West Pelican Caye and Laughing Bird Caye

Mar 07, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today was definitely not a day for landlubbers! We immerse ourselves, literally, in an underwater world bounding with life beneath the Caribbean sea surface. Some of our guests went for the full diving experience, while others dawned snorkels for a tour of the reef systems.

The day started at West Pelican Caye with a brief a.m. shower and ended at Laughing Bird Caye, which is part of a reserve managed by Southern Environmental Association. Depending on which guest you spoke to, you might get conflicting answers as to which activity was the best! Each site was equally captivating, with stunning arrays of corals and fish species that would thrill even the most experienced.

Some guests kayaked around mangrove islands. Others tested their balance on stand-up paddleboards. For the more leisure-minded, hammocks were available to kick back and relax. As the sun started its descent for the day, everyone headed back to National Geographic Quest and thus ended another beautiful day in Belize!

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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.

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