
A couple of weeks ago, I was doing a bit of “rock hiking” – a term coined by Amble Resorts’ Emily Kinskey to describe the mixture of hiking and rock climbing required to explore the more rugged parts of the island – right by the famed Isla Palenque blowhole. A little intrepid navigation brought me to a magical corner of the island which I promptly declared my new favorite: a rocky outcropping stretching far into the sparkling blue Pacific.
If rock hiking sounds like your kind of adventure rather than something to avoid, you too can perch yourself on the edge of this stunning volcanic formation and enjoy the amazing view of the tide pools and incoming waves below, as I did in my last visit to this ever-surprising island.
With every rise and fall of the ocean, a new surge of marine life comes into view like a kaleidoscope shifting before your eyes. Vibrant red, electric blue, and mossy green flash by as schools of fish chase one another and dart through underwater mazes of plant life bursting from the vast tidal oases.
During my first foray I crouched on a moss-covered rock, mesmerized by the scenic view, and was so enthralled that I didn’t even notice I had company. It wasn’t until a crab chose to sit directly on my leg that I realized I wasn’t the only one appreciating the show. It was a full-on Little Mermaid moment that made my discovery of this unique spot all the more enchanting. I tried to remain still so as not to disturb my companion.
I wished I had one of our Isla Palenque wildlife guides at my side to identify what I was seeing. Was it a red snapper? A peacock bass? Or perhaps even a small black-tip shark?
In my memory it’s chaotic wilderness, and sometimes it’s fun just to take in the splashes of color zooming by without trying to divert your eyes to a guidebook.
It was an unforgettable first glance that will keep me coming back to see what new treasures the tide pools will reveal!