Isla Mujeres Travel Blog› entry 41 of 80 › view all entries
This pretty little island is just a few miles off shore from Cancun and was named after its previous owner: the Mayan moon goddess - a woman. Isla Mujeres has many beautiful coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and is home to a population of sea turtles. Cubans like to stop here on their way to the United States. There's only one thing I would do different in retrospect. Do yourself a favor and put on your swim suit in the morning before you get on the bus. It gets very hectic once you arrive on the island. By the time I had my towel, locker and snorkel gear (you'll have to get in a different line for each) they were already doing a second call for the snorkelling tour and I was one of the last to get on the boat, though I can assure you I had wasted NO time. Not to mention there's no place to change, so I had to use the bathrooms.
~Tour around the island
~Swimming with dolphins (I'd prefer to see them swim in the ocean.
Once on the island we had about 20 minutes to get ready before the boat left for the snorkeling tour we wanted to do ($20.00 per Person). Like I said before, it was all a little hectic, but still enjoyable. The boat ride that took us to the reef didn't take long at all. Once on the spot we started snorkeling. The weather was rainy, but still nice and warm. All the running around before the trip had made me really thirsty and the fact of breathing the salty air through the snorkel time after time didn't help at all. The whole snorkeling tour took about 45min. For you divers out there - you can visit the "Manchones" (Cross of the Bay), which is a sunken cross with a mermaid carved out in the middle. The cross has been sunk as a tribute to all the men and women who died by the sea.
Once back on the island it was about time for lunch (included) and they gave us two hours until we would meet at the dock before heading to the north end of the island. The ride was really beautiful, because the weather switched between rain and shine and whenever the sun came out again, everything around us just opened up in bright turquoise colors. Upon arrival at the north end we had one hour to shop, which we started as a group. Our guides horded us into their preferred shops, which I didn't like at all. It felt very crowded and I want to shop freely. That quickly aggravated me so much that I quit shopping and went on a photo safari. Probably one of the better ideas I've had in a while and I love the pictures that I took. I've met so many nice people, for example I ran into an old man. You know this game, where you try to step out of someones way and they do the same and you both end up in each others way again? I did that a couple of times with him and then he burst into laughter and asked if we should just start to dance.
I don't have any more good stories about Isla Mujeres. Intially I didn't want to go, because I heard many bad things about the trip included in our hotel stay: Activities cost extra, if you don't buy the extra activities you'll be bored out of your mind, stressful, shopping push.... And while all that was true it still was a very enjoyable experience and looking at back at my pictures I'm just grateful that I got to go!