Caulker Reef, Belize 2015


     In April 2015, Becky (my wife) and I took a Western Caribbean Cruise. One of our stops was the Caulker and Ambergris reefs in Belize. 

Cay Caulker Area Map

     The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest in the western hemisphere and the second longest continuous reef in the world.  The reef runs roughly parallel to the coast, from Belize’s border with Mexico in the north to Guatemala in the south.

Exploring the Belize Caye

     The sea between the reef and the mainland is a shallow lagoon that is less than 5 m deep.

Caye Caulker, Belize 2015

     Just offshore and protected by the reef, are more than 200 islands know as cayes.  Becky and I visited Caye Caulker and Ambergris. 

Becky is waiting to go snorkelling along the Ambergris reef.

     Lettuce corals were the most common corals that we saw snorkelling on the Ambergris Reef.  There were a few staghorn corals, but not a lot. The crystal-clear waters were superb for snorkeling. We saw several species of angelfish and parrotfish.  But the larger fish such as barracuda, sharks and rays were relatively common here.

Becky and I, getting ready to catch a boat for snorkeling on the reef of Caulker Caye, Belize

     Meanwhile, at the end of the day, Becky and I went back to the cruise ship where Becky entered a talent contest.  Below is a video at end of the event.  Becky won!

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