Hey all...once again, here's the haps..
Lunch at Celi's - they have something called the "Hangover Burger". Perfect stuff lemme tell ya. Big double cheese with fresh jalepenos and avocado slices. Also came with some really good potatoe salad, not sure what they put in it here, but it's good!
2:00pm. Took the two friends on a one tanker dive at Hol Chan Park with Amigos del Mar. Great dive, but not as much out during the day as on the night dive. My friend Leo found out the hard way that grabbing Fire Coral isn't the smartest thing in the world to do.
After the dive, had Belikins at BC's just up the beach. Killer Nachos and the beef burritos were second to none!
Back home for a quick shower, then we went off to the "IT" bar. It's behind the airport (just follow the signs that say "It's Over there!". Anyhoo had Belikin Premiums while watching the Mavs get run over by Sacremento in Game 6 of the NBA playoffs.
After that it was off to Jaguar's for some Karoake singing. Lemme tell ya, I do a mean version of "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. ;-)
Around 1am, we wondered back off to Big Daddy's for more beers and dancing. Got home about 2:15am..which sets up my day three.
Boat for Blue Hole / Lighthouse Reef dive comes to pick me up bright and early at 5am on the dock. Once again, I went with Amigos Del Mar. They had fresh fruit, coconut, and coffee waiting for us on the boat, along with some homemade cookies. They also provided tons of water / coke / sprite.
Nothing like a two hour rough boatride whilst hungover and sleep deprived to really "clear" that stomach out. Sheesh...it was really touch and go for me for a while there...didn't think I was going to make it.
First Dive - Blue Hole.
Alex was our dive master...he's really professional and great to lead the dives. Down at 140 feet we saw schools of grey reef sharks and very large black groupers. The sharks were probably 8-10 feet long and it's just hard to describe what it feels like to have several swimming around you. They should call it the "Black Hole" because it just keeps going and going and going, down to 500 feet. We cruised under a ledge at around 130 feet swimming around stalactites - it was the deepest dive I've ever done, and it was a blast!
Second Dive - Lighthouse Reef.
Wall diving! We cruised at about 60 feet along the reef. It was perfect...TONS of marine life, super clear water, and you enter the beginning of the wall by swimming through a tunnel in the reef.
It was perfect...no doubt about it.
Surface Interval Break -
Amigos del Mar took us to Half Moon Caye, where they made us lunch. Stewed chicken and rice and beans and more of that tasty potato salad. Eating lunch on the beach, with the lighthouse in the background and the palm trees, I felt like I was in a giant Corona Extra commercial. After lunch, you hike down a little trail to see the Red Footed Boobie Bird sanctuary. Lotsa big iguanas to be seen, and the birds are great. You go up to this platform and are at treetop level with maybe 100 birds. These guys all have 5-7 foot wingspans and to see them swooping all over the place gave me a feeling of Jurrasic Park. I kept expecting a Pterodactyl to pop up over the treeline and carry off one of us.
Gotta love the tropics!
Dive Three - More Wall Diving!
Same as #2. Lotsa marine life, sea turtles, cear water. It was truly beautiful. Oh forgot to mention that someone brought along an Enya CD and some Trance music on the boat...listening to that stuff while taking in the amazing blue colors of the water, with palm trees and reefs breaking in the distance...it was a very relaxing zen type thing.
On the boat trip back, the dive guys busted out the Panty Rippers and Belikins.. so we listened to 80's glam rock while having our own party on the way back.
Amigos del Mar is THE dive shop. Great group of guys, very professional, and enjoyed every minute of it. (Well..except the whole spewing thing that morning)
Came back and had dinner at El Divinos. Pan seared snapper in a citrus sauce, friends had the grouper. Both were fantastic! Dustin is the general manager there and he went to culinary school in Houston, Texas. He designed the food and martini menus, so if you're here, definately stop in for one of his watermelon martinis!
Welp..that's all for now. Day Four here at Coconet Internet Cafe. and it's 8am. Off to Lily's for some breakfast and once again the friends are still asleep.
More to come...