|Approaching Caye Caulker by air|
Once we set out to explore the island, we were excited to spend the next few days enjoying the island lifestyle, warm weather, and getting some diving in. Caulker is very small, there are only a handful of "streets," none of them paved of course, and most people get around on foot or bike, with the occasional golf cart in the mix. The buildings are painted really bright colors, and when mixed with the crushed shell-white of the "streets" and the blue of the sea (visible from pretty much everywhere), the landscape makes for a picturesque setting.
|Typical seaside restaurant on Caye Caulker|
|Lounging & swimming at "the split"|
|Barrier Reef Sports Bar Pub Quiz winners - team "Caulker & Balls"|
|Fry jacks - best breakfast in Belize!|
Despite the overcast skies, the snorkel trip was probably the highlight of our time in Caulker. Just a short boat ride from Caulker we jumped in and were surrounded by rays, nurse sharks, and turtles - all in water about 10-15 feet deep, so visibility was great. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is most definitely as advertised - rich with marine life and very accessible for snorkeling. The tour had several stops, each one being really good snorkeling. Our guide "the Caveman" was entertaining, down to earth, and vigilant about our safety & enjoyment. We were glad to have gone on a tour with just 5 others, it seems all tours stop at the same spots, but some boats have nearly 30 people all trying to get organized and get in and out of the water.
|Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve|
|Sunset from 88 West on Caye Caulker|
After our dives were complete we headed for a lunch stop at Ambergris Caye, the larger neighbor of Caye Caulker. Stepping onto that island was a wake-up call - they had buildings over 3 stories and real cars driving around! We grabbed some ceviche and ran back to the boat, eager to get back to our nice calm island for our last 24 hours of vacation.
|Last Caye Caulker meal, at the Happy Lobster|