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Mexico is home to some of the world’s most beautiful Cenote cave diving experiences and the Yucatan peninsula allows you to dive the Great Maya Barrier Reef, which stretches 200 miles (320 km) from the northern tip of the peninsula down the Belize coast. The Great Maya Barrier Reef is home to a fantastically diverse range of species and is the second largest reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. In Belize you will dive in shallow waters, explore the two hundred feet of water at the Great Blue Hole.
|Bienvenidos a Mexico!|
|Playa del Carmen-2 sea dives|
|Playa Del Carmen → Belize|
Day 4 & 5:
|3 dives in Belize|
|2 dives in Belize|
|Belize → Playa del Carmen|
|2 dives in Cenote in Mexico|
|Hasta luego Mexico!|
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The dive spots of Playa del Carmen are from 36 feet (11m) to 164 feet (50m) deep and the dives are only drift diving.
Depending on the weather and the visibility, we will take you to dive to different spots:
Cerebros, Jardines, Tortugas, Punta Venado, Los Arcos, Pared Verde, Moc Che profundo, Moc Che, Coco beach, Baracuda, Mama Vina, Cantil.
You will mainly see reef fish, sponges, sea fans, as well as turtles, moray eels, rays and next season, nurse sharks, bull sharks.
Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is low and relatively flat with no surface rivers or streams. However, below the ground run the three longest underground water systems in the world. These waters have directed the distribution of human settlement on the peninsula for the last 10,000 years. This is the land of the cenotes and underground rivers.
A cenote is a natural sinkhole created where a cave ceiling has collapsed to create a window to this spectacular underwater world. The Mayan considered cenotes to be an entrance to their “underworld” or “Xibalba” where their gods live and their spirits reside after death. While some cenotes are vertical water-filled shafts, others are caves that contain pools and underwater passageways.
A combination of geologic events and climatic change has led to the development of these unique ecosystems. Millions of years ago, the Yucatan peninsula was a giant reef set under several feet of ocean water. During the last ice age, the ocean level dropped, exposing the reef to the surface. The coral died, and jungle grew over the mile-thick limestone platform that results. Fossils found far inland reveal this phenomenon and are commonly seen during a cenote dive. Inside the caves the geological formations such as stalactites, which hang like icicles from the cave’s ceiling, and stalagmites, which extend upwards from the cavern floor and often adjoin stalactites to create columns. Thesea are a spectacular sight to see!
This multi-level wall dive is one of the world’s best: a natural reserve 66 feet (20m) deep that and offers excellent visibility. A shallow beginning with huge corals lying on a white sand bottom where garden eels sway back and forth, drops vertically over spur-and-groove canyons with dense corals, swim-throughs, and some of the most spectacular sponge formations found anywhere. Larger sea life such as eagle rays, sea turtles, parrotfish and groupers are often seen swimming in the blue.
The hole is circular in shape, over 984 feet (300 m) across and 407 feet (124 m) deep. This formation began during the ice age 15,000 years ago when a dramatic drop in sea level exposed the limestone area around Lighthouse Reef. As fresh water was introduced to the area through rains and ice melt, caverns formed throughout the limestone. Many years later, the top of the limestone formation collapsed inward, forming the giant sinkhole that is now known as the Great Blue Hole.
It can be very disorientating to descend through so much water, so it is recommended that you not dive alone and only dive with a dive instructor who is experienced in the area. This dive site, far away from the main island, will be one of the best memories of your adventure.
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