Sailing across the Caribbean waters is almost like nothing else. It is so clear, blue and you know you are headed out to see some extreme underwater sea life living amongst some beautiful coral. A day with Ragamuffin Tours is chilled, exciting, and full of under water magic.
On the little island of Caye Caulker, Belize, you’ll find the Ragamuffin office overlooking the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. The Hol Chan Snorkel, is an all day tour starting at 10.30am, ending at 4.30pm-ish. You’re on Belize time now! Go Slow is the motto on Caye Caulker and there was no rush (and no worries, man!) on the day of sailing and snorkelling. It was a go with he flow kinda day, in the best way.
Meeting my group at 10.30am, my snorkels and flippers were fitted in casual style. Captain Shane and his crew mate Shaq (sorry if I didn’t spell that one right!) came over once the fittings were done and explained what we had in store for the day to us in laid back Caribbean style. We hopped aboard our sail boat for the day, which was the handsome Ragga Prince. The day I went it was a windy, a perfect opportunity to stop the motor and get those sails up! This is exactly what Captain Shane did as soon as we were out in open clear blue waters.
It took us about 30 minutes to reach our first stop, The Coral Gardens. Captain Shane jumped in with us and we were led around an array of different coral. Captain Shane pointed out loads of different corals I had never seen or heard of. His knowledge throughout the day about the ocean was one of my favourite things! Colourful coral swaying in the current was amazing to watch, almost hypnotizing.
Before I knew it we were back on The Ragga Prince, sailing off to our next destination. On our way to the Shark and Ray Alley, we had an awesome lunch of seafood curry. Oh my gosh! Totally spoilt with this lunch! It was delicious, juicy and cooked to perfection by Captain Shane himself! It was so good, he even got a marriage proposal by one of the other ladies on the cruise!
Now this part was my absolute favourite of the whole cruise. Talk about adventure! Swimming with the sharks!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!! Ok, these are no great whites, just friendly, not so little, nurse sharks. Captain Shane explained to us before we got there, that you have to be quick getting into the water, as the sharks know it’s feeding time! He was not wrong! As soon as we pulled up, I saw the fins pop out of the water and about a dozen or so sharks come swarming around our boat. Without hesitation, and only a little bit of nervousness, I was jumping in! This was one of the best experiences of my life! Swimming closely around these sharks, observing them was just beautiful. I looked down at one point and saw 3 big stingrays wanting to get in on the action. Moving over the ocean floor with grace, it was hard to take your eyes off them. I had one eye on the sharks and one eye on the stingrays. I’m not sure how long we were in the water for, it felt like a life time, in a good way. It was amazing!
Back on the Ragga Prince I was elated. I have snorkelled loads before, but never with sharks. WOW! Captain Shane was sailing us towards our last destination for the day and Shaq was busy chatting with everyone while manning the sails. It took us 10 minutes to reach our last snorkelling destination, The Hol Chan Channel. Our last destination was was full of underwater life and so much colourful coral! I loved watching Captain Shane free dive under a cave. I only wish I could do it! We followed Captain Shane around the channel, for about 45 minutes, we couldn’t go off on our own as it is a marine reserve. We saw one turtle feasting on some sea grass and plenty of fish.
Once our time was up we were back on our sail boat drying ourselves off in the afternoon sunshine. This was such a nice way to end our day. A delicious cerviche, made by Shaq, was served along with some rum punch. Be careful, this rum punch is dangerous! We sailed on the west side of the island and through The Split on our way back. I loved that bit, waving from our sail boat to everyone at The Lazy Lizard was awesome!
It took over an hour to get back to the Raggamuffin dock. When we arrived back to where it all started, Captain Shane and Shaq said their goodbyes. It was such a great day and I felt I experienced the true Caribbean on this tour. The whole day was chilled, good vibes and wouldn’t have been completed without Bob Marley playing in the background when we were sailing along the clear blue waters of the Caribbean.
Tour: Hol Chan Snorkel
Note: Thank you to Raggamuffin for providing me with this tour! All opinions of my experience are written honestly, and as always, are entirely my own!