Under the Sea!
After a restful night listening to the sound of the palms gently swaying and water brushing against the shore, we watched an early morning sunrise. The group headed off to a morning tour of the island led by Nathan. We learned about pumice, mangroves, and coconuts. Fresh green coconuts have a different taste from the hard brown ones. A delicious breakfast was eaten on an open-air deck. After eating, we were treated to an hour of free time spent kayaking, walking, or hanging in the hammocks.
Then we set off for the pier to board the boat to take us snorkeling at Whale Shoal. After a quick boat ride we plopped into the water, fish and coral cards in hand in hopes of finding as many different species as possible. Alton, a guide with Pelican Beach Resort, was key in helping some of us that were just getting started with snorkeling. We saw a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes among the corals and fish — it was all so very new to most of us! We need to give kudos to Jason, our co-leader, for locating and retrieving a lost camera from the ocean floor. We worked up an appetite while out, and enjoyed a lunch of Island Paradise Pizza on the outdoor deck surrounded by palm trees and the sounds of the ocean.
Given some down time, many of us took advantage of relaxing in the hammocks and the warm ocean breeze.
After our break, we headed back to the dock, boarded the boat, and traveled to the Twin Caye Mangroves for more snorkeling. In murky water, we uncovered cushion sea stars, baby barracudas, Sergeant Majors, sea fans, and Arrow Crabs. One group saw a seahorse!
After a quick trip back, many folks took a break to catch up on their journal writing, go kayaking, drawing, and/or simply visiting with new found friends.
Another lovely dinner was had in this beautiful paradise. Curried shrimp was enjoyed by all.
We headed back to the water for a night-time snorkeling adventure. With flashlights in hand and wearing fluorescent bracelets, we explored ocean life after dark.
We saw squid, sea cucumbers, conchs walking across the ocean floor, and one group even saw, yes, a Nurse Shark!!!
The day concluded with a team wrap-up on the deck surrounded by the ocean breeze.