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Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: jigzmom] #426834
01/05/12 04:43 PM
01/05/12 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jigzmom
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!

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Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: dawg] #426860
01/05/12 09:54 PM
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We do kayak but Lake Michigan is the "baddest" place we have kayaked. We plan to keep it safe. Thanks for the help. Keep it coming. Thanks Bear. Dawg

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Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: dawg] #426892
01/06/12 08:41 AM
01/06/12 08:41 AM
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Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and concern for safety. My husband and I are advanced kayakers -- we own and are well versed with touring sea kayaks -- but I know every situation is different, including the sit-on-top boats being more difficult to maneuver. I was mostly concerned about the motor boat traffic being able to see us.

I like that the snorkeling areas under the piers are easy to get to and well stocked with sea life, but having the world's second largest barrier reef only a mile from the beach is so tempting!! But I agree that it may not be safe to use a kayak to get there. Thank you, Bear, for the suggestion of Carlos at Suya tours, we will give him a call. We also plan to go to Hol Chan and Shark Alley, possibly the Blue Hole (hubby does scuba). And no, we're not Class 5 kayakers, although hubby did some river kayaking, sans the waterfall, in his younger days.

Thanks again everyone! Three more weeks and we'll be there! grin

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Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: jigzmom] #426905
01/06/12 09:15 AM
01/06/12 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by jigzmom
My husband and I are advanced kayakers -- we own and are well versed with touring sea kayaks --

See I just knew there was more to the story than met the eye! lol wink

Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: jigzmom] #427101
01/07/12 07:51 PM
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We just returned from 8 days on Ambergris Caye. I also read how you could paddle out to the reef and snorkel. After seeing the distance and feeling the wind I can't believe anyone would advertise that ANYONE could do that!!! NO WAY!

Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: dawg] #427112
01/07/12 09:58 PM
01/07/12 09:58 PM
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When I live in town I snorkeled around Amigos Del Mar pier every day. Just keep your eye out for boats coming in and going out. I would just swim under the pier anytime one approached. I am a scuba diver but saw some amazing critters there. I actually watched and angel fish from little tiny grow to be an adult. At first he swam away from me but as time went on he actually started coming out and greeting me. Night snorkeling there is wonderful too. The crabs come out and play.

BUT please do take at least one guided trip to Hol Chan and Shark and Ray Alley. There is nothing like it and you will talk about it for years to come.

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Re: swimming or wading in San Pedro? [Re: dawg] #427150
01/08/12 10:31 AM
01/08/12 10:31 AM
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If thew weather conditions are good, people here at Coral Bay kayak out to the reef to snorkel. There are buoys to tie up to.

I'm pretty sure I'd never make it back into the kayak, so it's not on my list. But, experienced kayakers seem to have no problems.

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