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Four Seasons Resort given go-ahead for neighboring Caye Chapel.

On July 12, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Caye Chapel - neighbor to Caye Caulker

It was announced by Dean Barrow (Belize’s Prime Minister) that go-ahead had been given to the Qatar Sovereign Fund to create a Four Seasons Resort on the tiny island – only half a mile away from Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel.

It all links together the fact that Bill Gates who co-owns the Four Seasons Hotels Inc with Prince Al-Waleed bin Tal of Saudi Arabia, has spent some time here in the last few months – obviously scoping out the project.

Whilst this on initial thought the job creation and probably countless other factors make this project look like it will benefit our small island, many have a huge concern.  In developing this island the potential negative effect on our reef could be enormous … our own Caye Caulker Marine Reserve Shark and Ray Alley could be at a high risk.

In Belize a country where its natural resources undoubtedly make it unique, we are ashamed to say that money rules everything.  We are concerned that the voice of the environmentalist may not be heard until its too late and in a project of such enormity those all important corners that can be cut will definitely have a negative effect on life around it.

We hope that the powers that be in Government do ‘have our back’ so to speak in order that the impact of such a project will only be positive and not negative – fingers crossed.

If you want to read more on this subject, click here.

Lobster Fest 2012 – A huge success!!

On July 02, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, Exploring Caye Caulker, Marine Series, News

Lobster Fest 2012 stallsKimani and Jimmy enjoying Sunday afternoon!

It began on Friday with one of the most tightly contested Miss Lobster Fests in history and the rest of the weekend did not disappoint too!!  Congratulations again to Miss Sylvia Joseph – she was definitely Raggamuffin’s favorite choice and I believe the island too.  However, it must be said, in any given other year, any one of the other contestants could have been the winner!!!!

West side of the SplitEast side of the Split

Ish, Ali, Dane and Harry - waiting for the greasy pole to start.Vito and Hon Manuel Heredia (Minister of Tourism) with their wives.

The turnout was enormous .. the streets from Friday onwards were teaming with those wanting fun and of course lobster and we were all rewarded with both!!  After the very successful pageant on Friday night, contestants and the audience dance did not end until 4am.  And again on Saturday, the big bash, the party did not finish until 5am!!!

The Split's greasy poleThe 2 Shanes

The atmosphere was electric for the entire weekend, everybody was out to enjoy the music and the energy that this annual celebration creates.  The Split also (as usual) had their say and provided additional entertainment for the weekend.  Many of the night time revelers nursing their hangover with yet another beer or similar during the day – not forgetting their very memorable greasy pole hanging out on to the water causing much attention!!

Kids enjoying the bouncy castleBelikin beer - the more adult entertainment

This is the one time of the year that the lights are really upon Caye Caulker as San Pedro and Placencia had already had their Lobster Fest last weekend.   We shone, we did ourselves proud in true Caye Caulker style – bashment – for anyone that wanted to celebrate with us!!

Thank you, thank you and thank you again to the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest committee – each year just keeps getting better – our expectations for 2013 are high!!

The SplitBustling streets on Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012 – to date.

On June 30, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, Exploring Caye Caulker, Marine Series, News

Lobster stallsFisheries Stand

TrampolinesThe Palapa bar

The Police presence!Games for the kids

Bouncy castleMore lobster

The streetMore lobster ...

Lobster Fest 2012 – What is to come …

On June 29, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, Exploring Caye Caulker, Marine Series, News

The reason for Lobster Fest - lobster!Empty food stalls ready for your indulgence!

Lobster Fest is not officially underway, but we just wanted to to tingle your taste buds to let you know about a little of what you will be missing out of – or perhaps even taking part of!!!!  The lobster is already being prepared this afternoon – the stalls set up and the preparation of lobster is ready to go …

The official Miss Lobster Fest Pageant is currently underway and photos will follow, however, we want to let you into a little secret of what will follow ….

The greasy pole - without the grease!!!The Split, this afternoon!

As you can see, the Split has developed their own ‘Greasy pole’ (as yet un-greased) and locals and tourists alike have been practicing their skills for the past 24 hours (some have already perfected it!!!!).  The Spilt this afternoon already had that ‘party atmosphere’ and we were there to join … were you???

Be there, or miss out …. LOBSTER FEST 2012!!!!

Ragga boats commence their annual renovations!

On June 26, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News, Ragga Crew

Ragga Prince, out of the water to dry.Prince

Each year much time, effort and money goes into maintaining our fleet of boats.  June is the month where we commence this work as it is traditionally slow for business.  Ragga Prince is the first boat to be hauled up and, as you can see from the photos she has already dried and had numerous repairs to her already.

The wooden boats that are 75% of our fleet are modeled on the traditional wooden fishing boats.  Wooden boats need far more maintenance than the lighter fiberglass versions and therefore they are painted twice a year (June and November).  The work we do in June entails the boats to be dried out and for repairs such as replacing braces or planks, re-corking and eventually giving the boat that water tight seal (the gluvit) applied liberally to the boat.   After the boat has been repaired then the re-painting takes about a week to finally finish off the boat.

The work we do in June is a general re-touch of paint and does not require the boats to get haul out of the water at all.

Ragga Prince, due to the fact that it was originally a fishing boat that we converted to do tours is older than the other two wooden boats (Ragga King and Gal) as they were both made to our specifications.  This means that Ragga Prince takes by far the longest to repair and which is why she is always out of the water the first!!

Ragga King and Ragga Prince after they finished their renovations last June.

The finished product should be something like the photo above … these boats become an attraction for photographers around the world as they look like a perfectly painted toy for the next few months!!

 

How to win the ‘Greasy Pole’ – Lobster Fest 2012

On June 22, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News

Easter Temptation 2012, Greasy Pole

As the sponsor of this years Greasy Pole Lobster Fest 2012, it is important that we keep the competition tight and ensure all contestants have a good opportunity to train for this ludicrous game.

We are therefore posting video footage of all three contestants that entered into the Easter Temptation 2012 for those to learn from past entrants errors and tactics to make the game even more interesting.

For those who just want to have a good laugh and criticize the strategies and the efforts of the foolhardy teams that nominiate themselves for this spectacle, enjoy the video BUT remember the date – Sunday 1st August at the Palapa Gardens, Lobster Fest 2012 Greasy Pole – DO NOT MISS IT!!!

Belize voted ‘Best Travel Destination’ by Travel and Leisure readers

On June 20, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Belizean ocean beauty!

Once again Belize tops the voters best of listings and this time, its a big one.  Travel and Leisure Magazine is one of the largest (5 million readership) and most respected international travel magazines and websites.  The BTB announced last week that in its August edition of this year it will reveal its worlds best travel destinations and of course Belize will be right up there.

Caracol

Since January of 2012, Belize has received a number of recognitions from a variety of publications around the world including leading travel web and social media sites, magazines and newspapers – However this definitely is one that has the most significance!

Well done Belize!!

Countdown to Lobster Fest 2012!!

On June 19, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

CC Lobster Fest 2012's location - the PalapasRagga crew at last years bash!

Only 10 days to go to the celebration of the year, Caye Caulker’s Lobster Fest 2012!

Each day this week we will be counting down to the party and food fest that locals and tourists  mark off on their calendar annually!!

The island is in full preparation with the Miss Lobster Fest contestants have even been cave tubing in their roles in promoting the event.  Raggamuffin is officially now sponsoring the ‘Greasy Pole’ competition … we just love to see those suckers slip and slide up and down the pole and each other in their endeavours to get to a bottle of rum!! (Tell them to come on our tour and the rum is free!!! – no need to mutilate yourself!!)

Anyway – if you are sitting on that fence and thinking ‘would that be the kind of thing I would enjoy’, have a leap of faith and get out of your couch and come along and join us – you won’t regret it!!

 

Lobster season opens today!

On June 15, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Caribbean Spiny LobsterGrilled lobster tails

Not good news if you are a lobster but excellent news if you enjoy to eat lobster – the harvesting of one of Belize’s largest exports commences today on 15th June.

For the past four months the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus Argus) have felt safe from fisherman and enjoyed their ocean.  Fisherman in Belize each year cease farming the lobster to respect the laws the Fisheries have in place to sustain numbers.  Lobster fisherman’s catch is on the decline in Belize over the past twenty years due to over-exploitation.

So tonight, if you are here on Caye Caulker or indeed Belize, your food of choice would most likely to be lobster – so, are you staying for dinner??

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest 2012 Update!

On June 06, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012

For those who have not bought your tickets or secured your hotels, time is of the essence.  We are now firmly in June and the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is nearly upon us!!

If you do not know the dates – Friday 29th June, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July are the dates to be here.

Friday will open with the Miss Lobster Fest pageant at 7.30pm – Five lovely girls – Jasmine Skeen, Shania Sanchez, Jasmine Arce, Vicky Canul and Sylvia Joseph will be fighting (in a lady like manner) for the 2012 title.  As you can see from their photos, this particular competition will be tight – from my view all five girls should receive the title!!

Jasmin SkeenShania SanchezJasmine ArceVicky CanulSylvia Joseph

As a change to the weekend’s entertainment – the occasion will be followed by an evening of music and dance – with DJ Julian and TAGG International.

Saturday morning there will be the opening ceremonies, followed by an afternoon of beach party and games.  The highlight of Saturday and indeed the entire Lobster Fest will be the entertainment lined up for the big party in the evening – Youth Connection, DJ Clarence,  TAGG International and DJ Khris will glide us smoothly through the evening – don’t miss out!

Sunday will be more of the same with more beach party and games – more music and more fun for all the family!  And how can we forget … the reason for why we celebrate this weekend … the island will be filled with all styles of mouth watering lobster dishes throughout the three days!!!

So come one and come all … come and celebrate with us at Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012.