I believe I read somewhere that you can kayak out to the reef to snorkle. Is this an option? I love to snorkle too but don't want to rely on tour operators to get out to it. We're staying at Pelican Reef Villas and was hoping we could just kayak out to the reef to snorkle. Is this possible/safe?
I agree with Simon and Judyann. A kayak trip to the reef would be one for someone other than a newbie kayaker, comfortable with their craft and their abilities. Simon's comments about wind, glare and, unstated but just as important, tides, are spot on. Also it's a real bummer to find your kayak is nowhere to be seen because it wasn't anchored properly.
If after reading this and you find yourself uncomfortable and perhaps lacking the kind of kayak skills necessary for a safe trip perhaps call Carlos at Suya tours and see what he'd charge for a couple of hours on the reef off Pelican. More like a snorkel taxi than a snorkle trip. If he's slow you might get a deal other than his usual rates. He's just up the road from you, he'd pick up at your dock.
Judyann's comment about docks and palapa's is very true, yes its not the reef but man, the amount of sealife in close with a bit of structure is amazing. Also it seems to me that there are some small coral heads within a few hundred feet of the shoreline in that area and they're are located inside the length of the local docks too.
I guess we're all saying we want you to be safe and enjoy yourself. Now with that said I just know youre going to PM me and explain youre a Class 5 kayaker...doh!