We start on a clear day, end in a driving rain, complete a two hour guided tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve,

The fish are many, the coral reef is intact, and there have to be more snorkelers in this reserve than fish. I start my snorkel with ten fingers and ten toes and end with the same.

Underwater, a manta ray glides past me, like an alien space ship with a long tail, passing past  like I am a slow farm machine in the right hand lane.

Hol Chan is the most frequented reef locale on Ambergris Caye and it saves lives that tourists meet nature in this safe place with guides. On the other side of the reef, sea currents can sweep you out and potentially turn you into shark bait. This trip, including park fee and a guide who swims you through the reef ecosystem, is fifty dollars U.S. a person.

Ambergris Caye would be nothing but a bald head on the ocean without the reef. A visit to Belize without getting wet is a sacrilege.

I don’t see sharks but I know they are close and pray they haven’t been drinking.

I don’t want to be another animal’s bar snack.




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