Travel Diaries: Island hopping and snorkelling around the Belize Barrier Reef
Beautiful Belize. My home for 2 of the most incredible and unexpected months of my life! My weekdays have been writing, working, networking (how amazing is Clubhouse!), content creating, busy busy busy. And being busy working at digital nomad paradise Umaya Village is pretty special, it's impossible not to be inspired by the stunning surroundings and my productivity has been off the charts. But then the weekend comes. And my weekends have been nothing short of spectacular. Take last weekend for example. Let me show you where I went...
This tiny island in Silk Cayes is one of 450 spread out amongst the Belize Barrier Reef. We arrived by boat, went snorkelling and then caught some fish to eat for lunch. If that isn't an epic way to spend a Saturday I don't know what is.
Snorkelling the Belize Barrier Reef
The team from Cultural Adventures Belize came to collect us and were our guides for the day, teaching us about the coral reef and safely showing us its underwater treasures.
Belize has 240 miles of coastline from north to south bordering Mexico and Guatemala. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world and is home to 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, 500 types of fish and hundreds of invertebrates. It was made a World Heritage Site in 1996 due to its vulnerability and biological diversity and even though I only saw a tiny part of it, I can attest to how special it is.
This Eagle Ray swam/flew right past me, it basically ran over my foot and I had my little underwater camera with me at the time so managed to capture it. Such majestic creatures! We also saw Horseshoe Rays, Lemon Sharks, Reef Sharks, a huge array of fish and of course the coral itself which is all alive and simply incredible.
This was another close encounter that was slightly less serene but thankfully I didn't get eaten and instead ended up with some awesome footage.
You can watch it along with some other adventures on my YouTube channel, and here is a video I took whilst snorkelling which really gives the sense of serenity that comes from these underwater idylls.
Have you ever been to the Belize Barrier Reef? I'd love to hear about what you saw, comment below and let me know.