Ambergris Caye in Belize-A day on the sea. Part I-The food.

We’re on vacation this week in Ambergris Caye, Belize. It’s such a beautiful place, with friendly people everywhere. Yesterday we took a snorkeling/fishing trip with our new friend Oliver (in red).

(Read more about our trip to Belize here and here.)

Or is it Denzel?

No, Oliver.

Denzel is that you?

Oliver? Or Doliver?

Anyway, he was quite charming, along with Alex. And don’t let Alex fool you with that Mickey Mouse hat on. He’s got skilz. Mad skilz. There were also two super nice couples from Texas ready for the day full of adventure. With hundreds of pictures documenting the day, this post will focus mainly on the food, which is always a good thing.

Our group left out early in the morning and soon ran into these guys spear fishing for spiny lobster.

Lobster season just opened a few days ago, so the waters are covered with small groups hunting for the lobster down below.

They paddled from a larger boat that we could hardly see in the distance, and, beginning at day break, began diving for the lobster. Unbelievably hard work. When we met up with them they had already been going at it for about 4 hours. Oliver called them over so we could take a peek at their catch.

Look at those beauties.

Whoa. What a boat load.

Oliver bought some for later.

Talk about fresh! That was so cool. We continued on to snorkel for a bit and fish.

The water was crystal blue.

The guys caught a few on board.

While they were fishing, Alex spear fished and brought in a hog fish (I think that’s what it’s called)…

More lobster…

And a few other fish.

It was getting close to lunch time, so we headed to a teeny tiny island, much like Gilligan’s Island, (which I can’t wait to tell you all about in another post) to break for lunch.

Alex prepared the lobster and fish.

He added seasonings. Oh, yeah, there was some chicken too. (I’ve got a picky eater.)

He was the man to have on hand.

The filleted fish were placed on the bottom, followed by the lobster, then all was topped with onions, peppers and more seasonings.

All the while, Oliver was getting the fire ready. He used coconut shells to start the flame.

And here’s the kitchen where it all came together.

The food was covered and steamed over the fire.

We all hung around waiting and watching these guys do their thing. Here are our fellow adventurers for the day, Mike, Jarod, Sheree (she’s Jarod’s wife) and Mandy (Mike’s spouse).

Nicer folks you won’t find. It was great fun.

In no time, lunch was ready. We feasted on coconut rice…


And fish stew.

Fresh and tasty doesn’t even begin to describe it.

My hat’s off to Alex.

A mighty fine meal indeed. And a big thanks to Denzel, uh, Oliver for a great day on the water.

I can’t wait to share the rest of the outing with you.

Wish you were here!

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    I wish I was there too!
    What a great day, Amy! Did you tell them you were a food blogger? Maybe they’d like to sponsor a boat load of us :) That lobster looks fabulous.
    So, do you know how much they paid for the lobster fresh like that?

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    cbp says

    Oh my goodness… what a fun day! Wish we were there to taste that tasty food and play in that most gorgeous water. Oliver looks like he is having so much fun and Alex is one great chef! So glad y’all are having such a good time! Your pictures are absolutely amazing!!! Can’t wait to hear the next installment of your trip.

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    Michelle (What's Cooking) says

    Glad you survived the flight. I am thrilled you are sharing your adventure with us – can’t wait to see what you have in store tomorrow! xoxoxox Michelle

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    Katie says

    The food looks GREAT! The boat full of lobster is terrifying – if I was in there I’d be scared my toes would be nibbled at!

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    I love how the food came first 😀 The lobster looks simply amazing, though the photo of the boatload (I can finally use that term literally) is kind of scary! Your meal looks delicious. I love seafood! 😀


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    Tickled Red says

    Wow!! Look at all of that fresh lobster. It looks like your are having the experience of a lifetime this week and enjoying every minute of it :) Love your photos.

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    Angie B says

    I ditto Angie’s comment above. Would you consider adopting me? You don’t have to make a decision now, just before you go vacationing again in tropical paradise.

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    Wenderly says

    Can you say blue, blue, blue and breathtaking water/photos! Felt like I was there with y’all…for a moment. Now back to reality! *sigh* Looks like a grand time!

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    Patrice says

    I wondered about the photo with the guy who had his toes that close to the lobster. Looks like a potential ouch to me!

    The seafood looked awesome. You must be having a great time. I hope so. Enjoy!

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    sas says

    okay there are two pictures I have questions about. 3rd picture looks like a shark in the water near those guys! What is that? The picture of the kitchen on the beach…did you bring Jake with you? :) How did “the boy” like the chicken? Wish I was there – it’s hot here!

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    Angie B says

    @sas – I may be wrong but to me it looks like the back and rear end of one of the spear fisherman? Looks like he’s wearing a t-shirt and blue plaid shorts.

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    All I can say is WOW!! I need to stop typing and call my travel agent!
    Looks like you had not just an amazing time but a tasty one as well!
    Beautiful, beautiful photos!

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    Jaela Lopez says

    So awesome that you visited my homeland and had a great time. Belize is beautiful and I miss it so much.

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