29.04.2009 27 °C
After a frustrating week of kicking teenagers out from under our feet we were ready for a break, and had arranged a week staying on Glover's Reef atoll with the Off The Wall resort. It meant an early start, a ferry ride, a taxi journey, a bus ride, another taxi journey, another lift to a dock, and a very wet crossing in choppy seas out to the island, but we got there in the end!
The island is absolutely idyllic. It's a slice of the atoll, so one side is out to open seas and the other facing the calm lagoon, and is roughly small enough to walk around in about 15 mins (it's small enough to walk across in about 30 seconds – you're usually able to see both shores). There are only two operations on the caye, OTW and Slickrock (an adventure travel company, a.k.a. The Others), and during the week we were there there were only 4 guests on our side (including us). The place is very much an as-much-as-nature-intended it sort of way – compost toilets, no electricity after dark, cold showers (except at noon), as much of the island left over to the original inhabitants (pelicans, iguanas and hermit crabs) as possible, and everyone sitting down to eat at two big tables – guests, staff and the owners.
To be honest, it's felt more like staying with someone's family than we did in Guatemala – Kendra and Jim have made us feel so welcome it's untrue. The days are just spent lazing around and diving the reef (which is about 100 yards offshore most of the time), possibly with a bit of snorkelling or kayaking, broken by yummy home-cooked food and discussions of the animals we've seen today. Perfect for kids, and us! Then being lulled to sleep (at about 8pm) by the waves crashing feet from our cabana. Bliss.
We were very sad to leave, but unfortunately our pleas to Kendra and Jim to claim asylum to escape the swine flu have fallen on deaf ears. This has also meant a change of plan – we were originally planning to travel back up Belize, then into Mexico, then dive in and around Cozumel for a week and a bit and then a spell inland. Obviously, as events have changed our plans have had to change with them. We still wanted to do some more diving before the Galapagos just to make sure we're up to it, so we decided to go to Roatán in the Bay Islands off Honduras (just around the corner of the land from Belize) as it didn't involve any plane travel, the diving is supposed to be pretty good, and the costs of doing courses are pretty cheap.
Last set of pictures - Brian barbecuing barracuda, Junior doing something funny with a fish, me upside down underwater and a squid we found one night and put in a bucket to have a look at!