First Destination on My Dream Trip Around the World
28.04.2015 - 28.04.2015 32 °C
After arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport early this morning, and departing on a 6 1/2 hour flight with a layover in Atlanta, I have finally arrived at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, Belize. The flight cost $784.00 and covered a distance of approximately 3000 kilometres. Later, I will travel by taxi to my hotel, the Radisson Fort George Hotel, located in the heart of the city's downtown neighbourhood. I plan to remain in the vicinity of the resort today and enjoy the beach and other amenities it has to offer.
It is now the morning of my second day in Belize City and after a quick breakfast at the hotel, I am now en route by boat to what is arguably the most famous attraction in Belize, the Great Blue Hole. Located 70 kilometers off the coast of Belize City, the circle-shaped underwater sinkhole is 300 metres in diameter and has a depth of 124 metres. My tour guide, who is also the boat's captain, has informed me that the site to which I am heading is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is actually part of a series of underwater caves. I am told that one of the things that makes the Great Blue Hole so famous, apart from its extraordinary depth in relation to the surrounding ocean, is its reputation as one of the best destinations for scuba diving in the world. Upon my arrival, I will have the experience of scuba diving in and around the hole. I cannot wait!
It is the evening of my second day in Belize. I have just returned from my scuba diving excursion at the world-famous Great Blue Hole, where, during my dive, I was granted spectacular views of the colourful coral reefs and large variety of fish species that call the area home. I will now enjoy dinner in Celebrity Restaurant, an authentic local restaurant, before returning to my hotel room to get some sleep before another fun-filled day in Belize tomorrow.
Today is my final day in Belize. It seems like my time in this natural paradise has just flown by. Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, I have just departed on a jeep tour that will take me through the dense rainforest that surrounds Belize City. So far, I have seen several species of exotic birds, such as parrots and toucans - birds which can only be found in the rainforest. I also managed to catch a glimpse of a family of sloths sitting high up in the rainforest canopy. Monkeys and lizards are also in abundance in this part of the rainforest. After a quick stop to try some raw sugar cane, and another stop at an ancient cave, hidden deep within the rainforest, the tour is now on its way back to the city. At the conclusion of the tour, I will head to the beach where I will stay for a couple hours, before returning to my hotel to have dinner and get well-rested for my flight to Panama tomorrow.