We are slowly ascending, facing one another to maintain reference.
We break the surface and I try to make eye contact, but he seems distant, distracted.
Wings inflated, regulators out, masks off.
I search his face for signs of satisfaction, but can’t read his expression, so I ask, “What did you think?”
He’s quiet for a beat, and then he finds the words, “that was the most amazing dive I’ve ever done.”
This is a common reaction to diving Angelita; it is a place that is like slipping into another world.
The defining characteristic is a thick hydrogen-sulfide cloud found at 28 meters, formed by the slow decomposition of organic matter that forms a crested heap on the bottom.
Emerging from the cloud are fallen trees, allowing divers to float through a petrified underwater forest, and be momentarily part of an environment that seems to be completely frozen in time.
The Author: Sarah Pulitzer, dive instructor and cave diver in Tulum, Mexico.