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Alison Perkins

Member Since 04 Jul 2008
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In Topic: mexico whale sharks/cenotes from cancun

Yesterday, 10:49 AM

If you sign up to do some cavern tours of the cenotes, then you probably won't be given a choice of dive site, but here are some nice spots:

 

  • Cenote Chac Mool - lovely wide cavern opening with interesting boulders
  • Cenote Garden of Eden - lots of cenote fish (sailfin molly)
  • Cenote Taj Mahal - stunning rays of light beaming down into the dark cavern zone (any "rays of light" sites are time of year-dependent as it will change with the timing and angle of sun overhead)
  • Cenote Pit - rays of light
  • Cenote Pet Cemetary - bones
  • Cenote Angelita - layer of hydrogen sulfide penetrated by fallen trees
  • Cenote Car Wash - half the year has a dense green algal bloom across the top, lily pads, lovely big cavern entrance

 

The number of dive sites and photographic opportunities are much greater than that listed above. Cenote Dos Ojos is probably one of the most popular cavern tours but I haven't mentioned it mainly because I think it's a bit too chaotic and they charge for camera access. But it's a zoo for a reason - it's a great dive!

 

If you dive with an operator from the Cancun area, then I would think you are quite likely to go to places like Chac Mool, Eden, Taj Mahal and Chiken-Ha because they are closest. If you were to select an operator in Tulum then I think you would have a greater chance of visiting Grand Cenote, Temple of Doom and Angelita due to proximity.

 

I should qualify that I'm a cave diver, so my time in the Riviera Maya is spent doing self-guided cave diving, not doing cavern tours.

 

This page on my website has cenote-style photos from Angelita and Grand Cenote to give you an idea of photo opportunities:

http://www.inspiredt.../gallery-3.html


In Topic: Poor Knights Islands New Zealand

15 February 2015 - 09:10 PM

Just gorgeous Alex.


In Topic: Fixing cooked Z240s

15 February 2015 - 08:54 PM

Many thanks for sharing this information Liz. I haven't had the misfortune to burn out an Inon Z240 yet but having read your stories I have been cautious about the combination of shooting on high power, warm water and multiple firings.

 

Good to know there is a possible solution if it happens.


In Topic: Tapatalk changes - mark as read

30 January 2015 - 05:53 PM

This has just made my day! Thank you Tapatalk developers. I was definitely looking at Wetpixel less often without this feature.


http://www.InspiredToDive.com

In Topic: Questions about Crystal River, Florida

11 January 2015 - 02:33 PM

That's really too bad that you didn't have an awesome experience. I did the manatee trip with Gregory Sweeney in 2014 (http://www.gregorysw...rip_manatee.php) and thought it was fantastic. His trips are all about the photography and as such he keeps his group numbers small, and his itinerary flexible.

 

I did the trip in a drysuit and I was very happy that I did. We were lucky* that a very cold spell hit.

 

* Not so lucky for the manatees but the really cold weather was fortuitous in many ways: it drives the manatees into the warmer waters of the springs in large numbers, and the conditions are less hospitable for human visitors so most people don't find they can comfortably stay in the water long (which is good if you're in a drysuit and happy to hang out for people-free vistas).