Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dos Ojos

I like lazy Saturdays. The ones with no meetings, and planes not leaving until the evening. And no plans, other than having a swimsuit and wanting to visit some natural pools in the warm weather. But I ended up seeing incredible cenotes, colours, and diving in the world's 3rd longest underwater cave.

Cenotes are natural sinkholes, and common in the Yucatán peninsula, Mexico, where I was. I rented a car and ended up going to Cenote Azul and Dos Ojos. What a wonderful world I found!

Unfortunately, I have no video nor other pictures than the three ones on this page (blue, green, and yellow). I did not know I was going diving, so I had not taken the waterproof case for my GoPro camera on this trip. (For what it is worth, I was carrying my skis, but found no dunes to ski on.)

So, for other than these pictures, you'll have to take my word for it. Dos Ojos is a set of interlinked cenotes, creating an underwater cave system more than 80 kilometres long. Obviously, with no dividing experience I could not explore the depths of this cave, but I was able to go snorkelling to the Bat Cave. This nearby cave can be reached by an easy 50 meter dive from one of the entrances of Dos Ojos.

The access is almost completely filled with water, just a few centimetres of air above the water. But it is easy to snorkel through with a guide. Although I kept hitting my head to the stalagmites. And if you've ever liked stalagmite caves, I'm sure you'll be able to appreciate how pretty underground stalagmites can be in crystal clear, blue cave waters with 100m+ visibility.

Photos (c) 2014 by Jari Arkko. Tämä blogi löyty myös suomeksi.

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