We entered the turquoise shallow waters of Belize, famous for its barrier reef and atolls where you go diving and snorkeling. Belizes barrier reef is the longest in the western hemisphere and the second longest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. We planned to spend about 45 days cruising the area.
Coral & fish life
The visibility in most of the offshore waters we snorkeled and dived was clear so great for seeing the marine life. The atolls were definitely the best.
North Coast Belize
San Pedro and Cay Caulker were the larger islands we went to first where a lot of English and U.S. Tourists come to enjoy the casual feel of these islands. There was definitely a bigger local population base on these islands than others, with lots of restaurants and bars to go to.
We ended up going to all 3 atolls; Turneffe, Lighthouse and Glovers to enjoy some of the best snorkeling and diving Belize has to offer and were not disappointed. Lots of good wall dives with colorful coral and lobsters hiding in the most bizzar places. Also saw lots of spotted eagle rays which glide thru the water with such ease and a very large loggerhead turtle who swam to us to check us out and slowly kept going.
Even managed to catch up with lots of cruising friends at the Atolls.
At Lighthouse Atoll we walked to the observation deck on Half Moon Cay to see the red footed booby’s and frigates nesting in the trees passing lots of hermit crabs and iguanas. It’s a reserve where they care for nesting turtles and the bird life.
Central Coastal Belize
The further south we got the islands were sparsely populated and mainly consisted of mangrove islands for protection. Some islands had palm trees and small beaches enticing us to come ashore.
At Hatchet Cay the staff were very friendly showing us around the island. Great restaurant & bar too. I got this shot from the internet so you can see what these islands look like from above with the coral around them to go snorkeling at.
We enjoyed the snorkeling and diving but at this time of the year the winds get up so you need to be off the outer cays and seek better protection so we are off to Placencia Cay for some inland travel and the lobster festival.