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|Posted on February 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM|
I haven’t slept in weeks! Well I have, I actually sleep a lot, but I’ve been almost too excited to sleep. It’s my first trip to a warm water dive destination in over a year, and yes I do realize how spoiled that makes me sound. There’s just something so wonderful about warm water diving. Maybe it’s the lack of bulky equipment and horrendous amount of lead, or maybe its the not feeling like the water is physically attacking your face, who knows? Anyway, I arrived in Cozumel two days ago and I was looking forward to a few days of intensive dive therapy.
Unfortunately, I happen to have the luck of someone who teased puppies and small children in a past life, so I’ve hit a few roadblocks on my trip to underwater paradise. First of all, I gave me regs a good once over before leaving but even so, they didn’t have a smooth trip down and sprung a few leaks along the way. Although annoying, leaky regs didn’t ruin my first dive day because a good dive master always has a spare set! I don’t mean me, I mean the divemaster on the boat, at least he was prepared.
I’ve dived in the Med, the Red, the South China, the Celebes, Java and of course the beautiful emerald Salish sea, but this is my very first time diving in the Caribbean. And let me tell ya, it does not disappoint! I’ve never seen reef formations quite is impressive and lush as here. It’s actually a bit overwhelming, there’s so much to look at! The sponges and corals cover every surface in sight and the fish swarm about in the picturesque aquarium like reef. If you’ve dived with me you might recall that I am a bit slow because I want to look at every single thing. I’m really slow here!
For my first two dives I wore my brand new Aqualung 3mm wetsuit and I ended each dive feeling a bit cheated--I was cold! I couldn’t believe it, I’m cold in a drysuit I’m cold in a wetsuit I’m just cold. Nevertheless, the diving was so good I didn’t mind too much. We swam through coral encrusted caverns, dark swim throughs that lit up in vibrant rainbows of colour under the glow of my light an encountered a stunning array of creatures. Hawksbill turtles and nurse sharks were around every corner on our second dive across a shallower stretch of reef. Big spiny lobsters and splendid toadfish stuck their silly faces out of cracks and crevices monitoring the passing traffic. Huge parrotfish and groupers paid no attention to us as we drifted casually past them and we even found some tiny seahorses clinging to the seaweed. Later in the afternoon I went for a snorkel out in front of the resort and had a long visit with a reef squid, it was basically a great day underwater all round.
I had signed up for the night dive as well but I wasn’t feeling very good and when I laid down for an afternoon nap I didn’t wake again until after the boat had left. Nuts. At least I would be here for 2 more nights right?