When my husband decided he was interested in diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize, I knew that I needed to go along. Although I am a certified diver, I had recently undergone knee surgery and wouldn't be able to dive, but could do some light snorkeling.
It was Thanksgiving Day November 2007 when we hopped on the boat during the dark morning hours. Feeling the warm wind through my hair for the couple hour ride from San Pedro, Belize, I admired the turquoise waters, small fishing shanty's built on sticks and the beautiful islands that made up my paradise. Diving the Blue Hole, snorkeling the perimeter filled with color, and enjoying the warm sunshine, was exhilarating. We headed out of the hole and dropped anchor just offshore from a small eco-island named Half Moon Bay. As I jumped in the water, I recall the beautiful colors of sea life, exuberant fish, turtles, and sea annenomies that dotted the reefs. Carefully, I found my was to the beach where I removed my flippers and mask. The white sand was hot, with little pods of black, dotting the pathways. Making my way inland, there was no one else but my guide and myself as we passed coconut palms and sparse vegetation, with a few small buildings and an old lighthouse (later destroyed in a hurricane). This small, idyllic tropical island and the immediate surrounding waters are a National Park and home to a protected bird sanctuary. The nesting birds are mainly frigate and redfooted booby birds; a total of 98 species have been recorded here: pelican, osprey, egret, gulls, storks and terns, to name a few. Winding our way to the couple of docks,we sat for a lunch of beans, chicken, and rice while we sat in the solitude of glistening waters,white sand, red footed Boobies, and wind blown palms all to ourselves.
This was a once in a lifetime that I will treasure in my heart until the day I can return. Worth the early morning hours and long day. A perfect Thanksgiving with my husband, dive buddies and frigates.
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