Goff’s Caye

25 05 2013

For Teacher’s Day, BCA treated the teachers to a trip to Goff’s Caye (pronounced “key”).

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It is a ½ acre sand island with coconut palm trees

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tide pools (saw several starfish there)

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and shallow waters with some reefs to explore.

It was a very relaxing day of being on the sea (leaving from Belize City at the Princess Hotel) possibly an hour’s ride to Goff’s Caye

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where we barbecued, snorkeled, and played volleyball while frigate birds flew overhead.  From the Caye, you can see another small island on the horizon with a lighthouse EnglishCayelighthouse3826fr  (possibly English Cay).

We saw lots of coral (some dead probably from cruise boat tourist abuse) including brain coral, elkhorn coral,  and purple sea fans.  Some of the beauty of creation we enjoyed while snorkeling off the shore included smallmouth grunts, French grunts

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, sergeant majors

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, blue headed wrasse supermales

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spotfin butterfly fish, foureye butterfly fish, doctor fish, blue tang, rusty goby, Atlantic Spadefish, stoplight parrotfish, redband parrotfish, yellowcheek wrasse supermales (possibly), spotted goatfish, beaugregory juvenile

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Atlantic needlefish, and flat needle fish

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The island has cute hermit crabs, too.

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