Caribbean Dream: Ranguana Caye

Feb 27, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

When National Geographic Quest set anchor just off Ranguana Caye, sight alone made it clear that the day awaiting us on this tiny, two-acre jewel of an island was going to leave impressions. A quick ride by Zodiac would bring us to what turned out to be one of the finest days of the expedition we’ve had! Under the auspices of great weather, passengers had an assortment of activities to choose from for our last full day in Belize.

Easily one of our most popular offerings, quite a few people went for the snorkeling gear today. Sessions offered are based on the guest’s own background, meaning experience is never a disqualifying factor. All the better, too, that your time exploring this rich underwater expanse with friends and family takes place in the most extensive reef system in the northern hemisphere!

A good number still joined the photography group, coming out with some incredible pictures with the bright and beautiful Caribbean Sea in the background. Other guests went birding, and although there wasn’t the variety of wildlife one might otherwise find on mainland Belize, a walk through this small tropical stretch was well received with some geology and natural history thrown in the mix.

We round off another remarkable day with an afternoon nap in the hammocks, sunbathing, and enjoying the show of brown pelicans diving over and over again for silversides.

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About the Author

Randy Jones


Randy Jones hails from Northern Belize near the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, where his family lives. His childhood visits to CTWS instilled in him a deep love for birding, nature, culture and the environment.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

About the Videographer

Dexter Sear

Video Chronicler

Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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