1. Flyboarding Is Epic
You probably won’t be doing any flips or dives on the first try. But it’s still so, so incredible.
You’ve got two beginner techniques to choose from…
1) Go calm and steady
If you want to be a pro keep your legs fixed straight. You’ll soon be towering high above the water.
2) Be a hot mess
Forget about learning the basics, go straight in with spins and turns.
It’s a lot of fun, but you’re probably going to smack your face a couple of times on the way down!
I went for option two, worth it!
2. Forcing Sharks To Vomit Is The Worst
Nurse sharks are gentle reef sharks. They’re nocturnal and timid, in the day time you’ll find them resting on the seabed.
At the start of the tourist season several will be captured and trapped in tiny pens on Isla Mujeres.
Tourists can pay $10 to have them held above the water for a photo. For a more entertaining experience they’ll be repeatedly heaved in the throat until they vomit from fear and pain.
Force Change explains how this torture and suffocation is dangerous for them, but also for us:
Nurse sharks are very gentle creatures, but it is only a matter of time before one gets fed up and bites a customer.
If you see one of these pens on Isla Mujeres, please don’t get in.
The only way to set them free is to stop paying for selfies and to spread awareness.
3. The Best Museums Are Underwater
Art and conservation come together in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.
Over 500 sculptors provide a huge biomass for coral reefs to grow on.
The most immersive way to visit is by scuba diving, free diving or snorkelling. But if you’d rather stay dry, you can still see it through a glass bottom boat.
4. A Great Way To Spot Wildlife Is By Boat
Cancun is a perfect place for a boat trip.
You can find crazy booze cruises. Or if you do a little digging you can find super-chill sailing trips. With nothing to do but relax and enjoy the perfect blue water.
If you jump in & go snorkelling. Keep your eyes peeled for green turtles, hawksbill turtles, loggerhead turtles, nurse sharks, manta rays and whalesharks.
Just make sure you don’t touch any wildlife or stand on any coral!
5. Starving Dolphins For Entertainment Isn’t So Great
Dolphin Discovery, Delphinus Punta, Dolphinaris and Interactive Aquarium all hold dolphins captive in small sea pens or swimming pools.
The dolphins are forced to perform, if they don’t perform they don’t eat. Similar to the tactics are used at SeaWorld.
If you truly love dolphins please only pay to see them when they’re wild and free.
Dolphinariums and nurse shark pens only exist because we continue to fund them. If we end the demand, they’ll end the supply.
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