Caye Caulker, a thin line of white sand, surrounded by a sea of turquoise blue and green. On this laid-back island, by day its diving, snorkeling, sand and sea. At dusk, everyone heads up to the split to watch the sunset and at night its eating, drinking and dancing. A quiet lobster fishing island. It holds an extremely relaxing atmosphere, a gentle climate, postcard-perfect views, heaven on earth really.
Just a few miles of the coast is the outermost of the three north- south reef systems of Belize, the Lighthouse reef. This is one of the most exciting divesites in the world.
Most of the dive shops offer a day excursion for 250$, which includes three extraordinary dives. The first stop is at the Blue Hole, a national monument, which is a circular sinkhole, 300m (1000 ft) across and with depths exceeding 125 m (400ft). The water was probably formed by the collapsed reef of a subterranean cave. Stalactites and stalagmites can be formed in the underwater cave and it’s rated as one of the best dives in the world.
“Descending 53m (150 ft) into the Blue Hole feels like skydiving into the Blue. Ones the planned depth is reached, you can discover several enormous stalactites, before swimming towards the many reef sharks the dark blue waters of the Blue Hole hosts.”
Afterwards the crew takes you to the Half-moon caye, the site of the red- footed Booby sanctuary, where you’ll do two more reef dives before having lunch and a tour of the national reserve. Scubadiving is outstanding at the Lighthouse.
Accommodation in Caye Caulker, Chinatown, 20US$ pp, AC, TV, pool, restaurant, laundry
Tina’s backpackers, on the beach!
Restauration in Caye Caulker, Joes’s, best pizza in town! Monday, Wednesday and Friday: buy one pizza get one half priced! 10US per pizza
Chan’s Fast Food, 226 0478, Caye al sol, wonderful burgers, thai noodles etc. @ very good prices.