Isla Mamey
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member aj-8-52
N 09° 37.043 W 079° 36.058
17P E 653518 N 1063422
Quick Description: The Isla Mamey is an old known spot for diving at the Atlantic side of the country. Ideal for beginners or advanced divers.
Location: Panama
Date Posted: 12/31/2006 8:03:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM1375
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 4

Long Description:
The "Isla Mamey" (English: Mamey Island) is located at the southeastern coast of the province of Colon, at the Caribbean side. Reached by 10 minutes boat trip from Puerto Lindo dock, besides a local church.
Its name comes from the "mamey sapote" (Pouteria sapota) fruit, a specie of tree that is native to southern Mexico and northern South America, cultivated in Central America, and the Caribbean.
The surrounding fringe reef contains Brain and Sheet coral formations, Sea fans, Staghorns and Rods. As you explore the many caverns and passages within the reef, it is likely that you will see schools of Snapper, Angels, Jacks and Blue tang. There are many other possibilities - Parrotfish, Trunkfish, and Damselfish to name a few.
To reach this spectacular hideaway, you take a pleasant drive along the Bay of Buena Ventura, Province of Colon. You will pass through the town of Portobelo, home to the famed Black Christ and the ruins of several Spanish fortresses.
At the very swallow shore beginners can snorkel around an old sunken dock to enjoy the view of tiny colorful fishes.
Water Type: Ocean

Salinity: Salt

Access: Boat (day trip)

Maximum Depth: 25

Typical Visibility: Good (41-60 ft)

Has Reef?: yes

Wreck or Submerged Object?: Other object or structure

Underwater Life: Tropical fishes and colorful coral colonies.

Visit Instructions:
1) To log a visit, at least a picture taken at the surface, including any distinguishing landmarks or buoys if present, is required. While you do not have to enter the water, this is encouraged.

2) If you dive at the site, describe your visit including any details you wish to share such as weather, water temperature, visibility, bottom time, and anything of interest that you observed, living or nonliving.
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