Above – Rendezvous Caye
Raggamuffin has put together this unique adventure to access the more remote/ inaccessible parts of Belize’s reef to showcase some of her best snorkeling and fishing areas! The tour takes the route from Caye Caulker and finishes in DANGRIGA (the tour is never undertaken in reverse), remaining in the inner reef to allow for calm sailing waters.
The trip is designed as an island hopping adventure for all those want to experience this uninhabited Caribbean paradise. The adventure will take place over a period of three days and passengers will spend the night on beautiful Rendezvous Caye and Ragga Cayes whilst visiting Goffs Caye or English Caye, Tobacco Caye and South Water Caye.
During the day the sailboat will gently cruise through Belize’s crystal clear waters and picture postcard scenery whilst stopping to snorkel at least twice each day. Snorkeling opportunities can be maximised by those who are passionate snorkelers by additionally snorkeling around Rendezvous Caye and Ragga Caye the afternoon they arrive and the morning before they depart.
Fishing is also an additional element to the trip. We carry with us hand lines, trawling rods, spin rods and a spear gun. For those passengers whose passion it is for fishing, this is an ideal opportunity to trawl off the boats, spin cast on the islands and to experience spear fishing! For fly fisherman, although whilst we are on the boat there is no way of accessing the flats, whilst on Rendezvous and Ragga Caye the flats off these islands are abundant! (We do not provide fly fishing equipment for the trip).
Above – Rendezvous Caye.
The trip is a ‘simple’ camping trip with Raggamuffin supplying all camping equipment with mats and sheets being provided. Passengers sleep in the units that they travel in ie on average 2 persons to each tent or if they are traveling on their own, their own tent, to allow for privacy. On Rendezvous Caye’s infrastructure will allow for camping only whilst on our new Ragga Caye, the second night, there is a non camping option.
Above – Ragga Caye.
Our newly acquired Ragga Caye will offer our passengers camping facilites as the trip advises. However, we also have the ‘Ragga Dormitories’, 4 bunk beds to one room that are inclusive in this package – not forgetting our strategically positioned hammocks available too!
In addition to this Ragga Caye also offer customers (if they so desire) the opportunity to up-scaling their current reservation to a night in one of the three over the water cabanas with 2 kingsize beds, ensuite bathroom and private verandah. Photos of the room and verandah below. The price of this will be $100US per couple or if a group of 3 or more persons $37.50US per person. Reservations for these cabanas are limited to only 3 cabanas available so we recommend early reservations.
Showering facilities are basic but fully functional – some of our boats have shower facilities on the boat and the smaller boats carry fresh water for passengers to rinse themselves. All boats have marine toilets. On Rendezvous Caye passengers are encouraged to use the shower facilities on the boat and there is a toilet on the island. On Ragga Caye the second night, we provide shower and bathroom facilities on the island itself.
For many the quality of the food on the trip is a pleasant surprise as we carry Chef’s on board our trip! In season we will be providing lobster and conch and throughout the year shrimp and obviously there is plenty of fish. For those who do not eat fish we can provide chicken and for vegetarians and those who are gluten intolerant we also have excellent menus – do not worry!
Due to us adding Ragga Caye to our itinerary we have recently changed the structure of the tour to finish in Dangriga and NOT Placencia. In the past we used Placencia as our final docking point because our sailboats had no docking facilities in the nearer and more convenient town of Dangriga. On Day 3, in order to access Placencia our passengers spent the last 4 hours of the tour sailing towards the mainland in open seas with no island or snorkel breaks, by far the least exciting leg of the journey. Ragga Caye will allow us to cut off this unnecessary part of the tour and allow us to spend more time around and on the island as we depart at 3pm via water taxi to Dangriga. Now our passengers will not only enjoy 2 snorkel stops in the morning but manatee watching and visiting the bird sanctuary. Lunchtime will be a BBQ on Ragga Caye as passengers can relax in a hammock, go kayaking or even swim, snorkel or even fish off the island before we finally pack up and head back home.
We are so excited about this change in our itinerary and after you have completed the tour, we know you will be too!!
The trip includes all taxes plus snorkeling and fishing equipment equipment, camping gear, marine reserve and island fees and last but not least food and beverages. The cost of this package is $350US per person until 1st November 2016 when the price will increase to $400US per person. Typically there are no group discounts and the minimum number for the tour is 12 persons. Trips depart regularly throughout the year on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Please note, trips running over Xmas and New Year and therefore will have an increased price of $450US. This increase of $50US will go directly to the crew to compensate them from being away from their friends and families over these holidays. All other departures are the standard price.
The weather is a vital component to the trips success however it is almost impossible to be 100% accurate about the weather. For a trip to be confirmed we need to be forecast that the rainfall is minimal. Cloud cover is not a reason to cancel a trip as clouds rarely stay around for more than a morning or an afternoon for us on the coast. However heavy rain for more than a morning or an afternoon is reason to either cancel the trip or even postpone.
Determining an accurate weather forecast will be done the eve of the trip, often in the afternoon. To do this we take advice from the Belize Met office in person. They have recently acquired a Doppler radar which gives far more accuracy than many of our Caribbean counterparts. Due to the fact that weather can vary widely for the coast and for inland (which forecast are mainly put together for) we take the time to ring the Chief Forecaster directly and get their opinion.
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel a trip if this information gives us to believe that the trips success will be compromised due to the weather. This being said, most of the year we have good weather, with only rainfall at night and little or none during the day!
Dangriga is located on the coast in the centre of Belize. This will suit most of our passengers as it will allow everybody to get to their next destination (if it is not Dangriga itself) the day the tour finishes.
Placencia – buses depart 4.30pm and 6.15pm (no 4.30pm departure on Sundays). This journey takes 2 hours.
Hopkins – buses depart at 5pm. This journey takes 1 hour.
Belize City – buses depart 4.30pm and 5.30pm. This journey takes 2.5 hours.
Cayo and San Ignacio (or even into Guatemala) – get the Belize City bus and change at Belmopan for the bus marked Benque Veijo. (2 hour journey).
Caye Caulker - bus to Belize City and either Ocean Ferry or San Pedro Belize Express water taxis. Please note, passengers will not be able to make the last boat back to Caye Caulker that same night if they take the bus.
The boat is not an option of returning! The fundamental reason is pure and simple – safety. The return leg for the crew only is undertaken (weather and equipment permitting) at night. The sea is more rough as the boat travels against the current and in the darkness navigation becomes more difficult. The crew are immensely capable of this journey but we do not permit passengers to come back with the crew to ensure that the boat and the crew are fully focused on their task and therefore safe.