Saying goodbye to Anne also meant we
had to find out what to do next.. Reading a bit about Belize in the
guidebook we discovered that the second biggest reef if right here
(surpassed only by the Great Barrier Reef, Australia) – and who
would we be to miss the oportunity to dive here..

So we found a backyard to hide the
bikes in at a guesthouse where we could also dump our stuff and
jumped on a speedboat for a ride to Caye Caulker and the very
laid-back atmosphere of this tranquil caribian island (or caye –
can’t really get someone to tell us the differens)…

Dive shop on poles in Caye Caulker

Laid back atmosphere at Caye Caulker

Next morning we were on yet another
speedboat to ”the Blue Hole” a sink-hole that was once a dry cave
but is now under water. 40 meters down this 120 m deep hole we saw
the stalagtites once formed in the roof of the cave. While enjoying
the absurd constellation of swimming among the giant stalagtites and
the onset of nitrogen narcosis a bunch of grey caribean reef sharks
came by – just checking us out. Gracious creatures appearing out of
the deep blue center of the 300 m diameter hole and disappearing just
as quickly – almost like fatamorganas.. Fantastic!! Two more dives
were included in the day programme – none to write home about –
the visibility was not fantastic and corals are not abundant enough
to keep you entertained (the occacional hurricanes have taken their
towes on the reefs, throwing bits and pieces all around)

Enjoying life in my pink wetsuit..

However we
did get to see the speciel Redfooted Boobie (and we are talking about
a bird – real one – avian species) – a Fregate bird that
apparently only nests on a little island. Fortunately they were not
shy and we got to see plenty of birds of all ages – red legs and
all.

Unfortunatly you can’t see the beautiful red legs 😉