Aruba 2021

Boca Catalina

Day 8 of our land vacation and as always, what else can we do except another beach day. Right?

We headed out after breakfast to Boca Catalina. I just love this place! But, just to clarify, we went to the "Rocky Boca" since we have now discovered there's 2 Boca's. 

I headed out (alone) and the fam decided to set up camp under a tree with shade and not swim. 

I headed to the right and toward Arashi. 

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Stoplight Parrot Fish

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French Angelfish

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Smoothe Trunkfish

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French Angelfish

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After making it all the way to Arashi, it was time to head back....against the waves. Woah! It was a little strong today and it definitely wore me out! As I got back, the hubby was finally coming in the water. Ohhhh, now you want to swim? Well, I'm getting out now to rest!

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After resting, the family decided they wanted to snorkel with me. Since I knew the water was a little rough and easier to drift in the direction of Arashi I decided we should go down to the next beach to get in. THAT is when I discovered that it was the other Boca Catalina beach! Ahhhh, I finally get it! I don't know why it took me walking down that way to figure this out. Below is the path combining these two beaches. 

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Time for some snorkeling. Sakari managed to get tons of awesome pictures of course. It was Christmas in August for us. The corals were decorated with so many different colored Christmas Tree worms and they were so beautiful!

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Then there were the normal worms as well.

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Another beautiful school of blue tangs. I just love when they arrive in groups like this. It's so beautiful to watch them making every calculated move together. 

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Huge French Angelfish swimming buy us.

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Along comes a nice sized White spotted filefish. So beautiful and so graceful when swimming.

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A Orange Spotted Filefish. I'm not really sure why they are called this because the stripe is more pronounced than any spots. 

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Another White spotted filefish.

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 Spotted Trunkfish.

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More of the red glassy sweeper fish again

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We had drifted back to where our beach was and explored all over. As we were getting out the hubby yelled for me to come back in. He's like "What the heck is this???"

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He's asking me if it was a baby shark or something the other fish were eating. Honestly I wasn't sure what the heck it was. Maybe some giant squid or just a large fish or....I really don't know. 

Sakari decided to stay and take some pictures from shore and I would take a few more of the beach area. 

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