Diving and Leaving Caye Caulker

The last blog post from this great place

I did my dives in Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Big Fish Diving and had a great time. The first suprise was that my air and depth meters were in PSI and Feet rather than Bar and Metres as I had been trained… so had to get a quick conversion done to work out the max depth and the warning air levels.

On the way I finally clap eyes on San Pedro. I think I made the right choice with Caye Caulker

On the way I finally clap eyes on San Pedro. I think I made the right choice with Caye Caulker

The gear!

The gear!

When we got down to Hol Chan I also realised this was my first roll entry as well. Fortunately this came naturally!

Down there the highlights included my first:

  • Turtle
  • Nurse Shark (and lots off them)
  • Stingrays that I actually saw (I have been on dives with them before but didn’t spot them when others did)

Was just great to be back in the water, banter with the Canadians I was diving with and have a little fun under the sea! When I got back I found that Vancouver is also excellent for diving so I think I’ll be doing some when I’m on my feet properly!

Anyway, the remainder of the day was chilling out!

The Hostel Yard - isn't it great!

The Hostel Yard - isn't it great!

Looking out to sea from the end of the Hostel's pier - the surfline in the distance is the Belize Barrier Reef - another contender for the best island scene shot

Looking out to sea from the end of the Hostel's pier - the surfline in the distance is the Belize Barrier Reef - another contender for the best island scene shot

Tina's Hostel

Tina's Hostel

That's the Caribbean!

That's the Caribbean!

And that's what the Caribbean can do to a harbour wall. A hurricane helped out

And that's what the Caribbean can do to a harbour wall. A hurricane helped out

Chilled that evening and the next morning. In fact the only thing waking me up the next morning was the wind. It’s normal for higher winds in the evening but it was strange. That morning it was much higher!

Those palm trees are normally palm tree shaped!

Those palm trees are normally palm tree shaped!

One of the hostel dogs

One of the hostel dogs

It was then time to jump on the water taxi and head back to Belize City. Caye Caulker has been one of the surprises of this trip. So chilled and laid back!

Belize City on the otherhand, was still Belize City. Lots of taxi guys looking for attention, beggars and needs more cleaning. I found a great lunch though and got some cash before heading for the airport. I bought a few souvenirs, some Firey Hot, Belize Heat and Beware hot sauces from Marie Sharp’s! Oh they are going to burn!

Belize is worth a visit let me tell you.

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?

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…