Under the Sea

Trip Start Dec 14, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Belize  , Belize Cayes,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

S:Today we had booked into a tour run by Raggamuffin Tours. Our trip included 3 snorkelling stops. We had the BEST day. We took off on our sail boat called the "Ragga Gal" It was run by two Rastafarian men. The captain “Jahlee” whos dreadlocks came down to the back of his knees and Shane who was very funny and entertaining and took a particular liking to Adam Sunglasses and really wanted to buy them off him. Shane had a favourite word which was added on to pretty much every sentence and that was “Ouch”. The crews Rastafarian accents made it even more entertaining for us!!! So we made our way to our first snorkel spot. It was called the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Eager to get into the crystal clear water we whipped on our snorkel gear and jumped in. We snorkelled around for an hour and although the coral wasn't overly appealing to the eye, the varieties of fish well and truly made up for it. As we climbed back on board our boat we were given some fresh fruit to keep us going for the next 15 minutes which was spent lazing around on the front of the sail boat.

 Next stop was called the “Coral Gardens” here we saw the same types of fish but most of them were double or triple the size and there was hundreds more just chillin in schools. We snorkled for another 45minutes before having  fresh breadrolls served to us upon getting back on our sail boat. Adam had fish & I had chicken and they really hit the spot!

Last stop was the shark and Ray Alley. Pretty self-explanatory really!! As we arrived our captain “Jahlee” starting feeding the sharks and massive fish. Adam and I weren’t quite quick enough to get our cameras out so missed out on getting a good pic of one of the bigger Grey nurse sharks. When we jumped in the water this time, we were swarmed my massive schools of fish and Sting rays were everywhere. I didn’t realise how big sting rays could actually get, it was crazy. Jahlee took us on a guided tour showing us different types of fish. The one thing that did get our attention was the angry green eel that lives under some coral. Jahlee managed to coax it out with some food but it wasn’t happy that it had been disturbed. As our tour group continued on, Adam and I decided to linger behind so I could get a photo of Adam with the angry eel. Unfortunately he slid back into his coral cave again so we didn’t think we would get a good photo, however as soon as Adam went down and just as I took the photo it shot out at Adam, lucky he came up when he did cause it may have just bitten a finger off if he had gotten much closer. So we caught back up with our tour group to find that they were following a sea turtle who was just gliding along by itself.

That was the conclusion of snorkelling for the day, now it was time to get the party started while making the 40minute sail trip back home. There was plenty of rum punch for everyone and before I knew it I was up dancing to their reggae music having a great time! It was a fun way to end such an awesome day out.


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Mum Rap on

Wow what a wonderful day and what a fabulous place. You are game to swim with sharks and stingrays, but I guess they are well fed and used to people. Weather looked perfect for you.
What a life you are having!!! Lucky girl.

Mum B on

Hi you two,
Great photos and wonderful scenery. Looks and sounds like you are having an awesome time.
Stay safe.

Dad-siong on

An absolutely wonderful snorkling day. caught plenty of sharks & rays in my time. Eels are a messy lot, very good at tangling fish line. Yeah, the reef fish would look very nice in my tank. Have fun.

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