Just wanted to post the experience I had a Rick's Cafe at the end of January this year. I've been before and know it's a tourist trap but we go to watch some diving, have a couple drinks, watch the sunset and then go somewhere else for supper. In the past, we have tipped the divers as requested. This year was completely different. The divers approached us as soon as we arrived but this year they asked for a specific amount rather than whatever you want. No problem, we enjoy the show and put the money in the bucket. Then there were other divers on the far side of the little bay that wanted tips. I always like to jump of the cliffs but this year, there was a guy standing at the railing where you jump and he wanted a tip. Getting a little much but still not a big problem.
Then it got really strange. I jumped from the cliff and started to swim towards the ladder. There was a guy standing at the ladder and told me that I had to swim the other way behind the rocks, so I did along with another jumper. There were some people sitting on rocks outside a cave and told us we had to follow them. I assumed it was another way out. Well the cave got narrower and kept filling up with water from the waves coming in. They said it was OK just follow them. There were parts of the cave that were narrower than your shoulders so you had to shimmy sideways while clinging to rocks. You had to cling on the sides of the caves due to the water and sometimes the water rushing in would lift you off your footing and you had to find it again as the water dropped. Eventually it got so dark they had to guide your feet and hands to the proper rock supports. We eventually came to the end of the cave and it dropped down 10 feet into a open area that had a sand beach floor. We were then informed that we were expected to provide a $50 tip for the tour and we should pay the guy that takes us to the ladder, not the other guys with buckets on the cliffs. In order to get out of the cave, we had to swim out a tunnel under the water. One guy went out first and yelled instructions back to the second guy still with us. As the waves came in, the little room would partially fill up with water and then drain out through this little tunnel. They guy outside yelled GO and the guy inside told me to swim so I dove into this little tunnel and the rush of water flushed me out of the cave like being flushed out a toilet. An exciting experience but extremely dangerous. I don't know how I didn't scrape myself on the rough rock walls. I personally enjoyed the experience and gave the guy a very small tip, mostly because I was just glad it was over. My wife wasn't very happy because she didn't see me for 15 or 20 minutes after I jumped. She asked around but all Rick's employee's said not to worry so I'm sure they new about the cave tour.
Now for the warning part. I like to do adventurous things but I had no idea what was going on. I've explored caves and old mines before but the addition of water rising and falling inside made it very different. I'm 54 years old was physically exhausted when I got out of the cave. The experience could have been much different if I had hit my head or something going through the tunnel or fell while trying to slid through the cave. For someone with claustrophobia or other issues, the experience could be very traumatic. If you got hurt in there, I have no idea how they would have got you out. So be prepared if you decide to jump off the cliffs. When they tell you not to swim to the ladder, ignore them unless you want to take the cave tour and are mentally and physically prepared for the ordeal.
I really didn't appreciate the way the whole situation was handled and I can see someone getting into trouble in that cave. Asking for a tip before they show you the exit was pretty shady.