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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Belize Part 2

The first morning we got up, had some breakfast and went out for snorkel.  We didn't take the boat out because there were plenty of reefs within walking distance and we need to get used to the currents before we went out deeper.  I immediately lost myself an swam off on my own exploring everything.  I found myself an hour later a 1/4 mile from shore by the break water next to a moray eel.  I started heading back in when I realized how far away I was from everyone else.  When I got back to shore, I noticed a burn on my left forearm.  I was stung by a coral somewhere along the reef. Feels bad man.  Went to the bathroom and peed on myself to ease the pain. 

After lunch we took the boat out and went into deeper water.  We were only about 12 feet deep, but there were much larger corals and fish out there.  I found some huge sting rays. I tried to catch one but I didn't want them to Steve Irwin me, so I covered my heart with my left hand while I chased them down.  They were too fast but occasionally I sneaked up and got to touch them. We go back in around 4:30pm, the first day felt like such an accomplishment. We all headed to the bar after dinner. 

At the bar, you either drank coke, the local beer, or rum drinks.  The rum drinks were very cheap compared to what you pay in the states. During happy hour a rum drink was $2.50 USD, had roughly 2 shot of rum in it, and the rum was 80 proof.  Needless to say, not many people were sober after dinner. 

A few of the people in my class were smart enough to bring fishing rods. We started jigging with 3 pronged hooks to catch the little fish under the deck, and we used them as live bait to catch larger fish.  We caught mostly jacks and snapper, but occasionally we would get in a fight with a tarpon.  All the fish were good fights, some took 15 minutes to land.  Pretty much everyone was tired and went to bed by 10pm.  It was depressing for me because I am a night owl and prefer to stay up as long as there is stuff to do.  For the first few days our schedule was pretty much the same.  Get up, snorkel, lunch, snorkel, bar, dinner, bar, fishing, bar, bed.

Time for pictures.
We had a late night scorpion encounter.  Someone got stung by this little bastard and had to suffer through the drunken local remedy.  
Couple underwater pics:







Me swimming through a break in the reef:



Sunset:




That's all for now. Next Blog will be about our trip to the city.

25 comments:

  1. Damn, those are some good pictures, can't wait for your next post! Followed

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  2. I like underwater photos, can't wait to be back diving! Following!

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  3. Sweet underwater images! Looks like you have a decent set of photography gear am I right?

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  4. I had an olympus stylus tough 8000. 12 megapixels and good up to 30 feet deep. it died on day two though. the picture you see here are we taken by other people, with very good cameras. i dont know what kind though

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  5. Reminds me of photos I took of the red sea, I never got to see them though because the camera broke :(

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  6. yea i took some videos with my camera that i would love to upload but the camera is fried, and i think the memory card with the video is too. i dont know why water proof cameras arent water proof

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  7. Nice pictures! Sucks someone was stung by a scorpion though.

    Can't wait to see more! Following.

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  8. Cool pics bro, really captured the essence.

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  9. Awesome pics. You should check out the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Look forward to see more.

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  10. Reef diving/snorkeling is an amazing experience, I did at the Great Barrier Reef and it was one of the best experiences i've ever had.

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  11. The one with the stingray looks like it's highlighted and I tried to unclick it, lol.

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  12. I love that picture of the sunset. Seems anyone can do professional work nowdays.

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  13. I would love to go to the great barrier reef. Australia is an expensive trip though. I'm too in debt from college to go :(

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  14. Oh, how I miss going to the ocean... :(

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  16. whaou your picture are so beautifull !!!! Bro

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  17. wow, nice pics, that is a once in a lifetime experience!

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  18. Great blog, Im gonna start following you!! Check out mine blog too if youd like.

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  19. Are you ever afraid the boat will leave without you like in Open Water

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  20. Not really, the boat was full of just my friends, a professor, and the local captain. He was a very friendly and trustworthy person. With the exception of shark ray alley (which will be in a blog later on) we weren't so far from shore that we couldn't swim it if we had to.

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  21. Looks like fun. I have never gone to any cool places like that (poor university student), but once i get a job after graduation I'm definitely going to places like this

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  22. Beautiful pictures, check out my blog soon for some pics of Puerto Vallarta

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  23. "I didn't want them to Steve Irwin me"...
    Ouch...

    So far this Belize story is just making me abit jealous, I haven't even left my city for 3 years. *sigh*
    It's a matter of money, so I'm stuck here for now.
    Atleast I can experience some of the worlds beauty, with some help from your blog. :D

    Excuse me, I have more posts to read. :)

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