One of our stops on our sail to Roatan was Half Moon Caye, Belize. The original plan was to stay for 2 nights, but we had to shorten it to only one night due to the bad weather that was approaching. Here’s how we made the most of our 24 hours at Half Moon Caye, Belize!
We sailed into the caye around 2:00 in the afternoon.
The water was so clear and calm. Half Moon Caye is indescribably beautiful.
When we arrived, our sailing partner, Impromptu, had already docked up.
First thing on our agenda: Explore the caye and find the Red-footed booby birds! Kendall and Lisa were ready for some exploration!
Along the way, we had to stop for a photo op –
Thanks so much Laurie for snapping this picture of us!
We saw lots of giant hermit crabs.
After about a 15 minute (?) walk we climbed a tower to get a “birds-eye view” of the booby birds.
And more birds!
But the best part was all of the babies. All white, puffy and super curious.
Hey, what’cha doin’ down there???
Look at his wings, they are really crazy looking – no feathers yet! He was so off balance that we thought for sure he was going to fall out of the tree and on top of us, but somehow he didn’t.
We made our way to Sunset Beach to find a small reef shark swimming by.
On our way back to the dock, Lisa got pooped on.
We made our way back to the boats.
Time for showers, sunset, and dinner.
That evening Brittney baked us the best lasagna. Nothing tastes better than eating lasagna on a 50-foot catamaran while watching the sunset.
We even had garlic bread! (sure it was supposed to be stored in the freezer because it was pre-made with butter, but it still was delicious and nobody got sick – bonus!)
After a heated match of Catch Phrase, it was time for bed. We had a busy morning planned!
The next day we had about 8 hours to explore before beginning our overnight crossing to Roatan. We figured the best way to spend that day was snorkeling two of the most amazing dive/snorkel spots in Belize: The Great Blue Hole and The Wall at Half Moon Caye.
First stop: The Great Blue Hole.
Those of us that wanted to snorkel jumped onto the Impromptu catamaran and we sailed over to the Blue Hole.
For those not familiar, The Great Blue Hole is a giant, circular sinkhole that is over 984 feet across and 354 feet deep. The sinkhole is surrounded by coral.
Here is the entrance into the Blue Hole:
Once inside, we geared up and started exploring.
Here goes Ronnie!
Here is what it looked like under the water. Thanks Kevin for taking the underwater pictures!
And these cool, bright blue fish. Our best guess is that they are Blue Chronis.
Giant purple sea fan.
Finished with our snorkel, we climbed onto the catamaran and sailed back to Half Moon Caye.
Back at Half Moon Caye, it was snack time!
Some of us chose healthy snacks.
Nice job Kaitlin!
While others devoured a bowl of cheese dip….
Sure, we could have made less cheese, but why?
We had a giant bowl that needed to be filled to the brim with cheesy, gooey goodness! And besides being delicious, it was like a scavenger hunt.
Sometimes you would scoop up a 2-inch chunk of cream cheese and sometimes you would scoop up a 2-inch chunk of chicken.
After demolishing the cheese dip it was time to tackle snorkel spot two: The Wall at Half Moon Caye.
The first thing we noticed when we jumped in was strange lines on the sand below.
We soon discovered that it was all of the conchs that were making those lines. You could actually watch the conch as they crawled along the sandy bottom.
This was a first for us!
It was like watching underwater Hermit Crab Races at Crazy Canucks!
Here are some other shots (Thanks again Kevin!)
We were all called back to the boats…..
Time to get started on our overnight sail to Roatan!
That sailing tale is for another day…….stay tuned!