Caye Caulker: Snorkel Tour and Wildlife

illuminated conch shell

Our one outing from Caye Caulker was a full-day snorkel tour with Carlos Tours on a catamaran. I’d never been on a sailboat before and we wanted to try it. It was certainly quieter and more relaxing than a powerboat. Our first stop was at the coral gardens, where there were nice clumps of coral … Read more

Tobacco Caye

view from our deck

There is NOTHING to do on Tobacco Caye but eat, sleep, play in or on the water, hang out at one of the two beach bars, or just plain hang out. Which is why we came here! Day 1: Bocawina Rainforest Lodge to Tobacco Caye Our trek to Tobacco Caye began with a 30-mile drive … Read more

Green Island

Green Island

Green Island is a small island off the coast near Cairns. Multiple companies offer excursions there. You can snorkel from the beach or just sit on it if you want. There are also walks and a place to eat. We’re following our usual practice of snorkeling from the beach first. It helps us get reacquainted … Read more


cruise ship off the coast with palm tree

We had a relaxing couple of days in Kailua-Kona only slightly spoiled by bad weather but more than compensated for by some of the best snorkeling ever. Day 1: Volcano to Kailua-Kona Pumpkin raisin bread for breakfast. (We think.) We packed up and hit the scenic Chain of Craters Road in Volcanoes National Park. Then … Read more


West Maui mountains

Maui is a beautiful island if a bit manicured and gentrified for our taste. It has some great sights — like the road to Hana — that I wouldn’t want to miss. Day 1: Home to Maui We actually shoveled snow the day we left. It took us four flights, 20 hours, and 12 hours … Read more