Xcalak Up Date December , 25 2009
Entering the cut in the reef at Xcalak.
The main cut is at a heading found by lining the range maker on the public jetty/dock/pier with the light house. Do not use the pier itself is as alignment. The cut is quite narrow and there is a rock just inside the cut at a depth
of 12 feet at medium tide. Be aware of strong currents.Keep the range marker and the lighthouse in line. This will be very difficult to see at sunset! Once inside, past the swells (about 1/2 way between the cut and the end of the pier), head
north a few hundred meters/yards, there are three mooring
buoys (though quite close together) to tie onto. Do check these when you tie up as they have been there for several years now and may be showing signs of wear. There are local high speed navy vessels that travel through the cut, and head
south to their base about 5 km south. They are not always considerate boaters. Do not anchor south of the pier for this reason, as well there are several coral heads and a huge sand bar in front of the village.
The Port Captain office is north of the pier and lighthouse, about 300m, white with green & blue stripe. This office also functions as immigration as well. The Port Captain, Susie, lives in the apartment upstairs, but isn't always there. Call on channel 16 to confirm if she is in. Jorge, the previous Port Captain, has been transferred to Mahajual.
When you are contacting or speaking with anyone onshore, make sure they have identified themselves to your satisfaction. When the Port Captain is not available other parties will speak with you including one of the local dive shops (who have assisted with piloting vessels in), as well as some of the residents and fishermen. Wireless internet
may be available on a limited basis by contacting The Upper Deck
on channel 8 in addition they may be available for general advice in English
, German and some Spanish.
The Crew at the Upper Deck