So we all have a good time? Yay !! Music So it's our first morning waking up on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker, here in Belize.
Absolutely beautiful, just off the coast from Belize City, one of the main islandsthat the tourists come to, absolutely and check out how blue this water is, andtoday we're gonna give you a guided tour of this beautiful island, and in thisbeautiful Inlet there are hundreds of baby fish there are! Music So the island of Caye Caulker is actuallyonly about five miles long, with a population of about 2, 000 people, and youcan see the blue sea behind me and if we turn around you can actually see the blue sea behind me !! Because that is how thin this beautiful little island is.
So Caye Caulker is a destination that has become really popular with backpackers and there'svarious types of hostels and accommodation, that you can find here onthe island.
You also don't need to worry about being run over by cars, there are nocars on the island! If you want to get around the island, you'llneed to pick up one of the golf cart taxi, or you can hire them, or you can rent a bike, as abeautiful way to get around the island.
Oh – looks good !! For lunch maybe, we will come back.
So all aroundthe island you can find various different places to eat, some of them have thesewonderful like barbecue stations and grilled meats, like the one you can seebehind me, and it smells absolutely delicious.
Do you want to try – Grandmas recipe ! It looks beautiful, Grilled Chicken and coconut milk, rice, fried plantain.
Whole snapper fish.
Amazing So we walkeddown, only a few minutes walk to the end of the island of Caye Caulker, and there isa section called 'The Split' which is a channel between the two islands of CayeCaulker.
Apparently, it was caused by a hurricane back in the 60s, but now thereis a beautiful bar called the “Lazy Lizard', where you can just hang out havea drink and just enjoy this amazing blue water, and the channel is great, becauseit allows boats to go in between without going all the way around the islands.
Andlook how blue and clear this water is behind me! and I can't wait to get inthat water, and I think for sure we're going book a snorkelling trip.
Marianne is trying to get some shade but there's no chance! Because it's just too blue!Everything's blue.
Music We got bamboo stuff, coffee cups, beer mugs, shot glasses – The most environmental man that makes craft onthis island! Look at the skill that goes into this, look at this !! – that is beautiful.
Look – proper bamboo !!, Thank you for looking after our Planet.
You are welcome Music So another thing that you can do on theisland of Caye Caulker, is eat ice cream ! and Marianne's got a banana split.
I've got aRum and Raisin from the store behind me, and I'm so hot, this is gonna taste sogood.
Owww Music So we've actually arrived on Caye Caulker in the month of May.
Which is actually the beginning oftheir low season, it's the beginning of their official rainy season.
But there'sno rain, but the prices I think are less during low season, so the Island niceand quiet, the sky is blue, so I would say May, is a really good month to come visit.
So if you're worried about ATMs on the island, at the Atlantic Bank here thatyou can see behind me, there is an ATM and it's located on the middle street ofthe island, and right opposite is the laundry, if you want to get any washingdone.
So in the modern pressures of society where you have to use the tumbledryer, not here my dears, we found somewhere that's wonderful.
This lady'scalled Marie, and she runs her washing / laundry service, and for eight pounds oflaundry it's ten Belizean dollars.
It's our second morning waking up on theisland of Caye Caulker, and today, we are going on a snorkelling trip we put it allday snorkelling trip, and we are super excited at the chance to see maybemanatees, some sharks, some rays.
One of the really funny things, aswe're walking down the street is the health and safety aspects, if you check out thescaffolding that we saw, while we were walking down the road, and it's just likebits of wood on concrete blocks.
I don't know how it stays up, can you imaginedoing that back home? What health and safety? Exactly !! So during your stay here on CayeCaulker, you have to try snorkelling or diving, and as you walk around the island, there are so many snorkelling trips, and snorkelling outlets, that you can choosefrom.
We're just in front of a lovely snorkel shop and we chose these guysover all the others because they don't feed the Sharks.
We don't want to nag we don't want to moan but ultimately marine life is to beobserved and not messed with.
This place is environmentally friendly and we lovethat, they don't allow plastic onboard, and it's really important theydon't allow styrofoam for your lunch, and it's just really reallypositive for the environment, to choose a place like this, and you can influencethat by your choice of shop here on the island.
So another thing when you'rewalking around the island is they have lots of stalls all the way down thestreet selling little bracelets and necklaces and souvenirs for your triphere, but please don't buy anything with shellswhat's from the ocean should stay in the ocean and we always try and avoid thestands that take the shells and things from the ocean, because that in effect isactually a crab or a marine life's home.
We've got a couple of guys behind us.
We have David and we have Alex, and we're gonna go out for a nice days snorkelling with these guys and share everything with you.
Music So we've got a fun group of six of ustoday, and David who is our guide Captain David and 2 lovely ladies fromAustralia Becky and Alex, and Larry and Shannon from the States.
So anotherreally good positive thing about using this tour group, is they're one of theonly ones that leave so early right? Yes! So we left at half past eight, but mostof the other tours that we asked leave at 10 or 11 o'clock.
So there'sonly one of the boat that we can see in the whole sea, and that's a park ranger! So there's no other snorkellers here ! VIP So we get a private viewing of Shark Alley.
As you approach Shark Alley you can see all the sharks that are coming up tothe boat and the reason they come up to the boat is that so many tour groupsactually feed the Sharks and they associate the noise of the engine with breakfast time ! Hopefully it's the engine and not us, but sharks are lovers, and we are going to get in with these sharks And you get to see them in a more natural habitat, because once they realise you don't have food.
They are going to go back to their natural day to day business.
So our guide was just telling explaining that one of the problems with feeding the sharks, he has just thrown in a piece of seaweed, and all the marine life, sharks, fish, they are reacting and coming up, so if people throw rubbish in the sea, or a bit of plastic, they will react and come and feed.
Also the sharks normally only come out and hunt at night.
During the day they should be resting, And of course with this they are feeding in the day.
Music So did we all have a good time or what ? WHOO HOOO !! Okay so if you're looking for some really good home-cooked food, here on the island of Caye Caulker, down by the beach, towards The Split we've come down to Chef Kareem, howgood does this food look ? So we've ordered some spicy jerk chicken and somebarbecued chicken, because we are starving, after all that snorkelling wedid this morning and it looks so good! Cheers my lovely so how good does thischicken look ? Mmmm nice rice, I'm gonna get my fingers dirty now! Oh that is so good, spicy jerk chicken, that really is finger licking good! That's my firstAuthentic barbecue sauce.
I think, it is smoky! It is smoky !!Really good jerk spicy chicken, time to eat! Music Welcome to Belize Baby – you have to taste Belize !! we have been baking for 29 years !! Banana bread, chocolate chip, coconut rolls, cinnamon rolls, made with rose water, brown sugar !! Music So we're down here at La Pina and we'rehere with Nino, the young chap that has set up this stall – this is the most environmental glass you will ever findand including in your drink you get a free bamboo straw, so we feelparticularly proud to have met him and seeing this lovely fresh product that isdone in such a nice environmental way as well, this island needs to protect itselfand he's part of the team that are making it happen.
Beautiful tasting fresh pineapple drinks and you can have it as a pina coladawith rum and coconut cream or you can have it just with your ice.
And a little sweetener – Although I didn't want the sweetener as the pineapple tastes so good anyway !! The white stuff on Chris face is marine safe sun tan lotion !! no it is my shark war paint !! Okay she is doing it – we are looking for Manatees can you make the noise? MOOOO Okay that apparently, is the mating callof a manatee! Let's see if it works !! We call her baby or a Phoebe, hello, how beautiful! Why does Marianne always find a puppy?she started it!! And this is Chef Kareem ? No ! this is Chef Carlos, his assistant !! So whenwe arrived on the island they told us don't worry, relax, enjoy, its island time and in fact Caye Caulker is so relaxed, that actuallyyou might need somebody to remind you when it's time to go home!.