Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Feb 19, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

This morning, National Geographic Quest began our trip in Belize by visiting one of the most incredible of the Cayes, the Laughing Bird Caye National Park. The Laughing Bird Caye was named after the laughing gull, the birds that once used this island to nest.  Now, the park is making efforts to bring them back by not allowing visitors into one of the sections of the islet. The national park was created in 1991 and it covers an area of only 1.8 acres, protecting a magnificent bed of coral where you can see a great variety of coral, fish and other sea creatures.

Today, not only did we have an incredible snorkeling experience, but also we got to play with kayaks, paddleboards and perhaps the most important – hammocks. 

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Max Vindas

Expedition Leader

Known for his passion for nature and dedication to conservation and ecotourism, Max Vindas has been guiding natural history trips in Costa Rica since 1993. On his first trip to the rainforest at age eight, Max realized his love for the outdoors and wildlife observation. Since then, he spends as much time as he can in the forest, sharing his knowledge with visitors to his country.

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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