Before we moved back to Kansas, the husband, some friends, and I spent 6 days, 7 nights diving with Huracan Diving on the small atoll of Long Caye. It was such a fun week, filled with diving, relaxing, some good food, and lots of Snickers bars.
We left from Playa del Carmen, Mexico and took the ADO bus all night to Belize City. From there, the Hurancan boat picked us up on Princess Peir and took us on a 2 hour boat ride to the remote atoll of Long Caye. On our first boat ride, we saw 4-5 manatees swimming in the beautifully clear waters off of Belize. When we arrived, we hurried to make our first dive before lunch. On the very first dive of our trip, we saw a large hammerhead shark! From the very beginning we knew this trip was going to be awesome.
We made 2-3 dives every day. We even visited the very special, and a dive that is on the Must See list, the Great Blue Hole. This was by far my favorite dive. The enormity of the Blue Hole is something I am unable to put into words. The stalactites and stalagmites were unbelievable. If you think you’ve seen some big ones before, try 100 feet long and 20 feet in diameter!!! A-MAZ-ING!! Inside the Great Blue Hole we saw 10-20 sharks. I lost count there were so many, but it was unforgettable. I dove to a depth of 170 feet, which is the deepest I’ve ever dove. I was feeling out-of-this-world and am pretty sure that I could have drifted off into oblivion. Ahhh… what a way to go. Any diver knows what I’m talking about.
The Blue Hole is about 400 feet deep, so there is no way you could go to the bottom, but if you are curious about The Blue Hole and want more details one this amazing natural structure, read these articles.
Wikipedia: Great Blue Hole
Here are a few photos of our group diving taken with the GoPro Underwater Camera. I had the opportunity to use it, and will say it was super easy to use, but I don’t think I would buy one. I like to have a preview of what kind of photo I took to check color balance, light, focus, etc…, but for the price, this is a great deep water camera!
As you can see, the photos aren’t great, but for $299, you can buy a deep water camera that takes decent photos of your diving adventures.
When do we go back?