Earlier this year we wrote about us getting ours divers license, and one of the reasons why we took it when we did was because of our trip to Mexico.
Last time we did try Snuba diving, but this time we really wanted to go diving for real.
We asked our local dive shop for advice, and they recommended Blue Life. Few days before arrival we contacted Blue Life and booked two days with diving; One day in the sea and the other in cenotes.
The day finally came, and Wiliam from Blue Life picked us up at the resort. It had been some change of plans, and we were diving in cenotes that day instead of the sea. What a kick start on our diving career!
He had already picked up our equipment so we made a quick stop to collect our tanks for the day.
What is a Cenote?
Much of the Mayan Riviera is comprised of limestone. When sections of the bedrock collapse naturally, they form sinkholes that expose the groundwater beneath.
Large parts of the Mayan Riviera consist of limestone. When parts of bedrock collapse naturally, they form sinkholes that expose the groundwater below.
We were about to enter a mystical cenote called The Pit, and were supposed to dive down to 30m for the very first time.
Our wetsuits were on and our BCD filled up with air. We took our masks on, and the ventilator in our mouths. Our bodies practically shivering with excitement, we took the leap, and let the water swallow us.
As you start to descend down through the freshwater you will see sunrays penetrate down to 30 m. And on the way down you go through a layer of haloclines, where the fresh water meets salt water and makes everything look blurry.
At the bottom (of the open area) you will see a hydrogen sulfate cloud with protruding branches, you get the feeling of floating above a forest on a dark, foggy night. Amazing! This is probably one of the most inspiring and spectacular place we ever likely to see while diving.
After the dive we drove back through the jungle to a small shop/restaurant to eat some local made food before our next dive.
The next dive where in Cenote Dos Ojos, a much shallower dive than the first (max 10m). This dive was more cavern diving than we had in The Pit. You have two options in this particular cenote; Barbie Line and Bat Cave. We did the Bat Cave where the line takes you through smaller, darker areas of the Dos Ojos cavern zone. And after the first dive we felt more secured about the buoyancy control, and that’s something you should have when diving here, or else you will destroy the cavern.
This day was such an awesome day with unforgettable memories. It’s hard to describe the feeling…
Immediately back at the hotel we talked together and decided that we wanted another day diving in Cenotes. It was at this time we were in Mexico and we felt we had to exploit the opportunity, and it’s not often we get the chance to dive in spectacular cenotes.
So we sent Blue Life an email who replied back immideatley, and we scheduled a day few days before we had to leave this beautiful country.
The next day of diving we went on a small diving boat out to Cozumel with another company (but Blue Life lent us the diving equipment). We divided into two groups with a Dive Master in each group.
It was the perfect way of diving. Almost unlimited visibility, a steady stream we could float away on, rich life of fish and corals, and the other group did see Sea Turtles.
When we were ready to ascent the boat came to us to pick us up. What a great way to dive.
We ate a quick lunch, and then we jumped back into the water for a second dive.
The last day of diving we went with Wiliam again and another couple. We really wanted to dive The Pit again, and so we did… Not as good as the first time because of a cloudy day, but we still had a great time!
After lunch at the same place as last time (you have to try local food in Mexico – It’s so delicious) we drove further into the jungle to Cenote Pet Cemetary, another great cenote.
You walk down the steps and the first thing you’ll see is the turquoise crystal clear water – If you’re not into diving you can snorkel here as well. It’s perfect conditions for that.
We dove for almost an hour, in caverns filled with stalagmites and stalactites, animal skeletons and small fish.
We don’t believe there is much that can top this experience. Unforgettable, indescribable and yeah, we had such an AWESOME time diving in several locations at the Riviera Maya.
Later when we’ve gained more diving experience we’ll probably come back to dive in a little more difficult cenotes, and explore more of the ocean.
Here’s a video we have put together:
We really want to recommend Blue Life, though it’s a more expensive alternative, but you dive in small groups and it feels more personally. They pick you up, lunch is included and it’s possible to rent equipment.
We’ll end this post by sending a big thanks to Wiliam Ortega for an incredible diving experience. So thank you!