FOUND: Paradise - Isla Mujeres
Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
17Trip End Oct 17, 2012
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Day 1 – 24/08/2011
It was sad to leave such an amazing resort, but we had to get out of the tourist area and head to a bit more chilled location. It was a bus ride to the local ferry where we forked out $450pesos for a round trip back to the island.
A friendly local was more than happy to point out where our hotel was and we were pretty happy it was just a few blocks walk. A few blocks on the island meant you already are half way across the width of it.
We were pretty hot and bothered so chilled in the room and up on the hotel roof which included plenty of hammocks and a dipping pool before we decided to explore the island. What a cool cool place. If Cancun was like the resorts of Getaway then this was like the island of them. Perfect beaches where you could walk out 100m and only be up to your waisy with a heap of fish swimming around your feet. The beach was a 5 minute walk one way and in the other direction there was a street filled with nice little shops and plenty of places to eat. Not too badly priced.
Tea down on the beach it was. We dined with sand under our toes at the harbour as we watched the most amazing sunset. A plate of some local snapper and some vegetarian pasta for Shell. 2 coronas and 2 daiquiris for $30.00 including a tip. A great meal with fish that melted in your mouth. A walk along the beach with a corona watching the sky turn pink then finally dark blue topped off a great day.
Good Morning! We sat on top of the roof in a hammock eating cornflakes watching the sun rise. Today we would be hiring a golf buggy for the day as these, taxis and scooters are pretty much the only means of transport on the island. It cost 400 pesos so around 33-34 bucks for the day. We had the flashest cleanest cart waiting for us.
On the way up we stopped in at a turtle sanctuary which cost bugger all to get in and have a look around. Just like the turtles of Nemo in a few tanks scattered around and they also have incubation area where they keep a shitload of eggs! Amazing really.
It was now Shells turn to drive the cart back to the other end of the island. After a few minor glitches and fears for my life we were on the road. Only problem was it was the wrong side of the road. After a friendly reminder they drive on the right side of the road over here we headed back downtown on the other side of the island.
All that driving had made us hungry for some pizzzaaaa! A few cheap pizzas and sols at the local pizzeria and we were back on the hotel roof with some 50cent beers, a skype session and a rather competitive game of UNO.
A fairly sleepless night and a few dreams of being swallowed alive and we were up and about to be picked up at 7.45am. Very nervous a bit of adrenalin pumping already. A golf buggy arrived right on time to drive us and 2 German backpackers to breakfast were we met another 6 people who we would be heading out to sea with.
Man these things are absolutely gigantic. We were allowed in the water with the instructor in groups of two with the instructor. Thankfully we were group number 5. We could see their humongous mouths popping in and out of the water and people swimming beside them.
It was our turn to hop in after about 15 minutes of waiting. After the go ahead from the captain we were in the water with a 20T fish. It wasn’t as scary as we thought land was so enjoyable. They just go about their business and are amazingly speedy and agile for such a large creature.
It was a bit quicker trip back into the snorkling reef with a tail wind and we anchored in where we were allowed 45 minutes to snorkel the reef.
We explored the island a bit more, had a swim in the dipping pool and made our way down the beach for another meal and sunset. A couple of chicken tacos each, a bucket of beers and of course a strawberry daiquiri topped of a perfect day. One of the best we have had.
A video of Alex swimming next to one
A very sad day where we had to say goodbye to safari and her daughter early and catch the ferry back to the mainland. Only problem was our ferry never came and the tickets that we had said only a daypass, even though we asked if we could use it in a few days time!
Overall a nearly perfect stay on the island with a great host and the best experience swimming with the sharks. Our flights are now booked for Peru we saved a fair bit of money by booking them when we did so we are heading to Lima on the 2nd of September. Good luck to teams playing in finals. Will be blogging again soon.
Alex & Shell
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