Monument on Cozumel Island.On our final day of diving, we wanted to experience a night dive. We were diving with another couple Rocky and Tina and we got to dive looking for seahorses and a general twilight dive, before heading off for our night dive.
Remember from my first post how I am frightened of open water? Well the main fear factor for me is not seeing the bottom of the water and how small your field of vision is... so imagine how frightened I was on a night dive!
Hernan playing with some moving coral. It was reacting to his touch.
What you can see underwater.We filmed our last dive and took photos with our GoPRO, as we had done on all the dives before it. Unfortunately, many of the photos did not come out well due to the poor lighting. Adam and I had very dull lights compared to the others sadly.
Adam and I posing together on my first ever night dive.
We did manage to capture Adam being thrown into the water by a small Mexican guy though. That was kind of the highlight of the diving expedition for me. You can hear Adam yelling "wait!" before being thrown into the water lol.
When we were down in the water, we saw two octopuses. They were small (about the size of a small dog), but it was one of the highlights for me as I really love octopuses! We also saw a HUGE crab and many sleepy fish. Adam liked poking them awake. He is mean. lol.
One of two octopuses that we saw on our night dive.
It is hard to see in the photo, but above is a very large crab.
We also saw a sea snake. Apparently they are quite placid and do not bite often.
There were also lots of tiny weeny little fish that kept swimming around our torches. There were also weird little worm like creatures. The torches were absolutely inundated with them.
All the little fish and worms swimming about our torches.
I was swimming around when I also suddenly saw a sea cucumber. I know they are not the most exciting sea creatures, but this was the first one that I had ever seen and I think they are pretty cool and was happy to see one! We didn't get any photos of the sea cucumber, but it is featured on our youtube video :)
When we were climbing back onto the boat, the waves were quite large and at one point the boat came down hitting me on the chest and throwing me back into the water. No damage was done, but it was pretty scary being buffeted around like that in the blackness of the water.
Every day/night after we had been diving, we were so very sleepy. I believe that it was due to the nitrogen. We were like a couple of grandparents. We went to bed every night at around 8pm. It was pretty tragic, but we caught up on a lot of missing sleep.
After we finished our diving, we had one more day left in Mexico before a 0630 trip back to North Carolina. We decided to go and try and watch some of the Golf tournament that was playing in Playa Del Carmen. Unfortunately, we missed the last bus out to the golf course. In the end we decided to head to Cancun and take a ferry across to Isla Mujeres.
Beach on Isla MujeresIsla Mujeres is a very small island off the coast of Mexico. It is very close to Cancun and it takes about 15 minutes to get there on a ferry. The island is just like Playa Del Carmen in that it is absolutely full of street vendors who constantly try and get your attention in order to make a buck.
We took a walk around the island. There were lots of bikes and quads for rent, but they were too expensive to rent, so Adam and I decided to walk around the island. I did see a barbie quad bike which I told Adam that we could rent.... unfortunately, he didn't want to for some weird reason.
I got a lovely wide brimmed hat from one of the street vendors in the end. This was the only thing that we bought the whole time that we were in Mexico, as everything was three times more expensive than the USA anyway.
We enjoyed a nice drink together on the beach. I had a Margarita cocktail which was infused with Corona. It was surprisingly nice... and you all know that I am a pretty girly drinker.
Enjoying ourselves on the beach on Isla Mujeres.
By the time we left my Spanish was much better. In the beginning I was too nervous to really speak at all. With Adams encouragement, by the end I was able to communicate enough to get around.
On our final night in Mexico, we stayed the night in Cancun. We had avoided it before our final night as we did not want to stay anywhere too touristy. Surprisingly, this was probably the least touristy place that we visited. This is not to say that it was not still touristy... because it was. But next to Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Isla Mujeres, it was actually a lot better.