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Nov - 2019

 

The plan is stage diving in a cave , using side mount equipment.

 

Early morning wake up, 6:30 am, have a nice breakfast

 

To get on a hard day, 10 minutes to check online news and socials, then get ready for the meeting in Pluto Dive Shop.

 

At 7:45 Marcia, Fulvio and Me meet at the shop and start to load the equipment in the truck, 3 tanks each diver, the plan is a long cave diving, pressure check, light check, video and equipment check, ready to go.

 

 

At 8:20 we are on the highway direction to the cenote Dos Pisos, just after Tulum, we do a brief stop in a market to buy some soft drinks and water, is really hot and we need to be hydrated, then we have to drive 1 hour to get at the place, we call the owner to advise we are arriving in a bit, we start to talk about life and our bucket list, after one hour drive we are at the dive site, it is time to set up gear and take everything down to the cave entrance, after 40 minutes all is ready and we jump in the water, bubble check, equipment check, and match, plan review, gas, time and depth, team position and we start our long dive, plan is 90 minutes in….

 

 

Descending in a small and silty passage we move on the mainline slowly, after 10 minutes the cave opens up and show us an amazing place with a lot of speleothems, we stop to take some photo shots and then we move over, 35 minutes in the dive is time to leave the stage tanks, proper signal, switch to side mount bottles and we are ready to continue our swimming in the cave, is beautiful over here, impossible to describe, you need to be in this place to understand what we feel. After 90 minutes into the dive we call the turnaround, it is time to go back, we start to swim toward the exit of the cave, at 140 minutes we find our stage bottles, a little bit earlier but we do not stop a lot to take pictures on the return.

Another gas switch and we are again breathing from our stages, 35 minutes we will be out of this amazing place.

We slowly move in the alley, take some other shot and finally get back to the surface.

 

 

We are trained Cave Instructors and dove those places many times but you need to see our eyes and faces after that dive, we smile and the only words are thank you each other, it is impossible to explain that feeling, we get caved again and we are happy like puppies.

Now is the time to pack all the equipment taking only memories and leaving only bubbles.

Getting back on the highway we are ready for the yummiest roasted chicken in all the Riviera Maya.

In the late afternoon we are back at the shop, store everything and prepare the equipment for another day in the Amazing Caves in the Riviera Maya.

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Nov - 2019

 

Playa del Carmen in Mexico is an idyllic location in the world. It is located in the Riviera Maya and has grown from just a fishing village into a site for scuba diving and other cultural activities.
Playa del Carmen diving is a popular activity thanks to the vibrant sea life and the underwater caverns which attract divers from far and wide to explore that beauty. It is a tourist destination with beautiful landscapes, underground rivers, ancient Mayan architecture, and incredible forest cover.
In the summer the temperatures soar to 30 degrees and during the winter, the water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius.

 

There are a couple of reasons why you should dive in the Riviera Maya. First, the reefs are unforgettable. You can scuba dive in Cozumel as the island is considered one of the top sites for reef diving. The clear, unpolluted waters of the Riviera Maya provide you with a grand opportunity to do technical and deep diving. You can do deep-diving either in the Cenotes or the ocean, the water is warm and there are plenty of marine animals to watch as you go along. In fact, there is an array of marine life you will see in Playa del Carmen scuba diving activities. Aquatic animals like squids, caguama turtles, rays, bull sharks, whale sharks, and sailfish.

 

The Cenotes are flooded underground rivers which in the Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. They are underground caves for which lead to ancient Mayans underworld. Diving in the Cenotes is a rare experience you will ever get elsewhere in the world, it is like no other. Playa del Carmen diving cannot be mentioned without feeding bull sharks in the period between November and March. What about diving with the sea turtles? The Riviera Maya has been a potent breeding ground for some of the endangered species which are awesome looking. You can scuba dive alongside whale sharks which are harmless and can grow up to 40 feet long. They migrate to the Yucatan Peninsula and appear between May and September. This is a thrilling experience with nature. This is not to mention the beautiful coral reefs that you see along the way.

 

 

Cozumel is the largest Mexican island in the Caribbean. It is a magnificent dive site that offers plenty of marine flora and fauna. You scuba dive through large canyons of coral that drop to the bottom of the sea as well as being in awe of huge coral mountains. This is a sight to behold. It is an ideal location for wall diving and spectacular walls at that. The Tulum area as well as a great site for diving as it has beautiful reefs and is abundant in Cenotes. Diving in Tulum’s crystal clear waters, you will witness the unparalleled beauty of stalactites and stalagmites in an experience that is not to be missed for anything. In Tulum, there are reef and Cenote snorkeling tours.

 

This is a paradisiacal experience which Mexico and in particular Playa del Carmen offers you. You do not have to know how to swim or dive, there are lots of activities for non-divers like excursions, visiting Mayan archeological sites and ATV tours as part of the rich and diverse offerings of Playa del Carmen.

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Nov - 2019

 

There are too many good reasons why the Riviera Maya is one of the most well-loved and most visited diving destinations in the world. Scuba divers worldwide make it their dream to be able to go to this part of the ocean.

 

From different types of diving adventures to the fun activities outside the water that both divers and non-divers can enjoy, there is really just so much to look forward to in the Riviera Maya.

 

Diving in the Riviera Maya

 

This wonderful water world is of course known to the world because of the diving experience it offers. Given the excellent condition of the reefs in 20 dive sites, tourists make it a point to try reef diving.

 

Its clear and warm waters make it the perfect location for deep dives.

 

Cenotes diving is also something that more experienced divers want to try in the Riviera Maya.

It is the best choice for those who are into technical and deep diving.

Cenotes come from the Mayan word, “Dzonot.” They are actually sinkholes that were formed from the collapsed land of the last ice age.

Now, these have become cave systems and flooded underground rivers.

It is historically known that the Cenotes were actually believed by the Mayans to be the entrance to the underworld.

It may seem like this adventure is only for experienced divers, but there are highly trained dive guides available.

So for those who want to try this beautiful dive experience, they should be in safe hands.

 

 

Aside from reef and deep diving, the Riviera Maya is also a perfect location for wall diving. There is an outer reef from the 3 main reef systems of Puerto Aventuras. This outer reef is a 100-150 feet ( 30-40 meters ) wall, that drops way down to the deep blue ocean.

 

Facing Riviera Maya is also the world-famous Cozumel which is also well known for wall diving.

 

What tourists look forward to in the Cozumel is the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures and the Chankanaab, which is home to sea turtles, manatees, and dolphins.

 

Swimming with the Whales and Turtles

 

Snorkeling is also a fun activity especially when you get to be with the whale sharks. The feeding and breeding season starts in May and ends in September. This would be the best time to come and visit.

 

You can also dive with the sea turtles. Riviera Maya’s coastline is a nesting area for the loggerhead turtle and the green turtle. If you want to swim and snorkel with the fastest fish in the ocean, you can come during the winter season of the Mexican Caribbean. This is the place they call home during such season.

 

Fun for Non-Divers Tulum is also a popular place to visit any time of the year. It is the most popular archaeological site in Riviera Maya.

 

It used to be an ancient fortress city for the Mayans.

 

It is built overlooking the ocean, and the beaches are stunning. For non-divers, there are many events in Playa del Carmen. This coastal resort town has many parties.

 

There are also many shops, restaurants, laid back bars and of course, palm-lined beaches. The Riviera Maya is definitely the place to be any time of the year.

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Nov - 2019

 

Vacationing in Playa del Carmen puts you at the center of some amazing diving experiences, but your adventures don’t have to stop when you come out of the water. There’s an incredible amount to do all over the Riviera Maya, all within easy reach of Playa del Carmen.

 

Pluto Dive is a mere fifteen-minute drive from two spectacular parks, perfect for days of sight-seeing and adventure. The first of these is Xcaret Eco Park. Xcaret offers many attractions that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, including diving in reefs and zoological exhibits featuring sea turtles, jaguars, butterflies, bats, and more. Xcaret also contains Mayan ruins and many attractions based on recreating Mayan culture. These include crafts, folk dances, and a traditional timescale steam bath. Close by Xcaret you will find the Xplor Adventure Park. Here, you can explore beautiful cenotes and flooded caverns underground, raft through jungle trails and caves on the surface, and race through the sky on ziplines!

 

If you’re looking for a more relaxing sightseeing experience, consider visiting some of the many Mayan ruins scattered across the Yucatán peninsula. The most famous of these is the pyramid at Chichen Itza. The archaeological sites at Tulum and Coba are much closer to Playa del Carmen and well worth a visit. But Mayan culture is more than ruins—it is alive all around the Yucatan. More than a third of the population here still speaks the Yucatec Maya language. In many of the nearby towns, you will find people keeping the traditions of both the ancient Maya and the colonial Spanish cultures alive. The village of Valladolid and the city of Merida are two destinations that are particularly rich with the region’s culture.

 

There is certainly no shortage of things to do when you come to Playa del Carmen. There are breathtaking sights to be seen, entertainment, adventure—and of course, unforgettable Playa del Carmen diving experiences with Pluto Dive.

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Nov - 2019

 

The underwater world of the Riviera Maya is rich with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. Let our guides take you to colorful reefs, vibrant island banks, and mysterious cenote caverns.

 

However, not everything can be witnessed by a novice diver. There is more to see for those with the skills to go deeper and take their exploration farther. It takes special techniques to stay safe diving in a cave, or anywhere else where you can’t simply swim straight up to reach the surface. On top of that, especially deep dives require special breathing mixtures and decompression stops to safely come back to the surface.

 

“Technical diving” is a catchall term for diving that requires more advanced skills and equipment than basic recreational SCUBA diving. Many of the underwater caves, wrecks, and cliffs along the Playa del Carmen coast require specialized technical diving skills and equipment to explore. By mastering these skills you will open new diving possibilities for yourself.

 

More than any other diving center in Playa del Carmen, Pluto Dive has the equipment and the expertise to teach these advanced diving skills. Our team of diving instructors is all trained and certified by our chief instructor, Scott Carnahan. We offer training in every level of diving offered by the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD)—that means we are prepared to teach the most advanced skills and cutting-edge equipment. Whatever your skill level, our courses can broaden your horizons and unlock dives that are currently beyond your reach. Our diving courses take only a few days, and almost all will let you put what you’ve learned into practice with actual diving.

A diver going into the water for the first time enters another world. Entering the deep water, and caves out of reach of the sun take you to still another world. We are proud to serve as guides and instructors who can make these amazing, impossible journeys possible. The wonderful experience of Playa del Carmen Diving.

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Nov - 2019

 

It’s pretty much impossible to get bored on the Riviera Maya. Whether visiting Playa del Carmen to relax on a tropical beach, scuba diving Playa del Carmen, or filling your days and nights with fun activities, there are always plenty of events and things to do. One of the most exciting activities to take part in during the day is diving in Playa del Carmen. There’s a beautiful coral reef fairly close to shore, arches and underwater caverns can be experienced with technical dives, various cenotes await the visitor, and the fantastic diving at Cozumel is a just short boat ride away.

 

While those of us at Pluto Dive can help you dedicate your days to experiencing fantastic underwater sights, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The town of Playa del Carmen offers a fantastic variety of nightlife, including dozens of excellent restaurants, fun bars, and plenty of places for dancing the night away. The Blue Parrot is a classic beach bar where you can enjoy refreshing drinks while listening to tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The young at heart and those in search of a more upbeat party will find it at the thumping Coco Bongo. One of Playa del Carmen’s premier dance clubs, this hotspot can host more than a thousand people, plays the latest in dance club hits, and has great shows.

 

Experience ocean diving and more with Pluto Dive during the day and follow that up with the exciting sights and sounds of the Riviera Maya at night.

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Nov - 2019

 

Diving Playa del Carmen is always exciting. Watching sharks, schools of brightly colored fish, and experiencing the vivid colors of corals is a must for any trip to the Riviera Maya. However, as much as we at Pluto Dive don’t like to admit it, there’s more to Playa del Carmen than diving in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea and treating yourself to other-worldly views in a cenote. There are ruins to see, beaches to stroll, nightlife, and much more.

 

Even if you do plan to dive Riviera Maya for most of your trip, your non-diving partner might want to take the following tours:

Xcaret Park: Located just south of Playa del Carmen, this beautiful site has the distinction of being one of the most important ports of the Mayan civilization, an archeological site, and a theme park filled with fun activities and shows. Swim and snorkel in an underground river, see shows of traditional Mayan dances, and much more at this popular park.

Chichen Itza: This archeological site of an important Mayan city is a must for every visitor to the northern Yucatan Peninsula. The site is huge and includes a ball court, pyramids, and many other structures.

 

Cozumel Island: The famed Caribbean Island of Cozumel is easily visited as a day trip from Playa del Carmen. The island itself is beautiful but the diving around it is spectacular.

Combine your dives with these and other tours at the Mayan Riviera!

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Nov - 2019

 

One of the most unique and appealing aspects of diving Playa del Carmen is the chance to experience so many very different types of dives. For example, you can dive Playa del Carmen offshore with Pluto Dive to explore fantastic arches and caverns, be entertained by colorful fish and corals as you gently float above a rich coral reef, or head inland and dive several cenotes in the area. Cenotes are basically flooded sinkholes and they have been a vital part of the Yucatan Peninsula landscape for thousands of years. Without them, the Mayans wouldn’t have been able to establish civilizations and they still supply fresh water to people on the Riviera Maya to this day.

 

Cenotes are also fantastic destinations for diving and no dive trip to the Playa del Carmen area would be complete without diving a couple of cenotes because cenote diving is cave diving at its finest. As the light filters down, it forms azure-colored shafts and columns in the crystal clear water and lights up natural structures in the cave. Further exploration reveals breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations and even marine fossils. As long as you are OWD certified, you can dive a cenote and we will bring you to such well-known cenote destinations as Dos Ojos, Angelita, and Carwash to name a few. Our cenote guides are experienced Open Water Dive Masters (or higher certification), use a full set of cave diving equipment, and have completed courses to be authorized for guiding divers in caverns.

 

Dive Riviera Maya and experience the stunning beauty of cenotes near Playa del Carmen with all of us here at Pluto Dive!

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Nov - 2019

 

The “Dia de Los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is one of the most important holidays in Mexico. Like its northern counterpart, this special day is celebrated around the end of October but unlike Halloween, the Dia de Los Muertos has nothing to with fear. Instead of being afraid of spirits that might come back to haunt, the Day of the Dead is a time to celebrate the memories and lives of loved ones who have passed away. You could say that we welcome the spirits of family and friends back into our lives because we miss everything about them. However, the celebrations are happier rather than sad and in Playa del Carmen, we celebrate with performances and a variety of fun activities in addition to making our own personal shrines to loved ones.

 

It’s an exciting time to visit the Riviera Maya and a trip to the festivities at Xcaret Park is a must! This year’s celebrations will put focus on the ancient Mayan cultures of Chiapas with dances and other exhibitions of Chiapan traditions. Under the waves of the adjacent Caribbean Sea, a non-stop celebration of life will also be happening and the best way to experience it is by scuba diving Playa del Carmen. Let us help you dive Playa del Carmen to see why we love venturing beneath the waves. A coral reef lies just offshore, stunning cenotes are just a short drive away, and other beautiful dives are begging to be experienced when you dive Riviera Maya.

 

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Xcaret and the colorful life of the sea with Pluto Dive.

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Nov - 2019

 

The beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, and countless other activities at Playa del Carmen are reason enough for visiting this Riviera Maya hotspot. However, in November, there’s another big reason for traveling to Playa del Carmen; the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival! Past events have been attended by 50,000 people and have featured such jazz greats as Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, and Sergio Mendes. Held from November 25th to November 28th, this year’s festival brings such top jazz performers as The Manhattan Transfer, Al Di Meola, Aguamala, and George Duke to the stage.

While relaxing with wonderful jazz sets on the beautiful Riviera Maya, don’t forget to take advantage of the clear tropical waters and dive Playa del Carmen. At Pluto Dive, we venture into the seas near this beautiful destination to dive Riviera Maya on a daily basis and every underwater experience is accompanied by sightings of colorful reef fish, beautiful corals, and regular sightings of sharks, sea turtles, and other unforgettable marine wildlife. Diving Playa del Carmen is also versatile and offers dives suitable for all levels of experience. For example, you can do an easy dive of floating with a gentle current above a beautiful tropical reef, go cenote diving, or do more technical diving near Playa del Carmen at sites that host submerged arches and caverns.

Come join us at Pluto Dive to help you experience the stunning underwater beauty of the Caribbean Sea.

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