Mesoamerican reef diaries. Large reef animals

Coral reefs are not only about aquarium-like colourful fish, but also about larger dwellers: predators and good-natured guys. If the most of the coral reef fish are either well camouflaged or aggressively coloured, the big animals are usually not because they have much less natural enemies. Here are most of the large animals that inhabit…

Cavern diving in cenotes

  Cenotes are the natural sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone and filled with fresh water. Cenotes have played a significant role in the lives of the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan area and continue to do so today. Because this particular region of Mexico is fairly dry, with relatively no rivers or streams on…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Macro photography

I recently had a chance to practice some macro photography underwater and I gladly embraced this possibility:) I did two dives with different focuses presets, so here will be “true”macro and portrait-like crops. You probably know this one: it’s a spotted moray eel. I found two of them inside a coral eating a dead parrotfish!…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Roatan

So after Utila we’re headed to Roatan. Roatan is very laid-back place: it’s warm, everything is close to you (in touristic zone), even your lunch is coming directly to your hands, you just need to stop a guy with the snacks and pay for it. Diving is Roatan was also very relaxing. However it’s worth…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Utila

Almost a year ago we went to Honduras. We had only diving in plans, so headed to Utila and Roatan. Utila was a kind of spartan place: sleep-eat-dive-sleep, or sleep-eat-snorkel-eat-sleep. On one of those snorkel days we feel asleep in a hammock at the beach. Next day I woke up with itchiness attack, and the…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Cozumel

I will never forget what I felt when I got my scuba diver certification – I literary had been dreaming every single night for more than a week that I’m in the water again exploring the seas. Took it for a sign:) Underwater world is unique. Let it be that you are dressed like an astronaut…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Cozumel

Cozumel is a wonderful place to dive. Caribbean water is warm all year round (well, not for the locals probably:)), sea conditions are relatively calm and the beauty of the reef is more then welcoming. Mesoameriacan reef, aka Great Mayan Reef, is a marine region that stretches over 1000 km from the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula down to Belize, Guatemala and the Bay…