Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the tips we’ve heard a lot of times is the 3-day sailing trip from Caye Caulker to Placencia with Raggamuffin tours. It is in reality a 3-day snorkeling trip where you stop at some small islands to sleep, eat a lot of fresh seafood and drink a lot of rum, just like the Pirates of the Caribbean, apart from the snorkeling.

The weather at Caye Caulker was really disappointing the days we were there with rain 3 out of 5 days (there’s really nothing to do here while it’s raining), so we were a bit hesitant to splash out the $350 per person for the trip. Luckily we decided to do it anyway as the forecasts were pretty good.

Dolphins guiding us out

We started out in Ragga Queen from Caye Caulker with grey clouds, but as 5 dolphins came up to the boat after only 20 minutes of sailing and guided us on our way, all 19 of us seemed to forget about the so-so weather and just enjoy the trip. The crew on the boat, Captain Kevin, Jacob and Chris did their best to take care of us and there was always some food (mostly very delicious), snacks and fruit, or rum cocktails being served from the galley.

We stopped to eat lunch and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and we even hunted fish and lobsters for dinner with spear-gun. There was also fishing from the boat, where one of the Swedish girls managed to catch a nice Barracuda. After the snorkeling an orange Rum punch started to pour out by the gallon and everybody had a good time, despite some rain and chilly weather.

Rendezvous Caye

Our accomodation

Our first night was at the tiny Rendezvous Caye (they say its name comes from the pirates who used to rendezvous here), where we set up tents that nearly blew away in the tropical storm the same night. We got served a lovely lobster and shrimp ceviche and a lot of fresh fish.

The next day we woke up to rain and stormy weather and our departure was a little delayed. We set course for Tobacco Caye (where the pirates got their tobacco), a bigger island with 20 local inhabitants. There were a lot of grey clouds, some small showers, but we also got some sun, which instantly took the trip from good to great! We stopped for lunch and snorkeling, and the snorkeling was even better this day, as the sun really brought out the colors in the sea. We saw a big Sting Ray and some spotted Eagle Rays among thousands of other fish. It was like swimming in a giant fish bowl.

Sting Ray

School 1

Later that evening another tropical storm came over us, but everyone forgot as we got served some delicious mustard glazed lobster that the crew managed to cook up in their minimal kitchen. The seemingly free flow of rum punch also helped on the mood. Luckily we got some nice, dry beach bungalows to sleep in as all of our tents were soaking wet from the other night.

On the last day we finally got the good weather and everybody was frolicking on deck between snorkel stops. The last leg to Placencia was a pure pleasure and was a really good ending to the trip.

Ragga Queen

Happy Tuva 2

In retrospect we have to say that the weather is very important for such a trip, and had we known that the first couple of days would be rainy and a bit cold, we might have reconsidered. Luckily we met some great people on the boat, which is another very important part of such a trip, and everybody seemed to get along really well. The youngest were in their early twenties, and the oldest was an Austrian couple in their sixties. The crew was also very good and did their best to keep the spirits high and serve us any way they could.

All in all it was a great experience and we would recommend it to anyone traveling in Belize and wanting an adventure! (But beware of the weather!)

Corals 1

Corals 4

Dive

Tobacco sunset 2

Our accommodation on Tobacco Caye

Tobacco Caye

Set sail

More photos from the adventure and the rest of our travels in Belize can be found here.

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Into the blue

One of the must do things in Belize is to go diving in the crystal clear waters. I (Mathias) did a quick search on TripAdvisor for dive shops in and found Belize Diving Services to be the best (and also most expensive). I wasn’t disappointed and we had two great dives at Turneffe Atoll-North, where we saw sea turtles, eagle rays, barracudas, giant lobsters and lots of fish and corals in every color. The water was very clear, but also very blue, as it was cloudy and a little overcast.

Descent

Coral reef

Fish overhead

Patterns

Pikaboo

More pictures of the dive and the rest of our travels in Belize can be found here.