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Published: June 23rd 2017
Geo: 17.92, -87.96
We decided for our last day we were going to go and, once again, take advantage of the reef unique to Belize. San Pedro is closer to the reef than any other place we have stayed. I would estimate the waves are breaking about a half mile from the beach. It really gives you an idea of how hard it would be to get back to the ocean if you were shipwrecked on an island surrounded by coral reefs. We woke up early and went out for our local breakfast of fry jacks filled with eggs and ham. Yuuuummmm!!! After breakfast we headed over to the tour office where we were meeting our new friend Josie who was going to be taking us, via golf cart, to the dock where our boat awaited. After removing her club, we loaded in the cart and off we went. As we walked down the dock, I tried to burn the beauty of the turquois water in my head so I would not forget how incredible the sea can be. We met our boat driver and snorkeling guide and went for a ride to pick up the daughter of a local resort owner,
and her friend. Finding the trips with very few people was really a benefit that can not be explained. Too many people can ruin even the best planned tour. We all said our introductions, and within minutes I new I would like our company. Out of the bag they brought came a bottle of vodka and carbonated water. He then expressed that his real desire was only to catch lobster, sharing Alex and my intentions. The first plan was to catch enough fish to have a nice cerviche and fish dinner on the beach after the trip. Edging close to the reef, the powerful waves breaking over the exposed coral, I could only hope this guy new where he was going. One wrong turn or dead engine, and we would find out what it was like to shipwreck first hand. Alex, as usual, brought in the first fish which went in the dinner pile. I brought in a smaller one that was placed in the cerviche pile. From there we caught what we needed and went on to where the lobster were supposed to be hiding. An interesting fact; In Belize, they either use a gaf like hook and hook
Our friend on the boat saw Alex and I coming back with our catch and grabbed our camera and shot some photos. I think this says a lot. We went out together on a mission to get lobster, and we came back together with that lobster right where we wanted it, the end of the spear.
the lobster under the back of the shell where the head connects to the tail, or they spear them. We hunted the lobster among the coral in about 6 feet of water. It was not what I expected and looking in holes while washing back in forth made it a real challenge to keep from getting cut on the coral, let alone hunt lobster. The guide was able to spear a lobster after our new friend spotted it for him. After a little while longer we moved to a new place that provided a little deeper, less turbulent water. There I lost one lobster deep in a crevice before spotting another and giving up on the hook method and spearing it instead. Alex watched nearby, hopefully proud of the catch. Swimming proudly back to the boat with the lobster, I new we were going to be eating well. While in the water, the guide and boat driver made the cerviche from the fish and fresh conch we brought up. Wow, it was so good.
We finished off the tour with a snorkeling trip to an area the locals self regulate. Several very large coral encrusted rock formations decorate the area.
We saw the largest nurse sharks yet, as well as the usual million species of colorful reef fish. While all this could have made for quite a day, it was not over. We headed to a local beach area where they cooked our lobster and fish on a grill and we had quite a feast, complete with rum punch. (for the adults).
What a day. Later we relaxed on the balcony and talked about all the cool things we had seen.
Too bad we will be leaving tomorrow. Can't we stay and have everyone else come visit us?
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