Ranguana Caye

Mar 09, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Our last day exploring the second largest barrier reef in the world began in a small Caye known as Ranguana Caye. White sands, coconuts trees, and shade were all part of the welcome our guests received coming ashore.

Some go birding while others gathered around our certified photo instructor to practice with angles and lighting before heading inland for the real deal. The rest suit up to explore the underwater world.

We spent the whole of our day in Ranguana snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and relaxing in hammocks. By the end of the day, we all gather back onboard National Geographic Quest to recount and share our thoughts and experiences about our un­-Belizeable journey thus far.

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile. He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama. Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking. He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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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