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Snorkeling in Belize

Belize 1 week itinerary

If you are planning to visit Belize, likely you have around 8 or 9 days to spend on your vacation. Most people like to do a combination of island and inland. Then they get the best of both: incredible Caribbean island with white coral sand and tall, shady palm trees coupled with deep jungle full of tropical birds, exotic flowering plants, and Mayan ruins. Our island packages to Long Caye are some

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Reef Fish Identification – Yellow Headed Jawfish

On our island, Long Caye at Glover’s Reef in Belize, we go snorkeling every day. Belize is located on the Western edge of the Caribbean Sea, and we have all of the Caribbean fish that dwell in other parts of the Caribbean. All of our guides know their fish, and when we take you snorkeling we are pointing out all of the various species and sub-species during the snorkel. Every night on the is

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Octopus Facts – How to Become Best Friends With an Octopus

When you live out on an island for weeks and even months, you get obsessed by some pretty interesting stuff. This last March we met a Pygmy Octopus living just a few feet from our shore. I got to see him several times, but by far his best friend was Elora Kooistra, the island dive instructor. She became totally infatuated with him, she named him Egbert, and took hours and hours of high-quality vid

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Great new Belize island video!

Glenn Boer joined us this December and he just sent a great video of his trip to our island, combined with his trip extension to nearby Guatemala. The first 3 minutes is about our island an includes the boat ride to the atoll, his cabana, paddling near the island, a kitesurfing lesson, and snorkeling with underwater footage! A fantastic montage! Thanks Glenn.

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What’s so great about kayak snorkeling in Belize?

We have a lot of sports on the island, but the one we do every day and sometimes twice a day is kayak snorkeling. This is something you can’t do everywhere in the world, so often even kayak instructors have never experienced it. There are over 900 patch reefs at Glover’s Atoll where our island is located. They offer fantastic snorkeling, but there is no land near the patches. So we pad

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Daring octopus escape

Our on our island in Belize my absolute favorite underwater creature is the octopus. We see them at low tide in our tide pool, and also when night snorkeling. Occasionally you will see the Common Octopus during the day, but that is rare. Mostly we see the Caribbean Reef Octopus, which is typically nocturnal. Octopus can take many shapes, including the ability to squeeze through almost any size hol

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Snorkeling is even stupendous right under our dock!

Most of our snorkel trips from the island require a paddle or swim out to nearby reefs, where we see an incredible array of coral and fish on a regular basis. However, sometimes there are incredible discoveries right under our noses if only one takes the time to explore. Witness these shots taken of some of the marine life found right under our dock on the island! We have seen lots of other creatu

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Do you have problems while snorkeling?

I have been teaching snorkeling for years now. And when I first started going to Belize in 1986, I wasn’t even a strong swimmer. Belize is the perfect place to learn because the water is warm and clear and there are small tides and few currents. However, some people still experience fear and have many problems feeling comfortable under the water breathing through a tube. We teach beginners t

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How to buy snorkel gear

I talk about Belize on the phone much of each day, and one of the things many people ask questions about is snorkel gear. This is a subject I know, so I love to talk about it. We don’t provide snorkel gear on our Belize adventure packages, you have to bring your own. Sometimes people get quite bent out of shape about this, but all I can think is that they don’t realize that rental gear

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