If you have read some of our past posts, you would know that we like to deal directly with the tour company, skipping the middle man, the cruise line.
Doing research in advance and making arrangement over the internet, we dealt directly with the company which saved us over $100 for our excursion in Belize. We booked the Shark / Ray Alley Snorkeling and Caye Caulker Exploration with Coral Breeze Tours. We put a $26.00 deposit on our credit card and we paid the balance of $125 in cash when we met for the tour. In fact, we were on the boat with people from Carnival cruise that payed double what we paid.
This is a tender port, which takes about 20 minutes to reach the dock where there are all kinds of shops, bars, and restaurant to browse. If that is all you plan to do it would not take long. You really need to book a tour to see Belize.
The company gave us great directions as we meet them at terminal 4 which is right on the pier, holding a Coral Breeze Tour sign.
They provided all the gear that was needed, but if you have your own equipment I would bring it, especially the mask. Once on board, you get sized with fins and mask, and then it was off to Caye Caulker to order lunch, which is not included. It was a beautiful day to enjoy being out on the boat. The water colors were a beautiful shade of turquoise. It took about 45 minutes to reach our destination.
Stopping off in Caye Caulker for about five minutes to order lunch so it would be ready when we returned. This was nice as we were starving when we returned. Lunch was not included in the price of the trip.
Returning to the boat, it only took about five minutes to reach our first stop to swim with the Sharks and Rays.
This attraction is similar to the Cayman Islands Sting Ray City. The local provides food on a shallow sand bar for the Rays and Sharks and the creatures become accustomed to humans. There are a good many Rays swimming around when you enter the water
The second stop we visited the reef. We elected not to get in the water at this stop as the current was very rough. Several people came back due the strong current.
After snorkeling it was back to Caye Caulker for the lunch we ordered. We were starving and ready to eat. We gave them our name and grabbed a seat. They quickly brought our drinks and food to the table.
After our meal we ordered Key Lime Pie to share for dessert.
Everything was delicious. We paid for our meal and had about thirty minutes left to walk around before we needed to be back in the boat.
Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse bird life, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.
It was time to head back to the boat. Seeing the island from the boat gives a different perspective. This is the hang out place for the island. We did not see this many people out and about when we walked around.
It seemed much shorter going back to Belize, but it could be because I fell asleep. We had about forty five minutes until the last tender, so we walked around a little before getting on the shuttle to go back. This is a tour I would definitely do again if I ever return to Belize.
What did you do when visiting Belize?