Today started VERY early with everyone meeting at 6am in the lobby to get taxis to the ferry. The Cenotes are a highlight of the trip and well worth the effort involved in getting there (although not sure at 6am everyone was thinking that!). No, sharks, turtles or rays today, just rock architecture and ambience in the caves and their crystal clear fresh water to make up for it, although there were a couple of small fish around.
Today, was a significant birthday for me and there is no better way to celebrate then with a dive or two except having my lovely and very supportive husband with me would have topped the day off nicely.
Once we had been given a tour of the dive site and introduced to our instructors it was time to kit up. Some of the group seemed very apprehensive but had soon been reassured by their instructors and were looking forward to the experience. The caverns ran into the hillside from an open pool, for quite some way and had no clear way to the surface other than forwards or back the way we had come. Safety checks complete and 3-4 of us to one instructor, we set off with only torches lighting the way. It was similar to diving at night but without any obvious signs of life. It was very atmospheric, the lights of the other divers adding to the feeling of adventure.
With the first dive over several people opted to have a go at the zip lines instead of doing a second dive, which they enjoyed. The non divers explored the cave opening and seemed to enjoy diving down whilst the divers passed close by under them or spotting small turtles. The second dive was even better than the first with a few tighter squeezes and small passages to go through. I think everyone enjoyed the experience and it will certainly give them something to talk about when they get home
Heading back to Cozumel, a band on the ferry (strange but true) played a Mexican version of happy birthday - very random and embarrassing and under pressure I share the video.
So, thats the diving phase of the trip now completed.
Sight seeing, shopping and sunbathing are the order of the day for the last day for most, although a small group are off to explore Chichen Itza
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