So what really happened to Gilligan.....
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.
We were told that the company that cancelled the cruise yesterday might send out a smaller boat today if the Harbour Master opened the harbour. We would get a call at 9 A.M. if they were going. At 9:15 we got a call. Cruise is on in the big boat, be ready at 10 a.m. At 10:15 we were picked up and taken down to the marina to board one of those 50 ft. tourist catamarans with about 50 other people.
It was a beautiful morning. Light breezes, gentle swells. First we headed east down the coast past a bay designated for 3 and 4 star hotels, towards the large bay that the 5 star resorts like Dreams are on. Also on this bay is a large resort that was the Club Med, the first resort in the area in 1988.
We turned around and headed west up the coast. It seemed to be getting a bit breezier and the swells were getting a bit bigger. The plan was to go up the coast to the National Park where there was good snorkelling. First we went into the bay that Fred had paddled to yesterday, to do our first snorkel. Overboard we went and saw a good number of fish, although they weren’t too colourful. Back to the boat to discover that the weather had definitely started getting rough. We could watch small boats being tossed by the large swells that were coming in the bay.
Fortunately our crew decided that it was too rough for us to carry on back to the Marina after lunch as planned. We went into the same bay we’d been yesterday for lunch and then they had buses waiting to take us back to town. That’s two for two for the Harbour Master. The day didn’t quite go as planned but it was good to be on the water, interesting to watch the huge swells following us into the beach, and nice not to have to go back through the nasty seas.
This is our last evening in Huatulco. The wind has dropped now and it’s very hot. It’s been interesting coming here. Not what we expected. Looking towards the land this morning, we realized that the pictures we’d seen of Huatulco were taken in the wet season when the landscape was lush and green. The guide said that there is a real effort being made to avoid making Huatulco into another Cancun or Acapulco. It’s a young resort with much learning and growing to do. Fonatur is putting down the foundation. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
After dinner this evening we walked down to where the fair had set up. It kinda a cross between a small town county fair and a Mexican Fiesta with lots of speech making, loud Mexican music, vendors selling everything, games of chance and lots of old kind of run down rides. Still an interesting and fun way to spend out last night in Mexico. We will have a wrap up of our trip along with a few closing thoughts tomorrow.