My alarm went off at 4:45am. I rolled out of bed, stretched and filled up my water bottle. I packed up more GoPro gear, grabbed my dive bag, and headed out the door. I got to the boat just about 530am. We were scheduled to have the boat packed and be out on the water around 6. I checked in and helped myself to the fresh Belizian coffee and breakfast sweet breads they had available.
|All loaded up and ready to go!|
After a 30 minute boat ride, we arrived at Half Moon Caye. We stopped at the island to let the snorkeling group off before we continued to our dive site. Once we got there, we once again suited up and jumped over board. The water was a little choppy at the surface, so our dive master just said, "I'll meet you 40' down". I was one of the first overboard and had a few minutes to get situated. One of the buttons on my GoPro housing had gotten stuck during the first dive. I tried to fix it between dives. I took it with me, it took one photo and then promptly got stuck again. I gave up and stowed it away and just enjoyed the dive.
|The first, and last, picture I got out of my GoPro...|
|The view from our boat as we pulled up for lunch|
|The path to the viewing platform. Had to watch out for hermit crabs crossing our path|
|Looking out over the sea.|
|A look back at our lunch site and the pier.|
|A little friend we made along the way.|
This last dive was full of marine-life, as one would expect from a name like "The Aquarium". We spent just under an hour swimming through the coral. It was another amazing experience. As soon as we got in the water, we were surrounded by schools of fish. They followed along with us for the entire dive. It was so neat to see all the different kinds of marine life that could live in such a close environment. I am really glad that I took the day to do these dives. They are definitely an experience that I won't forget anytime soon. Once everyone was back on board, we started our two hour ride back to Caye Caulker. When we were about 30 minutes away, we stopped to stretch our legs and celebrate the end of the day with some rum punch. I think one of the coolest experiences was meeting so many people from all over the world that had ended up on this boat to go diving. We had people from all nationalities with all kinds of different backgrounds and experience levels together to spend the day out diving in the Caribbean Sea. Those conversations and jokes just added to the experience and got me hooked on the sport.
Once back in Caye Caulker, we all packed up our gear and headed our separate ways. I headed back to my place with the intention of laying down for an hour and then heading out for dinner and to enjoy my last night on the Caye. I woke up about three hours later and realized it was to late to head out. So, I thought I might update this before setting to packing my bags to move on to the mainland tomorrow...