Caye Caulker Journals

Rapture of the Deep Blue Hole

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An October 2002 trip to Caye Caulker by nmagann

The Great Blue Hole Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize More Photos
Quote: The Blue Hole, a diver’s "cult classic" is boat trip away. Away from Caye Calker, an island where you stand on the beach on one side and can see the beach on the other side. No streets, sidewalks, large hotels, or nightlife. Just aqua crystalline waters to explore.

The Great Blue Hole

Attraction | "Rapture of the Deep Blue Hole"

The Great Blue Hole Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Finally, to dive the Great Blue Hole that Cousteau made famous. Swimming around a 35ft dripstone in a hole surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites. The euphoria you feel at 150 ft. Or was it just nitrogen narcosis?${QuickSuggestions} Have a very light windbreaker handy for the hard hitting 5-minute rains, especially if you are on the water. Bug spray or baby oil (per locals) ward off sand fleas around the ankle. US currency is readily accepted at 2:1 or combined with local currency. Be advised that boat trips traveling beyond the reef as the dive tours do, are very rough for a good 45 minutes.${BestWay} Taxi from Belize airport to ferry is $17.50 for the 30-minute ride. The 45-minute ferry rid...Read More

The Great Blue Hole
Off The Coast Of Belize
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Tropics

Hotel

Tropics Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Tropics Hotel is a two-story beachfront hotel with under-20 rooms, each of them spacious enough to enable one to easily spread out and pack up dive gear. A veranda has a lounge chair and great ocean views. The bathroom has a large shower area with hot and cold water (not all places have hot water). Lots of large windows and a ceiling fan will keep you cooled off. The hotel is located half a block from the nearest dive shops and a convenience store. In front of the hotel is a beach area with more lounge chairs and a small building with refreshments, suntan lotion, and snorkeling gear for sale. Guests receive a 10% discount on tours booked there. Both the location and tourshop discounts really ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2003

Tropics
Front Street
Caye Caulker, Belize
(501) 226-0374

The Great Blue Hole

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Attraction | "Great Blue Hole"

The Great Blue Hole Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Diving the Blue Hole meant arriving at the dive shop at 6:00am. This is just what you expect to do on vacation. Coffee and sweet rolls fortified us for what was to be a 2 ½ hour boat ride crossing the rough waters of the reef with your hands glued to your seat. The swells were rather large, but fortunately the dive operator I chose had the largest dive boat. Once inside the coral ring the water was as smooth as glass. Due to the depth of 130 ft, we would have 8-10 minutes of bottom time. The buddy I was assigned drifted to 150 ft having buoyancy problems so I stuck with him. The guide came over, helped my buddy and we ascended to join the others. The hole is relatively dark and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

The Great Blue Hole
Off The Coast Of Belize
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

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Attraction | "Shark Ray Alley"

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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The reef tour that includes snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley is an absolute must whether you are planning on diving or snorkeling on other tours. On our first stop, our guide takes a pointing stick along and identifies the fish life by name for us. He points, we surface, and he tells us the name and any idiosyncrasies if applicable. Periodically he would dive down and surface with a conch or sea cucumber or starfish to show us and then carefully return it. He would also dive down to large boulders of brain coral and wave his hand so that water would clean off the sand. His concern for the reef and all its life was very evident. Our next stop at shark ray alley was wonderful. In order n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

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Attraction | "Hol-Chan Marine Reserve"

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Photo, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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The Hol-Chan Marine Reserve is popular with both divers and snorklers. Although like almost all the sites, you have to cross the reef and its rough water. On the other hand, the boat trip is of a shorter duration than most taking about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Two of the ladies on our boat were in processes of getting certified, as this is a drift dive for beginners to advanced. The sloping shelf of this reef is abundant with gorgonians. Large purple fans seem to wave as you float over them. Here we saw a couple of 10-13 pound lobsters. The one was so large I dove through a small tunnel to get a better look with the dive master right with me. A beautiful spotted eagle ray caught my peripheral visi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Carlos Tours

Attraction | "Manatee Tour"

Carlos Tours Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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The manatee tour is a great cruise even if you don’t see any manatees. Carlos, our guide, guarantees you will see one even if it is only briefly and is distant. Heading south we pass Caye Chapel, a privately owned island complete with golf course, air strip, yacht harbor and clubhouse and 3 bedroom villas that can be rented in the off season for $700. We wind our way through mangroves until we reach a particular bay where the boat stops and we watch carefully. Sure enough we see manatees, a mother and young one. Our glimpse is of the heads as they surface for air and of the body as they dive down. Carlos explains that the manatees or sea cows are mammals and some believe related to the elep...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2002

Carlos Tours

Caye Caulker, Belize

Turneffe Atoll Reef

Attraction | "Turneffe Reef"

Turneffe Atoll Reef Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Turneffe Atoll Reef is a favorite of divers and offers many dive sites, partially due to its sheer size. Dive operators offer either three dives to the north end or three to the south. The latter costs considerably more, nearly $50, and the boat ride takes longer. Needless to say this is long atoll. Opting for Northern Turneffe turned out to be the right choice, as I believe this was the best dive operator of the three I utilized. The dive was slow, not rushed, no race to be won. This enabled me to see large animals as well as take my time photographing the great macro life here. Large barracuda and snappers were found at the lower depths and angelfish and wrasse at the shallower depths. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2003

Turneffe Atoll Reef
Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker, Belize