Beautiful Beaches of Tulum and the Incredible Experience of Cavern Diving.
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We spent a full day travelling from Belize City to Tulum, and ironically stayed at a hostel called The Weary Traveler - a fairly basic hostel but convenient re accessing the bus terminal, the Tulum Mayan Ruins, the Beach and a local dive centre for Cenote Diving (Cavern Diving). We spent a few days just chilling and doing admin as Maree was not well and couldn't risk trying to dive with tummy and sinus issues.
The day we went to the Tulum Mayan Ruins was lovely and warm, and as such we planed on going to the beach afterwards. We caught the shuttle to the ruins and had to walk part of the way past some forest and got mauled by mossies - they were big, fat and lazy, so we managed to hit a few. Unfortunately none of us had brought any bug repellent, so when we entered the ruins we went on a hunt for some and ended up asking a couple of random strangers if we could use theirs and thankfully they said okay.
Walking around the ruins was very hot and busy with people everywhere, however the setting was stunning with the ruins found up on a cliff overlooking the stunning Caribbean ocean. There were loads of iguanas all about the site, you couldn't help but go iguana hunting. There was a beach behind the site that you could access, but it was overrun with tourists, so we opted to walk back up the road to the main beach which was very quiet and tranquil. After much indecision - walking up and down the beach front - we went to a place just up from the beach for chips and a drink. Afterwards we went back down to the beach to lie on the soft white sand and read our books. I took a dip in the crystal clear water, not wanting to come out as it was just so lovely and relaxing.
The following day we went back to the beach, and really I could not complain as it was just that idyllic.
I was really keen to do the cavern diving (cenote diving), but unfortunately Maree was still not well, so we took another day to catch up on things. Poor Maree did not have much luck on the health front at this point, up puking for half the night - so Maree slept and tried to recover while Al and me researched casa particulars in Cuba. By the end of the day Maree was feeling better, all our accommodation was booked for Cuba and our internal bus tickets were bought online. We also confirmed that we'd do our cenote diving the following morning.
At 9am we met the 'sales guy' at our hostel who informed us we'd be joining up with three other girls - not great as we were told they take a maximum of 4 people per cenote dive.
Unfortunately 2 of the 3 girls who joined our group seemed to know nothing of buoyancy and really frustrated our guide.
It really was impressive swimming through the caverns and seeing the stalactites and stalagmites. After the dive our guide was still annoyed and said that no one had great buoyancy, except for Al and one of the other girls (who I didn't think was that great at it). I have to say I did take offense because unlike that girl I was not bumping in to the sides of the cavern or kicking up silt.
One of the girls with our group really had no awareness of those around her or of what she was doing, she was kicking up silt everywhere and constantly swimming in to Maree. In the end Maree and me just hung back to try and stay out of her way. We went straight from the dives to catch a bus in the afternoon to Playa del Carmen.