Caye Caulker is more Caribbean than the Caribbean!   We spent 3 happy days here enjoying BBQ Shrimp, and diving the Blue Hole, a limestone sinkhole submerged 40 metres below the sea.  We became very familiar with Belikin Beer…

Cay Caulker is a tiny island, which was split in 2 by a hurricane in 1931.  The narrow channel between the two parts is known as “The Split”, and a bar of the same name is the best place for a sundowner Belikin Beer.  We stayed at Bella´s Place, a somewhat ramshackle wooden house/hostel, run by expat Bella.  Our room was high in the rafters, which although a challenge to reach (up several ladders and a wall), afforded a fantastic seaview on both sides and a fresh breeze flowing through, a blessing in this climate!  And all this for 25 dollars a night. 

Caye Caulker proved to be a very sociable place, we met 2 Irish couples and on the last night met 7 trainee solicitors from A&L Goodbody, where Cathal worked! 

We joined a dive outfit on a trip to the “Blue Hole”.  Along with 12 others we beat our way out through waves and wind to the outer reef, a very uncomfortable 2 hours.  The Blue Hole is a limestone sinkhole surrounded by reef.  It is famous for its “big fish” and huge submerged stalactites. 

We were in truth a little disappointed by the dive, as is is really hyped up by everyone as the dive of a lifetime.  However, we were lucky enough to see large grey reef sharks, at first watching from a grainy distance and then very much up close!  Cathal watched my reaction as I flailed in the water, attempting to gain distance once it registered with me just how close they were!  Two other dives at Half Moon Caye Lighthouse Reef and “The Aquarium” finished the day. 

After enjoying chillout places such as “Amor y Cafe” and The Split Bar, we left reluctantly to continue our journey.  An early start on the 12th April was quite a challenge after a night out with said A&L crowd.  Once on the mainland, we caught a bus to Dangriga, Southern Belize. 

 

 

 

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