Isla Mujeres

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Saturday, September 8, 2012

We are staying in Isle Mujares for a week. Isle Mujares is a small island right off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. We have a timeshare there, so we've went there almost every year since I was little. The first full day we were in Isle Mujares, we swam with sharks. Well, they were whale sharks, which only eat plankton and are pretty gentle. We took a several hour long boat ride out into the Caribbean to find the sharks first. We had to pull our boat up next to it, then jump in the water and snorkel alongside it for awhile. Then you would get back on the boat and drive up next to another shark. I swam with 4 sharks. Whale sharks are the biggest type of shark, and they get up to 60 feet long. I think the biggest one we swam with was 40 feet long. It was huge! It was as long as a bus. The first time I jumped in, I landed right in front of the shark. So it was really scary when it opened it's huge gaping mouth as it swam towards me. Of course the shark didn't want to eat me, but I thought I might be sucked into it's mouth by accident. On my third jump, I landed right on top of the shark. Oops...But it was such an amazing experience to swim with the sharks. I also saw a manta ray. Mantas are the biggest type of stingray. Because it was so big, from a distance I thought it was a whale shark at first. But as it swam past our boat it was definitely a manta. I researched it later to be sure. Manta rays have strange eye things protruding from it's face, like a hammerhead shark. They are about 20-25 feet in width. I think the one I saw was closer to 25 feet. Because they are so big, there are only a couple aquariums in the world that have them. When we got back to the beach, I found a sea slug. I wasn't sure what it was at first. It was this leopard-spotted blob in the water. But I picked it up. It clung and stuck to my hand. I figured it was probably a sea slug, because there are hundreds of different kinds of them. We rented a golf cart for a few days. That's pretty much what all of the tourists do here. In the roads here, there are about 2 speed bumps per block. They are especially terrible in a golf cart. When you walk along the shops, they sell little painted bobblehead animals everywhere. I don't know why. I still have a collection of them from coming here when I was little. Actually when I was little, they just had turtles everywhere. I see now they have a much wider selection of animals like snails, anteaters (I think), cats, but of course they still have the traditional turtle. We went to an adventure sort of park called Xel-ha. It didn't have a lot of visitors when we were there, and we just walked around it. The coolest thing there was a sculpture park with lots of interesting metal sculptures. There were also lots of hammocks scattered around and places to swim. One of my favorite things about Isla Mujeres is the beautiful Kings Bath. It was about a 25-second walk from our room! It is just a cute little lagoon surrounded by rocks, but I have memories of it from when I was little. I just love Isle Mujares. It has the beautiful turquoise waters of the carribean. It doesn't have all the hustle and bustle of Cancun. It is calm, gorgeous, and brings back good memories from when I was little. I know we will go back there soon!
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