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SWIMMING WITH SHARKS AND RAYS

sunny 35 °C

I am beyond exhausted after a wonderful day on the water.

After a really nice breakfast and a horrible coffee we came back to the room to get ready for our outing. Approaching our room, number 2, we encountered this little friend. They are harmless.

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At 10:30, we met at Raggamuffins for our full day snorkeling trip on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Although it was blowing a gale, it turned out to be a perfect day. We had three stops on our tour. The first was closest to the island and known to be least spectacular however as soon as I jumped in I was right on top of two large nurse sharks. By the time the others got in, the sharks were gone. We spend about an hour there before getting back on the boat for a delicious lunch. Most of us had seafood so our huge plate of food included grouper, snapper and shrimp with rice and pasta salad. Of course we added some of the Belizan favorite, Marie Sharp’s hot sauce.

At our next stop they threw some food over board including some conch shells with sardines pushed inside which attracted a large number of nurse sharks, giant sting rays, and schools of fish. Big fish. We could see them all from the boat but all jumped in to swim with them. Very cool.

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From there we headed out to a spot where we could swim right out to where the reef meets the Caribbean Sea. The snorkeling was great there. We saw 5 sea turtles, including a huge one that was missing a foot. These creatures are majestic. We saw more sharks, barracudas, parrot fish and a huge moray eel that came so close to me! There were tons of other fish as well. It was just like hanging with Nemo and the gang.

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To further add to our joyful day, we had the best crew. Vito, Charles and Shane provided great entertainment. Especially Shane who sang and taught us reggae songs. It was a hoot. Of course no snorkeling trip ends without the booze cruise and as we made our way back the rum punch was flyin’. We also had a delicious shrimp ceviche.

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It is hard to imagine that the day could get any better but it did. After a quick shower I went for the most amazing massage. He even did the inside of my ears.

So I am beat, sunburnt, despite using a full tube of sunscreen, but relaxed and happy. We are both looking forward to a good night’s sleep, a relaxing morning and a very special afternoon tomorrow.

I did forget to mention the significance of the graveyard in the last post. It is so bizarre. Our hotel is literally on top of it and as we walk though the alley to our room we pass lots of headstone. Gayle even finds it necessary to wish them all goodnight in the evenings.

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Posted by curlygirl 06:31 Archived in Belize

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