Diving / Snorkeling, Belize
The highlight of the childrens day was going out on the glass bottom boat so they could see the fish.
After they got to a certain spot the boat anchored and everyone got into the water to snorkel or just play.
We went out on several different ones and they were all good.
If you take a dive trip to the Blue Hole, its worth doing one that lets you stop at Lighthouse Reef island (picture perfect) for lunch and a chance to see the Red Footed Booby nests - see something above ground for a change.
The Barrier Reef lies about half a mile off Ambergris Caye. It is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. The remarkably clear and shallow water inside the reef allows excellent viewing of the fabulous marine life of the area. Outside the reef, the seabed drops sharply in a series of plateau to depths of thousands of feet. Out here in the blue are found the gamefish - mackerel, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, sailfish and marlin.
Take a ride on a traditional Sail Boat like the Rum Punch II. We took a ride from Ambergris Caye to Caulker. It's a nice relaxing trip and we snorkeled the Hol Chan marine preserve on the return trip. See must do's for more on the Hol Chan Marine Preserve.
Known for its marine environment, Belize is well publicized for possessing the second longest barrier reef in the world, as well as three major offshore atolls. In addition to the aforementioned, Belize possesses numerous mangrove systems both offshore and along the coast, thus creating a tremendous wetlands environment in which birds, fishes, mammals, and reptiles can propagate. With such a significant marine ecosystem, scuba divers, marine biologists, and sport fishermen have long recognized the importance of Belize, and it has become a favorite destination for them
We spent the majority of our trip on Ambergris Caye, a little tiny island in the middle of Belize's huge barrier reef. It was wonderful!! Tourist aren't allowed cars, and there really isn't a need for one, the island is so small. However, the hotel we stayed in was about 2miles from the town so we rented a golf cart to get us back and forth!! Our hotel also provided bikes for us to use.
So far it is the best snokeling of my life. I swam with sharks and huge sting rays and a grouper that was twice my size! It was very relaxing. The locals have a slow paced attitude and the tourists absorb that the moment they get off the chartered planes. It is a good spot to read, lounge, eat and drink, and snorkel!
When I tired of chasing the sharks, I turned my attention the Sting Rays.
I must say that there were at any given time 12 or more Rays and Sharks around me at any given time. At those times, however, I was not particularly interested in taking pictures :-) I was more interested in keeping up with each and every individual...
visit the Manatee Lagoons, a few miles south of Belize City. Manatees are common all along the coast of Belize but the highest concentration is here. You may also catch a glimpse of the huge, impressive Jabiru stork also, along with marine turtles and white Ibis to name a few of the many species to be found here