Seeing is Belizing!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mario diligently arose at dawn's crack to secure two spots on Raggamuffin's 3-day sailing trip. But alas, it was fully booked! We'll have to wait two whole days for the next departure. That is, until an elderly couple withdrew at the very last minute! The poor dear was poorly. Sad for them, fortunate for us. That's the way of the world, innit?

With 30 minutes to spare we quickly showered, dressed, packed, checked out, bought breakfast takeaways, and snapped a few pics of the island. We saw very little of it in the daylight. That's ok because heck, we're going sailing for 3 glorious days!!

And oh, how glorious! So glorious that I've been stalling on writing this blog for fear of an inadequate description. May each picture speak its thousand words because I'm relying on them for support here! Picture it...

Clear skies. Calm seas. Crystal water. Scorching sun. Zero wind. 

Sailing was a challenge so we set off motor-assisted. Once in open waters we could properly set sail and we were off!

We couldn't have asked for better crew. Raggamuffin are the most popular tour operators and it's easy to see why. Kimani, our captain, is firm but fair, clearly setting out expectations and guidelines before departure. After all, he has our lives in his hands. He's a real sweetheart! His first mate, Chris, was the eye-candy, completely ripped from countless pull-ups of the anchor, I presume. He was helpful and so diplomatic balancing socialising with his duties. And last but definitely not least there was Rachael, a lovely Scottish lass with an equally Scottish sense of humour, always on hand to help wherever needed and snapping pics for their website.

We couldn't BELIZE our eyes when we realised where we'd be spending our first night! On our very own island with a grand total of 6 trees, and that measures at 133 down x 74 Dee-steps across. Rendezvous Caye is a well-maintained island that recreates that image of a perfect paradise in our minds. Not even the agro island-caretaker who appeared next morning via canoe could taint the experience. I guess he'd like to think it's his very own island too!

We were blue from pinching ourselves at our good fortune. Look at where in the world we are!

The sweet memory of the sun taking its final bow and disappearing behind the curtain of a trillion stars will forever remain with us. The experience was enhanced by Jerrod's (Canada) stargazing iphone app. When held up to the night sky it outlines and labels the constellations for you! 

A perfect end to a perfect day was chilling around the fire into the early hours, sharing silly stories, playing "easy" games and er, biting the head off a live crab?

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Chantal on

Wow!!! That sounds and looks absolutely amazing :)

Rachael on

Oh that is awesome, loved reading it, thanks for the lovely mention!!! Loved meeting u guys too, i kept saying to kimani how awesome u guys were!! Howz ur travels going? The weather is terrible on the island at the mo beleive it or not i'm in jeans!! Its rained on and off last couple of days, but i'm sure its not long before the blue skies reappear!!xx

Your Irish Sister on

you are killing me with this. My heart breaks that i am not there with you. Yes its beautiful here in its own way but minus 23 is just not right. From the cold Lee losing her tan to the both of you.....all my love!

thelees on

you'll have to go see it one day soon! looking forward to hearing your update xx

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