We talked to another couple at our resort that booked a boat tour through Mario and could not say enough great things. So we were able to find another couple that was interested and we booked a day tour with him. He picked us up at the hotel via taxis. The overall price included the taxi pick up but we had to pay for the return taxi. We took a boat out of the Santa Cruz marina that was around 15 minutes away from our hotel (Secrets). We were on a search to see dolphins or whales and we were successful in seating three dolphins and four sea turtles. Mario and our boat captain had two fishing lines out the back of the boat and we were successful in catching four fish. I believe it was three black tuna and one chula. We stopped at two beach areas to snorkel. The first was what Mario called The Little Caribbean. Here the water was turquoise like the Caribbean water and powder sand. However, the snorkeling was not very good here. We then we to San Augustine Bay where we met Mario's friends at a restaurant. They were wonderful and nice and prepared the chula fish that we caught earlier. Mario's wife also prepared fresh tamales that he had in a cooler as a surprise, this was a wonderful treat and were excellent. She is a wonderful cook and opens their home on Sundays to raise additional money for the family. Here at this bay the snorkeling was much better. Mario is very educated on the sea and the sea life. He would dive down and bring up different things from below. He caught with his hands a balloon / puff fish and a porcupine fish and was careful not to endanger the fish. On our way back he told us he also provides yoga and massage therapy. He provided me a 10 minute massage and it was heavenly! I wish I would have found him earlier as I would have went to him for an hour massage. The overall day tour was $220 for four people. Very well worth the money to get our and experience Huatulco. Mario is now our new friend whom I cannot wait to see on our next trip to Huatulco.
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