Private Couples Sailing Adventure in Gulf of Mexico
The world's largest fish is the whale shark, which, when fully grown, is roughly the size of a school bus and often much heavier. Imposing size and threatening name notwithstanding, these gentle giants prefer to eat plankton and algae; you can peacefully swim alongside them in their tropical habitats. Cancun Luxury Sailing Vacations hosts catamaran excursions that crisscross through the whale shark's pale-blue Caribbean domain, stopping at one windswept island after another.
After arriving at Cancún International Airport (CUN), you'll be whisked 25 miles via shuttle to Marina Albatross. After a quick introduction to the ship’s crew, a trip debriefing, and an icebreaker game of Monopoly Junior, a brand-new, state of the art, luxurious Gemini Legacy 35 catamaran will shove off en route to the island of Cayo Sucio. There are two double guest cabins on board, each equipped with a private bath. The ship's experienced captain provides personalized service at all times and prepares guests three gourmet meals a day.
Click here for the four-day itinerary. The itinerary may vary due to weather conditions, such as wind direction, waves, and tides.
Reef Diving, Seafood Feasts, and Mayan Temples off the Coast of Cancún
The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea converge off the coast of Cancún, a few degrees south of the Tropic of Cancer. You'll spend your days here feasting on freshly caught lobster and octopus, sipping bottomless cocktails, and exploring the coral-reef-lined atolls that dot the gulf.
One notable stop: the tiny Isla Contoy, which has a protected bird sanctuary. Take a hike through here and you'll spot at least a few of the island's 150 or so avian species, which include brown pelicans and frigatebirds. Culture, history, and wildlife merge on Isla Mujeres, named for its temple filled with Mayan fertility idols that was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1517. The glassy waters surrounding the island make for wonderful snorkeling, and back on land, a colorful downtown area bustles with shops and restaurants.
There's plenty more to explore by flipper or by foot: the sunken shipwreck at El Angel Reef; the tepid waters off the white, sandy shores of Cayo Sucio. You can catch first sight of these natural and manmade treasures from the catamaran’s flybridge or its rear cockpit.
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