Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The majestic Humpback whales...as seen from the drone.

Every year when we make our way south toward Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay we look forward to seeing whales. A large number of humpbacks calve in or near Banderas Bay and by the time winter months are well set in whales can be seen on almost every passage we make whether short or long. This year has been a bit different but only for the better. For the last 2 months or more we have seen lots and lots of whales. Many more than in years past.

The video in this post was taken on Feb. 18, 2018 at about 9am. We were anchored in the La Cruz anchorage and just about the time we finished with our morning coffee and daily check-ins to the SSB and ham nets we heard a small dog on a neighboring boat barking and whining and then heard a big crash into the water like someone dropped a boat out of the sky to land just a few yards away from us. We bolted up top to see what the commotion was about and discovered 4 whales bounding through the outskirts of the anchorage and passing between ourselves and the vessel anchored next to us. There was one youngster in the group that was certainly enjoying himself as he continually jumped out of the water, roll over and crash onto his back sending water splashing over his mother who never left his side.

Once they cleared the anchorage I put the drone up in the air to get a view from above. It was spectacular! I follow the group for about a mile as they made their way west toward the little surf town of Punta de Mita which sits on the far northwest side of Banderas Bay. As you watch the video pay close attention to the “escort” whale, a very large whale and probably a male, as he scans the area around the mother and calf.  Typically this escort is trying to discourage other males from mating with her as well as scanning for predators such as Killer whales. Anyway, without further chatter...enjoy the video!

Click on this pic to see the drone video

Until next time,

SV Liahona
Bret and Marne

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tenacatita Triathalon. Having fun, staying active.

If you like community and having plenty to do while cruising then Tenacatita is the place for you.  During the winter months cruisers converge on Tenacatita Bay just a few miles north of Barra de Navidad for it's protection and variety of activities that can be enjoyed there.  Among them are Bocci ball on the beach, a daily group swim, runs, paddleboarding, snorkeling, Mexican Train Dominos and just about anthing else you might think of along with an occasional swell good enough to surf.  When you get short on provisions you can either take the mother ship or dinghy over to La Manzanilla, just 3 miles across the bay to get whatever you need and enjoy a meal out.

Each year Robert and Virginia on s/v Harmony organize a triathalon which includes a swim to the beach, run down the beach to the resort and back and a paddle back out to Harmony.  You can do it as a team or by yourself.  It is all just good fun, nothing competitive and if you are the champ you get crowned with Harmony's plastic crown.  Here is a look at this year's event.  Enjoy.

(Click on the picture to play the video)

Until next time,

Bret and Marne
SV Liahona

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Humpback whales from above.

During our extended stay in Tenacatita Bay we saw many whales out in the bay but we were delighted with this visit of 3 whales that came within a couple hundred yards of the boats anchored on the outskirts.  When I saw that they were so close I launched the drone and got some pretty cool footage of of the threesome.  Enjoy.

As a note...it may seem to you that the footage is in slow motion but all of this footage was left in realtime speed.  It speaks to the grace of movement and tranquility of these majestic animals.

Until next time,

Bret and Marne
SV Liahona

Here's a few extra pics...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Isla San Fracisco, BCS

Just a short 40ish miles north of the town of La Paz, BCS sits Isla San Francisco.  It's beauty and protection from north or south winds makes it a favorite amoung the local cruising community.  The anchorage is very large and can hold many boats over a great holding sand bottom with plenty to do on shore as well.  Snorkeling and diving is excellent and there are a couple of trails that lead up the ridgeline of the rocky southeast side culminating at the top offering a stunning view of the anchorage.

The downside to the island is that large superyachts are rumored to be banned in the National Marine Park of Isla Espiritu Santo to the south and so they wander the extra 20 miles north to Isla SF making the anchorge sometimes crowded and busy, especially during the weekend in peak season.

A sunrise in the eastern anchorage.

If you find the anchorage void of the big boys, you won't be disappointed.  Here's a look from above. Enjoy.

Click on the pic to see the video. (mostly drone footage)

Until next time,

Bret and Marne
SV Liahona

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A secret cave near a lightly visited anchorage...with lobster!

I won't be disclosing the location of this particular anchorage because it is just too good to disclose.  I will say that it is in the beautiful Sea of Cortez. It is passed over by most cruisers and is therefore it sits high on our list of favorites.  I discovered this unique cave about 4 years ago while snorkeling along the coastline with my youngest son.  15' into the cave it was pitch black so we had to go back to the boat to get a dive light.  It goes in a total of maybe 150' with several small spurs leading to other caverns along the way.  Along with some nocturnal fish and a few morray eels there are lots and lots of lobster.  The first time we went into the cave this year we saw maybe 200+ of them crawling along the floors, walls and crevaces of the cave.  The GoPro footage in this video was taken on day 3 into the cave and it was a bit stirred up and defintely less populated as many of the bugs must have wandered off into deep crevaces that I couldn't see.

 Underwater looking toward the entrance.

This was taken about 80' back into the cave looking out.

Anyway, here's a look at the video. Enjoy!

Click on the pic to watch the video.

s/v Liahona
Bret and Marne