ISLA SOLARTE

ISLA SOLARTE

This island is located to the south of Bastimentos Island and was known as Nancy’s Cay for centuries when pirates, merchants and settlers came to the area. The extreme west of Isla Solarte is known as Hospital Point because it was the former site of the main hospital in the area. This hospital was built by the United Fruit Company in 1900. It was also the headquarters of the Colombian Conservative Party troops during the War of a Thousand Days- the forces of the Colombian Liberal Party attacked here in 1901 and 1902. Isla Solarte has one of the best spots for diving or snorkeling on the archipelago. The wall at Punto Hospital offers divers a wealth of amazing sights: from seagrass and coral lettuce in the shallow parts to the deeper wall that descends to 10 to 18 meters creating a home for lobsters, eels, lionfish, trumpetfish among the corals and sponges. To the east both sides of the island are surrounded by mangroves where juvenile marine life hides from barracudas and other predators. Another popular site for divers is called the Coral Gardens on the south of the island