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Oil or Tourism?

On June 17, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Marine Series, News

Say NO to oil exploration in Belize Petition against oil exploration in Belize

Oil or Tourism? That is the question and one that for most of us would be easy to answer!! However, I am sorry to say, that the Government of Belize seems to want us to believe that it is possible to have both and have been pushing through licenses without the consent of the people both onshore and offshore!!

The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage was formed back in 8th June 2010 on World Ocean’s Day and is actively looking for a ban on all oil exploration, exploitation and production in Belize’s offshore and protected areas. Furthermore they are pushing to develop legislation and policies for onshore oil exploration, exploitation and production which will enable equitable distribution of oil revenues for Belize’s national development in an environmentally safe manner. – Sounds good to you? Well we are in full support!!!

The Coalition strives, through conducting educational presentations across Belize to inform the Belize people the dangers of the oil exploration. Their second task is to gather signatures of the Belizean people to force the government into a referendum – 17,000 signatures were necessary, the Coalition states that they have currently surpassed this number but they feel the need to continue gathering.

The major hurdle for the organization is the current Goverment and indeed the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, who unforgiving in his support for the drilling. He says that the windfall gained from the potential oil tax revenue will reduce debt and indeed be just what the country needs. He seems to care little about the threat to our environment.

We will, through this blog, continue to update you in the Coalitions endeavors to protect Belize’s environment!

Watch Out Lobsters, The 2011 Season Is Offically Open!

On June 15, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News

Lobster traps Lobsters on the grill

Today the lobster season officially opens in Belize for 2011!

For months fisherman have been getting ready for this day, building piles of lobster traps by hand, and then soaking them in the water to make sure they sink before baiting and setting. And today they finally get to pull up their traps and see what a waits inside.

Many people will gather as the fisherman return to shore to buy a few pounds of fresh lobster to take home and cook up, while others will fill the many restaurants on the island to have their share of the first lobsters of the year. The menus will be filled with lobster being served up in a varitey of ways – lobster ceviche, lobster fritters, grilled lobster, coconut lobster, curried lobster, garlic lobster….whatever way your heart desires. It is practically illegal to be eating anything else for dinner tonight :)

Apologizes to those of you who have just left Belize and have missed out on having your own lobster feast……….But don’t worry we will eat your share for you :)

Showing Our Support For Ocean Academy

On June 12, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News

Patrick presenting award to Ocean Academy student Patrick presenting award to Ocean Academy student Patrick presenting award to Ocean Academy student

Last night was graduation night for some of the students of Ocean Academy (Caye Caulker’s High school) who were being recognized for their exceptional effort and results at school over the last year and many of the islands businesses were asked to donate cash awards to put towards these students tuition fees.

Raggamuffin Tours is a great supporter of Ocean Academy and its students and we didn’t hesitate in contributing and being involved in this special night. Captain Patrick was asked to attend the award ceremony on behalf of our company and present the Raggamuffin Spirit of Ocean Academy award to three students who were selected because of their endless commitment and devotion to the school.

The night was a wonderful success and we were glad to be a part of it.

Congratulations to all of the students who received awards!

Cultural Day At Caye Caulker Primary School!

On June 10, 2011 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News

School kids representing the Garifuna culture dancing punta. Parents cooking food at the Garifuna stand.

Belize is proud of its rich cultures and therefore it is very much part of the school curriculum!! So here on the island The Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School held its Cultural Day.

The cultures were broken down into Garifuna, Creole, Mestizo, Maya and the Chinese and divided amongst the classes. Stands were set up in the playground, to represent each group and the children dressed up similarly to put on a colorful show for all who looked upon. Each stand told the history of it’s culture, identified and sold food that were indicative of their ethnicity and many prepared it right there in school.

Towards lunchtime, as many were indulging in their favorite food, each group took to the floor to give us a wonderful display of their dancing skills whilst dressed in their costumes. Fun and festivities were in the air in an excellent way for children to learn to identify how this very unique country is put together!

Mestizo Tent School girls dresses in traditional Maya outfits.

Girl Power!!!

On June 08, 2011 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News

San Pedro Celebrating Caye Caulker Women's Football Team

The boys have always dominated the different sports across the island, but now the girls are holding their own against them! Caye Caulker’s Women’s Football team (that’s soccer for the Aussies and Americans) have been training hard every night and as a result have been kicking some serious butt in the last few competitions!

On Sunday crowds gathered to watch Caye Caulker (decked out in purple) and San Pedro battle it out on the field during the sweltering midday sun. But despite the heat the girls from these rival teams played hard and never gave up. By the end of the day Caye Caulker came out on top winning all their games – including the last match which they won 5 – 1 – taking out first place in the competition. Everybody watching from the sidelines were cheering and jumping around when the final whistle was blown. We were all very proud of the girls and what they had achieved. It was great moment where island came together in support.

Crowd Celebrating Caye Caulker Wins!

The two San Pedro teams were then left to fight it out against each other for second and third place.

It’s great to see so many ladies from the island getting involved in some competitive sport and hopefully it will encourage others to get involved as well. They are a very talented group of players and if they keep training as hard as they are they will only continue to improve.

We will make sure that we keep you update on any upcoming competitions as well so that you are also able to show your support and share in their success :)

Hurricane Season Has Begun, And So Can Your Holiday Plans For Belize!

On June 05, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Summer Holiday Satellite Image

There are many misconceptions about travelling during Hurricane Season, but I am here to tell you that there is no need to fret and that there can actually be some benefits to travelling during these months!

Hurricane Season began on the 1st of June and ends on the 30th of November, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t still book your holiday to Belize during this period. Although we can never predict if a hurricane will hit our region this year, the truth is that it is unlikely to happen as most of these storms end up being pushed up into the Gulf of Mexico or out towards Africa. In fact only 4 Hurricanes have directly hit Belize since the year 2000. However it is wet season so it is likely that you would experience more rain compared to other months, but for the tropics these rain showers generally occur in the morning or late at night leaving most of the day for you to relax or explore. Just yesterday for example it was rainy at 9am and the sky was filled with dark clouds, but by 10:30am the clouds disappeared and it was hot and sunny for the rest of the day.

The weather in Belize will still be ideal but by travelling during these months you will have the opportunity to get your hands on some cheaper flights and accommodation as prices are brought down. You will also be able to enjoy the fact that islands like Caye Caulker will not be jam-packed with tourists like it is in high season, making this paradise even more peaceful and relaxing!

So it’s true we don’t know what Mother Nature has install for us this year, but as long as you do your research and make the necessary preparations then there is no need to put your vacation plans on hold!

Most importantly we just hope that everyone in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean stay safe this Hurricane Season!

“Pirates Of The Caribbean” – Vinko’s Blog

On May 01, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

“This is a blog following the Round The Bend Project, a cycle tour on bicycles through Central America – from Cancun to Panama. This independently funded project aims to survey the state of eco-tourism and lodging in the region while exploring the regional culture and its cuisine…” – Round The Bend Project Website.

Vinko, one of the writers of this blog was also recently a passenger on one of our famous 3 day sailing adventures to Placencia a few weeks back. He loved the trip and wanted to share his blog with us, which we loved! Thanks Vinko! All the best with the rest of your adventure.

There’s some great stuff about Caye Caulker in this link, as well as the section about Raggamuffin so click here and have a read for yourselves!

Easter Weekend On Caye Caulker

On April 27, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Easter weekend is always a big one on Caye Caulker, and this Easter was no exception. Loads of locals boarded the water taxi and made their way to the island to spend their holiday in the sun and water. There were DJ’s pumping out music from HUGE speakers on the new deck at The Split all weekend and the loud beats definitely drew in the crowds. People were piled around the bar ordering drinks, while others just relaxed in the water or laid on the sand, and the dance floor opened up long before the sun went down each day. There was a great vibe in the air.

But the celebrations really kicked off on Saturday night with several parties happening across the island. Oceanside had live bands playing, Jello bar had Belizean Punta star Supa G performing – which was incredible, as well as the beach party down at The Split. The streets were filled for most of the night as everyone made their way from one party to another to make sure they weren’t missing out on anything. But the night ended down at Jello at 5 in the morning with the crowd dragging their sore legs home after hours of dancing. It was a lot of fun!

The Raggamuffin office was closed on Easter Sunday so that the crew could spend the day eating chocolate and relaxing with their friends and families (and to recover from the night before in some cases)…..But we reopened on Easter Monday with full force as people hurried to get themselves a spot on one of our boats going out to Hol Chan. Three full boats went out which was awesome!

It’s always great seeing the island so busy and everyone having such a great time together. It really is a special time of year out here for us…..But then again it’s always a good time out on Caye Caulker :) We hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well!!!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

“This Trip Will Stay With Me Forever” – Stacey’s Blog

On April 22, 2011 in Caye Caulker, News

I am fortunate enough to Live in Belize and have done for 6 months now and the country has so many beautiful things to offer and i thought i had seen alot. But when my friend Chelsea decided to come visit me from the UK, i really wanted to show her how lucky i am to have all this on my door step.

The Raggamuffin 3 day tour was the perfect way to do it!!

We had an awesome bunch of people onboard to experience this amazing trip with.


Highlights of the trip for me were :
1. camping on Rendezvous Caye , toasting marshmallows on a camp fire
2. swimming with dolphins in their natural environment

This trip will stay with me forever.

The crew were brilliant, keeping us well fed, hydrated be it Rum, Juice or Water and well entertained!!

I am looking forward to doing it all again and next time i may even bring the hubby with me!!

Thanks Raggamuffin Tours!!

My final word says it all:

“OUCH!”

xx Stacey xx

Getting Sandy For The Manatees

On April 16, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Yesterday some of the kids from Caye Caulker Primary School headed down the beach on Front Street, outside Chocolate’s (creator of the Swallow Caye Manatee Reserve), to participate in a sand modelling competition in celebration of Earth Day and also to raise awareness about the conservation of Manatees and their environment. Naturally the kids were thrilled to have an excuse to be out of the classroom, but they were also very passionate about the cause.

They split up in to groups, got creative and started building sculptures of Manatees out of sand. They ran back and forth collecting sand and piling it up and shaping its body. Some groups made just one big Manatee, while others created both a mother and a baby. It was great walking around and seeing all the different interpretations – No two were the same.

Once they were all done the judges walked around to each group and asked them to explain what they knew about the Manatee and describe how they built their sculptures and what they wanted to show. All the kids did such a wonderful job. Lots of people – tourists and locals alike – stopped out of interested and took the time to walk around and see what was going on.

Well done to everyone involved!!! The Manatee is such a BIG, beautiful creature and we need to do whatever we can to ensure its survival…..these kids are doing their part to make sure that happens!