ABC Isles, Caribbean 2018


     As routine, Becky and I took a cruise to the Caribbean-Islands during Spring-Break. This time Mike Stevens, (our very good friend), joined us to the ABC-islands.

The ABC Islands of the Caribbean Map

     Pictured below is Becky, my wife, posing at the Labadee port in Haiti on the way to the ABC-islands.

Labadee, Haiti Port, (we just sat on the beach nearby and enjoyed the sun)

     These Leeward Antilles islands are located offshore in northern Venezuela and from west to east they include Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, and are often called the ABCs.

Picture taken at one of the Saline Lakes towards Hato Caves on Cauracao

     Geology of the ABC islands, is located in the boundary zone between the South American tectonic-plate and the Caribbean-Plate. The core of the islands, Aruba and Curacao are composed of ocean floor-basalts that were extruded onto the seafloor during the Cretaceous Period.

Hato Caves, Curacao Island, (Netherlands) in the Caribbean
Hato Caves, Curacao Island, (Netherlands) in the Caribbean

     In contrast, Bonaire seems to have the geology of an Island-arc terrain with deformed-folding of less dense sedimentary material.

Snorkeling location on Bonaire Northwest shore, Caribbean 2017

     Mike, Becky and I snorkeled in Bonaire and Aruba along with exploring a cave on Curacao.

Becky, (my wife), posing at a Beach Bar on Aruba, Caribbean; (We snorkeled a ship wreck)
 The Antilla Shipwreck off of the Aruba Coast in the Caribbean

     The sunken World War II ship, the Antilla, is offshore near the north end of Aruba. There is enough of the wreck visible from the surface for us as snorkelers to see.  The Antilla Wreck was about 400 feet long, with the front third or so of the boat in shallow enough water to be enjoyed by snorkeling. It is laying tilted over on the bottom, in about 60 feet of water. The visibility was decent when we were there, but not great. The top masts are closest to the surface, reaching to within about 5 feet of it.  Besides the masts, the bow and a portion of the forward deck were fairly visible while snorkeling the Antilla Wreck. These areas were covered in small corals and lots of colorful sponges and fish. 

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