Tuesday, May 15th
Left Orange Walk in the morning by bus to Belize City. It was one of the local buses however not quite a chicken bus. It was still one of the old style American school buses though, so no luggage compartment I had to hold the pack on my lap for the 1 ½ hour trip. The bus was full and was blasting Bob Marley all the way to Belize City. I enjoyed it. I then jumped on a boat over to Caye Caulker. This is a small Belize island about a 1 hour boat ride in the Caribbean. The island is now actually two islands, a hurricane a few years ago caused a split, so there is now a north and south island. Everything is on the south island, but the north island is currently for sale if anyone is interested. The south island is only about 6 miles long and less than a mile wide.
This place is heaven. The local transport here is either bicycle or golf cart ….. Or your legs which is what I have been using. I found a hostel right on the beach (just a few feet away) for $11USD per night. I booked in for a dive the following day and headed back to the hostel to meet some people. Met some great Irish guys and a girl from England.
Wednesday, May 16th
Dive day. Had a few too many drinks the previous night so did feel a little seedy. It was a two hour boat road out to the first dive site which was the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a perfect circle about ½ km across within the Lighthouse Reef. It is about 480mt deep. I will include a photo of it I found online. We dove to 130ft on this dive and swam around enormous stalactites and saw a couple of Black Tip Caribbean Sharks. I ran out of air again on this deep dive, like in Cabo, another person also ran out. Everyone were at least Advanced level divers and we all had dive partners so no problem about sharing air. The second dive was to a reef where we swam with some turtles. We saw three of them and they seemed to be as fascinated with us, as us with them. They were circling us a few times before continuing on their way. We also saw a large school or Barracudas, more sharks, lots of fish and some beautiful corals. The third dive was much the same again however with the turtles. It was an amazing day and I think the best dive I have had yet. The day started at 6am and we returned back to the island at around 5ish. I was exhausted so had a bit to eat and went to bed.
Thursday, May 17th
Rest day. Since arriving in Belize I have been waking before sunrise. I don't know why, however I thought I would make the most of it and get up and watch it. Wasn't the best sunrise I'd seen on the trip so far but just the thought of watching the sun rising in the Caribbean was enough to make it special enough. I then spent the next 4 hours lying in a hammock reading a book. I then bumped into another couple I met on the first day here and we headed down to the island split for a bite to eat and swim. Got back to the hostel, played some cards, went out for dinner, had a couple of beers then off to bed. It's a hard life, but someone has to do it.
Friday, May 18th
Last day. Spent the day again relaxing. Read a lot, went down to the spit for a swim and a beer, and thought I had better do a little wander of the island to take a few pictures. I highly recommend Caye Caulker to anyone coming to Belize. It would actually be a great last stop after much traveling to chill out and relax before going back to reality. Went down to the spit to watch the sunset over a couple of beers.