After we returned from our trip to
we provisioned and prepared to
leave the marina. We had heard a lot of positive things about the national park
system of bays which line the north and south coast of this region. Ramona and
Jan agreed with Linda and Jim that La India was a must visit. Oaxaca
We headed out to La
planning to spend a night or two. We spent three nights of complete bliss. The water
was warm; snorkeling was great with coral beds and some of the best fish
sightings we have seen in Mexico.
The bay was well protected from swell and the beach was pristine. We swam daily
from the boat to shore, walked the beach and swam back to the boat via the
reefs and coral. Paul spotted some tracks in the sand. He followed them into
the dunes and came upon a turtle nest. The bay is visited daily by tour boats
with tourist interested in the beach and snorkel opportunities. This can
sometimes be problematic with lots of music and motorized water toys disrupting
the solitude. At La India
the crowds were minimal, and the crowds were only there between until .
We generally camped out on the boat until all the pangas departed.
We pulled anchor the next day and headed to Bahia Jicaral for some diversity. We anchored, jumped into the water and swam about 50 yards off the boat into the reef area. Suddenly we were surrounded by jelly fish which proceeded to sting all exposed skin. We hurried to shore where we saw lots of jellies on the beach. There was no option but to return to the boat. The winds came up while we were nursing our welt covered bodies. The swell was so bad we could not get comfortable even with a stern anchor holding our position. We overheard our friends on the VHF that sv Liebling and sv Miss Gale were now anchored in La
They reported that waters were flat and no significant jellies seen. We pulled
anchor and returned to La India
for a fourth night. Miss Gale hosted a gathering for the “fleet”. The six of us
played cards in the spacious cockpit. It was a great evening before we departed
for Acapulco the following
The passage to
was calculated at 40 hours. It took
close to 48 as the seas were up and we hit a nasty counter current around Punta
Maldonado. We arrived in Acapulco
mid day and refueled before heading to the La Marina. The marina was full of
large cruisers and their Mexican crew doing cleaning and maintenance. It felt
like a “working dock” with hoses, cleaning supplies and boat stuff scattered
around the walkways. Everyone was friendly and in general there were no
complaints. We had a fun time exploring Acapulco.
We went to the Caleta district for dinner the first night and checked out the
super market across from the marina. The following day we explored the downtown
by bus and later taxied to the coast to see the Cliff Divers. What an awesome
experience. These guys are nuts! The third day we checked out the marine supply
stores and provisioned for our departure the following day.
It was interesting to note that after our arrival a boat on fire was towed to our dock for assistance in extinguishing the fire. The morning of our departure we awoke to find a sporty runabout vessel which was tied in front of us on the dock sank during the night.
|Bahia La India. We had the bay and the beach all to ourselves|
except for a few hours mid-day when the pangas brought
the tourists over.
|Talos IV at the dock in La Marina Acapulco.|
|We awoke our last morning to this boat tied up to the docks|
in front of us completely submerged. The only thing that
kept him from sinking to the bottom were the lines that
secured him to the docks.
|Within about an hour a salvage team came, re-floated the boat|
and towed it off.