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10

Oct - 2015

 

Cave Diving exploration



One of the goal for any trained cave diver is to find a new cave system to explore , the feeling to be there as first human is like to discover a new Everest and climb it all in one breath.
Planning and training are essential parts of such difficult and technical section of cave diving.
You will need to be trained in climbing ( not all the entrances are easy to reach) , multistage and decompression diving , deep diving , survey diving , advanced side mount diving  and no mount diving.
Be prepared physically and mentally :
long walks in the jungle carrying a lot of heavy equipment can be impossible if you are not fit enough.
Cave diving in new caves can put you in very hard task loading  dive , no visibility can be expected , even for long periods ,you need to lie new line in the system, than you need to survey it , your mind has to be well trained to avoid put you in danger all time .
Here in the Riviera Maya we still have a lot of caves to discover, we only need time to go in the jungle and work for it.
New discovery are done in different time , you need to find the new place as first part of the plan .
Way to do that are , talking with Landowners (they know their lands) , walk around in the jungle ( not safe) or take a small Plane and  fly over taking GPS references at the interesting places.


 

Once identified the possible cave to go you will need to find the owner and ask for permission to go there, if he say yes the planning will start.
Reach some places can be difficult and sometimes you will need to cut the thick  jungle to open a decent path to walk in , than you will need to carry equipment there , for the first time can be used very light
One , just to see the cave potential , small cylinders , primary and back up lights , fins and mask , a big Primary reel.

Short dive will be done in all the directions to find a way to go , if you got it , will be time to come back with more equipment to continue the survey. Essential is to mark the place with GPS coordinates to know where you are and make a precise map.

Now we have something to work on , real diving plan can start , we need Sherpa to go there? May be mules? The path can be cleaned enough to pass through with a truck? How many cylinders we gonna need ? How many cave divers?

Once you answer realistically to all that questions you can start you first real dive at the cave.

Normally a team of two cave diver is good to start , with a set of double cylinders each ( better if in side mount ) , they can work together or in different ways , one in upstream and the other in downstream ( be more conservative)  , starting to lie down line with proper tie offs and markers , if they are lucky they can both finish an exploration reel of knotted line ( each 10ft/3m) , at that point the real survey start , with slates you need to mark at each tie off (called station) Azimuth , depth and distance , once on the surface will need to copy all the data on a proper survey page , avoiding to lose all the work done.


 

As much as the system grow during the next dives , as much is complicated to make a proper  cave diving plan , team or divers will need more cylinders , deco stops can be involved , passing in to major restrictions , deep places can be reached than gas switches must be expected , sideways passages will be visited before to continue on the main line and a mazes of cave can be grown .
The possibility to find connections with other caves is very high here in the Riviera Maya , leading team of cave divers that love to discover new places to continue they survey for long periods of time , putting down miles and miles of new cave line per year.
Curiosity of the unknown guide them along dirt places , long walks , task loading dives , complex navigation and danger just to have the personal reward to have been in symbiosis with the magic of the nature ,that magic you can only find in cave diving.

 


 

 

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25

Feb - 2013

 

Riviera Maya weather has much in common with Cancun and Cozumel simply because it lies between those two popular Mexican destinations.

This resort-filled stretch of the Caribbean coast of Mexico begins just south of Cancun and stretches even further south past Cozumel.

Two of Riviera Maya's most popular attractions are Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Playa del Carmen is known for its great shopping and dining district on Fifth Avenue and Tulum is known for its Mayan ruins.

Like Cancun and Cozumel, Playa del Carmen weather is hot during the summer and very wet during the rainy season.

The best times to go there take careful planning with weather in mind.

Temperatures

Average high temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during the months of May through August, according to historical records for the area.

Riviera Maya weather in January and December is coolest when average highs hover around 83 degrees.

Average low temperatures, which take place mainly at night, range from the high 60s in the winter to the low to mid 70s during the summer.

Seawater temperatures usually fall between the average highs and the average lows for air temperatures.

That means the water will be comfortable for swimming most months of the year except for mornings during the winter.

Speaking from experience, trade winds will bring the wind chill factor down and could make winter swimming uncomfortable on some days during the winter.

Rainfall

Rain is a big factor for the Riviera Maya area especially during the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season.

Total rainfall may reach as high as 10 inches a month in September and October and five inches or more in August and November.

The total number of days it rains reaches 15 in September and October and 13 in August.

The months with the lowest levels of rain are January through April with less than three inches apiece.

Best and Worst Times to Go

The best months to go to Riviera Maya are March and April for a combination of warm temperatures and low rainfall.

May and July are the second best options. Temperatures will be warmer but rainfall will be somewhat higher.

The worst times to go clearly are September and October followed by August and November.

That said, no one can predict the weather with 100 percent accuracy. But a little planning does help.

Anyone who plans to go to Riviera Maya during months with high amounts of rain, especially during the hurricane season, should consider buying travel insurance.

More About Riviera Maya

Click Riviera Maya weather forecast for current conditions and 7-day outlooks.

See more about Riviera Maya including attractions, weather and restaurants.

Scott Bateman is a professional journalist who publishes a guide to Caribbean vacations at Caribeez.com

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13

Jul - 2011

 

Mexico is a place full of enchantment that never stops surprising. The melancholy mixed to the amazement makes this place unique in the world!

The Riviera Maya, stretching from Punta Brava, just south of Cancun International Airport, to Punta Allen just south of Tulum, offer 72 miles of relaxation, adventure and fun. A unique combination of jungle and sea, an ecological recipe provides a list of eco-tourism activities guaranteed to mystify and entertain.

From simple handmade rustic cabanas in Tulum, to spectacular Grand resorts in Playacar, or hidden-away tiny hotel spas in Playa del Carmen, and other places we will keep a secret for now... there are accommodations for every budget and style.

The Mexican Caribbean waters of the Riviera Maya and the Great Maya Reef, induce every day many tourists to the practice of many sports like diving, jets-ski, parasailing and much more.

Along the Mayan Riviera you can plug in the amazing and mystical Cenotes.

The Riviera Maya offers the worlds most incredible cavern dives. Floating through this dreamland of natural formations in crystal clear water you can feel the ancient and timeless forces of nature that carved the cavern.

The Riviera Maya has incredible diversity, and nearly anywhere you go you'll find a number of different options for adventure, but there are several locations whose specialty is something for everyone.

Even these adventure centers vary widely, from ecological "theme parks", like Xcaret and Xel-Ha, to real natural reserves like Sian' Kaan and Rio Lagartos.

The Riviera Maya suggests a type of itinerant vacation that goes to discovery small realities disseminated along the coast, even in 4x4 crossing the federal Road 180!

Sport fishing, parasailing, tubing, kayaking, wind surfing, and swimming also abound. Further inland, the tropical Maya Jungle offers ingredients of its own, such as horseback riding, jeep tours, ATV discovery rides, nature trails, Mayan ruins.

The Mayan Riviera offers a colorful mix of relaxation, fun and recreation, along with friendly, incredible services and accommodations that encourage you to "just let go".

Elena Piccini web content manager and Travel writer.

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