Beautiful Beaches of Tulum and the Incredible Experience of Cavern Diving.

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Walking around Tulum.

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.

My last Tulum iguana... checking out the scene.

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.

Tulum Beach and me again...
  I just love listening to the waves lapping on the beach, and the sun beating down on my skin (with sunscreen on of course).  I went for at least two swims this day... the water was just so warm.

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.

Our crazy guide.
  Anyway, off we went to the Easy Chango Dive Centre where we met possibly the most insane dive master from I think Holland?  He reminded us of 'Jack Black' with his almost comical enthusiasm and unusual accent.  At the dive centre we signed our lives away and sorted out our gear.  We had a bit of a discussion over which sites to dive at due to our low number of dives and lack of experience.  In the end we agreed to start with the Gran Cenote as it was a big site and a good place to practice our buoyancy in fresh water.

Unfortunately 2 of the 3 girls who joined our group seemed to know nothing of buoyancy and really frustrated our guide.

Me swimming along in the cenote.
  We had a photographer with us, but he had to give up his camera so that they could split the group in to two... those that could dive... and those that could not really.  Maree also had trouble with her ears and equalising, so had to hang back for about 15-minutes.

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.

Maree and me after our dive in the Casa Cenote.
  Anyway, we split in two groups - Al went to the Calavera also known as the Temple of Doom, while we went to the Casa Cenote which was under the mangroves.  The Casa Cenote turned out to be pretty amazing, i.e. being able to swim under the mangroves and look up at the roots.  We also saw plenty of fresh water crabs and swam through two haloclines.  All in all a pretty cool dive. 

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.

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Walking around Tulum.
Walking around Tulum.
My last Tulum iguana... checking o…
My last Tulum iguana... checking …
Tulum Beach and me again...
Tulum Beach and me again...
Our crazy guide.
Our crazy guide.
Me swimming along in the cenote.
Me swimming along in the cenote.
Maree and me after our dive in the…
Maree and me after our dive in th…
Walking around Tulum.
Walking around Tulum.
Walking around Tulum.
Walking around Tulum.
Walking around Tulum - shops and m…
Walking around Tulum - shops and …
Yummmy lunch.
Yummmy lunch.
Tulum Mayan Ruins.
Tulum Mayan Ruins.
Walking towards the entrance to th…
Walking towards the entrance to t…
Walking towards the entrance to th…
Walking towards the entrance to t…
Me and Maree on the path to the ru…
Me and Maree on the path to the r…
Standing outside the outer wall of…
Standing outside the outer wall o…
First sight of the Tulum ruins.
First sight of the Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins.
My first big iguana at the Tulum r…
My first big iguana at the Tulum …
Me at the Tulum ruins.
Me at the Tulum ruins.
Tulum ruins with the Caribbean in …
Tulum ruins with the Caribbean in…
The biggest iguana we saw at the r…
The biggest iguana we saw at the …
A close up of Bob.
A close up of Bob.
Me and Bob... me hoping Bob didnt…
Me and Bob... me hoping Bob didn'…
The Tulum ruins - such an amazing …
The Tulum ruins - such an amazing…
Me at the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
Can you spot the two iguanas?
Can you spot the two iguanas?
Close up of one of the iguanas.
Close up of one of the iguanas.
I liked the contrast of the purple…
I liked the contrast of the purpl…
Me looking out over the ruins.
Me looking out over the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
Walking around the ruins.
The beach access at the back of th…
The beach access at the back of t…
Maree and me taking a little breat…
Maree and me taking a little brea…
Me at the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Tulum ruins... check out that wate…
Tulum ruins... check out that wat…
The caribbean... sigh...
The caribbean... sigh...
Another iguana.
Another iguana.
Even the igauanas like a Caribbean…
Even the igauanas like a Caribbea…
Heading back to the front of the r…
Heading back to the front of the …
Al and Maree walking ahead.
Al and Maree walking ahead.
Lots of people wondering around th…
Lots of people wondering around t…
The ruins.
The ruins.
Some carvings on the outside of on…
Some carvings on the outside of o…
I over heard a guide say that in t…
I over heard a guide say that in …
The Tulum Beach.
The Tulum Beach.
Walking along the Tulum Beach.
Walking along the Tulum Beach.
Walking along the Tulum Beach.
Walking along the Tulum Beach.
Showers along the posh end of the …
Showers along the posh end of the…
Inside looking out... the resort e…
Inside looking out... the resort …
Inside looking out... the resort e…
Inside looking out... the resort …
The cafe where we stopped off for …
The cafe where we stopped off for…
The cafe where we stopped off for …
The cafe where we stopped off for…
Watermelon fruit juice and tomato …
Watermelon fruit juice and tomato…
Tulum Beach... say no more...
Tulum Beach... say no more...
Tulum Beach... me... are you jealo…
Tulum Beach... me... are you jeal…
Soaking up the sun on Tulum Beach.
Soaking up the sun on Tulum Beach.
Arriving at the Gran Cenote.
Arriving at the Gran Cenote.
Walking down the to cenotes entra…
Walking down the to cenote's entr…
The Gran Cenote.
The Gran Cenote.
Our group before getting in the wa…
Our group before getting in the w…
The entrance to the Gran Cenote.
The entrance to the Gran Cenote.
The Gran Cenote - the Cavern Entra…
The Gran Cenote - the Cavern Entr…
The entrance to the Gran Cenote.
The entrance to the Gran Cenote.
Me at the Gran Cenote.
Me at the Gran Cenote.
Getting in the water at the Gran C…
Getting in the water at the Gran …
Going down... Maree in the foregro…
Going down... Maree in the foregr…
Going down... Al.
Going down... Al.
Me waiting to see where to next.
Me waiting to see where to next.
Maree trying to equalize.
Maree trying to equalize.
The two girls with bad buoyancy an…
The two girls with bad buoyancy a…
Looking back through the cavern.
Looking back through the cavern.
Our guide swimming through the cen…
Our guide swimming through the ce…
Me and one of the other girls swim…
Me and one of the other girls swi…
At the end of the Gran Cenote dive…
At the end of the Gran Cenote div…
The Casa Cenote.
The Casa Cenote.
The Casa Cenote - out in to the ma…
The Casa Cenote - out in to the m…
The Casa Cenotes entrance.
The Casa Cenote's entrance.
Tulum
photo by: Mezmerized