Feb 9th

We signed up for an all day snorkeling trip with Tsunami Tours. All of the snorkeling companies will take you to the same spots on the reef. My biggest mistake was not bringing a waterproof camera on this trip. We saw a marvelous array of marine life - nurse sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, moray eel and a most of beautifully colored fish. The snorkeling was terrific. Out at Hol Chan Reserve they feed the animals, so there are a lot of creatures swimming around. The width of the manta ray "wings" is greater than my arm span, and they were swimming just below us and beside us. The water at the reef didn't look to be any deeper than twenty to thirty feet. Indeed, we had to be careful when swimming near the coral that we didn't scrape against it.

Our boat went to four different snorkeling sites, but they were all within half a mile of each other. The coral changed from spot to spot. At one point the sea floor was covered with conch shells. We were in the water for about half an hour at each spot. I really liked this trip. If we had stayed out on the Caye another day, I would have taken the same trip a second time.

When we got back to Caye Caulker, I asked Tsunami Tours about their nighttime snorkeling trip (apparently you get into the water with lights and see a whole different set of sea creatures. But they needed a minimum of four people to run that trip, so we couldn't go. We ate dinner that night at the Rainbow Grill, I got fish fajitas. A squall of rain came ashore as we ate, but it didn't last long. In the heat, everything quickly dried out.

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