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Steph joined one of our expeditions in Belize, and loved it so much that she decided to stay for a while longer!

Less than two weeks to go in Bacalar Chico Dive Camp (BCDC)... a magic place where you live according to the rhythm of nature. Once the sun has disappeared behind the palm trees, stars become more and more visible... and most of us are naturally attracted outside to sit and contemplate their majestic beauty. There is no light pollution around here... the closest big lights we can see are from Xcala, a small village on the Mexican border. 

Waking up in the morning is one of the most beautiful moments of the day, with the sun rising out on the horizon in front of us. Think about the most beautiful postcard you’ve ever seen... well, it is BETTER than that! Imagine the sea, the mangroves, the birds, Azul (our boat) in front of you… now imagine the red colours of the sun rising... get a cup of tea or coffee, sit there, and enjoy pure beauty. That’s how our days start here!

Now wake up for real... because hard work is starting: three dives planned. The first one today is a fish point out, the second one is a coral point out, and the third one is a practice for a point intersect transects. Afternoons are usually dedicated to science classes: in less than two weeks we learned to recognise about 50 fishes and around 40 different kinds of corals! We are now ready to start the surveys, and a few of my fellow volunteers, who have never dived before, have successfully passed their PADI Advanced Open Water... well done all!