The last days of our trip were spent in relaxed Placencia on the southern end of Belize. With easier access to the mainland, Placencia is only a tad more lively than Caye Caulker, but when you arrive via Hokey Pokey Water Taxi like we did, your mind prepares for a slower pace of life.
Riding the chicken bus for four hours; not our most pleasant journey
Placencia’s famed “Sidewalk” connects the whole town
Local artists setup tables all along the Sidewalk, such as these wood carvings
Fresh fruit smoothies from the Shak, at the end of the Sidewalk
Gelatto display at Tutti Frutti – opened by an Italian expat… yum!
We spent a day at the Silk Cayes for more diving
Our surface interval and lunch was spent on this little sand island
Susan demonstrates the “running man” technique
Striped grouper; video below is another grouper visiting a cleaning station next to a huge sponge
Tubular yellow sponges sprouting out of the coral
Tiny blennies hanging out on the sponge
Lionfish are an invasive species that have overrun the reef; divemasters will actively spear & kill them (see video below)