Jess’ Blog – Sailing, Sunning & Snorkelling on the Caribbean Sea

On March 13, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News, Ragga Crew

Sunset

In early March I embark on the 3 day sailing adventure with Raggamuffin Tours. It was the thing I had most been looking forward to doing since booking my trip to Belize at the beginning of the year….and I wasn’t disappointed!

We boarded The Ragga King early in the morning with nothing but blue skies above, and set sail bound for Placencia. There were 13 of us on the boat – 7 Scandinavians, 2 Brits, 3 Americans and me, the Aussie. A mixed bag of passengers from across the globe, but all with the same intention…. to have an amazing time on the Caribbean Sea.

On our first day we fished from the back of the boat, and stopped twice to snorkel while on our way to Rendezvous Caye. The snorkelling was incredible at these stops. There were no other boats around so it was very private. The coral formations at the first stop are the best I have ever seen. After the second stop we had all worked up a decent appetite, but thankfully our lunch had been served up and was waiting for us when we hopped out of the water….now that’s service!

We reached Rendezvous Caye at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. This small patch of sand surrounded by the reef, with a few coconut trees scattered across it was to be our home for the night. It was the type of tropical island that you would see on the front of a post card. Perfection. First things first we had to set up our tents on the beach while there was still some light, and after that was done we sat back with a rum punch in hand and watched the amazing sunset in front of us. After snacking on some delicious shrimp cerviche, the Captain served up our dinner. It was a feast of fish – that had been caught by one of the passengers earlier in the day – along with lots of vegies and rice. There wasn’t a thing left by the time we were done. The night ended around a campfire, toasting marsh mellows, listening to one of the boys play his guitar and sharing travel stories with each other.

Fire tobacco caye

The next morning I got up early to watch the sunrise and to go for a nice swim to wake me up. I really couldn’t think of a better way to start the morning. Well that was until the amazing breakfast was served. We stuffed ourselves silly again, packed up our things and boarded the boat for another day of sailing. The snorkelling was equally as beautiful on the second day, and we managed to catch 2 BIG barracudas on the lines (plus what the captain caught spear fishing). Besides being in the water, I spent my day working on my tan and reading my book. It was so nice to just sit back and relax and enjoy the beauty around me – always with the sweet sounds of reggae filling the air.

We arrived on Tobacco Caye later that afternoon, and I headed straight to the beach bar for a nice cold beer to cool me down. Again we set up our tents and got organised and then sat back and relaxed on the dock together. The crew opened the “boat bar” and served up more cerviche for us. Then after dinner we all gathered around to watch some live Garifuna drumming performed by the locals. They were incredible! The captain got us up one by one and showed us how to dance punta – well try to anyway. It was a lot of fun. The whole group hung around the bar till it closed, and then took the hint to head off to bed.

I woke in a slight rum haze on the last day, and slowly gathered my things together to get ready for departure. It was a bit sad knowing that the trip was almost over. That day was the hottest of the three, so I piled on the sunscreen and found my spot on the boat. There were lots of laughs along the way as the recounted things from the night before. Everyone had really gotten to know each by this stage. We stopped three times this time because of the heat so that we could cool ourselves off in the water. I helped to pull up the sail after one of the stops which made me feel like a professional sailor.

We reached Placencia at 4.30pm and reluctantly hopped off the boat. The trip went so fast, I didn’t want it to be over. I said my goodbyes to everyone and swapped email addresses, put my backpack on and headed on my way.

Raggamuffin’s overnight trip was such an amazing experience, and I will never forget it. The crew were fantastic – being both professional and fun. I felt like every aspect of the trip was so well thought out, and I enjoyed every moment. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who visits Caye Caulker, and hope to be able to do it again myself one day.

Thanks Raggamuffin!

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