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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by juanrojo @, Friday, April 13, 2018, 14:56 (164 days ago)

We were extremely lucky to spend all of the winter in Mexico and most of the time near La Ropa beach in Zihuatanejo. I am an avid snorkeler and spent 2 or three hours a day snorkeling around the rocks between La Ropa and La Madera or more often all along the south shore of the bay between la Ropa and Las Gatas and of course at Las Gatas, both inside and outside the man assisted reef structure. The south shore of the bay does not receive direct sunlight until fairly late in the morning due to surrounding mountains and so there is a huge variety of lighting conditions as you move along through different habitat and you don't have to get up at dawn to get good results. Afternoon snorkels can be as good with tides and random visibility changes. As always our most frequent fellow snorkelers were oystermen harvesting oysters and few others. I had the time to set up temporary stationary filming stations near likely feeding and grooming areas as well as very near octopus and seahorses and eels that we spotted.

We spent the month of November in Akumal, Quintana Roo, which is well known as a snorkel destination. I had fantastic snorkels there. I had different but equally fantastic snorkels in Zihuatanejo, clearly with less clear water, but with huge diversity.

We flew Interjet from Cancun to Zihua for around $100 USD and fellow travelers might keep this sale price in mind for either, purpose built, side trips or as part of one way travel to or from Zih with time in the other town, or not, as best suits your trip.

We came to this board last year wondering about water cameras and got lots of good input. We purchased two Fuji XP-90s in Zihua last year that worked well. We upgraded to Olympus TG-3 and TG-4 cameras this year in full retirement mode. I think those models have been replaced by the TG-5. I brought some cheap selfie sticks that were not designed for ocean use but hung in fairly well with two replacements brought down by friends. The distance between the fish and my considerable bulk that the stick creates allows the fish to relax a bit and even show curiousity as with the octopus sequences near the end of the full 15 minute video that are all cropped from the same longer video. I even bought a three foot piece of 1/4" threaded ready rod to act as a rigid selfie stick to plant in the sand.

We often walked the trail to Las Gatas and then tied our sandals to our swim suits and toured Las Gatas and then snorkeled back to La Ropa. This may sound like a huge swim but when you are seeing cool stuff I can tell you that it is easy with fins, very easy, aerobically, and possibly harder on leg muscles.

It's been an unofficial mission of mine to record the fish and creatures in Zihuatanejo Bay for others to share and hopefully to benefit the local economy by showing ECO tourism potential.

We feed no fish and remove fishing line from rocks and birds and coral and harvest plastic everyday.

I am working on another slideshow type video as well.

The music loop is, Szabo, from Abraxas Pool featuring Neal Schon and some other Santana guys.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXOjiDLIY80&t=1s

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Friday, April 13, 2018, 15:34 (164 days ago) @ juanrojo

WOW!
Out of this world, Juan and Cheryl!!
The octopi were amazing.
Loved the gorgeous urchin walking along the sand.
One of my favorites is that little fish that reminds me of the Messerschmitt cars.
So much there to see, and so lovingly edited for all to enjoy.

Thank you for how much care you put into doing things right, too.
I took one snorkeling trip this year, near Playa Manzanillo, saw lots of wonderful fish, a few sting rays, one turtle, but no eels or octopi.

Unfortunately, my partner and I did manage to fill our pockets and swimsuits with way more plastic trash than I'd ever encountered during one outing.

Thanks again!
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:vivamexico:

Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by Gregorio M. @, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Saturday, April 14, 2018, 00:12 (163 days ago) @ juanrojo

Amazing. Thank you!

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by BTfromMN @, Northeastern Minnesota, Saturday, April 14, 2018, 08:34 (163 days ago) @ juanrojo

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by Pam & Denny @, Saturday, April 14, 2018, 22:10 (162 days ago) @ juanrojo

WOW! Had no idea all of those were there. Nice.

Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by Tere @, Sunday, April 15, 2018, 09:21 (162 days ago) @ juanrojo

Thank you for the video! I, too, love snorkeling. Have you tried Manzanillo? We come by boat because my husband's got a little panga, but I've seen people on the beach who've apparently walked there - maybe from Playa Larga? The rock formations are awesome, and there's a different variety of fish there. Last month at high tide, I swam around a rock I usually can't get to and was surprised by a HUGE lobster coming out from under the rock. I thought his antennae were bicycle handlebars! Apparently I surprised him as well, as he scooted back under the rock faster than I could breathe. Happy Snorkeling!

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by juanrojo @, Sunday, April 15, 2018, 11:34 (162 days ago) @ Tere

I have not been to Manzanillo Bay but will one day. We did get to Isla Ixtapa twice this year and that is always rewarding. I am happily working on a slideshow type video that will also be posted soon with lots of tiny fish close ups.

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:30 (162 days ago) @ juanrojo

Absolutely jaw-dropping awesome and astounding!

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to film and share this. It certainly is important footage for both documentary and eco-tourism purposes. Excellent shots and editing, and I love the music.

I've added this video to my Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa Activities page in place of the one you made a couple of years ago.

I also fixed the code on your post so the video shows up. ;-)

I try to discourage folks from eating octopus for their intelligence as well as their survival. I hope your footage will help win a few more folks over to the side of putting the interests of other species ahead of human self interest.

Warm saludos!

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Zihuatanejo Free Shore Snorkeling 2018 YouTube video

by juanrojo @, Sunday, April 15, 2018, 13:42 (162 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks on all accounts Rob. I am editing a slideshow video that hopefully illustrates the biodiversity in Zihuatanejo Bay even more. I will post that YouTube link separately here when it's done.

The last sequences of octopus interaction where the octopus comes TO ME at least three times out of curiosity, it certainly seemed, were truly memorable. Please do whatever you please with any videos or photos anytime.

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