I don't really know where to begin, because it was such a great trip and still didn't have enough days, as usual.
Of course, we stayed at El Coz and had a great stay. The staff there all just try so hard to make you comfortable and serve with a smile. Things were pretty much "as usual" for us. This trip, hubby had to stay home and my sister in law went. Of course she also had a great stay.
I don't know any other way but to be honest with my experiences at El Coz.. First, I'll just say, they are still my favorite choice as they have been for many years. I do try to observe other people's faces and how they're treated and so far haven't seen anything I would be concerned about. Personally, we did have one misunderstanding at the desk, which was cleared up and they apologised. It certainly wasn't anything to ruin my day or my stay there.
We had already made arrangements with Adrian to go on the Punta Molas trip the next day and I just can't say enough about it. Since I've already posted that, I won't go into further detail. I'll give my link to my PIcasa pictures and you can check them out. I will say though up front, that I wasn't drunk or drinking a lot. I had 2 light Maliu Run Sprites over a period of several hours. Jackie and I were just "high on life!! lol We had so much fun and certainly didn't "act our age." But who cares, we were on vacation. We're planning on taking that boat trip again, hopefully in Aug!!
Since El Coz is a reasonably priced AI, we certainly take advantage of the good restaurants Coz has to offer. One night we had dinner at Casa Denis and it was fantastic. I had grilled lobster and Jackie had shrimp. We had excellent service and even was seranaded by a large group of people from El Coz having a celebration, complete with baloons on their head. lol. It was obvious they were having a great time. But I have a feeling they would pay for it in the morning.
I'm trying not to make this too long, but since I owe several reviews, or as I prefer to call it, "my Coz experiences" I'll tell my very special experiences.Of course, I did a couple of dives with my favorite DM, Hector at Scuba Du! Those guys there are so great and I don't say that lightly. They truly give great service! I finally got my new Sealife camera and it was so easy to use and I just love it. My favorites are turtles! I finally saw a Porcupine fish over a foot long. He was so cute! We saw 2 Lionfish, one of which Hector captured. The other one had too many places to hide. I know I'm forgetting many things, but you can see in the pictures. After all a picture is worth a thousand words.
As much as I love to dive, I think the highlight of my trip was going to the east side and searching with the biologist and his asst for turtles coming in and laying eggs!!! Yes, I said it! I had been nagging and pleading with Adrian for months to take us to see that event. When I left Coz in April, my intent was to return with that in mind, but really didn't think it would actually happen. But dear Adrian, came through! First I have to say, this is an all night event. We drove behind the biologist back and forth most of the length of the island twice (4 runs). It was a very slow process, with them shining red lights up and down the beach to spot either the turtle already on the beach laying, or places where one had layed her eggs and returned to sea. It's amazing how they spot where they've already been. The biologist and asst were so quick to recognize tracks and other signs of the turtles. Sorry, I'm getting so detailed, but this was a once in a lifetime experience and for some people NEVER. On our last drive down the beach, there she was, in all her splendor! She had already began laying her eggs in the hole she had dug. We very quickly and quietly got to her and since she was too close to the waterline, they put on latex gloves and began removing the eggs one by one as she layed them. I couldn't believe we were actually wittnessing this. The reason they were removing them was to move them farther up the beach or the waves would have washed them out of the sand. They prepared a hole exactly like the one she had dug and began to place them in one by one, counting each one. They no longer put them in containers to wait for the babies. They want to make it as natural as possible, by keeping them as the mother had placed them. They marked the nest showing how many eggs, the date and all info they needed (forgot all). We weren't able to take pictures with a flash, so the pictures are in red. By the way, the turtle was a Loggerhead and was about 35-40 yrs old and weight between 400-500 lbs! She had barnicles on her back. When she covered the hole, thinking her eggs were there, she was so tired. They helped her turn and she returned to the sea. Truly a wonderful experience.
I just have to say, they operate on a "shoestring." They need latex gloves, headlamps with the clear and red light. They don't cost much. They really need items such as that if anyone is interested in helping out with that. Oh, and also batteries. Adrian is supposed to get a list of their needs.
Our little island of Coz has so many needs, from individual citizens, to the protection of such beautiful animals. They just need so much help. That was evident to me in being part of that experience. I will truly remember that as long as I have a memory. ha ha. I think I'm about to reach that peak now.
We started at about 9:30 or 10:00pm and finished at 2:30!! We got back to the hotel at 3;00am. We were leaving for home the next day. When we got back to the hotel, I got out of my sandy clothes and just dropped in bed, I was so sleepy. Unfortunately, I forgot to take out my contacts and the next morning, my eye was so blood shot and in pain! I looked like I had been on an all night bender! But it was so worth it!
This is waaaaaaay longer than I had intended, but I just had to tell about the turtles.
Oh!!! Can't forget about having dinner with Hector and his family at Especias. We had a wonderful time with his family and of course Adrian was there with his antics. Needless to say the food was excellente! Some of us had the bacon wrapped shrimp and others had a chicken dish. Sorry, don't remember which, but Hector didn't leave anything on his plate. lol . He said it was excellent.
With that, I'm off to bed.
Here's the link to my picts.
Oh this is way longer than I intended.