Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Playa Del Carmen

Another blast from the past... July 2004

In my line of work vacations usually mean getting as far from the ocean as possible. Maybe a ski trip to Colorado, backpacking in the Sierras, or even white water rafting in Wyoming. But this past summer I took a dive vacation. Yes, a real dive vacation. No students, no customers, just my girlfriend Nancy and myself. Boy did we deserve it! We wanted to stay off the beaten path yet still didn't want to spend a long time in transit. We chose to go to Playa Del Carmen, a town about 45 miles south of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula. We stayed at the "Blue Parrot" and had the most beautiful room right on the beach. Our room is the upstairs room in this photo.



We booked all of our diving with the dive shop on the premises and could not have made a better choice. Everything about The Abyss Dive Center was very professional and the service was spectacular. We spent a few days diving the local reefs with small, intimate groups led by Oscar and Mitch. Here are some of the shots:












After a few days diving the beautiful reefs with Mitch and Oscar we were ready for the highlight of our trip, the cenote dives. We loaded up the van early in the morning and headed out for our adventure. After a 45 minute ride we arrived at a site called "Dos Ojos". It's a great spot to try cenote diving without all the hassle of a hiking expedition. You follow a stone stairway down to a well-built platform that you can giant stride from. You start out in a big cavern that allows everyone to gather up and practice some buoyancy skills. Your guide is a certified cave diver who is allowed to guide four open water divers at a time through the system. It's well marked by guidelines and signs and is truly a unique experience. The water is so clear that you can't even see it.





Our guide "Diego" briefing us for our dive.


















Playa Del Carmen is a perfect spot to get away from the crowds and high-rises and enjoy some truly great diving.


The dive shop is right on the beach at the "Blue Parrot".


The six-pack dive boats or "pangas".



It was an incredible trip, great food, good friends, and awesome diving. We'll definitely be coming back.

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2 Comments:

At July 9, 2005 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BILL--WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO FINNISH MY WEB-SITE? YOU HAD TIME TO ADD THIS GREAT BLOG? I HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE FEBUARY AND GAVE YOU $400.00. C'MON MAN!

 
At November 20, 2005 9:06 PM, Blogger Tales Of The Blue said...

Bill,

Thanks for the great review of the Dive Center. We are all still in Playa Del Carmen and now in Tulum as well so come back and join us for some great diving!

 

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