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Dec. 2013 - Mexico

Cenotes around Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Diving in Cenotes and Playa del Carmen. Silvester in Cancun...:-)

Playa del CarmenPlaya del CarmenPlaya del Carmen

Dec 27th. The beach in Playa del Carmen. From here we started to the dive trips in the ocean.
Bonnie and I came back to Mexico from Guatemala. We went diving in Cenotes around Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and had a few dives in the Ocean near Playa del Carmen. And Silvester in Cancun...:-)

Diving in the ocean was special we wanted to see sharks, and we saw some at "Jardines". Just a few hundred meters away from the pier at Playa del Carmen. And they were Bullsharks. The massive, strong guys. I compare them to bouncers in a nightclub. The guys who throw you out if they want to. Still they are quite elegant. But really strong.



Diving Cenotes is still one of the most special kinds of diving I know. Its like flying in a crystal clear world, crystal clear water...

The Pit with its fog-like layer of H2S is a very special thing,
, especially the tree lying down there looks eerie
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but the greatest dive in a cenote was maybe Taj Mahal. A long tunnel underwater, with a crisp clear separation layer between freshwater and saltwater (whic is called halocline). And it has got a few holes in the ceiling of the cave, where the daylight enters the
Bullshark in JardinesBullshark in JardinesBullshark in Jardines

Dec. 27th. Quality of that image is not soo great, but the perspective is fantastic.
water and creates brilliant rays of light. Just amazing!



We spent New years Eve in Cancun, had a great party at Mandala Club...:-) Nice start into 2014!


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BullsharkBullshark
Bullshark

Just above the ground. thats how you can see them quite often
BullsharkBullshark
Bullshark

A female shark. We actually saw only females.
Heavy rain in Playa del CarmenHeavy rain in Playa del Carmen
Heavy rain in Playa del Carmen

It was raining so much that the water was standing knee high in the streets. We decided to wait a little longer at a restaurant...:-)
A nice rainbow in Playa del CarmenA nice rainbow in Playa del Carmen
A nice rainbow in Playa del Carmen

Somewhere behind the rainbow is Cozumel.
A thick, yummy Chili-ChocolateA thick, yummy Chili-Chocolate
A thick, yummy Chili-Chocolate

I remembered this from my last visit to Playa del Carmen, and I was again looking forward to it. And it was awesome again...:-)
Diving Cenote Chac MoolDiving Cenote Chac Mool
Diving Cenote Chac Mool

Dec. 28th. Cenote diving is absolutely fascinating. The water is crystal clear and the effects from the light are just mind blowing. These rays of light are just beautiful.
Diving Cenote Chac MoolDiving Cenote Chac Mool
Diving Cenote Chac Mool

Dave, our diveguide. Great guy!
Diving Cenote Chac MoolDiving Cenote Chac Mool
Diving Cenote Chac Mool

2 other divers hanging in the clear water.
A stop sign in Cenote KukulkanA stop sign in Cenote Kukulkan
A stop sign in Cenote Kukulkan

Dec. 28th, Diving in Cenote Kukulkan. These signs mark the absolute limits of cavern diving. After them you cannot see the daylight, so the danger is multiplied if you go past them.
A group of diversA group of divers
A group of divers

in Cenote Kukulkan. Close to the entrance.
The PitThe Pit
The Pit

Dec. 29th. Diving Cenote "The Pit". This is the entrance to the pit. The pit is a a big, deep hole, 70m deep. And it lies in the middle of the jungle. I am wondering how many Cenotes are still hidden and undiscovered in the Jungle of Yucatan.
Bonnie getting ready for diving "the Pit"Bonnie getting ready for diving "the Pit"
Bonnie getting ready for diving "the Pit"

Special about cenote diving is that you have some tables where you get ready. Then you walk fully geared up to a hole in the ground and enter the underworld.
Entrance of the PitEntrance of the Pit
Entrance of the Pit

The Pit is an exciting dive... Really great.
Layer of Hydrogensulphide in the PitLayer of Hydrogensulphide in the Pit
Layer of Hydrogensulphide in the Pit

At 30m depth there is a layer of Hydrogensuphide.. A cloud layer lying there.
Bonnie against the lightBonnie against the light
Bonnie against the light

Just awesome, the light in the cenotes.
A poster of the PitA poster of the Pit
A poster of the Pit

on the left you can see the profile of the Pit.
Do's and Dont's when diving cenotes Do's and Dont's when diving cenotes
Do's and Dont's when diving cenotes

There are quite some really funny graphics explaning what's right and what's wrong.


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