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Project Blogs - Belize


After over 24 hours of travelling from Amsterdam by buses, planes and boats, I set foot on the white sandy paths of Caye Caulker and realised that every hour spent awkwardly slouched in a plane seat was so worth it.

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The day that I thought would never come had finally arrived: my final day at the Belize Base Camp. After beginning my adventure with Frontier Belize in 2017, the real world back in the UK seems like a lifetime ago. This week has been a week of lasts for me, an unfamiliar feeling, after experiencing so many firsts in my time here.

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Best place in Caye Caulker for a coffee? When I started traveling 6 months ago, I told myself I would beat my coffee addiction - mainly to save money (it's a hard life being a broke backpacker). I got 2 days in and I caved...

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Caye Caulker is the first place I’ve travelled to as a volunteer and I didn’t know what to expect when I got out here. How were the people going to be around me? What was life going to be like on a day to day basis?

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Caye Caulker is full of incredible marine life even on the lowest days. The area surrounding the island is full of a variety of sharks, rays, fish and invertebrates that are spectacular.

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This week we took part in our first survey at "Shark Ray alley", a tourism hot spot amongst a shallow alley of seagrass within the Caye Caulker marine reserve.

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Just the other day, I had one of the most wonderful people I know express their desire to plunge into the Belizean cuisine by trying some traditional seafood.

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As fall begins to set in Caye Caulker, the frontier team begins to prepare for the second round of coral surveys of the year.

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If you are an avid diver, like many of the Frontier team, other than enjoying the scientific dives you will partake in whilst being part of the team it is a must to sign up to some of the other dives Belize has to offer outside of the Marine Reserve.

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As a marine biologist, it is hard not to be analytical every time you submerge yourself underwater.

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