Honeymoon | Casa Cenote, Tulum, Mexico
When you send a blogger and her photographer on their honeymoon, you’re bound to get more photos than you bargained for. And, thus, I’m still sharing content form my honeymoon and not even remotely sorry. Today’s post takes us to Casa Cenote, or Cenote Manati, a lovely little cenote which we found thanks to my ever favorite Rosie the Londoner. As we were in Tulum, I kept looking back at her posts form her Tulum adventure for inspiration on where to travel. I’m so glad we did! As I glanced at a map, I discovered we were able to walk to Casa Cenote right along the beach from our resort. Talk about convenient!
Early one morning, we rose with the… well, with the overcast sky. We definitely did not get great weather for this trip but that’s okay. The walk was still pretty decent. Sand for ages, not a soul around, the occasional beach dog, and views.
Cenote Manati gets its name from the manatees which used to inhabit the place. While they still appear once in a while, the influx of tourists has mostly sent them swimming elsewhere. We didn’t see any in our adventures there. But I can imagine their majestic selves swimming with the fishes in this secluded spot.
We were the first to arrive when they opened and snagged a kayak to head into the cenote. The light rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the beautiful greenery, and when we found a jutting rock, we docked as best we could and went for a swim!
The best part was diving beneath the surface and seeing the thriving ecosystem of the cenote. The tall mangroves surrounding the water create a little paradise for small fish to hide away in. We caught sight of some big ones swimming about as well, though they ran away. I wish I could share photos of what I saw. Next time I am definitely bringing an underwater camera!
After a while exploring and another dive, we headed back towards the entrance and returned our kayak. But we weren’t done enjoying! The entrance was a beautiful, deep pool; the perfect spot for diving.
The pool actually goes back through an underwater cave like it started in the jungle and emerges into the ocean on the other side of a small cafe built over the cave. The ocean looks calmer as you look out from the balcony and watch the pelicans, and it’s actually warmer and fresh water! You can see way out in the distance the breakwater where the ocean takes over, and it’s possible in nice conditions to let the cenote tide carry you out to the breakwater and then loop and come back in with the ocean tide a bit down the beach. It was too rough to do that on the day we met, but it was still a great view!