All Day Snorkel Trip - Bacalar Chico
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We wanted to try this all day snorkel adventure that we missed out on last year due to bad weather! Because we are usually there in off season, it is sometimes hard to find tour companies who are running it because they have to have at least 4 people to do it since it's a long haul. Well, it worked out that our friends Mike and Michelle wanted to do it so we booked it and had the boat all to ourselves. SWEET!
No joke it's a long day but you get to see so much scenery that you couldn't see otherwise since the area is only accessible by boat! We split through the lagoon and go the "back side" of the island that we don't ever really see in order to get to the marine preserve quicker. It was one of the most unique trips because you get to see the different sides of Belize.
Bacalar Chico is on the tip of Belize and sits on the Bay of Chetumal, the hang dug Mayan channel that now separates Belize from Mexico. Before you pass through the channel, the water is green, there are crocodiles, and manatees that hang in the channel. Once you hit the end, you are back in the tropical island setting. It was amazing. Unfortunately, the water was really stirred up still after all the storms so visibility was not that great otherwise we probably could've seen the manatees that hang out in the channel. In addition, there is one who hangs at one of the snorkel stops so in theory, it's the only place in Belize you can actually swim with the manatees.
There are several stops on the tour which are interesting. We stopped at the reserve center to learn the Mayan history of the Bacalar Chico area and then we had two snorkel stops on our way back and a delicious lunch cooked by our guide. The food is definitely one of the things I love about the tours as the local guys really know how to cook! Mmmmm. I still haven't developed our underwater photos so will update the blog when I get them done (first I have to find the rolls of film...LOL).
On the trip back around, you see the only point where the reef touches the mainland, known as Rocky Point, and also the protected turtle breeding grounds.
After we got back to the hotel, we were having a lobster feast with Henry and his family....the guys had gone into town and found the lobster guy and bought a bunch of large tails to bbq that night. Talk about a great night - it worked out to $11 a person for the tail, baked potato and fresh vegetables. Plus, Henry had two more barracuda from their last fishing trip so they cooked those up for appetizers. Holy cow! What a fun night. The storm had blown through and the water was so calm that it was almost eerie and one of the most beautiful reflections of moonlight ever. We didn't have our big camera so I tried to improvise with my cheaper digital one! HA HA. What a fun night!