Staying here now.
Any snorkelling from here?
Hey Susan! Catamaran tours usually offer snorkling at 2 different locations. Be sure to look out for tours that include El Cielo. It is an incredibly beautiful spot with shallow, crystal clear blue water. Great for swimming and spotting starfish.
The snorkeling in front of palace is usually good. Get Luis the lifeguard to tell you where is best. Say hello to him from me, and Heri at the pool.
It's decent. Best is going to be close to the shore, but be careful not to let the waves push you in too far. It's about 10 ft deep there. They have one of those newish full face snorkel masks for you to try out, people seem to like it a lot. Just ask.
I saw some interesting stuff in front of the Palace while I was staying at El Cantil (next door) last spring. I don't know how comfortable you are in the water, but if you have fins and are a moderately good swimmer, it's well worth swimming north a bit, past El Cantil, to the north end of the lot next door--kind-of in front of where the buildings start again. You will see the ruins of the old dolphinarium under water, and there a usually a TON of fish there, many of them quite large.
If you use the rock stairs on the south end, be aware and alert of some fire coral there. It hurts like heck if you bump into it. Trust me. 😢🙁
Where is the fire coral relative to the rock stairs?
I also stay away from the ropes. There is fire coral, or something really "stickery", all over it. Not at the Palace, but I've seen different places have someone in the water, using their hands, to slide along the rope and clean it off....
Got be be one of THE WORST jobs on the planet! :(
Uphill, as you're looking at the stairs from the water, it was to the right. I would have been ok if a wave hadn't bumped me as I was getting out. I had no idea at the time what happened but it hurt so bad I was sure I was going to bleed to death when I got out. Imagine my shock when something hurt that bad and there was no blood! 🤔😯😮 Life lesson #3,984.
Does fire coral have a specific appearance that is recognizable?