1 - 28 February 2017 - Los Barriles, BCS, Mexico

Wednesday 1st February

One man, his dog and a kayak.

Open mike night at La Fogata Restaurant.

The lengths Peter will go to avoid the camera.

Thursday 2nd February

Today we went snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo where there is a protected coral reef which has been a National Marine Park since 1995. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “The World’s Aquarium” because it has such a variety of marine life from all types of whale down to tiny Nudibranch molluscs. Our guide for the day was Simon Cazaly from Dive in Baja. Simon is a PADI Scuba Instructor originally from England but has been here in the East Cape for about six years.

Simon picked us up at the RV park and we headed south from Los Barriles for the 47 km journey to Cabo Pulmo. We turned off Mex 1 east to La Riberia. Just south of the town the road became unpaved and we followed the old Coastal Road for about 10 km before getting our first glimpse of Bahia Pulmo.

The road descended into the small village that is situated along the sandy bay. Here the small community consists of several Mexican families that have fished the area for generations and expats that have retirement homes. There are three dive centres, holiday casitas and restaurants.

We changed into wet suits and buoyancy vests and went to the beach to pick up our panga boat.

Here we are with Simon, Nin, Debbie, Dave and our Capitan.

The reef is just off shore and within five minutes we were in the water. This is a live coral reef with plenty of fish of all kinds to see. Unfortunately, our underwater camera stopped working, hence, no photographs. Simon C in the background.

Back in the boat we headed to another part of the reef. On the way, we were delighted to see humpbacked whales swimming close to the boat.

Next stop was sea lion rock. Most of the big sea lions stayed on the rock sunbathing but some of the younger ones came out to swim with us.

Motoring back to the beach we saw mobula rays and turtles.

Cabo Pulmo Beach.

Bye Capitan

After getting changed we were ready for lunch at La Palapa Restaurant.

We had a great day. Simon was good fun to be with and his knowledge about the reef and the marine life that lives there made for an interesting and exciting day.

Friday 3rd February

Over to Debbie and Dave’s RV for drinks and then Three Dog Corner for eats.

Saturday 4th February

Off on a road trip north through the mountains to La Paz for an overnight stay.

Here we are sitting outside our rooms in the courtyard at Villa Gemma. Emy and Mauro again made us very welcome to their home.