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Barefoot luxury in Tulum: Diving, Cenotes & Beautiful Beaches


January 14, 2022


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It’s safe to say that Mexico, and in particularly, Tulum, has a unique charm that you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Mexico is exceptionally proud of its culture, stunningly beautiful and somehow still reasonably priced.

Glitzy five star hotels aren’t the go-to hot spots on this coast line…it’s far more about wellness and enjoying a slightly bohemian lifestyle (thankfully with the required necessities that keep you feel pampered).

Clem and I headed to Tulum back in November and felt incredibly lucky to do so! It was booked very last minute amid the rise of Omicron and ultimately, we just wanted a few weeks of sunshine and quality time together.

We both lead exceptionally busy lives, so having the chance to switch off and just enjoy the beach was so special.

Our time spent in Mexico consisted of lazy days on the beach, exploring the countless cenotes along the coastline, eating plenty of spicy food, some utterly incredible diving experiences and several wildlife encounters.

You can see some of our highlights below.

We also tried something new…

As you may well know, we are very keen divers. Playa is a very special place in November, as it’s one of a few places in the world where you can dive with female bull sharks who have made their way to warmer waters to give birth.

Over the years, I’ve witnessed highly polarised opinions about bull sharks.

Some people couldn’t think of anything worse than being confronted with one, yet others see it as an absolute privilege to spend time watching a stunning species in their natural habitat.

Despite having 200 dives under my belt, as well as countless hours under water with hundreds of sharks, I was a little nervous for this one. Primarily as bull sharks are famous for being aggressive, so heading down with a bucket of chum felt a little irresponsible.

However, once Clem confirmed that he was going on the trip, there was no way I was getting left behind.

The pictures really don’t do their size justice so when they are brushing past you and staring you in the eye, saying you feel a rush of adrenaline really is an understatement!

We did the dive with Dive Mike, a school I’ve dived with several times before. This did bring me at least a little comfort as I trust Jorge, the owner of the company.

I have to say, it was the most incredible underwater experience I have ever had. The bulls are graceful, curious and clearly have different personalities. It’s horrifying to learn that they are heavily hunted across many coastlines, with their numbers depleting rapidly. At no time did they show any aggression towards us. If anything, they were fairly timid if they got too close!

Our time with them went too quickly and I have to say, I’ll definitely be heading back in years to come to repeat this stunning experience.

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