Caye Caulker, Belize
Trip Start Feb 10, 2007
12Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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Our day in Belize was spent on board a boat, mostly. We ventured from the ship to Belize City for a brief moment to hop aboard our boat that would take out, 21 miles, to Caye Caulker. From Caye Caulker we went about another mile out to a fantastic snorkeling spot on the barrier reef (the second largest barrier reef in the world next to Australia). We had only been snorkeling once before, in the Bahamas, and that hadn't been a very good experience. The swells had been high, the wildlife scarce, and the feeling that we were all bobbing around as shipwreck survivors overwhelming. Needless to say, we didn't really enjoy the snorkeling in the Bahamas. This, however, was everything snorkeling should be
After snorkeling around the reef for about 45 minutes we boarded the boat again and went to another spot that the locals call shark ray alley. The boat stopped and Heni grabbed a bucket of small fish, sat down on the back of the boat, and commenced to feeding the rays that had already started to gather around the boat. The depth of the water at that spot was only four or five feet, so as we all got into the water with them, we could touch the ground (it was sandy there, no reef to harm). It was strange, really, yet so very cool. We swam with them, and they rubbed up against us. They were a bit slimy feeling and I'm not sure anyone really got used to it. We heard many cries of "oh, and ahhhh". It was an amazing time. We spent about 45 minutes with them. It was a bit odd, and wonderful.
After our time snorkeling and swimming with the rays was over we again jumped aboard the boat and headed back to the island of Caye Caulker