This was the second year we were at the Grand Mayan hotel. The artificial reef was really awesome. We went out to the artificial reef multiple times and each time saw some really cool stuff.
We saw squid like last year but this time there were 3. Also saw a large Trigger fish and Angel fish; we had seen it last year also.
But there was some really cool new stuff. This year was the year of the” The giants from the deep”
A 5 ft nurse shark at the bottom of one of the cement pots. The shark was sitting calmly at the bottom, just hanging out. This is the first time I have seen a shark in the wild……it was awesome.
Two large puffer fish, one about 4-5 ft and the other about 1 ft. It is hard to gauge size in the water but these were big. I never knew puffers could get this large.
Also saw a really big starfish.
A large colorful trigger fish, it was OK with our presence but when we got too close it darted into the cement pots.
We also noticed a lot of large snails, conchs, anemones and soft coral growing on the artificial reef (cement pots). Horned coral of different types were growing, yellow, red, blue; we did not see this many last year.
To get to the reef from the beach was not as much of challenge since we knew the way this time. You have to go out near the area where the jet skis are. You can see a path with only sand, no rocks, we took that until the rocks are 6 inches or so below your belly and then take a sharp left towards the bounty line. If you go to the tight you will be going towards the zone where the boats land……we did not go that way. The hotel has a great reef (artificial) growing right off the beach with a lot of cool creatures in it. Stuff we have not seen in other places. This is a great place to snorkel