My second trip was in July 2006. Brad
and I stayed on Ambergris again at Journey's End resort. The people
were nice, the location was fabulous and the beach was cleaned every
morning (at some places you can't walk into the water...or you don't
want to). We just had a problem with the smell of rotting seaweed that
came from the property next door. So, although we had the best cabana
there, we quickly moved to another one!
Besides that, our trip was FABULOUS!
We dove five times and snorkeled once at Hol Chan. Our dives were at:
Esmerelda, Tuffy Canyon, the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef and Eagle Ray
The Blue Hole is a must if you go to Belize and you dive. It's a 2.5
hour boat ride there, but you do three dives in a day - and the other
two are spectacular! Granted, the Blue Hole is a 135 ft. dive (the
lowest we've ever gone!), but it was COOOOL! The hole used to be a cave
and then the top of it collapsed, creating this cool underwater cavern.
There are these GIANT stalagmites that are millions of years old that
you swim through - and, since the lip of the hole is fairly shallow,
once large sharks and fish get in, they usually stay for a while. That
being said, we had our first encounter with a school of Bullsharks! The
most agressive sharks in the world! (I was hoping for some hammerheads,
but these were very exciting!)
Brad going into the Blue
The next two dives, Lighthouse Reef and Eagle Ray, had the most amazing
variety of coral and sea life that I have seen in the Caribbean.
Arrow crab at Lighthouse
"Howdy, Y'all" said the Banded Coral Shrimp
Cool Coral at Lighthouse...
Red-Footed Booby at Half Moon Caye
Brad and Michelle at Lighthouse Reef
We saw this incredible Sea Turtle there...he was ALOT bigger than this
photo makes him
And if you can identidy this one, you get a gold star!