The Melbourne daily newspaper, Herald Sun, lists kayaking Glover’s Reef Atoll number one in a list of the top Belize experiences, and this from a country that has the largest barrier reef in the world:

Kayaking Glover’s Reef Atoll

Kayaking Glover's Reef Atoll

“Lying like a string of white-sand pearls, Glover’s Reef Atoll consists of half a dozen small islands surrounded by blue sea as far as the eye can see. Its unique position, atop a submerged mountain ridge on the edge of the continental shelf, makes it an ideal place for sea kayaking, both between the islands and around the shallow central lagoon. Get a kayak with a clear bottom and you’re likely to see spotted eagle rays, southern stingrays, turtles and countless tropical fish swimming beneath as you paddle.”

Kayking Glover’s Reef Atoll lead the list that also included:

Diving the blue hole

The sheer walls of the Blue Hole Natural Monument drop more than 125 metres into the blue ocean. Although it is half filled with silt and natural debris, the depth still creates a perfect circle of startling azure that is visible from above. The wall of the Blue Hole is decorated with a dense forest of stalactites and stalagmites from times past. A school of reef sharks – as well as plenty of invertebrates and sponges – keeps divers company as they descend into the mysterious ocean depths.

Garifuna drumming

Dangriga and Punta Gorda both provide opportunities to study drumming and drum-making with Garifuna drum masters, but for something really special head to the Garifuna village of Hopkins to take part in a drumming ceremony at Lebeha education and cultural centre. The ceremony is led by local drummer Jabbar Lambey, whose drum jams draw drummers and other musicians from around the village, the country, and even the world. For a really swinging time, come on down when the moon is full.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize is for the birds. Nowhere is that statement truer than at Crooked Tree, a fishing and farming village centred on a picturesque lagoon. The wetlands attract hundreds of bird species (276 to be exact), including dozens of migrants who stop on their way north or south. Bird-watching is best during the drier months (February to May), when the lagoon dries up and the birds congregate around the remaining puddles. Expert guides will lead you by boat or on foot to spot and identify your feathered friends.

Lamanai

Spanning all phases of ancient Maya civilisation, the ruins at Lamanai are known for their stone reliefs, impressive architecture, and their marvellous setting that overlooks the New River Lagoon and is surrounded by some of Northern Belize’s densest jungle. Arrive at this outpost by boat, allowing up-close observation of birds and wildlife along the New River. While on site, hear the roar of the howler monkeys while climbing the steep facade of the High Temple and admiring the deformed face on the Mask Temple.

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sea lion on kayak

In two unrelated incidents that appear to have happened within a week of each other, and both on the California coast, sea lions hopped a ride on sea kayaks!

In the photo above, as reported in the New York Daily News, scuba diver Rick Coleman surfaced from a night dive to find this sea lion pup either hiding out or warming up on his kayak. That was reported on Mar. 12.

sea lion on another kayakThen, in this Mar. 22 report from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kim Powell, a naturalist and the owner of Santa Cruz-based Blue Water Ventures, was on her usual route guiding a group of sea kayakers through the harbor when an amorous sea otter on the make for a young sea lion, chased the sea lion toward their “raft” of sea kayaks, where it hopped up and sought refuse. The kayakers let it hang out until it was safely out of danger and then pushed it into the water with a paddle.