Latest Exploration - April 11-15 2019 - MONA Island with the Sierra Club PR

We had the awesome opportunity of exploring the unique MONA Island - 50 miles from any other place - PR and DR. Left Cabo Rojo at 3am and the boat trip was 3.5 hours with Captain Matias. Organized by Luis Rodriguez for Sierra Club members.

David showed us endless caves in Pajaro beach the 1st day. I stayed then in Pajaros - which i knew well from 4 previous trips here - documenting its wonders in high resolution images with a new Nikon D850 with 45MP images!

To be brief the last day was a 16KM hike all across the Island... how hot!


Only 4 people live on the island (guards etc) were there is no electricity, water or telecommunications.

BEACHES - Mostly inaccessible due to cliffs or remoteness - about 5 awesome beaches. In my opinion Pajaros is one of the best...and is also a landing site.

CAVES - about 100, many connected or next to another system of caves.
Some are in the interior and most along the wall of the 17 km island.

The Island is about 7x4 km in size, mostly flat limestone. Very hot and arid landscape
The limestone reflects the sun and heat and makes it a very hot during the day.

Land cover:

1) Cactus (4.35 square miles) (11.27 km square). Rainfall is 35 inches/year.
2) Highland Dry Forest (15.55 square miles) (40.28 km square)
3) Central Depression Dry Forest (0.57 square miles) (1.47 km square)
4) Coastal Dry Forest (1.46 square miles) (3.77 km square)