For several reasons we decided to head to Chacahua after staying a couple of days at the wonderful Hostel Buena Onda in Puerto Escondido.
On one side there was the surf in Puerto, which was in our case a good reason (as you might have read in the previous blog entry) to search for other spots and on the other side we’ve heard so many good things about Chacahua, that we just had to take the chance and discover the island by ourselves. By speaking to other guests of the Buena Onda, we kind of gathered a small group of 8 persons ready to get on that journey.
It was a great opportunity to travel as a group, since we would be able to rent collectivos just for the group. Which was in fact what we did.
In order to get to Chacahua you need to take a bus or collectivo from the banco verte corner in Puerto heading for Rio Grande. Then at Rio Grande you need to take another collectivo to a small fishing village called Zapotalito. Lucky as we were, a guy with a huge pickup truck aproached us at Puerto Escondido and took us for just 20$ (total) to Zapotalito. From there we rented a boat that took us for 60$ to Chacahua on a scenic 40 minutes trip trough mangroves, lagoons and small picturesque islands. Even if there wasn’t that great right hand pointbreak at Chacahua the trip would have been worth it, just because of that boat trip!! If you ever are in or around Puerto Escondido, take your chance and go Chacahua, you won’t regret it.
The island itself feels as if there wasn’t any civilization arround. Chacahua is small, has just one shop, a couple of restaurants serving exact the same food (to the same price) and there are obviously some places to sleep. If you plan to stay longer, do bring a tent! Most of the restaurants offer campground under a roof and it will cost you about nothing. But you even get cabanas with 2 beds for arround 12$ a night. Surprisingly there is a Internetcafe / Bar at the beach, just next to the cabanas. It charges 4$ an hour..
The wave in Chacahua is awesome. It is obviously not as crowded as El Punto in Puerto Escondido, but the best part about it is, it’s a right hand point break! It is quite a long time ago, since we were surfing a right hand point break. Actually, it is the first time so far in Mexico. The wave is steep, fast and the first section is often barelling. There are long barells posible, even without a big swell. Even the paddle out is nice, just walk along the jetty and get from there in the water, paddle a little to the left and there you are, ready to catch a wave.
As a matter of fact, the major part of our group is not into surfing and therefore didn’t go to Chacahua because of surfing. Just chilling out, having some cold Coronas, nice Mexican food and enjoying the life, isn’t too bad, either. Big time buena vida!
Last thing to mention: IF you are in Chacahua, head up to the Lighthouse, the view is breathtaking and you might be able to see another surfspot, too. Other activities to do in Chacahua include Crocodile tours in Canoes and.. well..That’s it, that’s all.
Next blog entry will be about our search for another wave suited for us and finding it in Barra de la Cruz..