Snorkeling at Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is a picturesque city at the sourthern tip of Baja California. It is mainly hotels in an arid bay with a magnificent sandy beach. We took a kayak and snorkeling expedition. Although they indicated at first that it was too rough to reach El Arco, the arch at the tip of the peninsula, we ended up making it there. It was eerie as ocean from the Pacific side swelled through toward the Sea of Cortez where we were. I was excited and enjoyed it, but one of the other kayaks swamped and they had to be rescued by the boat that accompanied us. On the return from the point, we were almost at the snorkeling location when there was a loud splash about 75 feet away. We got the pleasure of watching a baby humpback play. It jumped about 5 times as it made it?s way from the bay toward the open ocean. It was accompanied by a female and an escort who only showed their backs ? very large when contrasted against the playful youngster who had seemed large itself on first sight, but was dwarfed by the adults. The guide said they had never seen whales on the kayak trip before.
The snorkeling was a thrilling experience, starting with the rush created by jumping in to 65 degree water. There were tons of fish and the clarity was excellent, so I highly recommend the experience. We saw a giant pipe fish, lots of sergeant majors, angels, colorful damsels, parrot fish, eels and just about everything you could imagine. We even saw a shore bird diving under the water. I thought it was an otter or a seal at first. The instructor allowed about 20 minutes of snorkeling for those from Washington state or Canada but considerably less for anyone else. In fact, only 6 out of 11 went in and 2 were only there for 5 minutes. I was first in, last out at 16 minutes. I would have stayed longer, but hypothermia was setting in. I spent the next several hours trying to warm up.
Sorry, no pictures on this trip, but here are some of El Arco, the peninsula and the town of Cabo San Lucas.
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