Part 4 (final)
Day 8- Another nice calm day and it’s my wife’s turn to go diving, so she heads downtown but is disappointed to find out Sea Hawk doesn’t have enough divers to go out that day. However she does arrange it so we can go together the next day while they agree to watch our son. I should note that we have been diving with them for several years and have gotten to know the owner and the dive masters very much. My wife received her certification from them 4 years ago. So instead she enjoyed a crepe and some coffee at Hidalgo Café while we spent the morning playing in the pool.
Not wanting to waste a nice calm day, we feel one of us should dive. Unfortunately she did not remember her dive card, so she would not be able to go out with anyone but Sea Hawk. Therefore I head out once again with Aqua Adventures. This time I get Wilbur to myself while Steffi is doing a discover scuba trip with three young gents from England. Two nice dives to Manchones follow. See a sea turtle and lots and lots of fish!
That night we decide to first hit a new pizza place we noticed called Michelangelo’s Pizza (with a nice picture of the ninja turtle on the outside) for our son before going to Bruha. While he is enjoying his pizza (which he just loved!) we have a nice talk with the owner…who is from California and is dividing his time between his two pizza places…one in California and the other on Isla. We find out he delivers…which will be great information for our future trips. After he is nice and full on pizza, we walk over to the park near Bruha…our kid loves this little park (we played there a bit the previous night). Tonight the local kids are having volleyball practice…they actually are very good.
The bad news is that Bruha is closed. The good news is we have a great back-up with Bastos! Tonight I get the Shrimp kabobs while my wife goes with the recommendation of the waiter..I forget the name of the dish but it basically a grilled flank steak. Both meals are absolutely outstanding! The best meal I have had on the island!
Day 9 – Our penultimate day starts with breakfast and the Rooster café on Hidalgo. Nice breakfast and the cleanest, nicest bathroom on the island! We then head over to Sea Hawk to get ready for our dive and set up our son with his DS to pass the time while we are out. The owner’s daughter is there to keep an eye on him while we go out. Turns out we are the only ones on the boat! We dove Atlantis and the Atlantis wrecks. It was on these dives that we were introduced to the Lionfish problem. Our dive master (cannot remember his name right now) had gone through training and was prepared to ‘take care of’ any Lionfish we came across.
[brief explanation. The Lionfish is native to Asia Pacific and parts of the Indian Ocean. Several fish where accidentally or otherwise introduced to the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico back in the early 90’s. The fish has now spread to most of the Caribbean. There are no real natural predators for this voracious eater of juvenile reef fish and they threaten the health of the reef ecosystems in these areas. Many locations are taking very aggressive actions to destroy these fish whenever possible. See Mr. Google for more information.]
We are enlisted to help spot these guys and sure enough we see several on each dive. An interesting side effect is we end up seeing more micro creatures than normal…since we are spending more time looking under corals and rocks. Made for a somewhat unique diving experience. Also saw a huge school of large amberjacks on the second dive…something I had not seen before.
When we get back to the dive shop, our son is happily playing with the granddaughter of the shop owner, who happens to be his age. We follow our standard ‘where to eat?’ routine by meandering until we see something good. Today we end up at Tropical Pomedoro. I think this is a new place…as it is not on Mapchicks maps. Very good salad to go with very good pizza fulfills our post dive appetite.
Later in the afternoon, after relaxing at the condo for a few hours, we visit playa Indios. After 4 or so it is pretty deserted after the catamarans from Cancun depart. We enjoy playing in the sand and some swimming before walking back to the condo for a dinner of leftovers and a nice quiet evening.
Day 10 – After finishing off most of our remaining food for breakfast we walk down to Garrafon Castilla before having a late lunch at El Pueblito across the street – home of the quac and 4 beers for 100 pesos! Unfortunately…the wife doesn’t drink beer so we opt for Quac and a couple of Pina Coladas to go with the mayan grouper…which is grouper cooked in a banana leaf. Very very good and in my mind one of the must tries if you are in that area for lunch. Also one of my favorite restaurant atmospheres on Isla!
We enjoy a nice afternoon at the condo…with lots of pool time! For supper we decide on one of our favorites that we had not gone to yet…Picus. It’s our favorite cocktail/ceviche and they do not disappoint for our last supper of the trip.
Day 11 – We pretty much pack up and go…although there is just enough time before we get on the 11:00 ferry to grab a shrimp cocktail to go from Mocambas! When we get to the other side our son is excited about getting is first happy meal in almost two weeks while we enjoy our last views of the beautiful blue ocean and enjoy a very good cocktail. Our USA transfer guy arrives early and off we go.