After a quick stop along the way at the Belize zoo, we arrived at Pook's Hill, our home for the next four days. Nestled deep in the isolated hills and surrounded by lush jungle, it was a charming and restful home base for our week's excursions. After setting in, we met the staff and Vicki, the gracious owner of Pook's Hill. As it turned out, after the first night, we were the only guests for the duration and had the attention of the staff entirely to ourselves.
After our week of jungle adventures we moved onto the beaches of Placencia, a small and relatively undeveloped village on a peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert's Lodge was our base for the remainder of the trip. Located directly on the Gulf, it was a pleasant dream land for our whale shark trek.
We loaded up for our trip out to Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. I had intended to scuba dive but after talking with Linda at Pook's Hill she convinced me that snorkeling would be just as productive. I was glad I opted for snorkeling. Our dive outfit (Seahorse Dive Shop in Placencia) had snorkelers on one boat and divers on two others. As it turned out, we (snorkelers) saw and swam with three whale sharks. The two dive boats saw one and none respectively. It was a wonderful experience, the thrill of a lifetime to swim with such magnificent creatures. I will let the videos speak for themselves.