Pompion Caye

Feb 22, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


On our last day aboard National Geographic Quest, the weather conditions allowed us to visit the picturesque little island of Pompion Caye. This small island is covered in coconut palms and has a sheltered beach where we could spend our morning kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

After setting up camp, we split in groups to explore our underwater surroundings. You’d never imagine so much marine wildlife being only a few steps off the beach, and in such close proximity!

In the afternoon, the island was visited by a fishing boat that had returned to sort an impressive catch of queen conch. The crew then regaled us with a very special peak into an important facet of traditional Belizean life on the water. We could snorkel and relax on this charming caye for a few more hours before returning to the ship.

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Clara Fuquen

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Despite her origins high up in the Andes mountains, Clara has built a career working beneath the surface of the world’s oceans. Being trained as a diver in the Colombian Navy, she began her archaeological career working on the 18th century Spanish shipwreck Conquistador. Working on various underwater and terrestrial archaeological sites in the following years, Clara completed an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the Colombian National University, followed by a Masters degree in Maritime Archaeology in the UK’s Southampton University. Her subsequent PhD research focused on traditional boatbuilding in the remote jungles of Colombia’s pacific coast.

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