Whitewater and wilderness trips

Mona Island: World of caves

Isla Mona is situated about 47 miles southwest from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and 37 miles southeast of Punta Espada, Dominican Republic. It was discovered by Columbus in 1493. Remains from the Taino village visited by both Columbus and Ponce de Leon are still to be found along with the ruins of historic cabins, stone walls, graves, and old trails. Currently island has a National Park status, it is unpopulated, not counting a healthy population of park rangers on the opposite side of the island, with a grand total of 3, and occasional campers and scientists. One needs a camping permit from Puerto Rico Department of National Resources to visit. There are 3 camping areas on the island.

Mona activities

Mona has incredibly beautiful long beaches with a breathtaking background of cavernous walls 200 feet high and perpetually calm lagoons, because the island is surrounded by reefs. Snorkeling and diving spots are numerous, fish is abundant. One can still hunt for lobsters or spearfish in the crystal clear blue sea. There are endemic spices of iguana found on the island. They are large and agile, but not dangerous. Small armies of huge palm crabs are moving between palm trees and coconuts. Cactus of all forms and shapes are blooming on the inner part of the island ( a few minutes walk from camp). Sunsets are gorgeous.

The camp itself is very comfortable. There is a large open hut that we use as a storage facility and in a rare event of rain. Adjacent to the nut is out camp kitchen managed by hired chef. Hut's root is collecting water into a huge tank, so there is always fresh water to wash or even take an improvised shower. A very short path from kitchen area ends in well sheltered and shadowed area there we set our tents. Close to the camp is a 2-story building hosting nice and clean sanitary facilities.

The beauty described above in itself is a good reason to visit isla Mona and have a blast there... However, the main attraction of the island is its caves. They are huge, complex, with large halls and narrow passages, dry, with green and yellow stalagmites and stalactites, wonderfully carved arches and columns. It all seem to come from Tolkien's Moria, and it is hard to believe that nature, not humans created this beauty. One needs to see with his or her own eyes to appreciate this true wonder of the world. We'll take a caving guide with us to Mona - to help us explore the caves. There will be many trails, some - easy, some - quite strenuous. In a few instances we'll need to climb into or from the cave's entrance. We'll bring ropes and harnesses to ensure safety. In addition to exploring the caves, we'll organize other activities like snorkeling, fishing, lobster hunting, hiking, kayaking, SUP boarding and so on.
You will enjoy your time there and will never forget Mona.

We can organize diving activities on Mona upon request (for a minimum of 4 participants)

Mona photo gallery: Isla Mona

For more info, visit site of my friend and partner, Luis Mendoza: Puerto Rico Kiteboarding club

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Trip Planner

Caribbean Trips

Mona Island

Start
April 09, 2011 4:00am - Aguadilla, PR
End
April 15, 2011 4:00am - Aguadilla, PR
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Dominican Republic

Start
October 24, 2010 - Puerto Plata, PR
End
October 31, 2010 - Puerto Plata, PR
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Start
November 24, 2010 - Santiago, PR
End
November 29, 2010 - Santiago, PR
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Start
Any date - Puerto Plata, PR
End
Any date - Puerto Plata, PR
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La Parguera

Start
January, 2011 - Aguadilla, PR
End
June, 2011 - Aguadilla, PR
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Notes:
1. Departure dates from NYC is minus one day for Start date
2. Dates can be changed to accomodate group members requests, but not to affect other groups schedules .
3. Current air ticket price JFK to Aguadilla is about $255 R/T per person if booked in advance

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I'll definitely come back to La Parguera to advance my kiteboarding skills and ride the board in one of the most beautifull settings in the world. Alex Fisher