Belize is famous for its barrier reef (second largest to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia).
The waters are a beautiful turquoise, with many atolls.
We cleared in at San Pedro. We then went and had lunch, where we watched these gorgeous local children enthralled at watching a local elder opening coconuts to sell to passersby...
This was a great sign at Caye Caulker.
At Halfmoon Cay marine reserve – a lovely scenic cay with Palm Trees
and a Red Boobie Bird Sanctuary.
The Red Boobies were nesting in the top of the trees,
a spectacular sight from an observation deck,
watching the males fly in with food for Mum and the Chicks.
Bill (the Ranger) showed us a “baby” Boobie, which had fallen from the nest. These babies will not survive, so he was looking after it until it was strong enough to fly and be returned to the wild.
We motor sailed amidst rain showers to Glovers Atoll, where we had organized to catch up with Teresa and Brett (Seismic Wave).
We all dived “The Wall” from our dinghys – a lovely dive seeing Crays, Spotted Eagle Rays, and lots of fish.
North East Long Cay had a tricky entrance of coral reefs, the light was perfect for our visual navigation (thank goodness) as the electronic charts in Belize are not accurate!
North East Island has a small resort with the Bures over the water, they have nurse sharks, stingrays and lots of fish swimming under their accommdation.
Us diving with Brett & Teresa,
Some of the Fan Coral
Loggerhead Turtle that was very friendly with us
At a safety stop before surfacing...
This guy greeted us on arrival at Hatchett Cay, a lovely resort owned by an Australian
These are the local fishing boats that go out to dive for the crayfish. The little canoes are towed by the diving, then they head back to the “mother-boat” where they sleep. The Motherboat has ice for the crayfish to be chilled immediately. They then come back to Placencia, where they sell their catch to the local Co-Op for local and export sale...
Placencia Cay for the “Lobster Festival”, though they are actually Crayfish.
Lion Fish are a major "pest" here, being introduced from Asia - they have wrecked havoc on the fishlife and reef system. Lionfish are venomous.
They had a competition as to how many Lionfish could be brought in...
Belinda and Ken (Free Spirit) had also arrived so it was a lovely catch up…
and the Lobster (Crayfish) festival was fun...