When you come to a seaside place like Cancun, you cannot avoid water activities. Of course you can. But that would be a sin. It would be a sin to ignore the beautiful green-blue coloured water that is so comfortably warm and soothing. There are all kinds of water activities offered here – snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and even submarine rides.
There are several snorkelling spots near Cancun / Playa, natural and artificial, but we chose Cozumel because of natural coral reefs there. Cozumel is an island less than an hour away from Playa. There are hourly ferry rides till there. One can also decide to stay there for a day or so.
You will be bombarded with snorkelling photos and tour guides the moment you exit the ferry. You can haggle and get a decent deal. We paid USD 22 per person. The trip was for 2 hours and involved 3 spots. There was also a guide or captain with us on the boat all the time. This made the whole thing very comfortable for a non swimmer like me.
I had failed at snorkelling three years back in Whitsundays, Australia. I was too scared and intimidated by the rough, salty ocean. This time, I was determined to crack it. There were some other people also in our boat and we ended up becoming friends. They were so encouraging! I was the baby of the group. Last one to jump into the water. The one given most attention. In fact, I hung on to a tube (despite wearing a life jacket) and the captain pulled it (and me) along with him all the time!
Of course I was scared. Not of the water, but of failing. I really want to do it this time. So I jumped. I sputtered, choked and panicked a couple of times but eventually sailed through. The first sighting of underwater world was unbelievable. It was magical. White sand was glimmering below crystal clear water. The warm bright sun made the whole scene glitter. The sounds I could hear were my own breathing and bubbling sound of water. Everything else was shut off.
I left the whole world behind me and let the underwater world hypnotize me. When you see such beauty – pure magnificence in its purest form – and come to an understanding that the natural world is very huge, of which you are one tiny part, a change runs through you. Everything else in the materialistic, fake world seems so insignificant, so small.
Cozumel is a popular tourist destination. It has several restaurants, shops and souvenir shops to entertain tourists. You can spend at the maximum 2 days there, relaxing and indulging in water activities.
Some views of Cozumel…
Usual Mexican style facade
A large souvenir store at Main Plaza
Street surrounding Main Plaza Square
A duo band playing lovely rock music at a restaurant
An artisan store
One of many souvenir sellers in Cozumel
Sunset on our way back