Snorkeling in Tenacatita
One of the few things we brought with us from canada was snorkeling gear for each of us. I purchased us all kits before leaving and even ambitiously – one for Andy too! I’m not sure what kind of use I was expecting from the gear, but I had a conviction (as I think most of us Canadians do!) that going to a tropical beach means we would snorkel.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the overall Canadian view of snorkeling includes a white sand beach, turquoise waters, coral reef and colorful fish. Mine did too.
I now have a corrected version of use of snorkel gear. Here in Cuyutlan the locals use it to go fishing using a spear gun. We have been profiting from their use of this method, not by trying it ourselves, but by buying their fish as they are coming off the beach! Our kids use their gear all the time in the pool and sometimes in the waves for viewing fish and on a calm day – in our ocean in front of the house.
However, that typical Canadian view of snorkeling does exist here. There is a beautiful reef just off the second bay of Tenacatita. This is a beach about a 2hr drive north of us and thanks (unfortunately?) to a land dispute it is also currently deserted. No restaurants, no services, no one and a beautiful turquoise beach with tons of colorful fish on a great reef. What a great find!
Although Millie is a great age for snorkeling and is very good at it, Andy so far only uses his in the pool. Since he isn’t comfortable yet in the ocean, he uses what is called a “Sea Window”. It is basically of a floating magnifying window. He hangs onto the handles and looks through the window. It is great that he can be out there with us.
Sorry there are no photos of the actual reef/fish since we don’t have an underwater camera, but I’m sure you’ve all seen those photos elsewhere. ;-)