Sail away to Isla Mujeres!

Trip Start Mar 05, 2008
Trip End Mar 12, 2008

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Monday, March 10, 2008

Day 6 - morning

From my room's balcony, in the far, far distance, I could see the Isla Mujeres at night all illuminated with thousands of lights. It had this special attraction force that made me want to step foot on it and see what was there.  After inquiring at the concierge tour desk, I was informed that tours on a catamaran were available and that they sailed to the island!   Just hearing those magic words made me quite thrilled!

By foot, Michel and I left our hotel around 9:30am this morning and proceeded to walk down the street for a good twenty minutes or so before arriving at the tour's company building and departure place.  The hotel had given us the directions and true to their words, the place was found without any problems. 

Since we were the first ones to arrive, we quickly settled on white patio chairs on the sandy white beach.  We couldn’t have asked for any better weather.  The sky was blue and it was hot.  If you ask me, it was a perfect day to go sailing on a catamaran!

Others soon arrived and by 11:00am, we boarded one of the two catamarans heading out to the Isla Mujeres.   We must have been at least twelve people on ours including the tour's Mexican exployees.  The guide was an ex-Canadian, John, who made us feel immediately at home with his good sense of humor and charisma. 

By rapidly settling on one of the two bows of the catamaran, the one on the right side, I had the advantage of having no obstructions in front of me and have a better view of my surroundings.  Soon after, we set sail and headed down the sparkling blue water towards the tropical island. 

As the wind picked up, the catamaran sailed rapidly making the water splash all over me.   It was thrilling and exciting as the catamaran jumped up and down giving the effect of a roller coaster ride.    Looking at the other boat sailing right next to ours, it was as if a race was on and who would go faster….and faster….

As we approached the Isla Mujeres, a stop was made where we snorkeled on a beautiful coral reef.   I did jump in the warm water but didn’t stay long.  Small colorful rainbow fish were seen all around me making me jump and scream with my mask on and tube in my mouth while Michel couldn’t stop laughing!

And then, we were there!  We had reached our destination; we were at the Isla Mujeres!  I just couldn’t wait to set foot and relax on the paradise island known as the "Island of Women"!   

To be continued….

Monique   :-)
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