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Not to be mistaken with Isla Aves* that lies in the middle of the Caribbean sea, west of Guadeloupe. This Island belongs to Venezuela and has been impossible to enter except if you are member of the Venezuelan Armada.
The Island is getting smaller every year and will soon disappear. This island has always been a potential danger to all navigation and has a lot of interesting ship wreaks around it. We have been working for a long time to get a permission to go there and hopeful we will have one soon. .
Astrolabe:
Probably the most valuable single item to be found on wreaks dated from the 15th. century to the 16th. century, they fetch a price of up to a million US $, and they are very rare in the world.
The Astrolabe (made of Bronze) was the first real navigation instrument to be used in the western world, it was later replaced with the Sextant which were a lot more accurate.
Isla Aves*
Is probably the most interesting isolated island in the Caribbean. Isla Aves is situated in the center of the Caribbean basin and lately there has been much international dispute of the sovereignty of this Island.
Latest News: Cannons found in Venezuela (La Guaira) close to the Maiquetia international Airport the wreck is from the 15 Century and 5 bronze cannons has been found......
more on Las Aves Treasure Map and looking for documented pirate treasures..

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I Caraibi poichè era di 50 anni fa - Los Roques un paradiso naturale - il paradise segreto dei Caraibi.
La necessità di preservare il medio ambiente e la biodiversità e un sentimento relativamente nuovo. Comunque dal 18mo secolo e principi del 19mo ci sono state le prime mosse e significativi progressi da parte dai scintifici durante i loro viaggi per il mondo al momento di classificare le diverse varietà di essere viventi. Permettendo per la prima volta di avere un amplia visione della esistente biodiversità.
Tra questi scintifici naturalisti si trovano i più conosciuti : Linneo, Darwin, Wallace, Bates e Mutis.
Al tempo di queste scoperte, ci furono anche delle associazioni scientifiche che emergero per preservare anche le specie in estinzione. Per la prima volta c’era la possibilità per le nuove generazioni di conoscere il mondo com’era stato scoperto dai scientifici. La società per gli animali di Londra, nata in Inghilterra nel 1826, pochi anni dopo la creazione dello zoo di Londra, con la finalità di preservare questi animali in pericolo di estinzione e che rappresentano la biodiversità e diventato ovvio che l’importantenon era soltanto mantenere le specie animali ma tutto l’ecosistema che garantirebbe la sopravvivenza delle specie. Nel 1872, il Parco Nazionale Yellowstone fu creato negli Stati Uniti. La necessità di preservare il medio ambiente incominciò a coinvolgere piccoli gruppi di scientifici e gente sensibile a quello che incominciaba ad accadere. Nel 1886 la società di Audubon fu fondata e diventò la prima associazione con la misione di preservare la natura, dopodiche altri simili convergero in tutto il mondo. Sierra Club, WWF, UICN e tante altre si contano, avendo anche potere di decisone in casi politici sia a livello nazionale che internazionale.
In Venezuela il movimento per convertire parchi nazionali come forma di preservare e rappresentare l’ecosistema iniziò nel 1937. Il primo parco fu il Henri Pittier, come tributo allo scientifico svizzero, inseguirono dopo il Parco Sierra Nevada nel 1952, Avila e Guatopo nel 1958. Molti di questi concentrate nella conservazione dell’idrografia. Al momento Venezuela ha 43 parchi Nazionali ma anche 40 monumenti naturali, che comprendono il 16% della superficie totale della nazione. Questi parchi sono gestiti dall’instituto nazionale di parchi (INPARQUES), che dipendono direttamente dal ministero dell’ambiente e risorsi naturali. Los Roques Travel

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Isla las Aves in the news photos and headlines.
Las Aves Venezuela.
Las Aves has crystal clear water and most artifacts are found in shallow water, also it is easy to catch lobster and spear fishing is not prohibited. Cannons are found in 1 to 5 meters of depth. More about Las Aves!

One of the many Bronze cannons found in Venezuela Islas  Las Aves

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Location: 45 miles northeast of Juan Griego in Margarita.
The most remote of the Venezuela islands "The Witnesses" are inhabited by a handful of interconnected fishing families who jealously protect the rich bounty of these islands, which are awash in the Orinoco flow and ocean currents. There's a coast guard outpost that you check in with and that's supposed to administer the rules (no spear fishing with scuba gear, and no shark fishing) but the real protection comes from the families who jealously guard the resources from outside encroachment. You have to get in good with the chiefs of the island by bringing them gifts and hiring them as your guides to show you the islands.

The Islands are different with huge sand dunes, gorgeous beaches, lots of fish and lobsters. 160 people are living here in this isolated area of the Caribbean. There are no ferries or airport, and therefore visiting these virgin islands can only be done by boat. 

Trips only by sailboat from Margarita:
Sailing to Los Testigos onboard the sailboat Audrey

Leaving from Porlamar Margarita Yachting Marine at 6:00 pm. In direction of the Archipelago of Los Testigos at 45 nautical miles, magnetic course 70º, estimated time of navigation 10 hours, to arrive to Playa Real at dawn.

During the day we will visit the beach and go snorkeling, possibly going to see the Lobsters hatchery and climb the mountain to see Iguanas, which are found in abundance here.

Playa Real (The royal beach) offers a wonderful landscape and crystal clear water. Next day we leave to Playa Tamarindo, as beautiful as Playa Real, going up to the lighthouse, where we have a very special view of the islands and surrounding sea. Here Indian pottery can be found from the pre Columbian times.

Later we visit the Dunes, dunes of more than 100 meters high. After crossing the top we will reach a gorgeous wild, and almost inaccessible beach. Finishing a Magnificent day doing some snorkeling around Langoleta island.

The third day we go  to visit Isla La Rajada where the landscape is something really indescribable, with a  black rock grotto surrounded by a green covered ground and a beautiful blue as background, you can see the sea coming down the grotto to form a pool in the middle of the rocks. We do some snorkeling too and go back to Playa Real where we can have a special good bye dinner with lobsters (only  in lobsters season). We weight anchor at 10:00 p.m. heading for Margarita where we will arrive at the Margarita yachting Marine early in the morning.

Including:
First class attention of Captain Marc and his crew is included as well as all meals, snacks and open bar  (national drinks) during the trip.

PRICE: $ 500 – p/person (min. 3 adults, max 6, children under 12 years 50%. Transportation hotel-dock-hotel included, facility to store luggage on a safe place)

We can also  offer one day in Los Frailes (optional) on the way back to Margarita.

Diving:
The rocky reefs feature low-profile encrusting, heavy on sponges, tunicates and other invertebrates instead of hard corals, but there is an abundance of fish life. Visibility and conditions in Los Testigos are spotty. They are the first islands to get the blast of Orinoco Delta runoff and they are awash in open ocean swells and current. This is advanced diving where visibility can vary day by day, dive by dive, as can wind, current and swell. The sites are not deep (80 feet max), but you need to be able to sink fast, stay neutral, do floating safety stops and handle shifting currents. On my last stopover on the Islands I found old India pottery and many goats in the mountain.
Diving is optional.

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