In planning for our trips to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula, Joana asked me if I wanted to do some diving??? Hello??? Well, you know the answer… I tried to book in La Habana but we didn’t have enough time and it was far from the city as you had to travel down to an island in the south where they have reputed government run dive shops. So my best chance of diving was in Tulum at the end of our Yucatan trip.
I knew I wanted to try cenote diving (cave) and made sure to bring my FAMI umbilical torch and dive computer. Our hotel recommended Kay-Op Dive Club which was right in town because they were safe and more importantly, a wholly owned Mexican operator.
I met Carlos who was going to take me to a well known cenote called Dos Ojos which comprises of two different cave dives lasting roughly 45-50 minutes. He was very experienced and talked a lot about safety and technical diving. I told him that I was also a technical diver, IANTD Trimix Diver, to be precise and it was enough said… the dives were amazing and clear as ever as it was fresh water. Nothing prepared me for this experience. Sure I have done caves in Malta and in Sagres, Portugal but this was very different. The viz was as far as your torch can reach.
The videos are two, which I liked most. The one in the tunnel was just out of this world! Not for the faint of heart for sure. Your buoyancy has to be spot on and I was glad I did not have other divers with me as for sure the silt would have been kicked up. It was just Carlos and me! How lucky I was…The second one is just to show you how absolutely beautiful it was with all the stalactites and crevices… you can explore so much if you know what you are doing and trained for it. Technical divers can dive from one cenote to another. Great times I had! – James
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