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April 4, 2004
When we got closer to Goff’s Caye, we were told we could snorkel from the beach with Victoria, or from the boat with Napoleon. My husband, myself, and three other adults elected to follow Napoleon. He had an orange life preserver with him, so we could spot him in the water and follow him (except when he was sitting on it, resting). Napoleon was the last one in, but he was off like a shot and we had to follow. The waves were about 4 to 5 feet, and when you were in the trough, you could not see anyone. The snorkeling was amazing—there were all different kinds of coral and fish. The water was a bit chilly when we first jumped in, but keeping up with Napoleon kept us warm. At one point, we had to negotiate this channel between the coral, and all of sudden, swimmers from another boat were coming towards us, going in the opposite direction. The other boat had all their swimmers wearing life jackets, but we had been told no such thing—it would have been much safer to have suggested that. Napoleon had no idea what kind of swimmers we were, and it would have been very easy for one of us to slip under the water and drown.
When we completed our circuit, we climbed up onto the boat and found Lawrence sound asleep. I believe it might have been his job to help us get back onboard. When the five of us were back on board, we motored over to Goff’s Caye, an island about an acre and a half in size. There was sand, 12 trees, one large bush, quite a lot of garbage on the coral at the edge of the island, a little covered stand selling souvenirs, some barbecues, a station selling drinks and snacks like burgers, someone renting out chairs, and four chemical toilets (no toilet paper, I heard) on the pier. We spread our towels out on the sand, sat for a while, and then swam a bit. The sand was full of little shells and rocks, so wearing shoes might be a good plan.
We had a great time, but it was really quite a marathon swim from the boat, and novice swimmers would be better to swim from the island.
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