All Day Snorkel / Catamaran Booze Cruise to Caye Caulker!

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Mark being Mark!LOL

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.

Silvina and I enjoying some sun
  Apparently they had booked a ruins trip, not an all day snorkel adventure but the ruins trip was cancelled due to the floods so they rebooked them on this and they didn't know it.  Mark managed to talk them into coming anyways and told them what a great time they'd have. 

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.

Giovanni
  Well, he was no where in sight so I figured he probably slept in as he claims he's prone to do on days off. 

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.

Rudy and Silvina
  This particular set of snorkel stops I do every trip and don't mind repeating as we always see something new.  And for Silvina, this being her first time down, it was a great one to hit. 

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.

Sylvin and Silvina
  We then headed to the next stop which is Shark Ray Alley - one of the most fun places.  You can snorkel but I often enjoy just hanging by the boat and watching the sting rays and nurse sharks.  I managed to talk Giovanni into going in the water against his will (claims it was too cold..ha ha) to pick up some sting rays for us.  I was one of the last people in the water because I got stuck behind the slow Europeans who were complaining to each other about getting in shark infested waters! LOL.  By the time I got in, most fo the snorkelers were headed to the reef to snorkel and I hung back so Giovanni could bring up another sting ray for me!  Mark had been taking pictures of Silvina and I on his camera which I was excited to see since we were down in the water and stuck with disposable underwater cameras.
Nurse shark
  Unfortunately, we found out the next morning that Mark had somehow lost his camera so all those photos are gone. :-(

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.

How fitting is this?!?!
  Sadly though, she was pretty close to Sylvin and thinks she kicked the poor shark in the face by accident with her fin!  LOL 

**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).

Silvina and I with our Panty Ripper and Pink Pussy
  It was called Angie's Orgasm and came with two shots because "no one should have an orgasm alone"  HA HA.  We ended up going with two other interesting choices - the pink pussy and the panty ripper.  Oh yeah baby! 

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.

Typical TB silliness! LOL
 

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.

Mark and I being silly!
  And when we transferred to the smaller boat, I was chatting with the guys when we heard a loud splash and in the water she went!  She decided to swim back to her resort rather than let us take her.  Ooooookkkkkk.  We waited there to make sure she made it while her husband walked along the pier (their resort was one dock over from where we had stopped and we were only in about 5-10 feet of water but still!) 

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.

As the sun continued to set
  Silvina and I were exhausted and ready to crash.  We went upstairs and decided to call it an early night!!  We just played on the computer and sat around the pool - Mike and Michelle were kind enough to bring us dinner back from the restaurant we ate at so we didn't have to leave. 

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.

Giovanni opening the sails
 

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Mark being Mark!LOL
Mark being Mark!LOL
Silvina and I enjoying some sun
Silvina and I enjoying some sun
Giovanni
Giovanni
Rudy and Silvina
Rudy and Silvina
Sylvin and Silvina
Sylvin and Silvina
Nurse shark
Nurse shark
How fitting is this?!?!
How fitting is this?!?!
Silvina and I with our Panty Rippe…
Silvina and I with our Panty Ripp…
Typical TB silliness! LOL
Typical TB silliness! LOL
Mark and I being silly!
Mark and I being silly!
As the sun continued to set
As the sun continued to set
Giovanni opening the sails
Giovanni opening the sails
Ready to go!!
Ready to go!!
Giovanni and I hanging out
Giovanni and I hanging out
Silvina running away from the shar…
Silvina running away from the sha…
Sylvin grabbing a shark underwater
Sylvin grabbing a shark underwater
Silvina after Shark Ray Alley
Silvina after Shark Ray Alley
Giovanni and Rudy
Giovanni and Rudy
Getting busted by Giovanni...ha ha
Getting busted by Giovanni...ha ha
Ok, so now they pose! LOL
Ok, so now they pose! LOL
Hanging on as it was pretty windy
Hanging on as it was pretty windy
Rudy
Rudy
Rudys GQ pose...I told him I am g…
Rudy's GQ pose...I told him I am …
Giovanni taking a break
Giovanni taking a break
Sylvin and Giovanni
Sylvin and Giovanni
Silvina and I taking a break from …
Silvina and I taking a break from…
Oh scary! Rudy is driving the boat…
Oh scary! Rudy is driving the boa…
Antother shot of Silvina and I
Antother shot of Silvina and I
Arriving in Caye Caulker
Arriving in Caye Caulker
For the Chicken Group - The Sexy C…
For the Chicken Group - The Sexy …
Storm clouds rolling in
Storm clouds rolling in
Welcome to Caye Caulker!
Welcome to Caye Caulker!
View from Caye Caulker beach at lu…
View from Caye Caulker beach at l…
A hostel on Caye Caulker..see othe…
A hostel on Caye Caulker..see oth…
Love this sign!! :D
Love this sign!! :D
The arrival of the rain
The arrival of the rain
Hee Hee :D
Hee Hee :D
Oh my.....look at that face Mark i…
Oh my.....look at that face Mark …
Had to get a pic of the receipt wh…
Had to get a pic of the receipt w…
Our little lunch table
Our little lunch table
Silvina and I
Silvina and I
Where we ate lunch
Where we ate lunch
A little Canadian influence, eh? L…
A little Canadian influence, eh? …
Ice Cream! We didnt have time to …
Ice Cream! We didn't have time to…
Belikin...nothing better than a co…
Belikin...nothing better than a c…
Front Street - Caye Caulker
Front Street - Caye Caulker
Loved this bar name
Loved this bar name
The motto in all of Belize
The motto in all of Belize
Ok, this was my attempt at the chi…
Ok, this was my attempt at the ch…
Our catamaran SEAduction
Our catamaran "SEAduction"
Mark waiting to get back on the bo…
Mark waiting to get back on the b…
Ok...you knew there had to be a bo…
Ok...you knew there had to be a b…
Rudy and Giovanni again
Rudy and Giovanni again
Giovanni now playing Captain
Giovanni now playing Captain
natural split in Caye Caulker caus…
natural split in Caye Caulker cau…
beautiful clouds
beautiful clouds
Hey Rudy...over here!
Hey Rudy...over here!
Silvina and Rudy
Silvina and Rudy
This would be where I laid down to…
This would be where I laid down t…
Mr I like to pose for the camera n…
Mr I like to pose for the camera …
Such the ham
Such the ham
On the boat ride back to our hotel
On the boat ride back to our hotel
Sunset shots!
Sunset shots!
Another sunset shot
Another sunset shot
Beautiful colors in the sky
Beautiful colors in the sky
Gorgeous day on the Caye
Gorgeous day on the Caye
Love the sunsets in Ambergris
Love the sunsets in Ambergris
The last we saw of the sun
The last we saw of the sun
Mike, Michelle, and Mark at the bar
Mike, Michelle, and Mark at the bar
The waters calmed that night
The waters calmed that night