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Project Blogs - Belize


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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Here at Frontier Belize we are fortunate, and unfortunate, enough to be witnessing a pivotal moment in planetary history.

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Arriving in Belize and my first step in Central America, you realise at first hand it is nothing less than a tropical paradise. Nestled off the coast is the quaint little island of Caye Caulker, now becoming a tourist haven with its numerous shops, restaurants and bars, and innumerable characters which give the island its real life and vibrance.

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Going overseas can allow a whole load of time for reflection, for creativity, and for realising our impact on the earth around us. This volunteer has written a beautiful letter to you, the tourist, about the effects of tourism on Caye Caulker...

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Over the course of the summer we have had several amazing manatee encounters. After seeing almost no manatees for most of the summer, we were finally lucky enough to see seven in one week.

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