Repost from earlier this year.
Snorkeling is fantastic here in Costa Maya, and this past Monday, I had the chance to go on a snorkeling excursion and shore lunch with a local legend here Captain Huacho.
Captain Huacho telling his stories
Captain Huacho is a world famous sailing captain, diver, snorkeler, and is a local legend here. I have written a blog about Captain Huacho on here before, so some readers may be familiar with him.
Trey Greeley, a blog reader of mine from Wisconsin, had read about him on this blog and asked me to set him and his friend down from Wisconsin, on a snorkeling trip with Captain Huacho. Trey and his wife own a house here around kilometer 14 on the beach road south of town towards Xcalak. Trey and his friend were in town for his friend’s birthday, and Trey wanted to set up something special for his birthday, so I got them hooked up with Captain Huacho at his place on Kilometer 9.
Captain Huacho is quite a character, he opened the first dive shop in Playa del Carmen in 1974, and also the first bar on the beach there. He is also a world renowed sailor and captain, and has won several sailing regattas throughout the world. He told me he won the Cuba Sailing Regatta in 1988, and got to meet Fidel Castro. He has a lot of stories and he has sailed around the world, and has traveled the world extensively. He now gives tourists snorkeling tours in his boat off of his beach. He has a beautiful beach and it reminds me of the set of “Gilligans Island”.
I set up the trip for this past Monday and we all met at the Captain’s house. I took along Denisse Sanchez a friend of mine, because she had heard of Captain Huacho and wanted to meet him.
It has been kind of chilly lately, so Trey was not sure if it was warm enough to snorkel, but Captain Huacho eased his fears and said water temperature never changes much here. We set out the four of us and the Captain in the boat and traveled maybe half a mile from his beach and we started snorkeling. The water was warmer than I thought and it was great visibility, and everybody got to see a lot of fish and coral life.
I was kind of worried about taking Denisse with us, her being a woman, I did not know if she could swim well, or be able to keep up with three of us men in the water. Well I was mistaken, she jumped in the water and was a natural. She was raised in Cancun, so she had grown up her whole life in the water.
We explored the reef, and Trey took some underwater photos of us all, and the water was crystal clear. We snorkeled for awhile and then headed back to shore for lunch and some drinks.
Captain Huacho had grouper prepared for us and it was excellent, along with coconut water, tortillas, rice, and everything common here for a shore lunch. Trey brought the Captain a bottle of rum, and he did he usual story telling about the history of his life and his lifestyle here. We sat and ate had some drinks and talked and had a good time.
It was my second or third time visiting Captain Huacho, and I am entertained every time I go there.
I think Trey and his friend had an unique experience that they will remember for a long while. The snorkeling was great, food great, and the atmosphere amazing, and the conversation interesting. All in all a great day in Costa Maya.
If any of you want to take a snorkeling trip or visit Captain Huacho’s beach, contact me, Stewart Rogers at email@example.com and I can hook you up. It is a great experience and one to check out if you are in Costa Maya.
Heading out to snorkel
Denisse posing for camera
Trey Greeley taking photos in boat
Preparing to snorkel
Cutting up grouper
Rice Mayan style
Huachos helper preparing lunch
Bar on beach
Gang on the beach
Denisse and I
Beach at Captains
Denisse relaxing after snorkeling
Fresh coconut off the tree
Lunch on Mayan table cloths, palms
Me at lunch
Sign in front of Huacho’s place
Entrance to Captain Huacho’s place