You know those beautiful images that you see on the internet and then you think, one day I want to go to this place! So, this was the case with the Blue Hole, a vertical cave, full of sharks, shaped in a perfect circle in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and nearly 100 km from the coast.
I think the Great Blue Hole was the hardest place to reach of all my travels. Since my departure from Guatemala, I faced:
1) a driver who almost left me at the border because I was the only nationality that needed an entry visa for Belize;
2) then a bad diving instructor, who cancelled without notice
3) two hours in a speedboat at high speed, facing a storm with winds and huge waves
4) amazingly enough, I was trying to dodge a million cockroaches that started coming out of all the cracks of the boat as soon as the vessel began to shake because of the stormy sea.
But when the intrepid boat slowed down and parked at the perfectly circular reef, with a gradient blue Caribbean sea under the sun, I was numb and ready for whatever might come. A dive to 40 meters deep (the maximum that can be reached by an amateur diver) in the dark cavity filled with sharks, I had only a basic diving course, so I shouldn’t do it (don’t tell anyone my secret!).
I assume all the adrenaline possible that my body could produce had vanished with the previous events, because I submerge peaceful and happy, numbed by the silence of the sea and I relaxed, even with the presence of sharks.
The episode of the rebel attack of the cockroaches on the sea left my group of fifteen divers with an empathy for each other and a spirit of mutual help and union. So when we saw five huge sharks swimming in circles we formed a group of forces and we enjoyed the eight minutes on the bottom as we watch them. We also enjoyed the stalactites and other decorations of the mysterious cave.
The trip to the Blue Hole also included two other dives at Lighthouse Reef, along the beautiful water gardens with numerous species of fish. We stopped for lunch on an island with a population of curious birds and we returned to Caye Caulker with a new storm brewing behind us.
It was a stormy, challenging and ….. happy day!