The second dive of the day was at Tormentos. Another reef formation but surrounded by sand instead of the abyss. I saw the biggest fish ever – a grouper and I gotta say he had lips like Jagger…maybe even bigger. We also saw a parrot fish chomping on the coral. No sharks, but we did see 3 barracudas. These 2 dives finished off my certification.
Armed with my brand new cert, Matt and I braved the Cenotes on the main land with Yukatek Divers. Cenotes are large fresh water deposits in the middle of the jungle. The water has carved its way through the limestone, creating stalactites and stalagmites in its path. Serious head games at work diving through these caves. Once I got used to the fact there was rock above and below me it was pretty cool. No fish, but lots of fossilized coral, and shells. My favorite was the Taj Ma Ha cenote. The coolest part was hitting the fresh and brackish water…you could see the difference in density. So very cool.
We are saying goodbye to the neoprene and compressed air until we hit the mediterranean and the Red Sea…but I know I can’t wait to give the OK signal again soon! I am thinking that Mexico diving is incredible and I am happy to have done my open water dives in warm water…while Minnewanka is lovely…I just don’t think I would see the cool things I saw this week! I wonder what neat things await us underwater in Egypt, Croatia, Taiwan (that’s for you Sarah), and the other dive playgrounds on the planet?! Can’t wait to find out!