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How To Clean A Fish – Starring Captain Patrick

On August 26, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News, Ragga Crew, Ragga Vids

Back To Business As Usual After Tropical Storm Harvey

On August 21, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

The sun is back out a day after TS Harvey passed through Belize

We had been watching the weather reports closely for several days as a low pressure system began building out in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Nicaragua. By Thursday the system had become a tropical depression and on Friday it was officially named Tropical Storm Harvey off the coast of Honduras. It was at this stage that warnings for the coast of Belize were sent out and people on the island and across the country were listening closely to the radio for updates and beginning to make preparations to be ready for when the storm would reach us on Saturday afternoon.

Early Saturday morning most of the Ragga bwoys headed down to the office and then began moving all of our boats around to the back of the island were they would be safe from the breeze and surges. The rain was coming down hard but the crew got everything done and then we just waited it out. There were reports that the storm could increase to a hurricane when it reached land in Belize and that it would hit further down south near Dangriga. We still stayed on alert though because you never know what Mother Nature will do. But by lunch time the storm was weakening and it was clear that Caye Caulker wouldn’t be feeling the wrath of Harvey. We were just hoping that everyone would stay safe down south.

Harvey made landfall in Belize at 1pm and made its way west. Stann Creek district and Cayo district received a lot of rain which caused some flash flooding, but overall Harvey caused a lot less damaged then was expected which was a huge relief. On Caye Caulker we had nothing more than some clouds and a slight breeze. You never would have even known there was a tropical storm passing over. We got very lucky.

We unfortunately had to cancel two overnights planned for Friday and Saturday due to the weather, but the sun is shining again today and we are back to business as usual! Let’s just hope that Belize has no more threats for the remainder of the hurricane season and everyone stays safe!

Kenny the Cat Man: One of Caye Caulkers un-sung heros!

On August 17, 2011 in Caye Caulker

Cat Ken Ken feeding his cats.

Although he resides on front street, Kennrick Samson, also known as Kenny the Cat Man or even Cat Ken, keeps himself to himself. Ken has given up his life for the benefit of the cats of Caye Caulker and now spends his life nursing, rehabilitating and just plain old taking care of practically the entire cat community of Caye Caulker -and a few dogs! With almost 40 cats currently in his care Ken is like Caye Caulker’s version of Haile Berry in Catwoman as the cats here follow his ever move!

Ken lives on the undeveloped property between the Rainbow Hotel and the Enjoy grocery store right on front street. Many of you will have passed the property – some of you more astute feline types may have met him, but few know the real story.

Ken came upon his collection of cats as if by chance. In 2002, disappointed in the increased amount kittens becoming parent-less due to the dogs that found their parents fair play for a small meal, he took it upon himself to nurse and raise the kittens rather than watch them die. Many nights were spent with a small bottle feeding the kittens until they were strong enough to fend for themselves. Over the months and years, his cat family began to grow and at one stage he had up to 60 cats!

In 2002 he met up with Dawn and Kathy the previous owners of Belize Diving Services and the originators of the Caye Caulker Humane Society. With their assistance Ken, one by one, managed to neuter the cats to cap the cat population explosion on the island. They were also instrumental in his now enormous knowledge in taking care of his cat family both from a health and well being perspective and their general medical needs. Ken’s understanding of his cats enables him to tend to the common ailments such as colds and wounds with the small but effective medicines he has in stock.

For all the good he does for the cats his feline friends and their friendship have also assisted him in becoming alcohol free. Five years ago he felt that his drinking was not good for the health and well being of his extended family and therefore he gave up drinking – this allows his whole focus to be on the cats which are all strong, healthy and good looking specimens – something he is proud of.

Just some of Ken’s cats having something to eat. Kitty having a sleep after lunch.

How does he do it? Ken by day is a man of all trades but most famous for his repair and maintenance of many of the bikes on the island and this is how he funds the enormous up-keep of his animals. He is does all of this not for what he can get in return, not for fame or even money, but for the sheer love of his furry four legged friends!! For that he is one of our Caye Caulker heros – he strives to put the needs of the cats selflessly above his own and for that we are grateful.

If you are on Caye Caulker and passing by Cat Ken’s little sanctuary then perhaps you can offer to make a donation of cat food or medicine to assist him in his endeavours!

The Split gets yet another make-over!

On August 10, 2011 in Caye Caulker

The Split Rocks from Rocksville

For most of us, Villagers and tourists alike, The Split can be the heartbeat of the island and when it get’s a make-over, it makes our day!
Together with the Owner of the property, Immer, the Manager of the Lazy Lizard Bar is once again adding to the areas beauty. Truckloads of rocks, brought by the barges all they way from Rockville (original name huh!!) in Belize, will be re-enforcing the pimento wall that he has created some months ago. The rocks are designed to stem the force of the waves when Tropical Storms or worse Hurricanes reach our shores. The original need was therefore a physical presence to protect the split.
However, the natural sand color rocks are a perfect and natural way of hiding the wall behind it and, once in place, will balance beautifully with sandy beach. Once the work has been completed, we will post some pictures for your approval!

Raggamuffin Tours Named in Wild Junket’s Top 10!!!

On July 19, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker

Wild Junket is a very popular travel blog written by an adventurous writer named Nellie Huang who is exploring the globe and recording her experiences on her blog and giving her fellow travellers advice and tips for their own holidays.

In one of the latest blogs on Wild Junket Caye Caulker became the topic of discussion for Nellie. She listed her opinion of the Top 10 Things To Do while on this island paradise…….and Raggamuffin Made the cut!!!! Nellie made mention to both the Raggamuffin Sunset sailing tour as well as our 3 day sailing adventure to Placencia.

Click here and have a read for yourself so you can plan out your upcoming visit to Caye Caulker :)

Thanks for the shout out Wild Junket!!!!

Raggamuffin Passenger Experience

On July 16, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News, Ragga Crew

We at Raggamuffin are always happily providing you with details and information about our tours, which is no doubt beneficial to you, but we know that what you love hearing most is feedback and stories directly from our passengers so that you can get first hand recounts of their experiences with us…..and that’s exactly what we will be sharing with you today!

Click here to check out this great blog written by one of our passengers about their time on Caye Caulker, including the full day snorkeling trip they did with us to Hol Chan. Read and enjoy!

LobsterFest @ The Split

On July 04, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News

Ragga Bwoys @ Lobsterfest Lobsterfest @ The Split 2011

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest was a little different this year. Instead of the whole community coming together for one big festival the managers of The Lazy Lizard threw their own event independently………and man did they do a good job!!! The festivities started on Friday and finished up last night at about 8pm when we all dragged our tired feet home.

There were rides and games for the kids, gambling tables for the adults, food stalls (filled with lobster naturally) and gift stalls and a big marquee which became the dance floor. It was a great set up. The crowds starting heading down to The Split on Friday, but things really got going on Saturday….the place was packed! The weather wasn’t great, but that didn’t put anyone off…..including lots of the crew from Raggamuffin who were there enjoying themselves.

On Saturday they had the beer drinking contest, the tornado contest for both the kids and the adults and a tug of war. There were lots of great prizes for the winners. And at night The Youth Connection Band along with Continental Cat rock the place with their live performance. It was incredible! The party didn’t end till about 3am.

Girls in the Bikini Contest Winner of the Bikini Contest - Miss San Pedro Belize Express

Sunday (family day) was equally as good. The vibe was more chilled but there was still a lot of fun and entertainment. They had the greasy pole competition and the much anticipated Bikini contest. Four girls strutted their way around the stage as onlookers were up on their toes trying to get a look. The competition was tight so they had a dance off as well which got the crowd even more hyped up. In the end a local girl from Caye Caulker was crowned Miss San Pedro Belize Express and took away $450!

After the bikini contest was over they pumped up the music and The Youth Connection band took the stage again and did there thing until the sun went down.

No one throws a better party the Caye Caulker, and Lobsterfest was no exception. It was a very well organised event and everybody had an amazing time. We can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!!

The Crowd watching the Bikini Contest Continental Cat performing with his band

Patrick & Allie vs The Love FM Kayak Challenge

On June 28, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News, Ragga Crew

On the weekend, as many of you may already know, Captain Patrick and Allie took part in the first Love FM Island Kayak Challenge. The challenge involved Kayaking from Belize City to San Pedro over a period of two days, ending the first day on Caye Caulker. This was no small task but they were both determined to give it a try.

The first day of the race was definitely the most demanding, and two teams dropped out early on. They battled against huge waves to get out of Belize City and paddled none stop until they reached the first check point at St. Georges Caye. Allie had to get out of the kayak and run up the beach to grab a flag and take it over to the officials. They had already been sitting on the kayak for about 4 hours so Allie’s legs could barely hold her up when she tried to run.

They were only half way through the course when they left St. Georges and were feeling very sore and tired. Captain Raf went out as there service boat and followed them the whole way making sure they had enough to drink and giving the fruits and power bars when they needed it……and of cause encouraged them and keep them motivated. He pumped out music from his boat for them to keep their energy and spirits up.

Two hours later they came into Caye Chaple were it was Patrick’s turn to run up and grab a flag. They were on the home stretch to Caye Caulker now and both Patrick and Allie said this was the hardest part because they were so close but so exhausted that the last hour just dragged on……..But after 7 hours they finally turned into the shore and headed towards Central Park as the sound of cheers and applause erupted from the huge group of locals waited on the beach for them. They drifted in with big smiles on their faces, so moved by the support that they were being shown. It was an emotional moment. They came in last that day (besides the 2 teams that dropped out), but to the people of Caye Caulker it was as though they came in 1st! There was an immense feeling of pride in the air. It was incredible.

With aching bodies and blistered hands, Patrick and Allie dragged themselves home for some much needed rest as they had to do it all over again in the morning.

The next day the crowds gathered again as Team Caye Caulker set off with the other eight remaining teams as they paddled towards the finish line at San Pedro. The winds were high and the race route was all in opens seas so it was a tough course but the guys kept up a fast pace and stayed in rhythm the whole way. It was very impressive. Big storm clouds were looming above and you could see the rain coming down in the distance, but it stayed away in the end.

Patrick and Allie were neck and neck with 2 other teams the whole way. They took over one team with ease and left them behind, but they just couldn’t get to the team in front in time and they came in about 5 mins ahead of our guys……But it didn’t matter, they had made it to the end and they couldn’t be happier!!!

Team Caye Caulker ended up coming in 9th overall out of 11 teams but regardless they are heroes to everyone on the island! They were the only mixed team in the race (Big up to Allie for being the only female and giving the men a run for their money) and went up against professional teams after practicing together only twice. They were brave and determined and never gave up and that makes them champions!!!!

Thank you to everyone who showed their support. Patrick and Allie are so grateful. It was your belief in them that got them to the finish line.

Congratulations Allie and Patrick. You have inspired us all!

The Split aka The Epicenter Of Caye Caulker

On June 26, 2011 in Caye Caulker

Sunset at The Split New deck at The Split

If you have been to Caye Caulker, the memories that you take from the famous Split and it’s Lazy Lizard Bar are priceless. However, over the years the area has taken a battering with hurricanes, tropical storms etc and erosion has taken its toll on the area.

Since 2009 the Manager and the very popular character Immer Perez has been creating a family friendly environment which is making it every still the one and only place to hang out in the sun!! Immer has worked tirelessly on re-claiming some of the lost beach all around the split by adding sea walls and huge quantities of sand to create the beach area we now have at both the front and the back of the split. Recently, before Easter, he added the famous deck which has added to the sunbathing and lounging area of his customers and I gather there are plans for an additional deck overhanging the actual split itself in the next year!!

Not only this, but our Split has now become famous for its holiday parties … definitely the place you should be on Halloween, New Year and of course the all weekend bashment over the Easter weekend!! Now, he is has big plans for Lobsterfest – over 1st, 2nd and 3rd July this will also be a party like no other. He has told me that there will be a variety of local lobster cuisine on sale as well as the ritual games such as greasy pig, pole and the beer drinking contest – as well as the big prize for the largest LIVE lobster – $2,000Bz!!!! Life bands and local DJ’s will play throughout the weekend!!

Standard VI Graduates – and Goodbye Ms Enelda Rosado!

On June 23, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News

Aricelli Cadle giving speech for Ms Neldy as another student presents her with gift. The girls with their certificates of graduation

As the summer holidays draw near, so does the coming of age for our Standard VI Graduates and their Graduation marks their time to move onward! This year, amongst the line up we are proud to say that two Raggamuffin Captains and indeed fathers Jahlee Jones and Harrison Cadle each had a daughter graduating – Kira Jones and Aricelli Cadle respectively.

The father’s sat in the audience proudly and patiently as their offspring collected their awards – this graduation being special as it was also held on Father’s Day!! Aricelli Cadle, grandaughter of the famous Lionel Heredia or Chocolate as more fondly call him won 5 Awards for her diligence over the past year and made her Grandpa exceedingly proud.

Jacob Raggema giving his valedictorian speech Happy to be graduating

Jacob Roggema of the Cocoplum dynasty was Valedictorian for the year and gave a heartfelt speech that had all bystanders welling up – congratulations Jacob!!

It was also a very sad moment where we had to say ‘good bye’ to the Principal Ms Enelda Rosado as she is retiring! Ms Neldy as she was better known, will be very sadly missed by teachers, pupils and parents alike!!! During the graduation a short slide-show was put together to honor her 20 years here in Caye Caulker!