And a close up of the previous photo and a little story....
In 1981 I sailed into Belize for the first time,in a 28 foot sailboat with a daggerboard that allowed when in the raised position to navigate in less than 3 feet of water. We sailed from the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula south into San Pedro stopping at night by sailing through breaks in the reefs and anchoring in the lagoons behind.
We anchored in the Basil Jones deep water on our last night before San Pedro the next day.
This is all from memory so I was a little confused by the wide opening at Basil Jones because I vividly remember crossing at a very narrow opening that opened into a much larger deeper water area...the only area that size between Rocky Point and SP.
If you look at the top of the first photo you will also see in the second photo,the one in this link, a smaller break just north of the larger opening that feeds into a sand bottom channel that then leads to a large coral head and then the sandy channel makes a hard left turn before leading to the lagoon. This tiny break,sandy channel, is where we crossed over and I recall seeing the large coral head directly in our path just as we felt we'd safley crossed over the reef. Once inside and looking back to sea we could see the larger opening which is Basil Jones cut,but the next day upon leaving we exited as we entered. There is little room for error crossing in that manner and in those days no one near by to help,aground on the reef, you if needed. That whole coast was black at night with a only a couple of lighthouses the whole way...Loran was marginal that far south and GPS had not arrived yet...dead reckoning and good seamanship... http://www.glentree.com/largephoto9.htm
[This message has been edited by SBW (edited 12-19-2000).]