Wednesday 2 January 2013
Highlights: Snorkelling and cruising in the Caribbean.
Today the majority of the group opted for all day snorkelling in the Caribbean and along the second largest coral reef in the world after the Barrier Reef in Australia. As we had 14 people plus Andrea we got a boat to ourselves 🙂
In Belize you use US dollars as easy as Belize at a $1 USD to $2 Belize so I’m using my emergency fund. I found at later I could have paid the $70 USD via credit card with a 5% surcharge 😦
Our boat for the day was the Raga Gal a locally made ship with Captain Harry (or Captain Caveman as he preferred) and second mate Richard. They served lots of water initially and later run and punch.
We had three stops during the day. The first 30 minute snorkelling was mostly to learn how to use our equipment and to see the reef. We had lunch at this location and were encourage to feed the fish with our leftovers.
Second stop however was with lots of fish, nurse sharks and stingrays. Captain Caveman caught a shark and a stingray so we could carefully pat and touch them. The captain also throw so food into the water and I got to watch a stingray and shark fight. Obviously I was very careful with the stingrays in the area.
Our last stop was to visit an underwater cave and try to see turtles. Unfortunately I missed the turtles, others saw them, but we saw rare spotted stingrays which are very deadly.
From here it was a gentle trip back to Caye Caulker drinking rum and listening to music and some singing. I had my feet of the boat letting the warm ocean water smash into my legs. Very cool and calming watching the sunset.
For dinner we ate on the beach and the warm night air. Some Stephen stories came out in his absence.