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Mon Jan 12 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 12Jan2015 - Day 15 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

sad to say we had our last-things-to-dos today: morning breaks at Santuario, strolls by the beach, even managed to squeeze in another time at the spa, and last sunset until the next time we visit Nuevo Vallarta again!


Sun Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 11Jan2015 - Day 14 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Islas de Marietas Adventure - 2015

This eco-tour adventure is worth every penny! It includes a mix of eco-exploration, natural beauty and fun entertainment aboard a catamaran, looking for dolphins and humpback whales along the way. Swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard and kayak before a tasty buffet lunch. Enjoyed tha open bar and fun show by the crew.

We swam into the world famous Hidden Beach, a good 75-meter swim past a cave inlet. Depending on the tides, this inlet is impassable because of the low head ceiling. Fortunately, when we got there the tide was low. However, we were the last ones to arrive the hidden beach when Nora lost one of her foot fins. With a camera on one hand and towing Nora on the other, I had a hard time making head way and most of the time was pushed back by the strong current. By the time we got to the mouth of the cave, we were held back by the strong current and no matter how much I paddled with my legs, we were not gaining an inch but instead losing. One of the crew who noticed us struggling came to our rescue. Mucho gracias amigo! That was an experience that we will remember all our lives, let alone be part of our coming conversations perhaps. We talked about it over night and tried to recollect what we've done wrong but the bottom line was that - it was all His mercy and saving grace that protected us!

After lunch, we headed for a bird-watching tour around the islets. With wave swells being amplified between the narrows of these islets, it was a little nerve wrecking at times maneuvering an outboard boat through. Having owned and driven a boat, I was impressed with the skills these crew have!

For the rest of the afternoon we wandered across Banderas Bay looking for humpback whales. They come here during the winter season to breed before heading back North. We were lucky that day for we witnessed a male and female with their young playing and flapping their tails. We burst into cheers and claps as one of them leaped into the air for a final uncore, somehow, before disappearing. Unfortunately, I did not bring with me my DSLR and the 100-400mm telephoto lens. Next time, that will be on my side all the time! What an awesome time to end our day-long tour to the Marietas Islands!

...and, yeap, while we were at the catamaran deck, we were somehow picked to be pooped at, the both of us. By a seagull. Not once, but twice! Talk about sheer luck!



Sat Jan 10 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 10Jan2015 - Day 13 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Very important day. Today is Nora's birthday... away from home.

We started our day with an early breakfast at Cafe Del Lago and took the rest of the. day at our own pace -- slow, spending most of the time at the beach. As we continued today's celebration, we thought of trying out the resort's newest restaurant -- and, made it a sunset dinner as well! Azur, a very trendy restaurant located at Mayan's La Plaza. The food was awesome, let alone that great 180degree ocean view! We ended the evening with entertainment at La Santuario and was wowed with the performers, from music to various acts.

Fri Jan 9 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 09Jan2015 - Day 12 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

In the morning, we did have a short walk just outside the resort gates and chatted with the locals - brushing up on our Spanish so to speak. After seeing a tour flyer at a bus stop (of all the places, you may say?) and exchanging more Spanish, often broken ones, we've reconsidered booking an adventure tour back at the resort with our discounted rate.

After a hurried lunch, we were craving again for another dose of gourmet ice cream -- pricey but worth it! I very well knew of the US$16-serving I paid for the previous day with all the fruits, popping flavored mini balls (hmmm), and other trimmings! Carried away, you might wanna say!

On our way back to our building, we thought of snapping pictures in this dimly-lit Grand Mayan grand entrance while there was little traffic. This is the best entrance we've been to on all the Mayan Resorts in Mexico - worthy of its name. One has to be there to experience it -- see and hear!

The nursery had about 45 newly hatched turtles today, so we witnessed yet another ceremony of freeing them to the wild. It is sad to think that only 1 in about a thousand will make it to their adulthood. Perhaps freeing them at sundown increase their chances of survival?

We closed the day with another sunset at the beach...



Thu Jan 8 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 08Jan2015 - Day 11 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Clear skies. Hot day! What a gorgeous day to just vege out at the Santuario or better yet, at the beach on a cabana and watch the sun down!



Wed Jan 7 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 07Jan2015 - Day 10 - Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Today we spent most of the time at the water, by the water, in the water...  Besides loungeing at the beach, we spent a lot of time at our favorite spots - the Lazy River and the heated pool.

By 6PM, we were back at the beach waiting for the sunset. Today, we have clear skies with scattered clouds. This calls for a perfect recipe for a nice sunset! We had to cancel our spa time at the Brio, :-(  Well, the sunset was more pressing... and, we were not let down!

Just before sundown, we joined a crowd watch newly hatched baby turtles from the nursery head to the water. That was so liberating!


Tue Jan 6 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 06Jan2015 - Day 9 - Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Today is a designated Puerto-Vallarta-Day. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is about 20mins away from the resort. Transportation here is fairly convenient: either by bus (P22each) or by taxi (abt P220). If you prefer to take the bus, take the one that says "Centro/Riu" or "Directo" on the way back. Request the resort to take you out to the main gates. Taking the taxi is even easier: The guys at the motor lobby will arrange for the taxi and provide you a ticket number for reference and security.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta has changed a lot since the last time we've been here couple of years ago. The downtown Malecon has seen lots of improvement as well. What impresses us most is how the city maintained its cleanliness all these years -- you can not see garbage or litter around the city streets! No wonder this city has become one of the favorite vacation destinations for most of us!

The buzzle of the Flea Market, the cobblestone streets, the Malecon was all too familiar to us again.

By the end of the day, we were all tired with all that walking we've been doing...

Mon Jan 5 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 05Jan2015 - Day 8 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

A little cloudy today; still very warm out though -- but that's a given; and I am not complaining! According to the WeatherNetwork, Nuevo Vallarta was still the hot spot at 30C beating Manila at 23C!

For dinner, we headed off to the Gong for some sushi. The Seared Tuna Tataki was awesome as usual! The rest of the evening was spent at the Santuario for some evening entertainment and drinks.


Sat Jan 3 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 03Jan2015 - Day 6 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Another hot sunny day in Nuevo Vallarta! Today, we hit Grand Mayan's Lazy River after hanging out at our favorite spots around the resort. Lazy River is a simulated river that flows around the expanse of the Grand Mayan grounds.


After hitting the Lazy River, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the heated swimming pool. So invigorating, so relaxing!


Fri Jan 2 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 02Jan2015 - Day 5 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Key points for today: we were strolling along the beach around noon time at low tide when we came across some locals who were casting their lines just from the shore line. Within just few minutes, these guys were hauling fish from their lines like crazy! And, I mean big fish!

We were just amazed at the abundance of resources here in Nuevo Vallarta. Unspoiled.

Thu Jan 1 00:00:00 MST 2015 - 01Jan2015 - Day 4 - New Year's Day in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico

Feliz Nuevo Ano! New Year's Day in Nuevo Vallarta - Mexico! Feels strange to celebrate this Holiday season without the snow but at the same time - it sure feels good!

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