Captain Chronicles: Beneath the Surface

Manta Ray

It’s been a warm day in Cabo, you’ve had a few beers or shots of tequila and you’re ready for the day to come to an end.

The sun is just starting to set and you’re stepping onto a boat for a dive trip you’ve been waiting for months. The air is warm and you just finished the briefing in the cabin. As the boat makes way you make yourself comfortable on the sun deck.
The lights from Cabo slowly fade away and you can see stars that you’ve never seen before. The Milky Way is bright, you are enjoying a cold beer from the bar and the conversations roll in. This is only the beginning of an amazing trip.

The first night was filled with laughter and comradery as everyone got to know each other and they all geared up for the day trip out to the islands. You wake up the next morning and enjoy a beer at 8 am, or you spend the morning enjoying some great food and company.

The day passes quickly and before you know it, you’re enjoying the memories you’re already starting to create with your group while lying in bed with a gentle rock from the waves and the rumble from the engines. As you wake up, you see you’ve made it to the first dive site. Breakfast is quick and before you know it, you’re already in the water for the first dive.

giant manta appears to wave hello to the two divers photographing it

The first dive is to check out everyone’s abilities and it’s a quick dive. The second dive of the day starts at the same dive spot and you’re expecting to see the same stuff you just saw, but instead, a Manta shows itself and circles your group multiple times. It seems surreal how fast it was to see such a massive and beautiful sea creature. This is still only the first day. You think it can’t get better, but it does. Every dive site, every dive continues to impress as you dive. The sharks, the mantas, the life that surrounds a rock in the middle of nowhere. Every day you see multiple mantas and they are interested in you, and you alone.

They glide around and when you think they’re gone, they show themselves again, and again, and again.

The dives are deep, but you see so much life that you never thought could thrive at such depths with a powerful surge that slams against the rocks and walls on the surface. Dolphins echo and you turn around to see one or multiple pass you and look you in the eyes. All the sea life thrives and interacts with you, you feel a connection to the sea that you’ve never experienced.

Life gives you a hug using the pressure of the water around you, it’s happy, you’re happy.

You end every day with a smile on your face and your cheeks still feel sore when you wake up in the morning. 10 out of 10 trips, crew, dives, food, and the friends you’ve just met. Oh, and the food is delicious. Every meal was amazing. 

Ramón Orona García – Captain.

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