Silk Cayes!

The long ride out was all worth the while. It was the calmest we have ever seen the water. We were going to do two snorkels. One at the island and one by the reef.

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Silk Cayes

The island was beautiful the sand surrounding it made the water bright blue.  We swam around it taking about 45 mins. We saw amazing coral and many fish including, lobster, blue tang, angel fish, parrot fish, barracuda, and much more.

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Lunch on the Island

We had done the full loop and made our way to a picnic table for a delicious lunch – chicken, rice and beans (with some fresh watermelon, of course). Anna and I had a quick dip in the water, then got on the boat for our next stop.

This place was at the reef (the second largest reef in the world). It was only a five minute ride and right when we arrived we saw some amazing things. Fist a nurse shark swam right by. Then a turtle popped up for air in the distance. We were ready to go in.

 

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Eagle ray and Nurse sharks

 

 

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Loggerhead turtle

 

I was quite nervous at first with the sharks and rays swimming under me. Then I got used to it. The guides on the boat would spot a turtle and we would follow it around coming quite close to them. They were loggerhead turtles, which can be aggressive if you get in their way at feeding time.

 

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Cooling off in Placencia before getting to shore

 

It was time to get back on the boat and head home. The ride was quite smooth and I was getting tired so I lay down on the seat for a chunk of the ride.

img_3773What an experience! I will remember this for the rest of my life. Thank you, Grandma, for giving us money for an experience we will never forget. We wish you were here!

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4 thoughts on “Silk Cayes!

  1. Wow! What a fantastic day! We are so jealous 😜We hope that you have arrived safely in Ecuador and enjoy your experiences there. No doubt there will be lots of fun there as well. Xoxoxo

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  2. Hey Rachel,
    That island looks like something you would see in a movie !!
    All the photos of the marine life are really neat. It must have been a bit scary around the nurse sharks at first. Just the word “shark” would make a person a bit worried

    I saw Maisie the other day. She said to say hi!
    Love ya,
    Aunt Karen

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  3. Sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!Wish I was snorkeling. Hope Ecuador is lot’s of fun!!!I also saw Maisie the other day she got really exited so I went up and pet her she was so cute and funny!!!missing you soooooo much.Have fun!!!!!

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