Yesterday I took a day tour to one of the more remote areas of our island, the national park & reserve and part of the world heritage site, Bacalar Chico.
Here is the map. Small and fuzzy in the first place but then, to ATTEMPT to clarify things, I’ve spray painted orange blobs on the points of interest.
I met my guides Kevin and Mario, admired their new pink shirts and set off for the day.
A beautiful early December view.It was just us and the guys from the Belize Fisheries Department. We were outside the reserve area so it was time to get lunch. Apparently, if we did not catch fish, lobster and/or conch, we would not be eating.
Sardines were chopped, lines were baited and casted…
I saw schools of jacks, huge cabrera snapper hiding in the coral and tons of other stuff. Beautiful snorkelling.
Lucky for me, some were more focused on our mission.
Northward to the tip of the island. And ran into a pair of dolphins who circled the boat for a few minutes. Awesome.
And then they headed off to do their own fishing…
We headed a bit my north to go through the Mayan dug channel between Ambergris Caye, Belize and Mexico and to HOPEFULLY see a manatee.
Hayley, who was on our trip, had been on this tour the previous year and saw THIS in the channel…
I mean HOLY CRAP. THIS!
We kept very quiet and moved slowly…
Not a manatee in sight. But it is peaceful and beautiful back here and to your left, Belize. To your right, MEXICO! In some of the more narrow spots, you could probably touch both mangroves at once. Not QUITE as cool as straddling the equator but hey…it’s something.
We exited the channel into a large lagoon area and a small island with a tiny museum.
A manatee skeleton is kinda cool…
There is a bit of construction going on and a few people there…including this kid and his brother. This picture was taken about 3 minutes before this massive hermit crab crunched his finger.
Lunch started with conch ceviche and then tons of OUR fish, lobster and potatoes. The lobster was absolutely amazing.
Time to retrace our path and head back to X’Tan Ha.
As we left, we ran into a rain storm…only about 10 minutes long and then it cleared right up.
The water is so flat, I was attempting to get artsy…
We stopped to watch it dip below the horizon. As Mario our guide said, “see you tomorrow”.
Back for happy hour.
Fun times and BEAUTIFUL weather. This trip to Bacalar Chico is gorgeous and allows you to see the much more untouched parts of Ambergris Caye. Definitely try it. But my suggestion? Make sure you have good weather. It’s a long day and lots of boat time…so if it’s raining? You are going to get cranky quickly.