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In pictures: Mother nature struts her stuff in Belize

The Globe's Amberly McAteer spent six days island hopping - by kayak - in Belize

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A pelican dives for his dinner: Just a regular sighting (from the bar, no less) on Southwater caye in Belize

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On our cabana in Tobacco Caye: Is there anything better than a hammock? Noah Vardon (my travel buddy) says no.

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Kayaks rest on the shore of Tobacco Caye

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Gypsy, the lucky dog who lives on Southwater Caye, was often by my side.

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After a long day of snorkelling and kayaking on the water, we'd always come back to incredible, homemade food. Here - shrimp soup with fresh coconut milk.

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Local resident George prepares potatoes for dinner while the sun sets on Tobacco Caye

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A fellow traveller snapped these underwater images on our snorkel trips in Belize.

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A Southern stingray was spotted just beside our kayaks

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On one of our many snorkelling trips. we see featherduster worms

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My travel buddy, Noah Vardon, snorkelling on Tobacco Caye

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An aerial view of Carrie Bow caye - a tiny island that's home to the Smithsonian Institute's marine lab

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At Carrie Bow caye, I get very close to a hermit crab. He was a little camera shy.

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Eventually, he came out of his shell.

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Every day was spent paddling and snorkelling - and getting a good workout; we'd reward ourselves with drinks and big dinners every night

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We travelled from Tobacco Caye to Southwater Caye by kayak sailing: The group takes in our surroundings (and gave our paddling arms a rest)

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