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Swish Cave Diaries: Part 5, The finale

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So we are down to the last two days of diving the Yucatan's greatest hits before I headed to Asia.  Writing about it now sitting by the beach in Koh Tao is a bit difficult as I miss the caves and my cave people there so much. But for you my dear swish reader. . . I will persevere. . . After taking a day break to clear our ears (ouch!) we headed to Grand Cenote just outside of Tulum. This cenote is also part of Sistema Sac Aktun.

The underworld Creative Commons License photo credit: rakugo

We had two great dives despite, or in fact because of,  the fact that neither Tristan nor I had ever been here.  We had so much fun looking at the maps and planning out where we were going to go and then being able to find our way easily under water in a place that we had never been.  It really showed me how much I had learned the past two weeks to have the mental acuity to execute this. The cenote is nice and shallow too, so we had some nice long penetrations to about an hour.

The next day was our last cave dive and the day before I was leaving my Mexico home and my Mexico banda.  It turned out to be one of the sweetest days ever.

The French Cave God and I packed our gear into the swamp thing jeep (not smelling so great at this point) and drove to Cenote Mayan Blue. Mayan Blue derives it's name from a distinctive indigo blue used by the Maya. When HID lights hit the white sections of the cave, it was the bluest blue I had ever seen.  It is quite stunning as well because there are dark sections (freshwater) which then open up into the bright blue sections of saltwater. Dives down into the salt water will normally result in decompression.

 

The day started out amazing immediately. Upon pulling into the cenote, another truck pulled up after us, a very familiar truck.  It was our instructor and one of our closest friends, Patrick who is part owner of ProTec Advanced Training Facility in both Playa del Carmen and Tulum.  He was there teaching an advanced sidemount course. It was nice to see Protec there as it was fitting that they were there for my first and my last cave dives in Mexico.

We did our first dive in the upstream sections of the A tunnel. The effects of the blue was indeed stunning! In our second dive we went in the B tunnel upstream and made a jump down into the saltwater through a room and into a really nice bedding plane. We had a slight deco obligation after which Patrick and his group did too and it was fun chilling out underwater together. ProTec made a little video for us as we were "the most fashionable cave team that they had seen in a long time." haha. Go Swish Suits.

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It was a very bittersweet moment leaving after the last dive.  I miss the Cenotes, my friends, and those sweet sweet cavey times so much, but I know I will be back in December to cure this little addiction problem that might have cropped up!