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Shaun and Toby are the kings of Caye Caulker

Written on: Tuesday July 14th, 2009

A journal entry from: Cycle Mexico - Panama

July 3rd - 12th

Caye Caulker is a great, relaxed, hammock swinging type of place where you can hear reggae and punta rock everywhere. Clouds of marijuana smoke hang in the air, rastafarinism seems popular and so is a rum and pineapple (known locally as a panty ripper). We had a great time.

Bikes are the mode of transport on Caye Caulker and Shaun and Toby were revered as we rode around. The most common thing we heard was "nice bikes, man". We had several (serious) offers to buy them, and we were known as "the bikers". This got us a few free drinks in the Reggae bar. 

We stayed in a lovely pink cabana by the water (Ignacios), it was extremely nice and we had two hammocks set up, one for the morning shade and one for the afternoon shade, perfect!

I (Yasmin) did my open water PADI course with Frenchie's diving (recommended by Walter). We were five on the diving course from the start but unfortunately one had to drop out due to ear problems. It lasted four days and we did six dives in total. Our dive instructor Hillary was brilliant and we had a great time. I loved the diving, it was just amazing. On the last dive I spotted a huge green moray eel, at least six feet long! My favourite fish is called a damsel fish, and has small luminous blue dots on its black back and a bright yellow tail. It looks like the night sky (but with a yellow tail!). 

While Yasmin did her diving course I (Andy) got in some serious hammock time, averaging about 5 hours a day (some days I got up late...)

On our last full day we both dived the blue hole (famous diving site). We rented a camera together with Sara (who had been on the course) & Lasse for this dive.  It was an early start setting off from the island at 5.30am. We had heard a lot about it and it sounded great. It is a circular limestone cavity several km across that collapsed and is now underwater. We dived in and went down about 15m, looked back up into the sunlit water and saw several large shark sillhouettes swimming around. Some came to investigate and swam within a couple of feet of us. They were reef sharks about 5 or 6 feet long. We then descended to 40m and saw an incredible site of huge underwater stalactites. It was very beautiful and atmospheric. We only got to spend 8 minutes at this depth, as the air runs out quickly, before we began to ascend back through the sharks and up to the surface. It was an incredible dive. (Mamma, jag lever fortfarande...!) 

We did two more dives that day, along large coral walls and saw a graceful turtle swimming around, seemingly oblivious to the divers around him. We also saw some french angel fish, stingrays, garden eels, barracuda, squirrel fish, parrot fish, drum fish and loads more we couldn't name.In between the 2nd and 3rd dive we stopped at Half Moon Island where we had lunch and saw the Booby Bird.

We were sad to leave Caye Caulker, but we had stayed for over a week and needed to move on. The next day we caught the ferry to Belize City.

 

 

From Jean,Pete,Pury,Flo,Mike,Chris on Jul 16th, 2009

We all wish you a happy birthday on 17 July , hope you have a great time love to you both

From Jen, Aldus, Issy and Eva on Jul 16th, 2009

Happy Birthday Andy! Hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow

From Issy on Jul 17th, 2009

Happy Birthday Andy. You look funny underwater! I hope that Toby and Shaun give you a happy birthday

From Eva on Jul 17th, 2009

Quote from Eva: "Is Andy. Is Yamin"

From Tina on Jul 17th, 2009

Happy birthday Andy! And please give Yasse a big hug from me! Love

From Andy on Jul 19th, 2009

Thanks to you all for the birthday greetings, I had a great time wish you could all have been there too!