After our last trip to Isla Mujeres in 2011, we decided to buy snorkels so that we could explore the island waters. Hunter took to the snorkel like nobodies business. The flippers were to big, but Romana used her problem solving skills to jimmy rig them with his water shoes so that they would fit.
We’ve explored several places for snorkelling the beach just outside the Avalon Hotel at Playa Norte is a favourite. There we found three baby stingrays and a multitude of fish. At Mar Y Sol, the hotel, we’ve found a couple of spots, the best being around the dock at the Captain Dulche’s Museum.
Some of the water creatures we’ve found so far include are:
+ Two types of stringrays
+ A million hermit crabs
+ Sea slugs (which Romana insists are cute)
+ Crabs, including blue land crabs
+ And a bunch of fish who we can’t identify with our limited knowledge of fish
But one of the real highlights for us was finding a baby octopus. He washed ashore during the low tide. Romana and the boys quickly scooped him up and returned him to the sea, but not before snapped a few pictures!