Belize Island Hopping - Second Stop
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Well we made it over our first border (very easily in fact) and have now been traveling through Belize since Wednesday, we have been doing a bit of island hopping as the islands are much more fun compared to the main land although the weather has not been too great and we have had quite a bit of rain.
The islands are beautiful, small but with an amazing vibe, very laid back and reggae music seems to spill from everywhere, which we both love!
The night we got to the Caye Caulker island on Saturday there was a massive Halloween party so we checked that out with some ozzy guys we met at our guest house, finally we have started to meet some other travellers, so they must have been hiding on this tiny island all along. Sunday was supposed to be spent on a boat snorkling for the day but the local guys that run it were too hungover along with the rest of the island so it was cancelled, we were a bit gutted but the weather was bad also so we didn't fancy being at sea in a storm!
The island has been split in two by a hurricane so we tried to swim the split as its called as its very close to investigate the other island which is now for sale but the current is pretty strong so i had to turn back as slow breast stroke was not working and I had visions of being swept out to sea so then had to swim in front crawl like mad back to the shore where there is a bar and lots of people. Andy made it but didn't discover too much.
We went on the snorkle trip yesterday with about 10 other guys, most of which we knew so we had a wicked time. Saled for a while to the reef they have here and did a bit of snorkling on our own (Soph and Lucy you will be pleased to know I did it straight off with no faffing about!) Then lunch on the boat and then onto do two more snorkles with the guy from the boat that led us to swim with nurse sharks, turtles, eels (yuk) some massive fish that looked like pirana's but process of elimation (whereby everyone got back on the boat in one piece) tells me they were not. I think they were jacks. Also saw a massive scarey crab in the coral with barnicales on him etc. We sailed back with the music loud and a couple of kegs of rum punch (we are now officially big rum drinkers) - nice and carried on the party when we got back so we are feeling great today!
There is so much wildlife everywhere, particulary some amazing looking birds and ghekos, plus the odd cockroach crawling up my leg as i stepped off a boat and nearly had a fit in front of all the locals! Andy got made to stroke a guys crocodile and then got made to pay him, apparently he got picked on because he was on his own (I must come across pretty scarey then).
Just off now back to the mainland to travel to the bottom of Belize so we can catch a boat over to Gutamala tomorrow.
We are now back to being 6 hours behind you now that your clocks have changed as Belize is an hour a head of Mexico.
Speak soon love Claire and Andy