By Sue Keevil
is so special
Over the past few years, the diving in this bay has dumbfounded me on too many occasions. I have lived here for nearly three years, and when I moved here, I thought the diving might not excite me that much, as I had spent the previous two years in Borneo, and I dived in “the world´s best dives sites¨ every day. Or so I was led to believe.
For example, in the past week, I had six divers diving with me every day. We dived a variety of the sites in the bay, but, one site stole the show for all of us. On the second day of diving, I took them to the Marieta Islands. These are the islands just off the southern tip of the bay that were discovered for diving in the 1970´s by Jacques Causteau. These islands were used as a firing range by the Mexican Navy. Causteau then petitioned the government to stop this, and it has been a marine and bird reserve ever since. They are a group of old volcano´s, which is why the hidden beach has a crater roof over it.
Anyway, after taking my divers on an hour long dive through many tunnels, cracks and caves, we planned on doing the second dive around the reef that juts out from the coastline. “Are there any tunnels that way” asked the ever inquisitive Ralph? Nope. “Well, can we do the first dive again” he asked. I suggested this to everyone else, and none of the other divers objected. My instructor, Marc, had his divemaster father visiting from England. Our German friends, Ralph and Christian were very experienced divers and had dived all over the world. All of the other divers on this international boat were Americans. Charlie is one of those divers who are happy to dive in a puddle, and my other guests were both instructors. After repeating the first dive, we all agreed that those two dives were in the top ten dives that we had ever done! The water was so blue and warm that I doubt it could have been any more perfect.
A few days later, Ralph and Christian were on their last day with us, so I let them choose the dive site. Marieta´s popped out of their mouths in unison within 0.1 of a second. No one had any objections, so we went there. What did we do? Yes, we did the same dive again, twice!
Everyone had a camera in their hands, and snapped away like crazy. This is a dive site that is all about the tunnels and topography, and not so much about the coral and the wildlife we will see. But, over the four dives we all did there, the tunnels were packed full of fish and the critters were all over the place.
I have a ¨slight¨ obsession with octopi. Usually they are sleeping during the day. But on all four dives we did there, they were out doing whatever octopi do. We saw them mating, fighting, dancing, and lucky little Ralph had one climb over him (of which I am insanely jealous)!
Since these divers have left, I have taken some close friends of mine diving, and I will tell you all about that little experience next week! WOW.