Belize Photos: Scuba Diving in Ambergris Caye

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I caught this small puddle-jumper at Belize City for the short flight to the foliage-choked landing strip on Ambergris Caye. The small prop plane had no a/c, but it offered one of the best views in the Caribbean.  
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These French grunts congregated just off-shore at Ramon's Village Resort, underneath their public dock.  
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Outside of the choppy breakers that made more than a few fellow divers quite seasick, massive coral formation await about 30 feet below the surface. The pillars were well over 15 feet tall.  
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One of the diving instructors at Ramon's Village gets a post-dive buzz cut.  
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Taking photos underwater requires equal measures patience and calm—but a bit of luck always helps. This school of fish was waiting for us, right at the jump-in, about ten feet below.  
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Further evidence the Gods of Underwater Photography (typically a fickle bunch) were on my side—I happened upon this tiny eel as it protruded from its coral fortress for about one minute before disappearing.  
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Truth in advertising? Arguably—but I'll never know about the 'best' part; the place was closed.  
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An angle fish cruising over a stretch of coral.  
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The famous Blue Hole Marine Park—a collapsed cave system with stalactites and stalagmites jutting out from its walls—offered Visine-clear waters and some of the spookiest diving environs I've ever encountered.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Caribbean reef sharks hovered just over the Blue Hole, about 20 feet away from us as we did our stop time—a period of about three minutes when divers hover 15 feet below the surface to equalize the levels of nitrogen in the blood.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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After exploring the Blue Hole, we picnicked on Half Moon Caye, the tropical isle of your fantasies. The national monument is inhabited by a large colony of red-footed boobies nestled in the ziricote trees.  
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The public beach in front of Ramon's Village proved a popular place most every day, for both locals and tourists.  
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Waiting for the sun to disappear before strapping on the tank for a night dive in a small, shallow marine park just beyond Ramon's Village.  
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This ray wiggled out of the sand just as my flashlight passed over. The entire ocean floor seemed to be covered in these undulating creatures.  
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A turtle gracefully paddles past, heading south, on my last day of diving, He was shortly joined by a pair of spotted eagle rays, but they were too deep—and too fast—for me to follow.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
 
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