Die Stahlratte adventure–life in the water (from Panama to Columbia)

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Vising the San Blas Islands 1½ day we had time to snorkel at the nearby reefs and visit some of the smaller island that are known for the white beaches and waving palms. The place is also known as Paradise, so we swam from the ship onto the beach and walked all the way around the this island before breakfast.

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A Guna’s hut and wooden canoe. Yes, they lived in the hut and one of the Guna had a speaker, so he could play music. He visited the ship to get the speaker chargedwlEmoticon-note Die Stahlratte adventure–life in the water (from Panama to Columbia)wlEmoticon-note Die Stahlratte adventure–life in the water (from Panama to Columbia)wlEmoticon-note Die Stahlratte adventure–life in the water (from Panama to Columbia). Some of the bigger islands near the coast have electricity, but most of the islands doesn’t.

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Taking pictures of the starfish laying close the to beach of the islands

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Snorkeling around the reef close to the islands was amazing, and Esben was trying to get a lot of good pictures. In total we took more the 800 pictures in 4 days!

Esben going under water

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Catching some of the amazing formations of the corals – the reefs here were a lot more colorful than the reefs at Cabo Pulmo in Mexico, and the diversity was bigger here

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Getting a few close ups photos of the life under water 

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Stingrays trying to hide in the sand

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A sand shark

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Playing around chasing the small school of fish

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It takes time, plenty of photos and good ideas to get the good pictures under water: (1) have a waterproof camera and play around, (2) try to get close to the smaller and bigger fish, (3) have patience, because sometimes you just have to lie still and wait for the fish to come to you, (4) have some pictures with people on and (5) be tough when you delete pictures and edit the ones your want to show to others. Taking video under water is even more difficulty, because it is so hard to keep the camera steady. After taking more than 800 pictures, we deleted more than 400 and had 376 pictures left of which we only picked 76 pictures for editing and further use (blog and Facebook). I pick the best pictures, but I also pick pictures that can tell a story. YES, we still have 300 pictures, that we didn’t have the heart to delete. These pictures fall into a category of moderate quality pictures, that brings out good (and bad) memories from our adventure.

Saying goodbye to the San Blas Islands and great snorkeling by sailing into the sunset

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