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Cenotes & Whale Sharks, Mexico 2013 - Trip Report


Backscatter Expedition Trip Report
By: Jennifer Penner
Cenotes Trip Report
Found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and parts of the Caribbean, cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies - a deep, natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock filled with fresh water. Each is different, with visually striking characteristics of its own.

Backscatter recently traveled to Mexico, just south of Playa del Carmen, with an eager group of shooters, prepared for all the cenotes had to offer photographically. We enlisted the expert dive guide services of Dive Aventuras, who were instrumental in each day's dive plan according to weather, time of day for best natural lighting and accessibility to the desired photo set-ups with safety as a priority.

Opportunities abound for the underwater photographer in the cenotes. Some have wall-to-wall beams of light, others show clear fresh water and colorful vegetation, others feature limestone formations developed over eons. The images captured evoke different moods from adventurous to surreal to eerie.

If you haven't had the opportunity to take your underwater camera system to the cenotes, put it on your bucket list!




Whale Sharks Trip Report
From the cenotes, we transitioned to whale sharks on the island of Isla Mujeres for a snorkel only adventure. Each year, from June to August, hundreds of whale sharks aggregate in the waters near Isla Mujeres for a filter-feeding frenzy of bonito eggs. While whale sharks were the main attraction for underwater shooters, mantas were also present in large numbers.

Each morning, our boats motored out of the marina by 07:00, on the quest to find the location of the aggregation. Some mornings it was a 45 minute ride, others, a longer haul of 1 ½ hours to locate the slow-moving, completely docile behemoths. Once in the water, you'd be surrounded by many whale sharks and mantas… endless photo and video opportunities!

Snorkeling with the whale sharks in Isla Mujeres is a rare opportunity to witness their natural behaviors, and one that we hope to do again and again.




Every year, Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo travels to many locations around the globe, offering underwater photo and video workshops to improve your shooting techniques, Lightroom Total Immersion workshops which are boot camps focusing on learning post production tools and photo expeditions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet. Our trip leaders are also photo pros, available to assist you with technical support on every trip. Check out our travel schedule and hope to see you under the waves!




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