Belize: Life in the Underworld

By Cacinda Maloney

“Have you ever really wondered what it looks like down under?  No, not Aussie land,   I mean way down under… underneath the ocean?”

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

You can see the tiniest little creatures that you cannot even imagine exist!

Underworld of Belize

Underworld of Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

 And the colors, oh, the colors are amazing!  I love the shimmering blues and greens underneath the ocean.  I am a scuba diver, and I tell you, some of the best times I have ever had in my life of travels is when I am under the sea or on a boat.

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

We arrived in Belize City, Belize one night early from the day our “liveAboard” was supposed to depart.

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer, Belize

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer, Belize

 We chose Peter Hughes’s Sun Dancer for our week long scuba diving trip, with aspirations to see the famous Blue Hole.

The Blue Hole Belize

The Blue Hole Belize courtesy of http://justthetravel.com

I had heard rumors about it being hurricane season but hadn’t given it much thought when I booked the flights and the boat.  At this point, it was too late, as we had already arrived.  That night I felt a spooky feeling and so I did some snooping around on my computer only to find out that our boat was the newly installed Sun Dancer, since the capsizing of the Wave Dancer during a hurricane in October 2001.   It was the worst scuba diving disaster aboard a liveAboard that has ever occurred in scuba diving history with the death of 17 divers.

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer, Belize

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer, Belize

“And can you believe that it was the very same weekend 7 years later that I was there?”  I was really spooked, as the wind was howling outside my window that night.  I didn’t listen to my instincts telling me to leave and boarded that replacement boat the very next morning.

Under the Sea, Belize

Travel and Loneliness

It ended up being a wonderful trip, with some nights of howling winds and a rocking boat, making it so that we were unable to venture into the Blue Hole, thus the deep blue photograph of The Blue Hole not being mine, as I never got a chance to venture down inside that wonderful oasis and see deep inside.  I did get 5 days and nights of wonderful dives, which I thoroughly enjoyed.   I know this probably not what you expected me to say at this point, even though I had those premonitions,  looking back, I think it was the souls of those people letting me know what had happened to them that stormy, hurricane night seven years earlier.  I leave you with the wonders of the sea, as they are more interesting than me.

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Under the Sea, Belize

Underworld of Belize

Underworld of Belize

Under the sea, Belize

Under the sea, Belize

 

2017-07-10T17:58:21+00:00

13 Comments

  1. James Flowers March 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    The Belize Barrier Reef is so colorful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing these photos.

    • admin March 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I cannot wait to go under the sea once again… the underwater world is amazing! thanks for your comment.

  2. Dawna March 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    yes love the pics we had an awesome dive on the barrier reef, but what are the pics of? Name that underwork for us please!!

    • admin April 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      you got me! That would take me digging out my dive books and looking up each critter. And that dive bag and gear are in the top of the closet right now! Let me know if you know the names of them, maybe we can figure it out.

  3. admin March 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm
  4. Scottrick April 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Wow, that Blue Hole is pretty cool. Any idea what caused it? It looks like the kind of damage a meteorite would cause.

  5. Escaping Abroad April 12, 2013 at 12:04 am

    My first real trip abroad (excluding Mexico) was to Belize and I absolutely loved the country. Diving the blue hole is one I’ll never forget.. especially since it was my 3rd dive after getting certified!

    • admin April 12, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Aww Man! You were lucky… It has to remain on my bucket list! So sad for a scuba diver! Although I loved Belize! I have had many amazing and unforgettable dives all over the world, so for that I am grateful.

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