It was a great experience for me, Bradley Williamson, to work with Josh Gates on his exciting TV show Expedition Unknown. Below are some "behind the scenes" photos and info. And "Yes" there is treasure on Mona Island.
First I would like address couple of questions which have been asked of me. Yes, the sites were real, yes we did stay on Mona Island in tents and sleeping bags (my tent was about 10 feet from the ocean), the anchor was real and Yes treasure has been found on Mona Island and I do believe there is still a large amount of treasure to be found. The only problem is that Mona Island is completely under the control of Puerto Rico's Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and only biologist and park rangers are allowed on the island, so unfortunately there will never be a large scale search and recovery project regarding either buried or sunken treasure on Mona Island. We had to go through a lot of work just to be able to film on the island.
I was also thoroughly impressed with the producers Shawn Michaels and Nicole Gormley, the writer Thomas Quinn and all the cameramen and sound tech. Everyone worked as a team and was extremely friendly and professional.
They flew me down to the Caribbean to be on location for a little over a week on the islands of Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic and Mona Island. It was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun. Josh and his team work very hard to deliver a great show. The diving was spectacular and the island of Mona is breathtaking to behold. A couple of times climbing up the cliffs to enter the caves was a little tricky and the size of the huge iguanas on the island was a little unsettling. The cave system is incredible vast and spectacular. The pre-Columbian writing was also amazing to behold.
Of course I can't leave out diving on one of Captain Kidd's actual ships, the Quedagh Merchant, in the Dominican Republic. It was a great experience to dive on it and also to view the spectacular marine life all around on the reefs and the cliff dive that we did later on in the day.
This is a view from amazing cave system which honeycombs the entire island with - perfect place to bury treasure.