Category Archives: Snorkeling

Come and Snorkel at Tranquility Bay Resort. The only resort on Ambergris Caye where you can snorkel from the beach to the reef!

A Private Island

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Back in 2010, just before Maya was born, Isabelle and I were in Belize City awaiting Maya’s arrival so we spent some time in a hotel room watching television. I can’t remember the show but there was a top ten list for the world’s private islands that you could rent. The show went on to describe them including a private island in Belize. The description of the islands sounded a lot like Tranquility Bay Resort except of course the price tag!

Snorkel from the Beach in Belize

Paradise!

All right so we are not a private island, we do have a neighbouring resort about a quarter mile away and there is even the town of San Pedro with close to 20 000 people on the south end of Ambergris Caye. We are about 12-14 miles away from town…. I think that can count for being secluded!

Just like the private islands we’ve got great water sports! Scuba Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and Sailing!

Snorkel from the Beach

Snorkeling with a Turtle

Belize Diving

Isabelle and I diving in Belize

Kayaking at Tranquility Bay Resort

So you tell me, why spend $2000-10 000 usd per night when you can find paradise for a lot cheaper. Our rooms start at $99 usd/night in low season and the most expensive in peak season is $350 usd /night (rates don’t include tax and service charge). That of course does not come with white towel service, but really…. your on a beach! Our staff are friendly and fun, our guests are laid back and enjoy the beautiful location that we offer.

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

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Isabelle and I decided it was time for a day off, and we wanted to experience what are clients do when we send them to the Blue Hole, right here in our backyard, Belize.  The Blue Hole is a sink hole in light house reef atoll 35 miles from Ambergris Caye. It is perfectly round with a diameter of 984 feet and a depth of 407 feet.
Belize Scuba Diving, The Blue Hole

Come and Dive into the Blue Hole in Belize

So off we went early in the morning to meet up with our ride to Light House Reed Atoll.

Amigos Del Mar's Dive boat for the Blue Hole, Belize!

It was a perfect day for the trip as the seas were calm which meant a very smooth ride! The guides were awesome and took great care of us. A shout out to Gio, Mike, George, Edgar and the rest of the crew. The Blue Hole itself gets mixed reviews from divers as it is a “bounce” dive.  A maximum depth of 130 ft with a bottom time of eight minutes means that you spend most of your time descending and ascending. Regardless I really enjoyed the dive. It was cool to see stalactites while diving. On the way down we also saw Midnight Parrot fish and I think the largest Spotted Drums I’ve ever seen.

Caribbean Reef Shark in the Blue Hole, Belize

Carlos and Isabelle at the Blue Hole with Amigos Del Mar

The second dive was my favorite, we were just off Half Moon Caye on the East side on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The corals were really vibrant but there were a lot of fish as well. Barracudas, Nassau Groupers, French Angel Fish, Snappers, Grunts, Wrasse, Hog Fish and More. I now understand why Nassau Grouper are endangered, they are so curious I almost bumped into a couple!

Curious Nassau Grouper

Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber at Half Moon Caye.

Isabelle horsing around

This Loggerhead Turtle showed up right at the end of our Dive!

Half Moon Caye is where lunch is served. It was so good I went back for seconds when I was already full! The Island is a UNESCO world heritage site and hosts the red footed booby bird. Half Moon Caye is also a nesting site for turtles!

Half Moon Caye, Light House Reef Atoll, Belize

Booby Bird Sanctuary on Half Moon Caye

Red Footed Booby Birds

The Gumbo Limbo Tree, aka The Tourist Tree because it has red skin and it peels!

The last dive is “The Aquarium” (also the name of our restaurant at Tranquility Bay Resort! 🙂 ) This is a great wall dive with a lot of marine life! As you finish the dive you end up in about 10 feet of water on the edge of the Atoll. The corals are spectacular! The Blue Hole trip can also be done as a snorkeler if you are not a diver, either way it is a great trip. In fact before Isabelle and I moved to Belize we did the Blue Hole Trip as snorkelers. Amigos Del Mar is a first class dive operation and we are happy to send our guests to them knowing that they will be well taken care of! Amigos has recently raised their price but I think this trip is definitely worth it and an overall great experience. We also saw dolphins on our way out to the Blue Hole.

Tube Coral at The Aquarium

This is a Decorator Crab, they use debris to camoflage themselves. It looked like something from The Hobbit!

Brain Coral at The Aquarium with Feather Duster and Christmas Tree Worms

We had a smooth ride home!