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.

Another view into the channel
...the turquoise water meets Mayan history.  It is described as "where the jungle meets the reef" and it's true.  

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.

This moonlight one wasn't too bad
  Unlike the trip I did in Florida years ago, manatee viewing in Belize is just from the boatside which is not much fun after you've actually touched them before!  

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.

LOBSTER BABY!!!
  Another storm was rolling in so the water was getting a little rough so we didn't get as close as I would've liked but it's all good!  I definitely want to come back on this trip again in hopes of swimming with the manatees this time!!! LOL. 

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!

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Another view into the channel
Another view into the channel
This moonlight one wasnt too bad
This moonlight one wasn't too bad
LOBSTER BABY!!!
LOBSTER BABY!!!
Pulling away from our pier in Ambe…
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View into Mexico
View into Mexico
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Huge termite nest
Huge termite nest
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As we head out and back to the ree…
As we head out and back to the re…
The beautiful turquoise waters wit…
The beautiful turquoise waters wi…
Rocky Point - where the reef conne…
Rocky Point - where the reef conn…
The beach visible is the turtle br…
The beach visible is the turtle b…
One of the subdivisions along th…
One of the "subdivisions" along t…
My feeble attempts at moonlight sh…
My feeble attempts at moonlight s…
Another try
Another try
Manager Dan and his daughter on th…
Manager Dan and his daughter on t…
More barracuda
More barracuda
Our feast that night..lobster, veg…
Our feast that night..lobster, ve…
One of the resident crabs hanging …
One of the resident crabs hanging…
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