Scuba Diving

Gallery – Providencia Diving

Gallery – Providencia Diving

We’ll see gray reef sharks – 99 guaranteed!” says our dive guide Justifer as we descend to the reef. Diving in Providencia means immersing yourself in the world of sharks. They approach us curiously and eye us up. One reason for their trusting nature is that the local islanders feed the sharks with lionfish, which have spread invasively here and threaten the other underwater inhabitants. During several dives, we are enchanted by the elegance, curiosity and speed of the sharks.

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Along Cubas wild south coast

Along the south coast of Cuba we feel like lonely explorers of uninhabited islands and untouched underwater worlds. The Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, rich in fish and corals, are a highlight of our underwater expeditions. We wrote an article about our discoveries in and above the sea on Cuba’s southern coasts.

Published in the magazine “Silent World”, issue 69.

https://silentworld.eu/heute-erscheint-die-neue-ausgabe-silent-world-3-2023/

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Gallery – Mexico Diving III

Gallery – Mexico Diving III

Cozumel, another mecca for divers, is located in the middle of the Gulf Stream off the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The island owes crystal-clear water to this, as we have hardly seen it before, and makes a terrific drift dive out of every reef. So we drift effortlessly, sometimes for kilometers just above the reefs along the west coast of Cozumel and admire the diverse nature. Amazing how intact everything seems, considering the blatant mass diving tourism that has been taking place here for decades.

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Gallery – Mexico Diving II

Gallery – Mexico Diving II

We jump again into the refreshing fresh water of the cenotes of the Yucatan. In the cenote Tajma Ha we scuba dive horizontally and follow the depth profile of the cenote itself. Halfway through the easy distance there is an opening of the cave, here you can again sniff surface air and see the jungle from a new perspective. Holes in the ceiling here and there allow the high sun to shine through the water to the bottom. The atmosphere here is magical…

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Gallery – Mexico Diving I

Gallery – Mexico Diving I

This time it should be something special. Cenote diving, THAT is what you do in the Yucatan! That’s what they said. This is the end of our two of us dives for the time being, in caves we only go with professionals. We get to know Mirko from Cancun, and as luck would have it, he organizes diving trips and his buddy Tillmann is a cave diver. Perfect! The first cave dive we do is in Cenote Zapote. Basically a nearly 80 meter deep hole in the middle of the jungle. Quickly down to 35 meters where the narrow vent opens significantly and then up in slow circles along the bell-like structures. Narrow, dark, cold and short, but magnificent! Kin Ha Cenote, on the other hand, is like a large pool and almost completely closed off at the top by a large dome. In the darkness of the cave, surrounded by these strange structures, weightless, it feels a little like being in space – and so do the pictures that are taken.

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Gallery – Cuba Diving II

Gallery – Cuba Diving II

When we arrive in Cayo Largo, which is southwest of Cienfuegos, we still have a small bill open with Cuba. The Jardines de la Reina should actually be full of sharks, but unfortunately we only got to see a total of two from a relatively long distance. In Cayo Largo we try our luck again – and we are lucky, very lucky! We dive with nurse sharks, grey reef sharks and white tip sharks in close proximity. The elegance of these animals is impressive, they seem to have a similar interest in us as we have in them. By the way, we are not on the menu.

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Gallery – Cuba Diving I

Gallery – Cuba Diving I

The Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, take our breath away. Coral bleaching seems to be a foreign word to the endless reefs in the south of Cuba. This is probably also due to the fact that the islands are all uninhabited and civilization seems far away. Only thanks to our diving compressor from Bauer Kompressoren we can do more than two dives.

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Gallery – BVI Diving

Gallery – BVI Diving

In St. Maarten we were provided with a diving compressor from Bauer Kompressoren. For the first time we filled our tanks ourselves on board and then went into the water at Salt Island to have a look at the wreck RMS Rhone.

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