So, thanks again for the info all…. Got back last night – LOVED it. Especially the beach/snorkeling, went twice a day, 11am and 4pm.
Lots of stuff to see aside from the garden variety reg snorkeling fish. Out to the left, in from of the Cat with kids towards the end, was the best. We saw flounder all the time (once large) large fiddler crab, small sting ray, lion fish (first for me). Even a family of cuddle fish! They are amazing to watch, esp. the color change.
Speaking of fins…. I took ‘em, didn’t wear them. On the last day however, I was approached (I say approached because it was shallow area behind the rope, just were the grass ends) by a HUGE barracuda. It is the second largest I’ve ever seen (we travel much, seen a lot) at around 4+ feet, and very thick around. It slowly came up shoulder-level behind me, only few feet away (I scan around all the time so it had to be fast). I panicked at paddled back yelling towards my guy like crazy… luckily he was only 10 feet away. He yelled to me to get directly behind him, with my hands up from water (watch/engagement ring, I totally forgot they like shiny things) and back away slowly while keeping eye on it. I did; the fish kept hanging around us. Another guy came up to watch, so the cuda backed up some – but didn’t swim away… it actually open its mouth a few times, huge serrated teeth, while eyeballing us.
It was very still most times, it moved fast to change position and would then hang there, watching. Then the third guy left – immediately, the fish started inching back toward us, as we were stepping toward shore backwards. I am not kidding – it went as shallow as less then waste deep. It was not scared at all. We decided it’s enough and got out – told the guard there is a large barracuda right by, he was like “Si, muy bien, excellente, hehe”. Must have thought we were crazy, lol.
I’m just glad someone else saw it too… Scared as I was, it sure was amazing to watch, what an experience! Glad no one got bitten, lol. There are lots of people with little kids around the loud family part.
Not to make anyone paranoid, just watch under you when swimming there after 4pm/twilight.
From what I know, the barracuda will rarely attack if you don't threaten it but just keep your eye out in the afternoon so you don't get ambushed like I was :)