Sorry to repost this..just wanted it to have all the images sequentially so I could send out the link to friends and family.
Well, we skipped out of town and headed to an old favorite..down near Akumal on the Riviera Maya south of Cancun. We are in a beautiful condo right on Half Moon Bay and looking forward to some awesome snorkeling. We already saw quite a few turtles and stingrays right from our living room windows!
We flew my Mom and Aunt down from Philadelphia to give us some "assistance" with our little Kai-Bear.. He is ready to get it on and party Mexico style..
Crossing the coast..looks good down there..
The condo is nice..very cool layout and decorating..
Second bedroom has some nice wall art..
Photo taken of us from the living room...
Note the essentials already lined up on the bar..
The view from our living room floor to ceiling windows and the front patio..
A coral strewn beach (which is what Marisa and I wanted..just enter down one of the ramps and we are in among it..) and a hundred feet south the beach proper starts..
Looking forward to hitting the water tomorrow and seeing some cool marine life!
Update - Day 2 pics!
Kai is ready to hunt for turtles!
Good morning Half Moon Bay!
Marisa and I getting ready to head out snorkeling..just steps from our condo..
Guardian of the Bay!
One of the pools at the condo complex..this one is what we call the "Garden Pool" since it is tucked away in the shade of the central area of the complex.. Great pool for Kai to hang out and for us to cool off and get out of the sun!
Marisa in the "Garden Pool"...
Kai not so sure about this whole pool thing. His first time in a pool..
The family together at the pool..
Daddy and Kai's feet...
Kai Bear was floating (almost) by himself in the pool. He fell asleep for about 20 minutes..
Mommy and Little Baby Boy..
Enjoying a nice cold cerveza after our second snorkel session..
This photo is designed to torture my best friend..(I'll bet it is working!)
Yum..home made soft tacos..and fresh avocado..
My Little Mermaid Girl..
A cute little Porcupine Fish under a ledge..
Fire coral (I think?)..bumped against it with my knee (poor form..I know) and felt like a couple bee-stings on my leg.. Ouch!
Nature's shag carpet..
No caption needed..
Elk Horn coral..
School of Blue Tangs in among the Elk Horn coral..
Beautiful Parrotfish with his buddy..
Spotted Eagle Ray...
Me pulling a Steve Irwin..chasing said Eagle Ray..
Some loner fish..
Queen Angel fish..
The Other Queen Angel fish..
Some kind of stingray or skate (?)..
Beautiful (and inquisitive) Caribbean Squid..
School of Blue Tangs..
My girl hauling herself out of the water in the late afternoon...
Great day of snorkeling. The weather is awesome and the location can't be beat.. Looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow!
On to day three! What do you mean we are out of tequila?!??
Kai is ready for the new day!
Hanging out at Akumal Bay..a bit too touristy and crowded for me. Our “private” Half Moon Bay actually has much better coral and fish…
Marisa at Akumal..
Poking my camera under some ledges..never know what you might find (or what might find you!)..
Love these birds down in Mexico. I’m guessing they are a type of petrel?
Shrimp tacos..so perfect..delicous..
Baby Boy and Marisa cooling off in the restaurant (Lo Ha) in Akumal..
Late in the day we took a dip in front of our condo..nice to walk right out and into the water…
After snorkeling we rinsed off in the Garden Pool..met a nice couple from California there..
Later that night we walked about 20 minutes down the beach to a little bar called La Buena Vida..a cool little bar with a bit of a Day of the Dead theme to it. Had some adult beverages and dinner…
After consuming a bit of alcohol it probably wasn’t a good idea to go climbing up into the “Crow’s Nest” sitting area..but hey, we only live once (and testing gravity is always a beautiful thing..)..(note the convenient bucket for hauling up additional beverages if you are so inclined..)
Lots of turtle nesting sites dot the beach on the walk back to the condo..
One of the turtles in Akumal Bay..
One of the hotties in Akumal Bay...
Anemone? I always forget..
Boobs. Simply boobs.
Some nice reef near the outside of the boat channel cut in Akumal..
Love the schools of Blue Tangs that zip around the reefs..
Chasing down some fish..
Surfacing to find a boat on top of you can be interesting..our bad for being so close to the cut in the reef..
Some Grunts below a reef outcropping…
Love this dude..the Trumpet Fish is trying to blend in with the school of Tangs…very sneaky..but he doesn’t blend very well..lol..
More fishes…and fishes and more fishes..
Unusual little starfish of some sort..
This urchin got eaten up by something..
Was busy shooting photos of something else when this Spotted Eagle Ray came bounding out of the gloom in the late day and he was startled when he saw Marisa and I and zipped between us. Caught this rapid panning shot of him as he went by…
Big school of something. Again, it was getting late in the day with the sun low on the horizon..so the light was kinda funky in a spooky “sharky” kind of way..
Little turtle swimming by..
A Stingray churning up sand as he hunts for stuff on the bottom. This guy was pretty good sized..about 3 feet across maybe..
Posterior view as Marisa cut me off in the chase to film a Trunkfish..
Great time was had by all! Looking forward to more snorkeling today.. In the coming days we plan to visit Yal Ku lagoon and perhaps drive down to Talum or something..
Day 4 was another good one… Mama’s Little Puffer…
This iguana has his own garage…
Little crabs with their shells in the tidal pools..
An alternate use for flippers…
This beautiful image of the sun striking the tops of a thunderstorm as the last rays of light left the sky…
Some bait fish type minnows under a dock…
Little crab under his protective urchin…
The fans in Half Moon Bay are just awesome…
Juvenile Parrot Fish…
School of fish at the reef at Half Moon Bay…
Love the orange Stag Horn coral formations on the outer reef. These take the most beating from the waves and they look like the prows of ships facing the prevailing wave direction..
More of the Stag Horn formations…a huge patch of them..
It was pretty rough on the outside of the reef. It was a rockin’ and rollin’ ride that made us feel like fish. Here you can see a pretty good breaker rolling up on the reef. You can see a bit of the reef poking through the flat water in front of it. You definitely had to be careful where you were swimming..
Late in the day snorkeling in the pass at the reef…
Little Baby Turtle…