Diving in Cozumel
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We hopped off the ferry in
Usually touted as one of the top ten dive destinations in
the world, Ji and I were excited to get back in the water after last diving in
Our first was a drift dive, and they weren’t kidding about the ‘drift’. As soon we hit got down we were swept along the top of a pinnacle.
The next dive was a bit more of the same and we wrapped up the day feeling happy with how it went, but itching to go again! We revisited a dive shop we’d checked out the day before and booked dives to the famous Palancar reef with a great shop called Deep Blue.
An added bonus with going with this shop (besides the friendly guys in the front office) was getting able to use dive computers for the first time. This would allow Ji and I to maximize our bottom time on both our first and second dives. We dropped in at Palancar and immediately made our way through a gorgeous swim through, exiting in a picture perfect blue sea stretching out over the wall we hovered above. Here I made my deepest, longest dive ever, reaching 35 meters (115 feet) with a bottom dive of ~45 minutes!
Being in a group of experienced divers was great and once we got low on air, we ascended the buoy line back out as we waited for the other guys with a bit better air consumption to come up.
We had a fairly lengthy surface interval on a nearby beach before starting our second dive. This one reached a max of 19 meters. Some guys pulled nearly an hour of bottom time but Ji and I were breathing a bit heavy so we surfaced at the 50 minute mark. It was a really, really great day and I’m really happy we decided to do two days of dives instead of the initially planned one day.