Snorkeling the Riviera Maya

February 4, 2013 in Expat living, Nomadic living, Nomadic retiree tips by David Meier

Hey, I’ll bet you’re wondering what happened to my blogging? Early in my blogging I said I may not blog everyday. I wasn’t kidding! Anyway these last few days have been rather uneventful around the rancho. Today, however was snorkeling day!  First up was Cenote Azul. This was a nice natural setting with both deep and shallow waters. The short trail leading to it had some scenic clear pools on each side of the path. It’s amazing how clear the water was, so much so that I could readily photograph the fish from above the water. This cenote seemed to be a favorite with the locals. Except for me, a Swedish family (guessing), and some European women the rest were Spanish decent. I could tell the women were from Europe because they had their tops off.  Anyway it was pretty good snorkeling, saw a lot of fish that looked similar to those I remember from an aquarium  I had when I was a kid.

 

 

 

 

Holy Catfish!

One thing about cenotes is that you’ve got to be careful and kind of steady on your feet getting in and out. The rocks can be slippery at times with algae and moss. I haven’t seen anyone fall yet but I would not surprised it has happened before.  Those rocks were pretty jagged too.  A lot of people use those rubber water shoes, but I think they would slip on mossy rocks too.  I just barefooted it.  I felt a little more secure.

Before I left the cenote, this guy came out and bid me farewell.

My next stop was Yal Ku. It’s located on the north end of Akumal along the beach. It’s a bay lagoon that is supposedly a good spot to snorkel. This was definitely a different snorkeling experience than the cenote. I used fins this time because of the larger area to cover, also the water clarity was much less than the cenote. I swam quite a distance to a far side beach, but didn’t uncover any fish.  I thought by going near this far side beach where I spotted a pelican I might see fish.  Once I was in shallow water of the beach, I finally noticed some schools of fish that the pelican was eying.  Every so often he’d take flight only to circle back to cannonball into that school.  He didn’t seem to be having success while I was there so I swam toward the other side of the lagoon where it appeared a number of other snorkelers may be viewing some fish.  When I got there I did notice the water clarity to improve and you could see a number of fish along the bottom around rocks. The salt water fish are certain more colorful to see, but I guess I was disappointed in the number to see that particular day.  I must have gotten spoiled by my first snorkeling experience at Akumal Beach.  I think I’ll be going back there soon.

 

Any way, all in all, it was a great snorkel day!

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