Today was another early morning as we headed out to Bahai Petempich, part of the second largest reef barrier. It is considered a National Park and surrounded by outstanding rich tropical vegetation. We slathered on our biodegradable sunscreen and hoped on the boat to head out to the reef. Our first dive was a shallower 6 feet deep reef filled with fish but the reef was smaller and in clusters. The second deeper reef was 14 feet and had a completely different habitat with fewer fish but much more sprawling coral reefs. The reefs were nice but do not compare to the colors or life of the Great Barrier Reef.
They had a lot of purples and golds but a lot of the reef had turned a whitish hue, which makes me wonder about the effects of global warming because I’m pretty sure that is one of them. The guides were very knowledgeable and wanted everyone to have a fun time exploring. You could tell that they enjoyed what they did and wanted to share that with their guests. They would let you feed the fish as you swam with them and hold starfish and conch shells with the mollusk still inside. I even had some fish eat right out of my hand! On our way back to the boats docking location, we passed the nudist resort, Desire, and were treated to quite a show by the resort guests. On the way back to the hotel, Rayford wowed us with his knack for Spanglish. Speaking English in a Spanish accent does not make it Spanish. We got back and went to lunch at El Grecko before spending the rest of the day at the pool. Dinner was at Hacienda in the South Lobby. The Mexican cuisine of this restaurant was the best I had at the resort. We were even serenaded with “La Cucaracha” by a mariachi band. We went back to the North Lobby for the end of Casino Night before heading back to the South Lobby to go dancing. Even though it was a cheesy little discothèque, it was a lot of fun. The workers get on the dance floor and obviously have a lot of fun. It was another night of drinking before heading off to bed, some earlier than others. -Kate
Kate, we were serenaded to "La Bumba", not "La Cucaracha"!!! You're so silly.
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