There was a bit of worry about who we would partner up with as the buggies were 4 seaters, but we found a couple of like age who didn't wish to drive. Bruce drove the whole way. In MEXICO! And we lived! It was a fun zippy drive down the coast at break-neck speed. (we had to follow our leader). The only drawback was that Bruce didn't get to see as much of the countryside.
The snorkel location was changed from Punta Sur to Chan- kanaab. We didn't know what this meant, but it worked out fine. The seas were very big when we got to Punta Sur, but here on this side of the island, all was calm.
There was a short orientation on the beach where we discovered that we were with a group of newbies. Our tour guides, Arturo and Santiago wanted us all to wear these nice little life vests. Now this was fine, even a good thing, for the rest of the "school" of little fishies. But I'd rather die than strap that thing on. And would probably drown for it too. Thanks to my powers of persuasion, I talked our way out of that.
Bruce and I were the last into the water and took off like fishes ourselves. I think the tour guide hovered near us for a while but soon left us alone.
We had a great time swimming unda da sea! The visibility was very good except for one spot we found that had that funny water that told you there was a fresh water spring nearby.
We had some very friendly (and would be photogenic) fish hanging out with us. I love it when they think we're a school. I hate it when they try to steal my thunder!
I wouldn't say that this was the best snorkeling we've had but it certainly wasn't the worst by far. We didn't see anything we hadn't seen before...
Until we found this little guy. I don't remember ever seeing a ray this color. He was just doing his thing. I wouldn't have even seen him if he hadn't left the safety of the sandy bottom for a bit.
Bruce used this opportunity to get some exercise in. He swam and swam. I had some trouble clearing my ears but he didn't seem to share it. He's a fish!
And speaking of fish... does this look like a fish story to you? I don't know, but I don't speak bubble.
I was worried at the start that the water would be too cold for snorkeling at 9:30 am. Not so. All too soon, it was time to get out. I wasn't even cold yet! I love faux summer!
Once again, Bruce and I were the stragglers getting out. The tour guide practically had to come get us. This was going to cost us a big tip! No sir, we're not really trouble makers...
After a quick freshwater rinse, we packed our gear and trekked back to the buggies. We had a couple of photo ops on the way.
This park is loaded with iguana of all sizes. We thought that was a big one until we found this guy sunning himself on a rock near the lagoon.
There were beautiful tropical flowers everywhere as well. I caught this little hummer trying to get a bite.
We piled into the beach buggies again and set out following our leader. I got the organic blow dry! Hey! People pay a lot of money for this kind of thing in California! But then they pay a lot of money to have their hair fixed again... this puts "boat hair" to shame.
We left the swamp and resumed our drive along the coast. The air was heavy with humidity and the smell of honey. I was soaking it up. It was such a heavenly smell. It made me long to cruise again. What is that SMELL?!
We had another great dinner and went to bed. Tomorrow would be a no stress day aboard the boat. Another "fun day at sea" Here is our surprise critter of the day.