Ahhhhhh, diving. Is there anything more relaxing? We have had our Open Water for a year and were itching for the next level. We did some research on dive shops in Isla and stumbled upon Aqua Adventures Eco Divers. Once we met the owner, Jim Silver, we knew we had met a lifelong friend.
We were doing 6 dives with Jim, 5 of them being part of our Advanced Open Water certification and 1 for a bonus. In addition, we were going over to the mainland, in Playa Aventuras to dive in a cenote.
The dive shop is centrally located and super easy to find. Every person we met was amazing. The were organized and ready when we got there 15 minutes early. The first dive was to MUSA underwater exam.
The dive boat, getting started.
MUSA, the underwater museum between Isla and Cancun.
Then next dive was our deep/wreck dive.
We were only in the ship for about 15 minutes doing skills, so these were the only pictures we have, Jim was nice enough to take them!
And finally, our fun dive! Massive turtle! Awesome fish!
Chac Mool Cenote
So, on the morning of our cenote dive, we discovered that our camera was D.E.A.D. Completely fried. I was brokenhearted. We were on an island and on our way to a dive. there was no option to replace it. When we got to the dive shop, Jim overheard us talking about it. He reached into his display case and handed us a camera. He said his only condition was to take some amazing pictures. We were speechless and so thankful.
We were sent to the ferry and met at the other side my Manta Dive shop in Cancun. They drove us down to Playa Aventuras and the Chac Mool cenote. This was our first cenote and we were excited.
When we first saw the cenote, we were unimpressed. We were expecting a huge cenote like we’d seen on every Mexican billboard. We were briefed at the top and led down a set of cement stairs.
The stairs and the first view of the cenote.
Where on earth are we getting in at?
We were in the second group, the dive master only takes 4 divers at a time. the dive lasted about 40 minutes. that gave us time to explore while the first group was in.
When it was our turn, we suited up and got another brief. We were off. The second we went under we were mesmerized. It was absolutely the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. The light reflected through the water was gorgeous.
I could post thousands because I think I took that many!! We explored around for a while before we popped up in a ‘room’ filled with air and lots of surprises.
We were able to pop up and remove our regulators. He talked to us for a while and we all pondered how there was oxygen in this room.
The bottom of a stalactite.
A sobering reminder to BE CAREFUL!
The last picture before we surfaced.
We loved our cenote dive. The dive shop was professional and provided lunch. They shipped us back to the ferry and we went back to Isla.