Akumal, Mexico: Let the diving commense!

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Set for a dive.
We woke up and hit the little restaurant next to the grocery store.  This was the only place in town that I felt like I was getting authentic Mexican food, so I took advantage at each morning's breakfast.  Chilaquiles en salsa roja, enchiladas de mole, jugo de naranja muy fresca....

As we walked over to the dive shop, the first thing I noticed, and actually I had noticed this the night before...was that it was windy, and there were considerable waves outside of the reef.  This is generally not a good sign for diving.

So, the whole point of the trip was to go SCUBA diving.  We had emailed with Akumal Dive Shop ahead of time to make sure that they knew we were coming.
Hawksbill Sea turtle on the Akumal reef.
  There are only 3 dive shops in Akumal, and this is the place that my dad's friends had recommened after using them for 12+ years.

Our first impression of the shop was really not much to speak of unfortunately.  Although I am sure that they treat their return customers very well, they didn't do much to impress us as first time visitors.  It just didn't seem like they were trying to get us to come back again.  It wasn't so much that they were late with the first dive, it was more that they didn't communicate with us very well about why we were late, and didn't really do a very good job of briefing us for our first dive.  They just were not very personable, we didn't feel like they were welcoming us in as part of their family, and I've grown to expect that from the good dive shops around the world.
Spotted trunkfish and a Sharpnose puffer.


Anyway, we made our first dive, and as I had expected, the visibility was not very good due to the high winds and wave action.  We did see some cool stuff, but nothing that surprised us or really WOWed us.  There were some beginner divers who felt the need for speed and the need to breathe quickly, so the guide had to keep them from leaving us behind, and had to try to get us to speed up.  I felt a little bit bad for the guy.  We could only hope for better on the next dive.

The second dive, at Motorcyle Reef, was less than exciting, with even worse visibility (40-50 feet).  At least, on this dive, we didn't have any speed divers who charged off in front of us causing us to move too quickly and not spend as much time looking for critters.  That was a good thing.  Also, on this dive we met a woman from Corpus Christi, TX (where my dad was born) who was in Akumal with her man.  Later we would spend more time with them, drink with them, eat with them, and dive with them again.  They were good people and worked in environmental agencies in the State and National Gov't.

That evening, after some rest, we hit the Beach Bar again for some chips, salsa, pina coladas, and cervezas.  Ya es la hora de feliz!  Ya es la hora de chupe!  Saca las pinches chelas, pues!
Reephboy says:
Thanks! No, I was using a Sony, but I should be getting my new Olympus SP-560 UZ in the mail tomorrow. It's got an Olympus housing for underwater use, and an external strobe, and the camera has 3 underwater settings, besides a good deal of manual control that I am looking forward to using. :D
Posted on: Jun 29, 2008
AnointedEmpress says:
Nice pics. did you use an olympus by chance? :)
Posted on: Jun 27, 2008
rintjez says:
Sorry it didn't go as you expected to be. But you still got some cool pictures and made friends! That's the cool thing about traveling ^_^
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
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Set for a dive.
Set for a dive.
Hawksbill Sea turtle on the Akumal…
Hawksbill Sea turtle on the Akuma…
Spotted trunkfish and a Sharpnose …
Spotted trunkfish and a Sharpnose…
Symmetrical Brain coral.
Symmetrical Brain coral.
Ready for another dive.
Ready for another dive.
Thin-leaf Lettuce coral.
Thin-leaf Lettuce coral.
Brain coral.
Brain coral.
Elkhorn coral at Motorcycle Reef.
Elkhorn coral at Motorcycle Reef.
With my parents at the Beach Bar i…
With my parents at the Beach Bar …
Some people we met at the bar.
Some people we met at the bar.
Our cabana in Akumal.
Our cabana in Akumal.
Akumal
photo by: E_Beth