|We spent the last three nights of the group tour at Caye Caulker - a lovely island 45 mins by boat from Belize City. It just has 3 main streets and transport is by boat, golf buggy or bicycle. It's as yet fairly unspoilt, so lets hope it stays that way, unlike it's neighbour at Ambergris Caye - San Pedro (of Madonna's La Isla Bonita fame).
We're very close to the barrier reef here, so this is the place for snorkeling, diving and lazing on the beach! The first afternoon, I hired a bike and explored the island a bit and sorted out some diving for Anita and I the next day.
So on Thursday, we went diving on the reef at the Hol Chan reserve. The dive sites are just outside the reef, and the water was very choppy, so that wasn't so good. Time on the boat there was bad and getting out of the water in particular, with all that on your back was a nightmare. However, we did it and got our two dives in - under the water it was much calmer and you were diving between canyons of coral, seeing lots of great fish and a highlight was a very big turtle swimming towards me!
Friday, there was more time in the water. This time snorkelling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. This was fantastic snorkeling too - loads of fish, sting-rays and more turtles. The sharks (nurse sharks) we saw close up from the boat, but only at a distance from in the water.
So after time in the water, it's time for more relaxing on the beach. Now the group has gone, so we're staying on the island a bit longer before our later flight on to Guatemala and the next leg of our journey!