Day 4: Today we are doing the "tourist thing"…a catamaran trip to Caye Caulker with Hustler. We are going to stop at Hol Chan on the way there and Shark Ray Alley on the way back. Steven and Ralph are our guides for the trip. These guys were great! Unfortunately we had some a**hole tourist on board who thought he knew more about sailing than these guys. Some folks just can’t relax…oh well, we put him on ignore and dive in…….to the rum punch!
This is a booze cruise with a lot of people on board, so it may not be for everyone. It made for some crowded snorkeling, and we got bumped into quite a bit. That aside, no problem…we proceeded to have a blast…and a LOT of rum punch. Even met a family from Niwot, CO which is about 30 min. from where we live!! Small world! The day is warm and breezy but very cloudy. The catamaran is slow, so we are one of the last boats to arrive at Hol Chan. Not to worry. There are A LOT of snorkelers in the water, but the views are fantastic! Schools and schools of different fish. The coral is pretty…we spot a large moray eel! Our guide Steven goes down to feed the eel, enticing him out for some great photos! Very cool place!
Off to Caye Caulker we go…of course washing the saltiness away with more rum punch! Steven and Ralph take us to a fabulous restaurant for lunch. The food was GREAT and much less expensive than on AC. A big thunderstorm hits while we are eating. There is discussion about bringing a powerboat over from AC for those who wish to skip Shark Ray Alley and the storm….there are NO TAKERS! (The day we went fishing we got caught in one of these storms and it was like standing in the shower at home. Nice and warm! We kept on fishing too!) There are a LOT of Italians on Caye Caulker. My wife is of Italian descent, so I take the camcorder around for some table to table interviews, promptly walking into a glass wall. "Too much rum punch!", Kathy shouts, almost falling from her chair in laughter. Oh well, I am glad I can provide entertainment around the world…
The storm subsides as my pride slowly heals, and we’re off to Shark Ray Alley. Kathy promptly jumps in right on top of a big Nurse Shark! Sting Rays are everywhere! We are the last boat there, because the sharks take off shortly after our arrival…probably well fed by now. Swimming with the rays is surreal, as they slowly glide past us allowing us to pet them mid-flight. Some swim right up our chests and(or) backs. Very cool!
We board the catamaran once again and steer for San Pedro. Out comes the rum punch. Out comes bags of fresh water, a water fight ensues…I win! Uh, oh! Ralph notices that our supply of rum is rapidly diminishing, while no one has touched the Belikin! That problem, however, is soon remedied! I have rum punch in one hand, and a beer in the other! Doug incites a beer chugging contest. HOO WAH! I’m pretty crispy by now!
Buzzed from the days events as well as too much rum punch and Belikin, we arrive at Hustler’s dock. Steven pushes Ralph and I into the water. Soon, almost everyone from the boat jumps into the water and another water fight ensues!
We make plans to meet the Colorado family at BC’s for dinner that evening, but Bruce and Charlene sold out! Sorry I missed out! We turn around and right before my eyes is Jambels Jerk Pit. "Hey! That place is supposed to be good!" In we go….good was an understatement! MOUTH-WATERING DELICIOUS! Goes GREAT with Belikin! Must have been divine intervention, for they tell us they are closing for a week starting tomorrow to go to a wedding on the mainland. Glad we didn’t miss this place! Hmmm…I don’t exactly remember what I had (go figure)…only that we were all making noises while we were eating!
Now we head out for the Jaguar Paw. The princesses for the Costa Maya Festival are there…hubba hubba! Guess what ??? It’s karaoke (sp?) night! Well, of course I’ll sing!!! What else??? "A Pirate Looks at 40" by Jimmy Buffet!
We run into Steven and Ralph, who are stupefied that we are still alive and out dancing at this late hour! Seems people usually hit the sack after his trips and aren’t seen or heard from for a day or two later! Leave it to me…geez, SOMEBODY has to be entertaining, even if it is at my own expense! And believe me…I pay for this tomorrow!!!
[This message has been edited by Over_40_Pirate (edited 08-21-2001).]