Busing the Bay: Paddling the Bay

Recently I had the opportunity to reside in a beach house, so I purchased a couple of kayaks and went out several times a week up and down the coast between Bucerias and Destilerderas, discovering stunning scenery, secluded beaches, snorkelers and sore muscles.

I recall my first experience when I saw a fin protruding from the water. After my initial “Is that a shark?” moment, I paddled towards it and hoped it was a dolphin. Over the next two years of kayaking, I saw dolphins on two other occasions plus schools of fish skimming the surface, birds dive bombing for food and a dead turtle.

With the numerous sightings of whales in the bay this past season, kayaking or SUPing provides an incredible opportunity to see marine life, amazing scenery, and sunrises. (I have not bought into the sunrise aspect.)

In Bucerias, there are groups that meet for YOGA on their SUP as well as groups that go on full moon paddles. Find a place to rent kayaks and paddleboards, and a whole world of adventure awaits you, even at sunrise.

Except of course if I am out on the water, then you probably won’t see anything.

I did not venture out on the water this past season but listened to the adventures of several friends, and the excitement in their voices as they related encountering turtles, flying fish, whales and their calves, manta rays, stingrays, dolphins, octopus, pelicans and “skittery” fish that sound like rain as they skim the surface of the water.

Cocoa, the Chocolate Lab became Kayak Cocoa, as she progressed from being lifted into the kayak, with knees trembling, to relaxing/snoring and finally to walking on and off without getting wet.

Many of the sightings occurred near shore, you don’t need to paddle far to see nature at it’s finest, including an octopus staring up at you.

The awe in my friends’ voices as they described a whale and her calf circling their boards plus the excitement in describing the six-foot wingspan of a ray almost made me want to get up at/before sunrise. Thanks, Gayle, Merv and Doug for sharing your adventures and photos in the waters off Bucerias  and La Cruz.

I accompanied visiting family on a bus to Punta Mita for a two-hour whale watching trip with Tranquilo Surf. I stayed on shore with my son and reminded Stephanie to tip the captain after the trip. The smile on her face as she rushed towards us when they docked, looking for additional money to further reward the captain and crew (biologist/photographer), told me all I needed to know about the success of their whale watching expedition. A bucket list moment for Steph, plus the photographer sent her some photos! Thanks, Stephanie and Hayley for sharing your encounters and photos of whale watching in the bay at Punta Mita. A stop at the La Cruz fish market on the way home for a kilo of jumbo shrimp and then a cab ride home from La Cruz was a great day utilizing public transportation in the bay and showing off our wonderful slice of paradise.

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Bruce es un canadiense jubilado, que junto con su esposa Velma, tomó una "mulligan" en la vida y escapó del frío de Canadá y se instaló en Vallartazona. Cumpliendo un retirosueño de no conducir más, Bruce utilizará transportatio públicon para recorrer la bahía y contar sus historias aquí. Consejos e itinerarios bienvenidos. Correo electrónico: busbanderasbay