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Published on Nov 17, 2012
Snorkeling in Puerto Morales Following a Sea Turtle through the Coral Reef!
This is a clip of me snorkeling in Puerto Morelos, Mexico early in the morning - about 7:15 am. My guide, "Charlie Brown" looked all over and found this sea turtle and I managed to get some footage of him. Towards then middle of the clip I get much closer. I was going a fair pace following him until the waves finally got to big near the edge of the reef and I had to stop following (or risk getting injured on the shallow coral).
I was the first boat out on the water that morning. My guide was named Charlie Brown he is the best. He is 74 years old and has been a snorkeling guide in this sleepy fishing village his entire life. He has 3 daughters, a son and several grandchildren. I had the privileged of going out with his granddaughter this morning. It was funny she got pretty scared at the turtle when she first saw it, but later followed along. Charlie has his own boat and can be found at the main dock in the town square. Everyone knows him, just ask around and insist you talk to Charlie Brown and will wait for him.
The two hour boat tour was $25 USD ($300 MXN), a bargain - tip him well (I give $200-$300 Pesos tip). He gave me time and space to get this video. He also was very careful boating out to the the reef cutting the engine before we approached and going slow speed so as not to scare the fish. Once the other boats come out the shoals and more interesting fish start to disappear. It is best to go early; 7 am, no later than 8 am.
I was staying at the Luna Blue Hotel in Playa Del Carmen, from there is was a 20 Peso cab ride to the ADO Bus station by the Cozumel Pier, then 24 Peso for the bus (it goes every half hour starting at 6:30 am) to the Puerto Morelos stop on the hi-way. From there you take a taxi into town (there are always 4-5 waiting around the corner from the stop) 20 Peso for the taxi (tip: always tell a taxi what your willing to pay, never ask or you will be quoted much more; always negotiate) to the main town + dock. To get back follow the same in reverse. Note: The ADO ticket stand is tucked away in the far corner beside the PedMex station and the car rental place. There is no signage so it can be a little confusing. There is also a stand on the Cancun side of the hi-way but they will typically send you across the street as the office has the computer terminal for ticket sales. You can also take a Collective (taxi buses) that stop every 5-10 min for 7-10 Pesos, but they have more stops and no AC. The ADO is a luxury Mercedes Coach.
This footage was shot in 720P HD, 120fps on the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. Such a great underwater camera! Footage has not yet been edited or stabilized in YouTube, this is the raw footage. I used just the camera to shoot this, no mount kits or accessories.