I Scuba Dive!

Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving where the diver uses a Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (scuba) which is completely independent of surface supply, in order to breathe underwater. (Wikipedia)

I actually had never even thought about scuba diving until 2010 after meeting my scuba instructor, and eventual husband, here in Isla Mujeres! So to be honest I wasn’t really interested in this activity but he insisted I should at least try it. Ok, ok one day I said yes and I tried it for the first time. No, I wasn’t scared, I trusted him 100 %!

It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. After a 45 min private lesson in the shallow water we went down 33 ft, at Manchones reef.  What a beautiful place! I saw for the very first time in my life huge schools of colorful fish, stingrays, lobsters, puffer fish, all kinds of pretty coral and a lot more. And this was just the beginning. I decided to take my certification course as an Open Water Diver, and then the Advanced Open Water diver, and then the Rescue Diver course. This last one was the best! I learned First Aid and how to use all the techniques in the water.

As of right now I have over 100 dives. We went diving together to all the sites here in Isla Mujeres, Punta Sur, Gunboats C55 and C58, Atlantis, Punta Negra, Grampin, Sleeping Sharks Cave, Chairel, Ultrafreeze, La muñeca, El Placer,  several times to Cozumel, The Devils Throat, Cenotes The Pit, Dos Ojos. We even dove in the freezing waters of Argentina at Peninsula de Valdez with the playful sea lions! And I know this is not even 1% of all the places we haven’t discovered yet

I really think that everybody that visits Isla Mujeres and loves the ocean, or is at least curious, should try at least 1 open water dive! A lot of people doesn’t know it is possible to go diving one day without having a certification. This is with the Discover Scuba Diving program from PADI. The Instructor will take you to the shallow water in our beautiful beach, will teach you the basics in a 45 minute lesson and voila! Ready for a shallow, fun dive! Just like the one I did for my first time. Needless to say I will always be thankful with my awesome husband for showing me his amazing underwater world!

Who runs Isla Mujeres Trips?

My name is Mariel Diaz.  I am originally from Argentina. Since 2010, I have lived and worked in Isla Mujeres with my husband and two young children. Presently, I own Isla Mujeres Trips. A little about me…

When I was just 15 years old, I traveled to Disney World in the United States. From that moment on, I realized how much I loved organizing others’ vacations. In my late teens, I went on to college and received my bachelors degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from   Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires in 2005.

Even though people tell me I look 25, I am actually 34 with a lot of experience under my belt. I have worked in the tourism field for over 15 years. Over the years, I have learned a lot about customer service and how important this is to my customers. I love my job so much, that it doesn’t feel like a job itself. More like a hobby and it’s so much fun!

I began studying English at a very young age. I have my parents to thank for being bilingual. Each day I use this asset of speaking both English and Español in my job and for living in this beautiful island. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world every single day.

It is my main goal to provide the best service in tours, transportation, and some advice about Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Riviera Maya. I have learned so much in these great 8 years of living in this beautiful paradise. I am eager to share my knowledge of these areas with my customers anytime!