The captain offered to drop us off on an island and then return to pick us up later, but we passed on the offer. However, there are a number of islands, and off one of these, we found a private vessels anchored near shore.
Hiring a boat and captain is cheap and easy in Mochima. The open wood hull vessels are built by the owners, and the service is very friendly and safe (despite the fact that life preservers are not part of the deal). We took a two hour excursion into Mochima Bay and beyond. Our captain brought his son. The initial part of the trip involved leaving the bay and finding an area of beautiful coral. If one brings their scuba gear, then this would be an easy dive.
Not far from our hotel was the quaint pueblo of Mochima, where we bought some local food, enjoyed walking the streets, and watching the action at the docks. It was here where we found our boatman for the excursion into the bay and nearby islands.
Just off the highway, this popular stop for beach action is conveniently shaded by palm trees in places, and there are some facilities for camping as well. The beach is named for the tawny red colored sand, which is very fine and beautiful. The entrance into the water is very gradual and the waves normally small, so this is a good place to bring a family. Some bring their boats and launch here, and it's possible to hire a boat as well. Even in the morning, the water is warm and pleasant. Afternoons are tempered by the breezes that come off the water here.
Mochima has pretty good diving with both corals and colorful creatures. Most of the operations are run from Santa Fe, by the Santa Fe Dive Resort http://www.santaferesort.com/Diving/diving.html, which also is the best lodging in town (La Sierra Inn also looks nice).
For smaller groups, Franco Podda a very nice and professional Italian dude, based in Los Hicacos beach, midway between Santa Fe and Playa Colorada; will take you in his boat. email@example.com; 0416-793-9781; 0416-784-6763; 0293-808-0453
Mochima town is about 45 min from Puerto La Cruz You this small town is very colorful, has inns (posadas, rooms) where you can spend the night. In the entrance to the town you have small houses that sales empanas (Venezuelan Dumpling). From the port the services of the peneros can be contracted that take you to the different beaches
Mochima está a 45 minutos manejando de Puerto la Cruz, este pequeño pueblo es muy pintoresco, tiene posadas donde puedes pasar la noche, en la entrada al pueblo tienes puestos de empanas. Desde el puerto se contratan los servicios de los peneros del área que te llevan a las diferentes playas.
One of popular and near beaches but is WHITE BEACH (PLAYA BLANCA) and one of the prettiest, the color of the area is white what it gives his name.
Here you would found all the services, awnings, restaurants, bath
Una de las playas mas populares y cercanas es PLAYA BLANCA y una de las mas lindas, el color de la area es blanca lo que le da su nombre
Aqui encontraras todos los servicios, toldos, restaurantes, banos
Huge Bay of Mochima is located a 50 km Of Puerto La Cruz. This great Bay of 7 km In length. From the main highway has 5 km of way that lowers until the town, is a stroll of beautiful landscapes in where panoramic views of the Bay of Mochima, like waters of the Ensenado of Tigrillo, towards the west
Grandiosa Bah?a de Mochima se encuentra a 50 Km. De Puerto la Cruz. Esta gran Bah?a de 7 Km. De longitud Desde la carretera principal tiene 5 Km de camino que baja hasta el malec?n, es un paseo de hermosos paisajes en donde se pueden observar vistas panor?micas tanto de la Bah?a de Mochima, como las aguas de la Ensenado de Tigrillo, hacia el oeste
You can off course spend a week in Santa Fe without getting bored. Between the beach, the landscapes, the hammocks... you ll have plenty of things to do. However, the really spectacular thing to do is take a small boat and spend a day or 1/2 day in one of the islands.
It call Red Beach (Playa Colorada)
His name came form the sand it is of golden color, almost red......
The combination of the forest the red sand and the green sea, it what I call the greatness of the nature
From the main beach of island Arapo, also there is two more beach they small.
To get there you have to go through to rock and sea, better to have shoes, see the picture
They are located at the end on both sides of the main beach.
Green and crystalline waters, with beautiful vegetation, a lot of the palms, huts that you can rent (8000 Bolivar’s, 4$) , and have some shade
you will find a lot of attraction in these island….snorkeling, iguanas etc….
For the purists, there's always Playa Blanca, a pure white sand beach. There are some food concessions and other facilities here.
Once outside the Mochima Bay, the captain sought out some unusual cliffs undermined by the surf. In these were some sea caves.
After a full day of boating in Mochima Bay and nearby islands, resting at the Playa Colorada beach is required. What a lovely end to the day.