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Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
11Jan2015 - Day 14 - Nuevo Vallarta Mexico
Date: Mon Jan 12 12:51:26 MST 2015, [ 46 photos ]
Visits: 2016
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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!

 

 Location(s): Marietas Islands - Vallarta, Mexico
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by 7:30 in the morning, we were all ready to go!

Destination:  Marietas Islands, the most recent declared Mexican National Park.

good thing we packed with us light jackets for this trip!

 Location: Marietas Islands - Vallarta, Mexico
 Date Taken: Mon Jan 12 2015
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First stop: the famous Hidden Beach of Marietas Islands, a good 75meter swim from where we anchored, 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, my wife and I were the last ones to arrive the hidden beach. Just before the mouth of the cave inlet, 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 losing instead losing. One of the crew who noticed us struggling came to our rescue. Mucho gracias amigo!

 Location: Marietas Islands - Vallarta, Mexico
 Date Taken: Mon Jan 12 2015
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notice the low head ceiling of the cave inlet to the hidden beach behind...

The Hidden Beach, Marietas Islands

 Location: Marietas Islands - Vallarta, Mexico
 Date Taken: Mon Jan 12 2015
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made it to the Hidden Beach!

a cave then into an open clearance above...

 Location: Marietas Islands - Vallarta, Mexico
 Date Taken: Mon Jan 12 2015
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