Another Island... Another Day... and the Best Live Fish Show Ever :)

Caye Caulker Travel Blog

 › entry 11 of 21 › view all entries
The day we arrived on Caye Caulker.

After another day in Flores we headed for Caye Caulker, the tropical island off the cost of Belize in the lovely Caribean.  Our shuttle dropped us off in Belize City, which is not much to look at - a bit run down and dirty.  Before coming to Belize I had no idea it was once a British colony, with the Queen appearing on their money.  We didn't have long to wait in Belize City before our water taxi left to take us across to Caye Caulker, and the ride was fast and breezy - nothing like the bumpy ride we endured heading over to the wonderful Bay Islands.  We arrived to warm weather, but grey skies, so decided to take a walk around the island - discovering a local bakery with the most amazing cinnamon scrolls.

Walking towards The Split.
.. seriously to die for!

The following day we slept in and then made our way down to "The Split" to hang on the beach and snorkel.  The Split is literally where the island was split in two by Hurricane Hattie in 1961.  At The Split there is a sandy area, but most people seemed to prefer lying on the concrete pier in front of the Lazy Lizard Bar.  We opted for the sandy area as there was some shade by one of the palm trees.  We enjoyed soaking up the sun, reading our books and eating our picnic lunches of rolls, cheese and tomato.  Alan was our 'snorkel boy' disappearing in to the water for ages... I took my new goggles and snorkel out for a test run and I have to say I was well pleased with the visibility and fit.  Yaay for good scuba gear!  It was actually quite amazing what you could see in the shallows near the Split.

Rainbow Hotel.

After about midday the sand flies started biting - nasty tiny black little buggers.  Al headed back to the room to read, but me and Maree persevered heading to the beach across from the hotel.  Unfortunately it wasn't long before the sand flies were biting us worse than at the Split, so in a last attempt we went back to the Split, only to turn right around and head for the hotel.  Luckily the Rainbow Hotel had a balcony so we sat outside reading, and our timing could not have been better, as soon after getting back it started to rain.

The following day we had great weather and went for a full day snorkel tour with Raggamuffin Tours, which had come highly recommended and was well worth it.  The tour was quite busy and was split across two boats, we were on the less busy of the two - the Ragga Gal.

Our yacht - Ragga Gal with Raggamuffin Tours.
  Our local guides were very chatty and extremely informative in the water.  Our first snorkel spot was pretty basic with mostly coral and some fish, this was to give people a chance to get used to using a snorkel if they'd not done so before.  The water was pretty calm and we got to swim around for a little while, before getting back on to the boat for our first snack - a fruit platter with the most tasty watermelon and pineapple.  When we got to the second snorkel spot we entered the water surrounded by large schools of large fish, it was quite weird to get in amongst them.  The water here was much rougher and the swim much harder work, with me nearly drowning several times because of all the bloody salt water I kept getting down my snorkel.  At this spot we saw turtles which was awesome, they are so graceful in the water and lovely to watch, we also saw quite a few nurse sharks - my first.
Our angry moray eel.
  Again... back on the boat for another fruit platter, but this time we also had lunch - burgers... or in my case a meatless burger!  Our last snorkel spot was action packed with our guide showing us a stingray and this massive angry moray eel, an octopus hiding and many other creatures of the sea.  This time when we got back on the boat there was a bucket load of shrimp ceviche (again in my case just the ceviche - no shrimp) and the most potent rum punch ever for the ride back to the island.

The ride back to the island was awesome with the rum punch flowing, the sun setting and the sea beneath our feet (mine were hanging overboard for most of the trip)... but by the time we got back to Caye Caulker we were all well and truly rum punched!  Maree and Al were buying munchies as we got off the yacht while I had to make a running dash for the hotel before my bladder burst, and I think I must have been doing the "I need a wee run" because a local tried to stop me to talk when another local yelled out "can't you see the girl need to pee".

The three amigos getting rum punched.
  At that point I just didn't care.  Soon Al and Maree showed up... Maree had tried to give away her last cup of rum punch and was rejected by a local, Al on the other hand passed out within minutes.  We eventually emerged around 9pm for dinner... the dregs of our cups of rum punch went down the drain before we found some tasty pasta to fill the gap of post alcohol starvation!

Our last day was also 'sunshine and happiness', we just headed down to the Split for a beach day... this time we attempted the concrete pier, read our books and ate our rolls until the sand flies started to bite again.  They seriously are such an annoyance.

SaffaAussie says:
Yes, I think so.
Posted on: May 09, 2010
vulindlela says:
Yes, that's it!!!
They are great aren't they?
Posted on: Apr 29, 2010
SaffaAussie says:
That rings a bell... in one of the streets away from the beach... fresh bakery... not too far from the bank. Thanks for bringing me back to memory lane :).
Posted on: Apr 29, 2010
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
The day we arrived on Caye Caulker.
The day we arrived on Caye Caulker.
Walking towards The Split.
Walking towards The Split.
Rainbow Hotel.
Rainbow Hotel.
Our yacht - Ragga Gal with Raggamu…
Our yacht - Ragga Gal with Raggam…
Our angry moray eel.
Our angry moray eel.
The three amigos getting rum punch…
The three amigos getting rum punc…
Rainbow Hotel.
Rainbow Hotel.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
Walking around town.
On the far side of The Split.
On the far side of The Split.
Sun setting over the sea.
Sun setting over the sea.
Me on the pier.
Me on the pier.
Close up of me on the pier.
Close up of me on the pier.
Rainbow Hotel.
Rainbow Hotel.
A restaurant on the waters edge.
A restaurant on the water's edge.
Me and Maree lying on the beach op…
Me and Maree lying on the beach o…
My little hermit crab.
My little hermit crab.
Hermie trying to make an escape.
Hermie trying to make an escape.
Hermie skuttled over the edge and …
Hermie skuttled over the edge and…
The rainbow after the rain.
The rainbow after the rain.
The rainbow after the rain.
The rainbow after the rain.
The braai - old school style.
The braai - old school style.
Al and the freaky wood carved lady.
Al and the freaky wood carved lady.
Maree and me waiting for our dinne…
Maree and me waiting for our dinn…
My strawberry daquiri on the scary…
My strawberry daquiri on the scar…
The sunny day of the snorkle tour.
The sunny day of the snorkle tour.
The Raggamuffin Tour Office.
The Raggamuffin Tour Office.
Maree and me waiting for the snork…
Maree and me waiting for the snor…
Al waiting for the snorkel tour.
Al waiting for the snorkel tour.
Walking over to the pier.
Walking over to the pier.
Heading on to our yacht - Ragga Ga…
Heading on to our yacht - Ragga G…
Looking back on Caye Caulker from …
Looking back on Caye Caulker from…
Maree and me on the yacht.
Maree and me on the yacht.
Me getting ready to go snorkel.
Me getting ready to go snorkel.
Maree getting ready to go snorkel.
Maree getting ready to go snorkel.
Me waving to Al.
Me waving to Al.
Maree in the sea.
Maree in the sea.
Al going for a free dive.
Al going for a free dive.
One of the many schools of fish.
One of the many schools of fish.
Another massive school of fish... …
Another massive school of fish...…
Looking in to the sea at the big f…
Looking in to the sea at the big …
Me getting in the water out our se…
Me getting in the water out our s…
Could be an angel fish?
Could be an angel fish?
One of the turtles we saw.
One of the turtles we saw.
Our guide holding the stingray.
Our guide holding the stingray.
Our guide holding a stingray while…
Our guide holding a stingray whil…
Al checking out the yachts facili…
Al checking out the yacht's facil…
Heading back to Caye Caulker... pu…
Heading back to Caye Caulker... p…
Al and Maree talking to one of the…
Al and Maree talking to one of th…
Me with one of the guides in the b…
Me with one of the guides in the …
Me with my rum punch.
Me with my rum punch.
Maree protecting herself from the …
Maree protecting herself from the…
Me on the yacht.
Me on the yacht.
Heading back to Caye Caulker throu…
Heading back to Caye Caulker thro…
Looking at the Lazy Lizard Pub.
Looking at the Lazy Lizard Pub.
The sun streaming through the clou…
The sun streaming through the clo…
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sunset on the way back.
The sun set from our balcony.
The sun set from our balcony.
The sun set from our balcony.
The sun set from our balcony.
Rum punched!
Rum punched!
Caye Caulker
photo by: vulindlela