When we got to Marina Mazatlan we were amazed to see so many boats left unattended for a long time. We didn't know why until we tried to leave.. It was time to head out Mazatlan to make our way to Puerto Vallarta to meet my sister and boyfriend who were flying down for Christmas from Switzerland.. The day we decided to leave, both Cyrille and I got ill. Cyrille with montezuma's revenge and I with a cold.. (weird huh). 2 days later after recovering from our various maladies we try to leave again.. No luck, this time the channel was blocked for dredging.. we had to wait 3 hrs for the channel to open and it was fast approaching low tide and we needed 2 feet of water to get over the entrance bar…
Finally light at the end of the tunnel! This was like the scene from Midnight Express where the guy is walking down a narrow hall to an open door to escape from Turkish prison. The curse of Mazatlan almost got us, but we prevailed!!
Next stop was the "Galapagos of Mexico", or Isla Isabela which was a 90nm overnight sail from Mazatlan.
As were approached the island we saw thousands of turtles swimming along in the ocean.. one even snagged our fishing line, luckily it broke the line but we lost our favourite squid looking lure, drat! Now down to one lure 🙁
Like the Galapagos islands off Equador, Isla Isabela is isolated in the Pacific Ocean and relatively free of natural prediators. Many of the birds allow visitors to approach without fear of being harmed. It's incredible how many birds there were on the island.
The Las Monas rocks off Isla Isabela. The snorkelling around the rocks was amazing..I captured some of it with my camcorder Great snorkelling at Islas Monas
They say that the fishing around Isla Isabela is good, but this was ridiculous. We caught 4 fish in the space of 2 hours with our tuna cedar lure. 3 tuna and 1 mahi mahi! We had to stop fishing because we ran out of fridge space! Cyrille cooked up some amazing Tuna tacos which we had for lunch and dinner for a couple of days. I marinated the Mahi Mahi in indian spices and made a curry, which turned out surprising well given the limited ingredients we had.
One the way we saw 7 sets of whales, one of which was only 2 feet from the bow. I captured some video of the whale encounters here Close encounters with whales
Approaching Puerto Vallarta Harbor and Marina! The Vallarta Marina which used to be one of the best marinas in Mexico turned out to be rundown and neglected. Wouldn't recommend it. The only bonus point was that it was very close to the city and nightlife. Since we are two single guys that was pretty important.. party pictures coming soon!