Diving Places - The Riviera Maya - Mexico
Today, we are going to dive deep into The Riviera Maya, Mexico. It is in the Yucatán Peninsula and is considered a top holiday resort destination. For the serious divers, it is known for its deep sinkholes, Cenotes. The extensive underwater cave system is classed as the best in the world and was discovered in ancient Mayan times. If you want to explore the cave system fully, technical diving experience is required. However, there are easier caverns, which are more suited for recreational divers. Also, you will probably encounter bull sharks and sailfish during winter. During summer, there are nesting turtles and a host of whale sharks!
What did you like about the dive?
Definitely the deep sinkholes aka Cenotes! Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of limestone bedrocks, which unveils a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. The Cenotes are stunning and swimming in them feels out of this world!
What are the problems and how did you overcome them?
I wanted to explore the full cave system, but I could not, because in general, cave diving is dangerous. In cave diving, sunlight is scarce, so it is easy to loose your orientation and know which is up or down. Being careful, follow the rope trails and go with an experienced dive buddy who knows the caves well helps a lot.
What have you learned from the dive?
I learned that I should not be impatient and not attempt things that I am not ready for. My buddy and my safety is the most important thing. You cannot compromise on equipment and comfort during such a dive.
What watch do you use for the dive?
I use the TWELF-X OCEAN 1908 DEEP WAVE - BROWN/BRONZE (1009) watch. The watch features a 120-click unidirectional bezel to ensure that time is kept accurately. Most importantly, it is water resistant (20 ATM), so it could work under water!Check out the TWELF-X OCEAN watch here: https://www.twelfx.com/collections/ocean/products/twelf-x-ocean-1908-deep-wave-brown-bronze