Bull sharks cruise the shallow, warm waters of the world and have a bad reputation. A few years ago even I was worried about encountering such a predator in the tropical shorelines during a swim. However, I’ve become intrigued by the bull shark and the many other magnificent sharks. I’d like to meet them.
Just another day in paradise, or so it seems. We have been spending the last weeks or even months in Mexico’s dazzling city of Playa del Carmen. Basically relaxing and just waiting for our IDC (PADI’s Instructor Development Course) to start. Yesterday we got some bad news though and now it seems we might need to leave the pretty Yucatan Peninsula.
Starting the day…
It’s 8 o’clock in the morning when the sun rays caress the bedroom window. Time to wake up as I jump out of the bed while trying not to wake up Mr. Viking. In the kitchen I browse for a cooking pot and start heating up enough water for two cups of coffee – or maybe I’ll take some green tea today, we’ll see. If I find a yoga-mat near me I will do some morning yoga, but doing exercises while being “on the road” still challenges me. The fan is on and at the same time so is the air conditioner. It’s starting to annoy me so I turn the air conditioner off. A loud ‘Kalimera’ (Greek for good morning, just to pick a nice foreign language) is coming out of the bedroom while I just walked back to the kitchen and our day has officially began.
La isla Bonita
It took us a year to finally find the right place for our Divemaster course. We were in search for an instructor who would be willing to teach and show us everything on how to become a pro. We ended up in la isla bonita – really named Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Having already a great quantity of dives logged and therefore plenty of diving experience we were more than ready to start the Divemaster course.
Let me tell you all about it – our Divemaster course in Isla Mujeres.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Diving in Isla Mujeres
The last few weeks have been intense while also super relaxed. About two months ago mr. Viking and I set foot on Mexican soil again after having been working our asses off for 6 months in Greece. Now we haven’t quite been sitting still over here either, but without to much pressure. This winter we started our Mexico travels in Playa del Carmen, where we currently are as well. We had however never though of ending up here again after two months, but the island hopping we have been doing in the meanwhile pretty much led us back here. Now before I start telling you what we are doing here in PDC I’d love to tell you what happened from the beginning.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
I have been enjoying the homes of the Airbnb website for a couple of years now. The first time I tried it I ended up spending time with an artistic Argentinean brother and sister who made me feel at home in their beautiful wooden Airbnb house. This time I found a place to stay through Airbnb again and my boyfriend and I made it our home away in Playa del Carmen.
Spending time in Cozumel usually revolves around the water as the island is famous for having the world’s second largest reef – truly a wonderful place for diving. However after spending time in the water, diving near Cousteau’s discoveries at the beautiful Palancar reef, I want to see more of the local culture and traditions of Mexico, to enjoy and learn about Mexico’s true heritage. What’s the perfect place to go to? Let me tell you about Discover Mexico Park in Cozumel!
Climbing to the top of Coba’s pyramid, which is the highest Mayan pyramid of the Yucatan Peninsula. It gives a majestic view of the Mexican jungle surroundings.
It’s Friday morning when we hop on one of the ADO buses in Tulum to head for Coba. The night before we had already bought our round-way tickets to make sure we have seats. The ancient Maya ruins of Coba lay in the middle of the Mexican jungle yet surrounded by lakes, about an hour away from Tulum.
We just spent a week in Tulum visiting the archaeological site of Tulum, snorkeling in Gran Cenote, getting an epic dive experience at The Pit and Cenote Dos Ojos, relaxing at the nearby beach, swimming with big sea turtles at Akumal and on our last day we made a worthwhile trip to the famous Chichen Itza.
One of the first people to have lived in Mexico were the Olmec people and you can find their history in the Mexican province of Tabasco. In the city of La Venta colossal Olmec heads made out of rocks were found by archeologists, which nowadays are located at the nearby Villahermosa. There they are exhibited in a beautiful jungle park.
Let’s look back at our time in Mexico, shall we?
Tulum is a laid-back Mexican town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where popular Mayan ruins are located on a cliff overlooking the beach. Here’s how to avoid the crowds and have the beautiful ruins all to yourself during a visit to Tulum.