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Hamanasi Free Day
Belize's Pook's Hill, Ambergris & Hamanasi

Anchoring at Hol Chan for snorkeling excursionAnchoring at Hol Chan for snorkeling excursion (Jonathan Brunger)
We didn't have any excursions planned for this day, and we had a good chance to relax on the beach, swim in the pool, and enjoy our last full day in Belize. We took out a double sea kayak and paddled to a peninsula with a cluster of mangroves for about an hour. Since we spent most of the day at Hamanasi, I had the chance to watch the behind-the-scenes of the dive operation, and I was impressed. Staff members are preparing equipment and doing routine maintenance, and dive lessons are available for guests of Hamanasi as well as neighboring resorts and inns who send their guests to Hamanasi. The participants of the dive lessons did some pool work and then went out in the boats to the reef for their first open water dives. With more time, I would have loved to taken a lesson, so I guess I will have to return to Hamanasi. It will sure beat learning to dive in Montana! We were definitely going to miss Belize, and we had a fantastic experience. But we were excited to return home and see our two-year old. And next time, we will bring him with us. . .

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