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Day 6 - Costa Maya, Mexico

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semi-overcast 82 °F

Last night the ships clocks were set forward 1hr for our arrival into Costa Maya, Mexico. The weather was , and partly cloudy.

Costa Maya is the first Western Caribbean port designed exclusively for the cruise ship industry and is strategically located just hours from Cancun on Mexico's southern Yucatan Peninsula. It is comprised of 2 small villages, Mahahual and Xcalak. While Xcalak is approximately 37 miles south of Costa Maya cruise port, the fishing village of Mahahual is only about 2 miles away.

Mahahual has soft sand beaches, grass thatched palapas and a coral reef a short distance off-shore called Banco Chinchorro, as well as several bars, restaurants and shops.

Set against the deep turquoise sea, Costa Maya is comprised of three grand pavilions with a luxury and artisan shopping area, a beach club, saltwater pools, fine restaurants and bars, and all the resourced necessary to explore the surrounding jungle and coral reefs. It is the region's most complete and diverse port of call, providing cultural, natural and archaeological excursions.

I was excited for this stop as this was going to be my 2nd excursion where I would be getting back in the water for a two-tank Scuba dive after a long time away. I was pretty nervous since not knowing anyone, but was quickly at ease when just one other person showed up and it was just going to be the two of us diving with Dreamtime Dive Shop.

We were going to be seeing some pristine reefs with limited disturbance from unnatural causes. Meso-American Barrier Reef is the 2nd largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere (and they said they were in the process of getting it surveyed to see if it was bigger that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia).

We met the team on the pier who assisted with getting registration done as well as answer any questions. The guide to ask what equipment we needed to ensure a great fit, and radioed ahead so everything was ready for us. The team offered assistance with equipment setup and provided a thorough briefing about the boat, dives, including the depth, time, signals, and marine life.

The Dive Instructor was very patient with the two of us, an since we didn't have to spend a lot of time with a lot of people, he offered to give us both a 30 minute refresher course just to make us both feel comfortable.

I had only been diving while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, so I only knew what the waters looked like there. At most, you could see three-fifteen feet ahead of you. (this was partly due to spring time waters churning, as well as humback whales swimming in the area)

Once I went in the water, and gave my "OK" to the captain of the boat, I was able to duck my head in the water and was simply amazed at the clarity of the water. It felt like I could see for miles, but in reality, it was around 50feet. Either way, the colors and the fish were amazing to see. This was a 'two-tank' dive, so our first spot was called "Dos Ojos", and our second spot was called "Acuario". Both were reef dives, and we saw plenty of coral, fish, sea cucumbers, and other sea creatures. Some common marine life are: Turtles, lobsters, stingrays, nurse sharks, eels, king crabs, barracuda, as well as a variety of tropical reef fish like damsels, butterfly fish, pork fish, parrot fish, and schools of Creole wrasse, blue tans, and lion fish.

At Dos Ojos, the maximum depth was around 60 feet for around 45-50 minutes. Acuario was around 40 feet for approximately 45-50 minutes. Travel time between the two was only about 10 minutes as the Barrier Reef is very close to shore with many wonderful sites with amazing plateaus beginning at 20 feet.

Be sure to wear your swimsuit and take a towel, ensure you have your certification card as well. This just ensures that little time is spent putting on your gear and waiting for others!

By the time we dove in both spots and wanted to enjoy more time, it was time to get back on the ship and head to our next stop.

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

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