All Day Snorkel / Catamaran Booze Cruise to Caye Caulker!
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Good god the alarm came too quickly this am after being up late yet another night!! Fortunately, we were going snorkeling all day so I could care less about getting ready - hat and bathing suit and I was ready to do battle! :D We got ready in record time and stumbled downstairs for breakfast at the bar. As we were walking downstairs our friend John was outside his room, rather chipper for probably getting less sleep than the both of us did. He said good morning, we sorta mumbled back, and I headed straight for the pot of coffee!!! Next thing you know, the boat is here and we gotta get going!
We started on a small speed boat with our guide Sylvin and headed back to another resort to pick up two women who figured out they were on the wrong boat! LOL.
As we pull up to the dock to get off and get our gear, I am closest to get off the boat first and I look up and who do I see...our friend Russell we've seen all week. LOL. He works for a different company but was down there and saw us come in so he came to say hi. That boy is everywhere I swear!!! HA HA. We go in get our gear, and we are off to the big catamaran. Russell's friend Giovanni, who works for Seaduced, said he might come along as it's his day off and an opportunity to hang with Silvina, Mark, and I.
We get all settled on the catamaran and are listening to the rules when I hear this familiar childish cackle behind me. Yup, Giovanni made it! LOL. He was off getting fuel for the boat while Sylvin picked us up. It actually worked out good he came as the seas were going to be fairly rough and they needed his assistance with the sails.
Finally we are off and running - there must have been only 12-14 of us on the boat I believe......not quite sure since we were all spread out. Silvina and I assumed proper tanning spots up front and we were cruising. We took a lot of pics of the guys and the manual labor *whoo hoo* which provided some entertainment for us until we got to our first snorkel stop - Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
The water was a bit chilly and the waves were pretty rough- usually don't have swells like that when I've been out. I was exhausted just getting out to the reef against the current and had the worst snorkel gear ever - I always complain I am bringing my good stuff but opt to rent and not pack it every year so it's my own fault! We did see some cool fish and one of the most beautiful sea turtles that I tried and tried to get photos of but he was pretty elusive (that and the current was dragging me the opposite way he was going).
Finally it was time to head back to the boat and my toes were so blistered from the fins I was all too happy to just float back with the current.
While we were playing with the sting rays, I got hit in the face pretty good with a big wave and had no mask on. Giovanni had headed back to the boat and I tried to follow him but couldn't see since my eyes were stinging and I swallowed a healthy dose of sea water. I finally was able to grab on to him and we headed back to the catamaran so I could relax a bit. I decided to stay on the boat with him, Mark, and Rudy (our other guide) since I was winded and my toes were completely bloody from the fins.
I watched Silvina come back with Sylvin and he went down and got a nurse shark for them to see. I was trying to get pics of Silvina and once Sylvin called her name and she saw a shark, she was off swimming to the boat.
**SNORKEL PHOTOS TO BE UPDATED WHEN I DEVELOP THE UNDERWATER CAMERA**
Next, we headed to Caye Caulker for lunch and a little shopping excursion, pending time. Mark, Silvina, and I ended up having lunch with the two ladies who were booked on the wrong trip - Jan and Kim. Mark had been talking to them quite a bit on the boat and they were both incredibly nice. We stopped at a sports bar for lunch and had a great time getting to know one another. Silvina and I spotted the happy hour drinks and found a fun one which they happened to be out of (how you are out of a shot I dunno).
Lunch was great and we managed to find some interesting photos to do (typical TravBuddies) and then we were off to wander for a couple minutes on the streets of Caye Caulker. Sadly, it was already time to head back to the boat and get ready for the sail back to Ambergris Caye. It had rained briefly but the waters had calmed considerably. We saw a couple dolphins out playing but they were too far away to get decent photos of.
The ride back was rather subdued except for the making of Giovanni's heavy handed rum punch! LOL Yeah, Giovanni put the booze in booze cruise..no doubt!!! I was feeling a bit queasy still so I hung out inside the boat and laid down on the bench seats chatting with the guys while Silvina and Mark mingled up top.
Seemed like only a few minutes and we were already back to Ambergris Caye. We switched back to the small speed boat and had to make a stop in the office (where we managed to see our friend Russell yet again LOL) and we were off to drop people off at their hotels. There was an older couple from Norway who may have been on their honeymoon and obviously Giovanni's rum punch got the better of her as I saw a lot of things through the window of the catamaran that I didn't want to see on our sail back home.
Well, the bright side to all this was the delay helped us take some great sunset shots along the ride back to the hotel!! We said our goodbyes to Jan and Kim who Mark invited to the Chicken Drop the next day, and it was off to Mata Rocks as the last survivors on the boat. We said goodbye to Sylvin and Giovanni and Mike and Michelle came out to the dock to meet us.
I ended up hanging out on the dock a bit listening to the waves which always clears my head and next thing you know, it was a late night yet again! Silvina and I made a drink and hung out on our balcony just as our friends from the police department got home early so we chatted a bit, took a couple photos which cannot be posted due to their positions obviously, and it was beddy bye time for Silvina and I! Another busy day ahead of us as Wednesday was the world famous Chicken Drop! We needed to get up early to get maximum sun time in before heading to the Pier Lounge with Mark.