Akumal is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the
Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The town was officially established
in 1958 as a community for scuba divers but it's
history starts long before that. My brother and his wife Jody have
been there several times before and suggested we take our
vacation there this Christmas. The highlight of the trip for me was
cavern diving but there was plenty of other fun stuff to do.
With the winter hiking
shenanigans, I've been messing around with recording my track via
GPS and posting them on Google Maps. Track recordings have long been
part of my boating and racing activities but it's just lately that
I've employed their use in other activities and I posted several
below. For the dive tracks, no, I did not carry a GPS with me
underwater, rather left it on the boat which explains the random
track recording squiggle. My underwater path was much more of a
straight line between the two extremities of the squiggle track.
The first dive was a
drift dive just outside of Akumal Bay. Here are some
my Mom, Dad and I went to see the Mayan ruins at
a seaside town North of Akumal that was inhabited from 1200-1500 AD.
The only other Mayan ruins I've viewed was
Tikal in Guatemala
over 10 years ago when my brother and I did some diving in Belize.
The site was far less extensive than Tikal but a good example of a
Mayan seaside community nonetheless. We
walked most of the site and took some
photos along the way.
Jeff, Jody and I went
diving just outside Akumal Bay at a site called motorcycle (for
obvious reasons when you see the
photos) then snorkeling
inside the bay along with my Dad. The underwater housing on my
camera failed to exclude water from its contents on this dive and
these are the last photos we
shall see from it. Luckily Jeff and Jody had an underwater camera
that was good to 30ft so that worked well for our snorkeling trips,
cavern dives and boat rides.
Jeff, Jody and I went cavern diving to a site called Dos Ojos which
fairly close to Akumal. The Yucatan Peninsula is littered with
underground waterways, the entrances of which are called cenotes,
and this area is widely recognized as having some of the best cave
and cavern diving in the world. As a distinction, cavern diving is
like cave diving on training wheels. As none of us had done it
before, we followed an established route marked by a line and were
never below 25' of depth. It was an overhead environment for most of
the dives, that is, if something went wrong, you can't simply
surface, however we were never really that far from the exit. The
level of difficulty was probably on par with a shallow wreck
penetration at dusk of a moderately sized ship stripped of most snag
points. The first dive was called
Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) and the
second was Caverna de
Murcielagos (Bat Cave).
we did two more dives outside Akumal Bay, the
first just Jeff and I then Jody joined us for the
second. We only have a couple
photos from the rough boat
ride on dive 2.
my dad, Jeff and Jody and I went snorkeling in Half Moon Bay and
Jody took some good shots
along the way. Then she went snorkeling in Akumal Bay again and took