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May - 2020

Cave diving in Mexico is one of the main delights of Mexico. And it is even more fascinating if you are the kind of person that feels drawn to the thrills of challenging untouched underwater experience. Although cave diving expeditions are thrilling and captivating, the truth is that it can be quite dangerous. To ensure you are well geared and prepared for what lies ahead, this guide to cave diving in Mexico will answer critical questions and enlighten you.

 

1. Dangers of cave diving

 

Do not get it twisted, because cave diving is dangerous. Even in the introductory course of the Open Water Certificate, you will be taught how to handle stressful situations. In other to get ready for cave diving, you need to master a lot of drills, including:
● How to handle a situation when your tank runs out of air.
● How to handle equipment failure
● How to deal with losing a dive buddy
● What to do when your dive buddy gets tangled in the line
● What to do if you ever lose the line that connects to the exit of the cave.

 


2. Certificates and skills needed for cave diving

 

If you are that determined to cave dive, then you need to tick off some steps before you go on your first adventure:
● You must have completed an Advanced Open Water Course with a minimum of 130 feet dive.
● You must complete a specialist course related to cavern diving that will allow you to experience low-light conditions and overhead environments.
● You will also need to complete a night dive course

 

3. Diving techniques

 

It is all good and well to have all the required certificates and to know all the right caves to dive. But that is not enough, as you will still need to possess instructor-level buoyancy control, and perfect multiple propulsion techniques, including:
● Helicopter turns
● Back kicks
● Flutter kicks
● Frog kicks

 


4. Cave diving equipment

 

So far, we have highlighted cave diving is a highly specialized activity. So, having the right equipment is crucial to a successful dive. For example, get a single tank with K-valves with two separate on/off valves and regulator first stages. What this means is that if your valve-to-regulator O-ring should rupture, and the regulator starts to free-flow, you can still turn it off, and use the second tank. Most of the equipment you will be using will be reconfigured to ensure any risk of entanglement and silt kick-up is reduced. So, all inflator hoses, gauges, and regulars and fitted on the suit tightly.

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Apr - 2020

Tulum is an all year round destination with lowly crowded sites, great visibility, and also access to both beautiful inland dives and sea dives. Tulum’s scene for diving is a mix of unique reefs and cenotes. The area view is also unique with amazing white sand beaches, incredible cenotes and reefs suited to offer perfect conditions for both beginners and expert divers, as well as to give you an exciting scuba diving in the crystal clear the Caribbean Sea. Diving in Tulum is quite an amazing experience you will never forget. Book a diving session with us, and you get to discover stunningly beautiful cenotes, incredible stalactite formations, and also stalagmite formations. Scuba diving in Tulum is suited to fit beginners and also diving experts. 

 

Diving Packages in Tulum

 

Diving in Tulum comes with different diving experiences, all aimed at giving you that amazing diving experience. The packages are of two types; December to April and also May to November. 

 

1. Within  December and April, the water is usually within the range of 25 and 28 degrees giving the diver a very cool feeling and an awesome view of nature. Large animals also come out to enjoy the cool water giving you an awesome diving experience.    

 

     2. For the best water diving experience, the May to November package is considered the best because it combines an unforgettable experience of diving and the beauty of nature. Green turtles and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the beaches, giving you a beautiful view of nature and enjoyable diving experience. We have in place, all the beautiful diving experiences you ever dreamt of having: snorkeling tours, diving in the beautiful sea with whale and bull sharks, giving you an unforgettable experience. 

 

Scuba Diving Tulum

 

Scuba Diving Tulum

 

Scuba diving in Tulum is the best holiday treat you can give yourself and your family. Our staff is always ready to give you and your family the best diving experience for your holidays. So book us today and enjoy the special packages we have for you and your family. Scuba diving Tulum is the place to be for you and your family holidays.

 

Cenote Tulum Diving 

 

Diving around the Cenote isn’t too extreme, unsafe, or anything near being heroic. If you want the best diving experience, then let us take you on that adventure. Allow us to show you the incredible beauty hidden in this world. We can guarantee you safety, and a relaxing dive in unique underwater passages. We believe giving at the Cenote Tulum is simple. 

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Mar - 2020

Scuba diving is a wonderful way to get up close to the underwater world. People love to scuba dive and they will be able to in Mexico. Enjoying the sights is remarkable and there are many people that scuba dive on a regular basis because it is so enjoyable.

 

Playa Del Carmen Scuba Diving Unique Scuba Diving

 

Known for its tremendous opportunities, the Playa Del Carmen, unique scuba diving is some of the best that people can get a chance to do. Here are some places that they will want to try for great scuba diving in Playa Del Carmen:

 

1. Bull Shark Diving

Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen is fascinating, to say the least. A person can scuba dive for $120. They will also want to take note that they will be contributing $5 for Saving Our Sharks at Bull Shark Diving. A diver will want to know that even if they only dive once, the rate is the same. People come from all over the world to enjoy this type of scuba diving because it is so awesome.

 

2. Cenotes

Welcome to a unique experience. Diving the amazing caverns of the Riviera Maya. The cenote is a part of a cave ceiling, which collapsed leaving a natural entrance to the underground river system. The Mayans call them “Dznot” sacred well
Full of stalagmite, stalactite, and fossil they offer a unique experience

 

3. Jardines Reef

The Jardines Reef is a great place for beginner scuba divers to practice their skills but also for experienced divers that love all kinds of “critters”. Seeing huge green moray, crab, lobster, and stingray is what divers will see in an hour of time. Enjoying every minute of it is what a lot of people have to say about the experience that they loved.

 

4. Pluto Dive Dive Center

Pluto Dive is a place where people love to scuba dive with. Small group with 5 divers and 1 instructor and personalized service. The rates may change from time to time but it is worth every penny for all that a diver gets to see while they are enjoying the underwater world.

Scuba diving is something that many people enjoy. They are pleased with what they get to enjoy up close and they will always want to find even better places to dive at. Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen is some of the very best in the world.

 

Playa Del Carmen Scuba Diving

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Feb - 2020

Cenote cave diving playa del carmen

The Wonders Of Cenote Cave Diving

Those who enjoy the thrill of discovery that is part and parcel of the SCUBA experience are continually on the lookout for the next experience that will live in their memories for years. One of the experiences that are growing in popularity is the opportunity to explore the unique underwater environments of the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya.

Cenotes were formed by the erosion of limestone by acidic rain that, over millennia, gradually led to the formation of underground caves. These caves are fed by rivers that flow through the limestone. In time the weight of the roofs and the continued effects of that slow growth of the caverns has led to the roof collapsing. The result has been some of the most visually stunning lagoons, many deep in the jungle.

Cenote cave diving playa del carmen

 

These lagoons are continually fed by above and below ground freshwater streams and rivers – however, there is another source of the water which fills them – and one that has divers in search of adventure flocking to plunge into one of the many Cenotes which dot areas such as the Playa Del Carmen. That other source is saltwater which flows up the course of the underground rivers and contributes to filling the Cenotes. This leads to the formation of a zone in the Cenotes called the ‘halocline’. This is a zone where the salt and fresh water meet. For those diving the Cenotes the Halocline is clearly visible – and one of the most fascinating sights available to SCUBA divers.

For experienced cave divers, Cenotes are also often the entrance to vast underwater cave systems – some well worth exploring. For instance, the Sistema Sac Actun is the longest underwater cave system in the world.

Cenote cave diving

 

The attractions of the Cenotes are almost too many to mention. With more than 7,000 to choose from in Yucatan, the diver (or snorkeler) is spoiled for choice. The Cenotes boast unique ecosystems with exotic fish species and flora. the settings of the Cenote are as close to paradise as possible. Colorful birdlife and dense jungle shelter these unique natural features. The waters are often crystal clear and visibility is incredible.

For the ancient Mayan culture in the Yucatan Cenotes were revered as places of worship. It was here that they could commune with Gods and receive the blessings of the clear blue-tinged waters.

Today divers from all over the world are rediscovering the wonders of the Cenotes. Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen is an experience that should be on every divers bucket list.

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Feb - 2020

Sharks are familiar to practically everyone thanks to movies like “Jaws” and the sensational TV documentaries on them that fill up Shark Week every year. Despite this prominence, lots of the “facts” everyone knows about shark behavior are, in fact, misconceptions. If you find yourself fielding shark questions from non-diving friends and you feel the need to set the record straight, here are three apocryphal sharks “facts” you can debunk for them.

shark in Playa del Carmen

1) Human Attacks by Sharks Are Common

No shark in the world tries to kill humans or hunt them as prey. Human flesh isn’t even appetizing to sharks. In the overwhelming majority of shark-on-human attacks, the violence is ultimately caused by a case of mistaken identity. The shark simply mistakes a person for a natural prey animal, like a seal or turtle. A shark will bite a human because its mouth is one of its strongest sensory organs, but it will virtually never try to consume human flesh. However, with larger species of shark, even one “exploratory” bite might prove fatal.

2) Have To Swim Constantly To Stay Alive

Forward motion is important for sharks because of the way they get oxygen. They absorb it straight from the water through capillaries in their gills, so maintaining a constant flow is necessary for their survival. Not all shark species, though, rely on continuous swimming to meet their oxygen needs.
Several shark species, including angel sharks, nurse sharks, and wobbegongs, have mastered a skill called buccal breathing. These sharks suck water into their mouths and then push it out through their gills, allowing them to get oxygen while stationary. Sharks that are capable of buccal breathing spend lots of time lying motionless on the ocean floor.
Other sharks solve their breathing problem by swimming into areas that have strong currents. They let the motion of the water itself move it through their gills, remaining (mostly) stationary. This behavior is especially common in reef sharks in the Caribbean and great whites on the South African coast.

3) Sharks Live Only In The Ocean

The world’s oceans are home to 400 different species of shark. At least two of them, though, can survive in brackish tidewaters and even freshwater rivers. One of these is the rare Byzant river shark or spear tooth shark, which can be found in coastal waters and rivers in New Guinea and northern Australia. The other freshwater-capable shark species is the bull shark, found all over the world. The bull shark, like all fish, is capable of osmoregulation, keeping the concentration of water in its body constant. What sets the bull shark apart is its ability to adapt its osmoregulation to account for the salinity of the water around it. This allows it to thrive in river mouths and even swim upstream into freshwater.

In reality, sharks are hardly the deadly hunters they are portrayed as in the media. Sharks are fascinating sea creatures with complex and curious biologies. Learn more about sharks and help educate your non-diving friends by dispelling the misconceptions discussed above. We hope that this post can help you to something more about shark behavior.

young shark

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9

Jan - 2020

Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen is a good starting point to investigate whether you like diving because nearby Playa del Carmen there are many places with impressive diving points.

Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen

 

Recent researches have shown that diving helps divers derive happiness and long-term satisfaction. Improving your skills and virtues in an activity you like can help boost your well-being. Diving can improve your sense of well-being as it enables you to learn more about yourself, other people and the underwater environment around you. There are  Five Major Benefits of Diving:

1- Increase the Knowledge of the Sea

Diving offers many opportunities for divers to increase their knowledge of the sea. This knowledge starts with learning how to dive and continues with improving diving skills after the initial qualification. Also, diving enables divers to know a lot about underwater. This knowledge can help a diver know how to be comfortable under the sea. Diving also helps a diver to know about the unique and marvelous marine life he comes across.

2- Diving Gives A Diver the Opportunity to Travel

Traveling is a good way to increase knowledge and skills through cultural emersion and new experiences. Traveling also results in positive experiences. According to research, positive experiences helps a person get “the good life”.

3- Divers are More Likely to Protect the Environment

People who like diving are more likely to be environmentally aware and undertake pro-environmental behaviors. Apart from protecting the underwater world, divers also protect the environment they live in as they know the importance of caring for the natural environment.

4- Promotes Personal Growth

Diving promotes personal growth as divers share experiences with other divers, bond with fellow divers and what academics refer to as “serious leisure” (leisure activities that promote self-expression, self-enrichment, self-actualization, rediscovering or recreating yourself, creating social connections and a feeling of belonging).

To participate in these activities, a person needs special knowledge, skills, and proper training. People who participate in serious-leisure activities can reach a point where the activity they participate in becomes a central point of their lives and they may start strongly identifying with the activity. I am sure that most of us consider the diving possibility when choosing a travel destination.

5- Creating a Community

As a diver, the friendships you create with your fellow divers will help you grow. Diving helps divers create shared experiences, learn from one another and get out of their comfort zone. Diving together also helps divers grow as families. Research has proven that positive experiences such as socializing and learning are so great that they outweigh negative experiences like poor visibility and bad weather conditions.

 

Scuba diving in Playa del Carmen

In this snapshot, you can see me after Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen with a student of mine. We were both happy with what we have seen during our drive.

Finally, I can say that we dive because this activity enables divers to engage in positive experiences. The satisfaction extends beyond deep waters. Divers feel satisfied even when they return to the surface. Diving makes divers happier and makes them flourish. Diving is very enjoyable. So, let us dive some more.

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Dec - 2019

Snorkeling or Scuba Diving is not an easy choice.

If you are thinking about hitting the water, and are wondering whether snorkeling or scuba diving is the right choice, it is important to have the proper information. There are distinct differences between the two sports when it comes to everything from training, fitness ability, equipment, and even psychological makeup.

Tortuga seen in scuba diving

Snorkeling allows you to observe fish and algae in calm water

To begin with, think about your purpose for pursuing this activity. Do you want to simply enjoy the recreational time while observing fish, reefs, and algae in relatively calm water? If you are comfortable floating on your stomach, face down in the water as you bob around in the surf, snorkeling is a great option. The diving mask and tube allow easy breathing as you keep your face submerged. If you find that the tube has gotten filled with water, or you decide to hold your breath for a quick dive, it can be easily cleared by blowing hard to expel the water from the tube. People commonly don swim fins, adding more power to kicking legs, allowing you to skim across reefs or dive down a short distance.

Snorkeling does not require any special training

If you want to try snorkeling, you won’t need any special training if you use a safety vest and stick to shallow areas, you don’t even have to know how to swim. When it comes to psychology, if you don’t have a lot of experience swimming or aren’t familiar with water, you can prepare yourself by sitting down in the water near shore floating using your safety vest. However, you must learn to hold your breath for short amounts of time. Then you are ready to head off to explore the undersea world of sea turtles, fish, and shells.

When it comes to safety, the biggest danger when snorkeling is having watercraft such as jet skis not see you, as the only visible indication is a small tube above water. You can improve your visibility by using a snorkel tube that is reflective or applying patches to your safety vest to help others spot you from a distance. It is important to remember to leave shells and coral alone in the water. Never touch!!!

Scuba diving allows you to go underwater and observe sea life

Scuba is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is another way you can work underwater or observe sea life. A knowledge of scuba diving opens up a world of recreational activities, including shipwreck and cave diving, ice diving and cenote trips. The biggest differences between snorkeling and scuba diving are the level of fitness required and the amount of training necessary. Similar to learning how to drive, you will need a professional certificate to prove you understand what you are doing.

Scuba diving requires a specific training

This is issued by the Professional Assoc. of Diving Instructors (PADI). You must also be able to psychologically handle the strain of being underwater with a full mask covering your nose and eyes. You breathe by inhaling and exhaling through a mouthpiece called a regulator that connects to the tank of air you carry on your back. Many destination dive locations and shops can provide you with a four-day course which includes spectacular hands-on dive experiences while you learn. Prices vary greatly, so make sure you research ahead of time to ensure you are getting a good course with licensed instructors.

Cost is another major difference between snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling simply requires a face mask, and an air tube, with optional swim fins. In areas popular for water sports, you can often rent equipment for use during the day for a low price, or find them inexpensively at most sporting goods stores.

A PADI course can provide you what you need to Scuba dive

A PADI course that includes open water experience and dives can run as high as $500 depending on location, however, you can always rent the gear instead of purchasing it.

Whether you opt to scuba dive or snorkel, you are sure to enjoy the fun and relaxation as you experience the magical undersea world and its many enchanting creatures. Think carefully about your budget, expertise level, fitness ability, and how much time you are willing to invest before making your decision.

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Dec - 2019

Finally my new DPV arrived at the shop , Dive Xtras Piranha P1 , helped by great friends. I unpack all the parts and start charging the battery for the next day diving.
I feel like a puppy with the new toy…………
Diving with a new DPV
After upload on my laptop the specifications i start to read and understand how it works , i am not new with DPV´s as i am IANTD OW Instructor and Adv Cave Diver on that , but i like to be prepared.
Diving with a new DPV
Next morning i arrive at the shop and start to check all the equipment to be ready for the day. DPV battery show a full charge , i remove all the weight as i will use it in fresh water , assemble all the parts and switch it on , propeller work , all ok .

 

I test the Cylinders pressure and EANx % , all perfect , lights on and load all my stuff on the truck , get my coffe with Barby, say good bye and leave Playa del Carmen directed to Ponderosa Cenote.
As soon i get there i meet my friend Albino at the front gate. He know me since years and after explaining to him i will try my new equipment , he let me in with no problem.
Parking lot is not full as always and i find a nice spot on the side. After a good talk with some old friends , i start to set up all my gear and take all of it down to the platform. Nice thing the DPV weight is nothing at all….

 

I start to dress up my dry suit and than all my xdeep sidemount , ready to go!
I get at the water and jump in it , done the cylinders , do all my safety check and plan my gas for the first dive that will be on the cavern line. I start to descend slowly at 6m and run the engine for few loops to see how it goes , all perfect i clip the DPV on my side and run my primary reel to the cavern line , mark it , start to go .The Piranha is in gear 3 and it is sooo fast , get in 2 and i feel better , i cross with cavern divers and i just cover my primary light to avoid disturbe them.
Now i am alone and want to get in gear 7 to see what´s happen , done , regs in free flow and following the line almost imposible. Four minutes and i feel unconfortable so i switch it off and check gas /time , magically i am at the end of the line and after recording data i start the way back in gear 3 /2 and i feel great.
Diving with a new DPV
Once back at my primary line i recalculate gas and DPV burning time and decide to go on the main cave line , Little Joe direction. I feel really ok with gear 3 and stay on that all time , 10 min later i am at the First cenote , fast gas check and i decide to continue in cave , getting in a large tunnel i get at the first arrow pointing toward another exit and decide to go back at my entrance after recording my data. The “little bastard” is sooo fast and i reach the open water with a lot of gas and burning time left…

 


 

I start to scootering in the open water and … i decide to enter the cave circuit from the other side , River Run. Once at the spot i do my plan for Gas and burning time ( depth is not a problem , Avg is 12 m and with EAN32 …), 3min and i am at the cave line , another gas check and go with the DPV at gear 3/4 , fantastic! I get at the 400 Ft marker in a moment , gas check , planty , after the 90 degree i get in the strong halocline , i love that part of the cave , 600 ft marker , 800 , 1000,1200 , gas still ok and burn time too. I continue until i get at the marker direction change , gas and time are more tan enough to complete the circuit but i cannot miss the Halocline zone than… i turn back and run all the way on gear 4 until i get at my reel line , clip the DPV at the d-rings and start to reeling out , i add a 5 min safety stop at my plan. The total time is 90 minutes and i have still 130 bar left in my cylinders , fantastic day…

 

I get back at the platform and take the cylinders and the “Little Bastard” at the truck , do off my suit and take some pics of my stuff. The day is so hot and i want to go back in the air conditioning to cool off a little .
Diving with a new DPV
On my way driving back at the shop i call Barby to let her know i am alive
( hehehe) and happy like a baby. We gonna have lunch toghether and she has to listen to me for a couple of hours talking about the new toy.

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Dec - 2019

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen Mexico located on the Riviera Maya just under an hour from Cancun Airport. This Fishermen’s’ village has become the favorite place for dive vacations because of the underwater river system AND rich coral reefs that are home to an array of sea creatures and rich coral reefs.

 

The coral reef in the Riviera Maya is the second-longest barrier reef.

 

There are different levels from 33 feet to 45 feet for diving that allow divers with little experience to experience Caribbean fish like angelfish, parrotfish, stingrays, moral eels and turtles. Some of the deeper sites might require a different level of experience.

 

There is a mix of things to explore from reefs to wreck diving and of course the famous caverns.

 

Cavern Diving

You need a normal certification to explore the 15 caverns in Playa del Carmen. You can experience caverns with interesting characteristics and sunlight effects, unusual flora and animals. A certified guiding instructor will escort you through the caverns if you are not familiar with the area.

Cave Diving

Cave diving Playa del Carmen is different from diving through the caverns, you need more than just a basic diving certificate.

 

With the right certification and experience, you can explore the vast cave systems that are regarded to be some of the best in the world. Your guide should be able to provide you with information on the local regulations that cave divers are required to adhere to


There are different conditions in the caves, some are harder some easier for shallow depth to sediment caves that are fragile and require care when you are diving. The caves have lots of interesting stalagmites and stalactite column formations.

 

For information on Cave diving Playa del Carmen visit http://www.plutodive.com/technical-diving/cave-diving/

 

You’ll find all the information you need about diving in the Riviera Maya and all the wonderful things you can see and do in the area.

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Dec - 2019

 

The world’s best cenote diving destination

Playa del Carmen: The world’s best cenote diving destination written by musgrovesheryl One of the joys of scuba diving comes from exploring caves and other formations found close to water bodies. A cenote is a surface connection to an underground water body, frequently found in coastal regions near caves.
Due to the beauty of these underground complexes, many scuba divers have branched into the equally enjoyable sport of cenote diving. While this looks similar to cave diving, it is vastly different in that the divers stick to the natural light zones found in cenotes.

Caribbean delights

One of the best destinations for Cenote diving in Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Apart from the excellent tourist facilities found in the region, it also has some of the most stunning cenotes in the world. The Dreamgate cenote ranks among the most beautiful in the complex and consists of two arms. The Upstream and Downstream arms offer one of the most spectacular dives between stalactites and natural columns.
Also worth considering is the Cenote Tankah that connects one of the biggest underwater cave systems known as Nohoch Na Chich, with the ocean. It is located amidst a mangrove field, giving enthusiasts the sensation of diving beneath the jungle to encounter fauna from the surroundings.

 

Certified divers

The last and most famous of the set is Cenotes Dos Ojos. The name Dos Ojos is Spanish for two eyes; a reference to two neighboring cenotes connected through a cavernous zone. The first Cenote is the BARBIE LINE and contains a lot of daylight while the second is BAT CAVE LINE and is quite dark, surrounding an air-filled cave in which bats live.
For you to participate in cenote dives, all you need is to be a certified Open Water Diver with a minimum of 20 logged dives and skillful buoyancy control.
If you want to try out some cenote diving in the Playa del Carmen region, look for Pluto Dive, a local provider of quality scuba diving services. Find them on Street 40 between 5th and 10th avenue and will meet all your cenote diving needs.

 

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