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.
Pictured below is Becky, my wife, posing at the Labadee port in Haiti on the way to the ABC-islands.
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.
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.
In contrast, Bonaire seems to have the geology of an Island-arc terrain with deformed-folding of less dense sedimentary material.
Mike, Becky and I snorkeled in Bonaire and Aruba along with exploring a cave on Curacao.
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.