First Time Snorkeler!
Trip Start Aug 31, 2011
79Trip End Nov 17, 2011
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We saw tons of fish! Groupers were my favorite to see. They were giant and let us get fairly close. We also got to see snappers, jacks, HUGE corals, and even got to swim with a 3 legged green sea turtle
Back on the boat, we were all given fresh fruits and bags of water. My first time snorkeling was pretty freakin great! I have this thing with water though, not exactly a fear but you could call it that. Certain conditions in water, like how awkward the breathing was while snorkeling, tends to stress me out a bit. It took some getting used to and Mike was usually by my side snorkeling next to me as I adjusted my mask a few times. All in all, our first stop was incredible and fun! The boat sped off to Shark Ray Alley next! As soon as our boat slowed in the area, we saw TONS of nurse sharks headed our way! It was semi intimidating seeing shark after shark swim up in giant masses and basically wait for the bait or for you to get in the water. Stingrays also crowded around the boat and our guide got some awesome shots after throwing in a bait pipe off one side of the boat.
We all got into the water on the other side of the boat and swam to the other side to watch them eat and swim
On our way to the Coral Gardens, we saw flying fish skim across the water! Suddenly the crystal clear water became cloudy and greenish. We had arrived at the coral gardens but it looked like we wouldnt be able to see much. We got out and tried anyway. My mask was really starting to stress me out by now. It continuously filled with water and fogged up so I would have to surface and fix/clean it every 2 minutes. Mike held my hand in the already-foggy water and I tried not to bump into any large corals. He said he saw a lionfish! Good thing I didnt run into that! He had to guide me back to the boat where I could remove my mask and snorkel to climb back aboard.
We went back to Caye Caulker to the snorkel shop and saw a picture presentation from the day and Mike and I decided to split the cost of buying a photo CD since we didnt know how our underwater camera would turn out. We then paid the tour company and caught some internet before heading back to help Madi with evening feedings. Time to SLEEP.