Morro Jable - Diving and Turtles

Paul Downie
Tue 14 Aug 2007 22:20
We have really enjoyed our stay here in Morro Jable, much-much nicer than we
had anticipated.
The moorings are very reasonable at 6euros per day which includes water and
electricity, but no shower facilities - however al fresco hoze-downs on the
pontoon are the tradition! There is a lovely dark-sand beach next to the
Harbour, which is lovely and safe for swimming and snorkelling. There is a
walk into Town over a hill or the bus is 1? and the town is very traditional
with restaurants on the seafront and a very long golden sandy beach.

We hired a car for a few days and went diving off the beach by MJ
Lighthouse - there was quite a swell on the day but we were rewarded by the
company of a very large Dusky Grouper who took a great liking to Paul and
enjoyed being video'd - at one stage nearly kissed him....or did DuskyG want
to eat him? We also saw wide-eyed Flounders and 2 further larger fish that
we hadn't seen here before, Cernia Rossa and Black-tailed Comber.
We also went sightseeing driving along dirt-track roads to the SW point and
over the mountains to the west coast Cofete Beach, where Turtles used to
nest many years ago......there is now a project with the Cape Verde Isles.
On the Island of Boavista CV is a major nesting site for Loggerhead Turtles
from May to September. The University of Las Palmas has a project ongoing
for the protection and the reintroduction of Turtles to Fuerteventura, the
Turtle Nursery is based here in the Harbour with 130 baby Turtles, which the
public are encouraged to visit and support. They are due to be released on
Cofete Beach in September, but they have no idea if any of the turtles
released here will return to Cofete to nest, but that is what the project is
hoping to achieve.

We are leaving in the morning for Gran Canaria, to the main port of Las