Sharks, Stingrays and Cool Fish at Caye Caulker Marine Reserve
Yesterday I went snorkeling with EZ-Boy tours in Caye Caulker, Belize. It was awesome.
We went out to the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and I saw so many cool creatures, including sharks, stingray and plenty of fishies. The tour was $70BZD and you get to check out four different spots to explore. We prepared by knocking back a few rum punches in the morning so we were all loosened up for the trip.
Our tour guide told us his name was Harry Potter, and we went with it. He was awesome and actually put up with a lot from us. He took us out in the boat to the first spot to see the coral on the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and gave us a guided tour, pointing out all kinds of creatures as he went. He picked up some sort of starfish and let us hold it.
Next up was the sharks and stingray. I still have a fear from stingray. I was in Australia when Steve Irwin was barbed in the heart. Automatically I kept putting my hand to my heart when a stingray came near. The sharks were cool too. I’d seen some when I was scuba diving so I managed to keep my cool when they were about.
Next up was a free snorkel to explore how and where we wanted. We checked out the coral and practiced free diving where you hold a breath and let it out gradually to get down to the bottom. ‘Harry Potter’ was like a fish, he was so good at it.
We saw the lionfish, the only fish you’re allowed to kill because they were introduced from Asia and are actually classed as a pest now. They look awesome with all their colours and fins but they’re actually venomous and can kill humans if you aggravate them too much. We were talking about it back on the boat and a guy off the other boat went down there with a spear hook to kill it from the reef. It was pretty brutal but I guess that’s life. Sure he will have taken it home for his dinner – he didn’t offer it to us anyway.
Then we went to see the tarpons – huge fish that can grow up to 280lbs. There were loads of them and they swam alongside the boat with us.
We took some rum and coke on the boat with us, and seeing as it was just us on there we happily made our way through it. It was another brilliant day in Belize. Unbelizeable.