Still on Caye Caulker

I’m still here.

I wondered around wondering what to do most of the day but eventually booked a couple of fundives for BZD190 with Big Fish Diving Centre. Doing Hol Chan Marine Reserve, exactly where I wanted to go! The Great Blue Hole is a bit too expensive, I’m not qualified/insured to dive deep enough and people have told me that the thing that really makes it worth it is seeing sharks there… in that case I would rather go to Hol Chan and know I’ll see loads of everything.

In the mean time, I’ve checked into Tina’s Backpackers Hostel since the Tropics was fully booked. Just BZD22 a night!

The WiFi is slow… but I’ll try a few photos

Still looking for that perfect island scene

Still looking for that perfect island scene

I think they need bigger versions...

I think they need bigger versions...

Golf cart taxis on the prowl for the newly arrived boat!

Golf cart taxis on the prowl for the newly arrived boat!

Hows about this for the perfect island scene shot?

Hows about this for the perfect island scene shot?

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Caye Caulker

Another quick water taxi ride!

Another quick water taxi ride!

This one is even quicker than the last

This one is even quicker than the last

Looks like a great spot to live!!

Looks like a great spot to live!!

You can see all the way across the island!

You can see all the way across the island!

I had jumped on the water taxi to Caye Caulker. It sounded good on Wikitravel so why not? I thought I might be able to get an afternoon dive in. First job though was to roam around until I found a decent looking hotel, eventually I found the Tropics Hotel. BZD45 a night/USD22 wasn’t bad for a private room!

Then it was island roaming and photo time!

The main street - the island is mostly a small town, more buildings than you would expect for one in the middle of the Caribbean!

The main street - the island is mostly a small town, more buildings than you would expect for one in the middle of the Caribbean!

That's a bit more like it!

That's a bit more like it!

This is how I sometimes have to carry the kit. Bag in Backpack mode on back and smaller backpack on the front. It gets very hot when your in the tropics!

This is how I sometimes have to carry the kit. Bag in Backpack mode on back and smaller backpack on the front. It gets very hot when your in the tropics!

This looks low key! I came here later and found a lot of folks get married here!

This looks low key! I came here later and found a lot of folks get married here!

Ahh, now that looks more like an island scene

Ahh, now that looks more like an island scene

And this!

And this!

Chilled isn't it?

Chilled isn't it?

I think we may have found the best island scene here - why are all my comments about this?

I think we may have found the best island scene here - why are all my comments about this?

People sunbathe on these jetties, even if they don't have raised boats!

People sunbathe on these jetties, even if they don't have raised boats!

Hahah! I love the home made drink adverts on this trip

Hahah! I love the home made drink adverts on this trip

Now that is where you should have your dive shop!

Now that is where you should have your dive shop!

I looked round the dive shops, including the one above, Frenchies,  as I was exploring, but none had afternoon dives. I didn’t book a dive for the next day (stupidly). Instead I went off and got a snorkelling tour from my hotel for BZD45!

3 hour tour and totally worth it! Saw a Nurse Shark hiding under some rocks, loads of Stingrays, an Eagle Ray, plenty of Damselfish, a couple of Moray Eels,  the works! Friendly group too! Pity I didn’t have an underwater camera.

Chilled out that evening with Ribs for dinner and a few bottles. This place is very laid back… in fact, a bit too much in the evenings! You need to be here with friends, but I did get talking to a few people none the less.

The next day I thought I would get up at 8 and go to the dive shops… uh, I slept in till 9:20 and the latest dive boats leave at 9:30! Great. Missed those despite trying. I’m now chilling at the hotel trying to decide between staying the day and going diving tomorrow or going to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye… hmm…

Belize City

So there I was… waking up in LAX at 4am to check in, then trolled the shops for a few hours until my flight took off for Dallas Fort Worth. I slept the whole way there! That is the way to fly!

Off the plane and I made straight for the next gate as I only had 50 minutes to connect… it was only down the hall so no worries. Found a Pulled Pork Sandwich for lunch then waited… and waited… the flight was delayed! This is the first flight out of 19 on this trip to be delayed and American Airlines takes that sad award. Oh well, it was only 30 minutes.

But in the air, while I was sleeping again, we were delayed a further 30 minutes, landing 1 hour late in Belize City.

When there, I found there was not a public bus to take me to town so I had to get a taxi, which I hate doing. But when I got to my guesthouse, The Seaside Guesthouse, I thought things would be better… and they were! I got a private room, since I just wanted one after hostelling it and could have it for US$25. I then went out and explored the mostly closed Belize City.

That's the tourist bit I was not in

That's the tourist bit I was not in

There were a lot of friendly dogs around. This particular one was constantly play biting my hand

There were a lot of friendly dogs around. This particular one was constantly play biting my hand

The local crazy wanted a picture

The local crazy wanted a picture

This looked nice - nothing to say about it though

This looked nice - nothing to say about it though

I went back to the hostel and got talking to a few people, eventually ending up having a curry for tea and then going to the casino to loose BZD15! (that’s only USD7.50)

The next day though, I wanted out, so I headed to Caye Caulker! I think it was the Metro system that put me off city life:

Hmm

Hmm