When we visited Mexico in 2013 we went on a long road trip from my hometown in Monterrey to Mexico City. In the midst of our drive we saw a sign stating “Discover San Luis Potosi” and a picture of people scuba diving. My first thought was how is that even possible?, San Luis is landlocked! A little bit of research later we discovered that San Luis had a beautiful lagoon where people scuba dive and enjoy gorgeous crystalline thermal waters. I was sold, scuba diving + warm water? I’m in!
As soon as we reached Mexico City we contacted the Escuela de Buceo Media Luna and booked our dives. We would be visiting on our way back from Mexico City. It was just a short deviation from our original route back to Monterrey and we had the time and spirit to “dive in” this new adventure.
Upon our arrival to the Escuela de Buceo we were greeted by Ossiel Martinez, expert oceanographer and Master Scuba Diver. We were so glad to be there. After diving in the Riviera Maya we were ready to try out fresh water diving. Although we had the opportunity to dive in the Cenotes, we were curious to see what it was like to dive in fresh water. We knew we needed to adjust our buoyancy levels and learn to control our breathing in a whole different way, plus I didn’t mind not feeling sticky after a dive.
We drove into the lagoon and my dad stayed with the kids at the hotel and waited for us to be done to meet us there and hang out with us. After all, who doesn’t want roasted corn and micheleadas after a dive? Don’t worry we didn’t gave micheladas the boys but we did let them enjoy a huge fruit bowl with lime and chili powder.
We have been so blessed to be able to learn how to scuba dive together. I gave my hubby our Open Water Certification for our 5th anniversary and since then we have been able to dive in three different continents, in fresh and salt water and become Rescue Divers. Diving is the one thing we get to do together and where we can forget everything that’s going on in the surface and enjoy God’s amazing creation and each others company.
We can’t wait until the boys are able to dive with us. In three years Evan will be able to start his BubbleMaker certificate and in 5 years he can do his Open Water certification. We would love to continue to do this as a family and hope to be able to be somewhere with very warm water and with easy access to scuba diving.
The Media Luna was perfect. I didn’t know what to expect but I was very impressed to find amazing vegetation there. We didn’t really see that many fish but we saw a few turtles and beautiful water lilies all over the place. The Media Luna is well known for an underwater natural cave created by water lilies and their roots. It is one of the most beautiful underwater scenes I have seen thus far.
Diving in fresh water was so much fun. We didn’t go too deep and I definitely had trouble figuring out my buoyancy. I can’t wait to go back to the Media Luna. It was such a great adventure.
As a special treat we got to feel the thermal waters that made the Media Luna water so clear and warm. It was so cool to feel the water flowing and it was really nice to get some warm water surround us.
After we were done diving we went swimming with the boys and my dad in the natural water canals by the lagoon. The water was just as warm and crystalline as in the lagoon and the boys had a great time swimming around.
If you are ever even remotely close to the Media Luna you should definitely check it out. There are several small hotels in the area as well as nice cabins within the Lagoon premises. If you haven’t taken the plunge into scuba diving just quite yet, the Media Luna and the Escuela de Buceo are the perfect place to start your underwater life. Ossiel and his team will teach you the secrets of the trade and give you the best experience ever. By the way, the carnitas tacos nearby are also some of the best ones I’ve ever tried, so you know, you should give them and scuba diving a try. 😀
Carretera Federal No. 70 esq. Canal Media Luna No. 650
Cd. Fernández, S.L.P., CP. 79650