We went out with a local dive shop and 6 scuba divers. Since not a traditional snorkeling/beach group, the Dive Master adjusted to accommodate us.
Our 1st stop was snorkeling. Upon entry to the water, we were surrounded by grouper and clown fish. You could touch them! It was wonderful. Oldest Son actually got a fish bite when he was feeding them bread. We snorkeled all around for a couple hours and saw lots of sea life including a balloon fish, damselfish, Moorish idol and colorful crabs. Before leaving that spot Oldest Son and Youngest Son did a jumping, flip, diving, twisting show off the side of boat while singing that "You gotta move it, move it" song replacing "move it" with descriptions of their jump of the moment. Youngest Son is quite proud of his bootie move.
We had confirmed we would be able to spend some time on a beach in area. Confirmation does not include details! The boat pulls up to a beautiful, beautiful set of islands. There is a small beach area against some cliffs. The water is every shade of blue and turquoise. Dive Master says he will drop the family here and they will come back for us after their dive. Husband and I did not have time to react really - we just started applying sunscreen and donning our swimming gear. Over the side of boat we go and swim to beach! Husband gets caught in riptide but finally gets to beach. There we are. Absolutely no way to communicate with outside world or leave. Deserted truly.
So we have a unique and joyful two hours. We have 2 bottles of water, sand, beach, rough surf and some caves. No lounge chairs, no cabana boy, no tropical drinks, no floats, no toys. I was supremely relaxed. Husband was a bit anxious in case we had a medical emergency (he is the safety side of our marriage.)
We talked about what we would do if boat did not come back. SOS with sticks perhaps. Youngest Son caught a crab and announced that he had his dinner!
But, the boat did come back. We were a bit nervous about swimming from beach to boat but other than swallowing some salt water, we got back easily.
As with all outings in Mexico, we got the expected unexpected.
See the island beach below as we pull away: