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UnBelizeable, 2007

I took a whimsical trip to Belize, which I planned in just a few days! I was going through some tough times and decided to go on this trip to get away and regroup. Belize is the mainland that I flew into, but the destination was Ambergris Caye, which was a 15 min puddle jump away. I thought I was going to Ambergris to do some soul searching and get some quiet diving in, but that thought only lasted ˝ day. After my first boat dive I met some folks from Los Angeles California, whom were very generous and included me into the fold of their group. We dove together, ate together, and of course partied together! It was a great time… On each day we had a new dive destination where we made new friends from England, Florida, Kansas, and our home state of California. Each day the group grew and we all got to know each other through our dive stories. One of the fun things that happened was the long boat rides back to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The boat trips typically took 2.5 hours to get back in, which gave the dive boat operators an excuse to keep the customers happy… Awwww alas, suddenly our hands had cups full of Rum Punch! The rum punch was an additive drink that had us all running and clamoring back for more.. It was truly too funny. On one long trip back the boat crew made a requested stop, at a different Island named Caye Caulker, so that we could replenish our rum punch reserves. The Caye Caulker locals must have thought the dive crew was torturing the passengers, as we all were jumping off the boat to cool our heels.. When we reached San Pedro the rum needed to be protected, but was lost to some greedy rum runners (boat crew)… No fear dinner was soon served. The food was very good on this Island and with plenty of variety. The local dives were nice, and the long trips out to Turneffe Atoll, Blue Hole, and Half Moon Caye were beautiful and well worth the trip!

Please enjoy!
Cheers
Derek...
Caye Caulker Star Boy's
Caye Caulker Star Boy's
Belize Time
Belize Time
Derek's Casa, Caribe Island Resort
Derek's Casa, Caribe Island Resort
Caye Caulker Boat Vista
Caye Caulker Boat Vista
Down town Caye Caulker
Down town Caye Caulker
Parashoot Boat Ride
Parashoot Boat Ride
Ambergris Pier Area
Ambergris Pier Area
Down town San Pedro, Amergris Caye
Down town San Pedro, Amergris Caye
Hol Chan Cut Grouper
Hol Chan Cut Grouper
Gray Angelfish
Gray Angelfish
Lobster on Guard
Lobster on Guard
Sandy at Hol Chan Cut
Sandy at Hol Chan Cut
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Trumpet Fortress
Trumpet Fortress
Typical Coral
Typical Coral
Unknown Tubes
Unknown Tubes
Unknown Tubes  close up
Unknown Tubes close up
Tumpetfish
Tumpetfish
Trumpetfish close
Trumpetfish close
Sponge
Sponge
Tube Sponge on the Turneffe Atol Wall
Tube Sponge on the Turneffe Atol Wall
The Four Amigos
The Four Amigos
Ron and Dave on Half Moon Caye Wall
Ron and Dave on Half Moon Caye Wall
Brown Sponge
Brown Sponge
Aquarium
Aquarium
Crissy Cruising the Aquarium
Crissy Cruising the Aquarium
Luis and Wendy in the Aquarium
Luis and Wendy in the Aquarium
Luis and Nancy in the Aquarium
Luis and Nancy in the Aquarium
Island of Half Moon Caye
Island of Half Moon Caye
Half Moon Caye Landing
Half Moon Caye Landing
Angel
Angel
Angel Vace
Angel Vace
Beautiful Vace Sponge
Beautiful Vace Sponge
Vace Sponge Close
Vace Sponge Close
Ambergris Moon Night
Ambergris Moon Night
Eric working the local talent
Eric working the local talent
Belizean Blue Hole Sunrise
Belizean Blue Hole Sunrise
Blue Hole Boat Ride
Blue Hole Boat Ride
Ivona and Kris coming out of the Blue Hole
Ivona and Kris coming out of the Blue Hole
Banded Coral Shrimp 1
Banded Coral Shrimp 1
Banded Coral Shrimp 2
Banded Coral Shrimp 2
United Nations
United Nations
Shaun and Jo
Shaun and Jo
Ambergris Caye Sun Rise
Ambergris Caye Sun Rise
Grouper on Duty
Grouper on Duty
Tube Sponge close
Tube Sponge close
Kris and Ivona at Esmeralda
Kris and Ivona at Esmeralda
Having some fun!
Having some fun!
Nurse Shark on Patrol
Nurse Shark on Patrol
Rock Beauty
Rock Beauty
Lobster Brothers
Lobster Brothers
Night Stalker
Night Stalker
Night Time San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Night Time San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Lamanai...Mayan Site of History
Lamanai...Mayan Site of History
Mayan Temple 1
Mayan Temple 1
Mayan Temple 2
Mayan Temple 2
Mayan Kings View
Mayan Kings View
High Temple Entry
High Temple Entry
High Temple
High Temple
Mayan High Temple
Mayan High Temple
Who's dumb...dumb?
Who's dumb...dumb?
Derek at High Temple Steps
Derek at High Temple Steps
The Climb
The Climb
Mayan Mask
Mayan Mask
Black Orchid 1
Black Orchid 1
Black Orchid 2
Black Orchid 2
Mayan View of the World
Mayan View of the World
It's been fun!  See you next time!
It's been fun! See you next time!