CAVE CAMP ACTIVITIES
Cave Camp offers a packed schedule of stuff to see and do – what you do is up to you! Take a course or just go diving, the choice is yours…
TAKE A CAVE COURSE
Whether you're just starting out or want to further your cave diving skills, Cave Camp is a great place to take a course...
Are you a serious adventure seeker wishing to explore overhead environments? Sign up for the Cavern Diver course! This course is designed to develop the minimum skills and knowledge for cavern and overhead environment diving within the limits of light penetration, and outline specific hazards associated with cave diving.
To go beyond the daylight zone, you need to take a cave course! Most agencies split their cave diver training programmes into two distinct courses – introductory cave diver and full cave diver. The Introductory Cave Diver introduces the diver to self sufficiency skills utilising isolation manifold twin sets and dual outlet cylinders, line following, line laying and emergency procedures. The Full Cave Diver course builds upon this with the introduction of complex navigation.
Advanced cave diver training represents the very pinnacle of skills development in the cave environment, allowing you to take your cave diving to the very limit of exploration. Advanced cave training covers a diverse range of disciplines but the most popular include no mount, multiple stage, cave survey and the use of diver propulsion vehicles. If there’s a particular advanced cave module that you’re interested in, contact us and we can put you in touch with a Cave Camp instructor who can help!
DIVE THE CENOTES
Mexico offers some of the best cave diving in the world and Tulum perfectly placed to explore them all.
LET'S GO DIVING!
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offers some of the most breathtaking cave diving you’ll find anywhere in the world! We’re also lucky to play host to some of the world’s longest cave systems and most of the really great dives here in Mexico are right on our doorstep. For suitably qualified divers who have dived the caves of Mexico before, you have the option of simply hiring a vehicle and exploring the caves yourself – no guide required! We only recommend this for highly experienced cave divers with prior experience of Mexico.
Taking part in a guided cavern dive, allows open water divers to venture safely into the openings of the cave systems and discover a unique and magical world very few have the privilege to see. The Cenotes provide ideal diving conditions which are unaffected by the weather. Filled with fresh water the visibility in the Cenotes averages over 100 feet! The minimum water temperature is a fairly constant 77F / 25C and average depths are only 35ft / 10m or shallower. Prepare to discover the mysterious Halocline and see the breath taking beauty of the decorations and ambient light effects.
Not a diver? Well you can still enjoy the Cenotes and caverns of the Riviera Maya and spend some time cooling off by going snorkelling. The open water areas of the Cenotes are very colourful, full of life with many exotic tropical plants, aquatic birds, fish and other interesting animals to see. Many of the Caverns have extensive air surfaces that allow you to snorkel quite a long way back into them and as they are shallow and the visibility is so good there is plenty to see both above and below the water. The water is warm all year round so you will be fine in a swimsuit or shorts, however, you may want to wear a t-shirt for sun protection while you snorkel.
ENJOY GREAT TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Take advantage of a packed schedule of fascinating talks and great skills workshops
Cave Camp offers a packed schedule of workshops covering a diverse range of dive diving related subjects – from cave survey and rescue skills to cave photography and more! We also offer attendees the opportunity to ‘try dive’ some cool gear – from closed circuit rebreathers to dive scooters. Note that some workshops require the payment of a small additional fee to cover equipment rental and cenote entry.
Enjoy a packed schedule of fascinating talks delivered by some of the biggest names in cave diving exploration. What’s it like to be the very first diver to explore a virgin cave system and how do you go about mapping such a system? These questions and more will be answered at Cave Camp. We pride ourselves in keeping everything very informal so, post talk, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a beer and chat further with our speakers.
Cave Camp isn’t just a great place to further your cave diving ambitions – it’s also a great place to meet and network with likeminded divers. Whatever your level of experience, you’ll get to meet, chat and socialise with divers who share your passion for cave diving and discovery. Why not mix and mingle with fellow divers, share a few diving stories and, who knows, maybe make plans for further cave adventures together?
DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL TULUM
Tulum offers so much more than just world-class diving - non-divers will love its beautiful white beaches and fascinating Mayan culture!
Words can not describe the beauty of Tulum’s caribbean beach, they consist of glorious white sands, turquoise sea and a totally relaxed vibe. Stretching for roughly 10 kilometers, waterfront Tulum is lined with cabanas, “eco-chic” hotels, fancy restaurants and yoga spots, but it is far less developed than some of Mexico’s other resort areas, where the view of the beach often includes high-rise hotels. The view along Tulum’s beach is natural and complimented by breakfasts being served in a beach palapa. There is a bike path between Tulum town and the beach. This runs from town all the way to the small collection of hotels, shops, and restaurants at the start of the main strip of beach hotels. Bikes are everywhere in Tulum. They’re easy to rent and cost about 150 pesos a day (less if you rent for multiple days). The road along the beach is flat. The bike ride from the beach to town takes 20 minutes.
Tulum ruins is a particularly impressive site, perched high on top of limestone cliffs that spill down to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean below. The walls on three sides enclosing the city may have been defensive, as they average 18 feet thick and are between nine and 15 feet high. The entrance is via one of the original five tunnels through the wall. Guides are available outside at the new visitor’s centre that’s complete with snack bars and gift shops. A troop of brightly dressed Los Olmecas Ototonacos de Veracruz Native Americans perform ceremonial twirling dances while hanging upside-down from a huge flagpole.
Tulum offers the perfect combination of total relaxation, tranquility and seclusion, yet you can fill your day with so many interesting and diverse activities you will never be bored. The little town of Tulum has some very good restaurants and is the start point for some great eco-tours – just ask the Cave Camp team if you would like a personal recommendation. Tulum is divided into three main areas – the archaeological site, the pueblo (or town) and the zona hotelera (or hotel zone) on the beach.