Trip Report – Mexico Riviera Maya 2015

On Oct. 24, Scuba Shack led a group of fourteen divers to the Riviera Maya in sunny Mexico for a week of diving and fun. We were transported from the airport in Cancun by bus to our beautiful Catalonia Riviera Maya hotel. The hotel boasts five swimming pools, seven restaurants and seven bars, a beautiful white sand beach, spa and much more.

mexico-gary-woods-20151107-004The diving began Sunday morning with two ocean reef drift dives. The local dive operator, Dive Aventuras picked us up from the hotel for the short ride to the dive shop. After some paperwork and a dive briefing, we were on our way in two of their dive boats. The routine was to have our scuba units on before we left the harbor area. Once at the dive site we entered the water with a backward roll off the boat which was a new challenge for some. After surfacing, divers had to remove their scuba units and hand them up to the crew in the boats. Even for those in Halcyon BCD’s, removal was a non-issue after a few dives. Monday we did two more ocean reef dives. Ed, Gina Marie and Ralph went to Zero Gravity, a Global Underwater Explorers Dive Shop, to take part in cave diving in the vast Riviera Maya cave system.

Tuesday morning we left from the dive shop to do two cavern dives in the Cenotes. The dive shop was great and hauled, handled and help set up all of our gear. After a dive briefing, we split up into groups of four, each with a guide, to explore the spectacular Cenotes. Wednesday we were back in the ocean for two more dives. Thursday the group split up, with some doing more ocean dives and some others returning to the Cenotes.

With all the restaurant options, finding a nice place to eat was not a problem. All meals and drinks were included and most of the group meet nightly for dinner and drinks. Between the nice weather, great diving and the enjoyment of friends, this was truly a trip to remember! Scuba Shack would like to thank our loyal customers who made the journey and we hope to see you all in the water again soon.

Trip Photos by Gary Woods