Our flight from Havana departed during the tail end of a dramatic thunderstorm. From the air it looked as if it covered much of the western part of the island. Spectacular views from the plane of the storm cloud formations and the western tip of Cuba.
A short ferry ride took us from the high rise sprawl of Cancun to Isla Mujeres, its quieter neighbour.
Whale sharks (the world´s largest fish growing up to 50 feet in length) frequent the area between July and September when the sea is rich in plankton, their food source. Jan was under doctor's orders to refrain from swimming but John took a trip to snorkel with these magnifcent creatures, all the more impressive when viewed from the sea.