Caye Caulker –
We start at 08:30 – pack our things, have breakfast at Brisas del Mar (some awesome fried jacks) and move along to French Angelfish. We are 6 people in total. Juan, our captain, Dan, the instructor, Pete from Aspin about to do his AOWD, Caroline from Washington DC. , Verena and me. We are on the lookout for some dolphins and… we are lucky. Diving with dolphins? Very cool . Later, we are followed by some nurse sharks along the reef and have a short break afterwards to take a swim and relax. We see some canoes with people who are snorkeling with harpoons – I wonder if this is Kate’s and Ben’s group. On our 2nd scuba dive, we soon see 2 curious morays. I got myself a selfie stick, so I can get really up close with my camera, but the morays are rather curious. A few schools of moon fish, a parrot fish, some big angelfish and lobsters are there too. Somehow I’m getting hungry.
We take a break at San Pedro. The prices are rather spicy here. Beside the pier, 2 fishermen are gutting some fish. The seagulls above get the scraps, from below 2 stingrays are getting their lunch. We decide to just have some drinks and sit down at the sports bar on the pier. Get to know each other and so on. Smalltalk. A few moments later Hector arrives, a rather strange old fellow, and asks us some bizarre riddles. He mixes a bottle of “heaven juice” (rainwater) with half a bottle of rum. “This lasts half a day”. At some point I have to go to the loo and meet Pete on my way back “Man, freakin Hector is sure a number“ – well, he sure is strange. Being back, we pay and are on our way. Hector seems to have talked about his ex-wife and started to cry as soon as Pete and I were away. It’s not always just roses in the caribbean.
We go back to the bay and keep an eye out for manatees. No luck. Somehow the caribbean-jamaican accent makes it hard to understand people. Along the way we see Carlos boat, with a group also looking for manatees. “Got anything?” – “I got rum!”. They hadn’t had any luck either. But the Kuknat Rum was delicious, maybe I will take some with me. Back in Caye Caulker, we drop off our clothes at the laundry service, put our names up for Blue Hole Diving on the 25th and eat dinner at Brisas del Mar. Lobster, a drink and some nachos as an appetizer. I am slowly getting used to fish. We have just one more drink at Calle del Sol. I feel really exhausted. Tomorrow we want to have a relaxed day… but also want to watch the sunrise.