Two Bays, a Lagoon, and a Cenote (Wait, I’ve Heard This Joke Before…)

I promise. Some day I will stop posting about Mexico. Unfortunately for you, today is not that day.

We went snorkeling and by “we” I mostly mean Rob. I’d snorkeled before but it was 10 years ago and I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. I thought my troubles were from me just being incompetent but when I finally tried Rob’s mask at the end of the day I realized it was actually my gear that was incompetent. Oh, well. I still had a great time swimming with my face out of the water. I forgot an extra set of contacts and my glasses at home so I was not going to risk going blind losing a lens in the sea.

Admittedly, the snorkeling conditions weren’t that great. It had been windy for a few days and the water was mirky. Also, we didn’t hire a guide and maybe we would’ve seen better stuff if we had. That’s okay, we had fun trying anyway.

We visited Pamuul which was a super cool bohemian-type community on the bay. I loved looking at all the different types of dried coral that had washed up on the beach.

Then we snorkeled in Yal-ku Lagoon. It was practically empty and serene. We couldn’t hear anything except raindrops on the water and the surrounding jungle’s leaves. We swam around from rock outcrop to rock outcrop and enjoyed the peaceful paradise while seeing fish swim around our feet.

We only took video here and it desperately needs to be edited down before it’s posted so you’ll get to see it later.

Then we headed to Akumal Bay so that Rob could snorkel out to see the sea turtles.

It was Locals Free Day so I enjoyed people watching.

This view ain’t bad, either.

That night I ate my favorite meal of the trip…cocinita pibil tacos dipped in what I think was salty black beans (at least that’s what I hope it was!). Mmmmm with a capital M!

One of our stops the next day was the cenote Multum-Ha (hills of stone in the water). We walked down a spiral wood staircase 18 meters under the ground until it opened up into a round cavernous room. The water is another 18 meters deep but it’s so clear it looks like it’s only 2 meters deep.

The water was really cold and took some courage to get in all the way but I wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass me by. After just a minute it actually felt so refreshing and I loved how it felt after being hot and muggy for a few days.  There were slack lines secured under the water and it was exhilarating swimming from one to the next in such clear, deep, and cold water.

Only video was taken here, too. So you’ll have to just take our word for it.

We did end up bringing a friend to our hotel with us wrapped in our towels. We didn’t find him until the next morning while packing. I’m so glad we didn’t find him under worse circumstances! I like to call this little video I Didn’t Even Think About Scorpions.

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