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Hi everybody, apologies for late Blue Hole update! We wanted to get a panorama shot of the Hole which took some time due to laptop failure. This has now been resolved, so unfortunately the last of the Belize updates will not be in travel order. I’m sure you will forgive us.
To have the opportunity to dive one of the most amazing sites in the world was fabulous – and to dive it with Ange and Dyl was awesome!
After I had completed my Open Water certification, we decided to do a couple of dives just to get some practise in before the big one as it is a 40 meter dive and there is a possibility of suffering from a bit of narcosis (for those of you who are not familiar with the term – you just feel a little bit high).
We had to be at Frenchies at 5:30am and the day dawned chilly and windy but we were very excited and couldn’t wait to get going. The trip out to the Hole took 2 hours and as we got closer, we enjoyed a stunning sunrise – it was going to be a beautiful day.
We had a quick briefing and were split up into smaller groups before kitting up. The key was to get down to 40m as soon as possible as we were only allowed to be down there for 8 minutes. We all jumped in, tested our kit and down we went! It took about a minute to get down which was quite quick considering you have to equalise at every breath. What an incredible sight… We swam in between enormous stalactites and every now and again a massive fish would wander past and then swim down into the deep black of the hole. Looking up at the surface was awesome – we realised how deep we really were! After 8 minutes we slowly came up to the limestone shelf and had a look around before safety stop, and surface. What an awesome experience – woohoo!
Once we’d all got back onto the boat, we headed out to Half Moon Caye for the second dive which was brilliant. Once we had all met at the bottom, we were taken through a coral canyon and came out on the wall of the reef which was amazing – so much to see! Lion fish, lobster, french angel fish, tarpin, triggerfish etc. We were down for 45 minutes and as we came back through the wall, we saw a gorgeous eagle ray swimming around us. The best dive so far in terms of all the different fish we saw.
We then headed to Half Moon Caye for lunch and a bit of a wonder around. There was a Red Footed Booby bird colony besides all the other island wildlife, so we went to have a look.
After one more dive at Long Caye Aquarium, we started the trip home. We were all so tired that we managed to sleep sitting up, in wet cossies on choppy water for 2 hours. Once we got back it was time for post-dive sunset beers at the Lazy Lizard to celebrate a fantastic day out!
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2 comments January 21, 2011
Before we knew it, new years eve had rolled around on our little island paradise. Unlike Christmas eve, we didn’t have an organised hostel party as some of the new years eve hostel guests were actually off to a wedding that evening and that also some people have very different ideas for a good time on news years and it would probably be fruitless trying to appease everyone. Anyway, we woke up to a windy but sunny day on the 31st, and after breakfast headed up to the split with a bunch of the others from the hostel.
We also took up some spare cash (more so than normal days so we could grab a couple of ice cold beers and get into the new years eve mode). Having been on the island for so long, it was apparent that excuses could no longer be made and that we’d have to try some of the legendary lazy lizard “lizard juice”.
That stuff is crazy though, made with a concoction of various ingredients, at least one being lime juice and another being over-proof rum (rumours varied but apparently it sits at somewhere around the 80% alcohol mark). All the ingredients are put together in a blender with a heap of ice and so you get this delicious, refreshing, lethal drink out the end. Not bad for BZ$ 10 a glass! And hey, being so many hours behind both South Africa and Europe, we had to have several sessions of “its new years in… cheers everybody!!” As to be expected, after a liquid lunch of a couple of those cocktails, a short afternoon nap was called for to ensure nobody would miss out on the clock changing over.
For dinner that evening we were feeling lazy and not up for cooking ourselves, so we popped next door to Bambooz and picked up a couple of takeaway tropical burgers. By far the best burger we found on the island, it had cheese, ham and pineapple on it along with a generous helping of chips. A great feast for sending out 2010. It had been an awesome year and deserved nothing less! We ended up being joined by more and more peeps from the hostel, and a big game of sh!thead ensued.
When the big hour started nearing, we all poured ourselves one more rum for the road and headed back down to the lazy lizard where word had it the islands big new years countdown would be happening. We found ourselves a spot out front and bimbled around, saying howzit to everyone and trying to organise ourselves new years eve glasses and hats. Also bunched into a bunch of peeps we’d met on the island in the preceding weeks. The lazy lizard had put on a big party with live DJ and extra speakers and disco lights. Quite a festive spot!
Before we knew it though, new years was finally upon us and 2011 had arrived! There were a couple of fireworks and a french dude jumped off the split into the sea, slightly tempting but with no idea what the currents were doing (or what had been attracted by the splotlights shining down into the water), I decided to refrain..
And with that it was our night! We figured we wouldn’t be up to see the sun rise, so headed back home a bit after 1AM and jumped into bed so that the 1st wouldn’t be too much of a write off for us. What a great new years!
Finally, we’d both like to take this chance to wish everybody a super awesome 2011 and hope that whatever you end up doing this year and wherever you are, you have a great one! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2 comments January 6, 2011