29 December 2009
visibility: the visibility has been like a Xmas present, about 35 feet
water temperature: the temperature is still nice for winter: around 73º
currents: hardly any, with wind a bit on the surface, down non to speak off
surface conditions: in the afternoon an increasing wind and some waves
It's nice to be diving between Christmas and New Year, winter, but in still summer conditions. Okay, temperature and visibility are both dropping but it is still nice. Strange that in the winter it's raining (and quit strong indeed), but the good thing is that it pushes the waves down. Not too much light though, under water, but great dives anyway.
Highlight yesterday was the interaction of snapper (yellow and yellow tail snapper close to the bottom and the dog snapper in mid water) and a hunting sea lion. The approaching hunter sent a shock wave through the schooling fish and scared them in all directions, mainly in our direction. Beautiful to see them coming at you, being followed by this sea lion, looking for a bite and being surprised with our presence... He hang around a bit more to check us out and then left us for what we are, visitors of the aquarium of the world...
Also we dived with Amy, her second dive on the reef... she loved it, and Deb, who finished an open water diver course and is now certified; congratulations and a lot of diving fun and fun diving in your new life...
24 December 2009
visibility: dropping to about 30 feet
water temperature: also dropping, yesterday we had 73ºF
currents: with wind surfing conditions, you'll blow out of your bcd
surface conditions: with wind there's waves, but it's still good to go out comfortably
Oh yes, winter is coming.
Rudolph and his buddies are fighting the snow, while we are still nice and warm in shorts and t-shirt. At night maybe a sweater and longer trousers, 'cause the temperature goes under 75º. Temperature is dropping rapidly and also the vis is going shorter, but it is still nice to dive in reasonably warm and clear water; hey, it's December, on land it's winter...
So, another Mexican Christmas; one without too much suffering yet, no cold, dark waters, no snow or ice, not even that much wind... The quality of diving has been great too, with lots and lots of life; all year round, both in clear and in murky waters... We're doing great this year, weather-like that is.
A year that had a lot of changes has past fast. A year where we left the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort for Mario's Cabo Pulmo Divers. Later we went free-lancing for Mario and for a new shop in town: Cabo Pulmo Water Sports. We've been diving for fun (again) and were even able to make a living of it. A few times we've been on the verge of leaving this Paradise, where the desert meets the water. But every time, when the going got tough, somewhere another door opened and we walked in. In 2010 we might get our own door, but that's for the wishes and hopes for the new year's eve celebrations. We'll keep you informed, of course.
Now get to the Christmas roasts, the Christmas booze and Christmas presents and celebrate and enjoy, just, stay out of the snow or the wind...
Marry Xmas y'all who, ho, hoooo...
12 December 2009
Winter is on it's way; where a few days ago we still dived (or dove???) in water of 79º, yesterday the temperature dropped dramatically to 75º. Okay still nice and comfortable, but in my broken 5 mil I did get cold. The dives were spectacular though. We did 'La Esperanza' (and yes we did see a bull shark, maybe just 15 feet away!) and an enormous amount of dog snapper and grouper. The second dive in 'Los Morros' was beautiful too; the yellow tail snapper everywhere, maybe 6 or 7 'garopas', the 5-6 feet long grouper and as a desert after a long nice dive, the jacks, maybe a million of them circling us, from bottom to surface; they made a very nice safety stop....
But that temperature, the wind and waves... Really, I think summer is over and autumn is kicking in... In two weeks it will be winter... Get the thicker suit from the hangers and put on some extra weights.
09 December 2009
visibility: still over 60 feet
water temperature: still over 79ºF
currents: varying from strong to mild, changing by the day
surface conditions: normally good in the morning, some waves in the afternoon
So December starts off very beautiful too, both above as under water. Summer seems to last into the winter; no temperature loss yet, no strong winds from the north yet, still good diving and snorkel conditions, but no guests either. Tourism still stays slow and low; looking on the bright side, it means we dive small groups and have to share the reef thus with only few divers...
Last week the first whales came in to give birth to their calves, earlier it were the cow nose rays that entered; who knows first signs of an approaching winter? With the life, the temps and visibility as it is this is hard to believe, but for sure, winter will come...