Sailing Itinerary from Placencia, Belize
This is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation in Belize. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course. With hundreds of cays to choose from it is rarely the same trip twice!
You are welcome to check in at the reception of TradeWinds and drop off your luggage when you arrive. Town is only a 5 minute stroll away and offers a delightful prelude to your week's cruise. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our base manager who will take you through the check in procedure. Boarding is at 5pm. Once you board the yacht you will be greeted with a refreshing welcome cocktail and introduced to your crew and fellow sailors. You will be shown to your cabin and helped to settle in. Just prior to sunset, we will cast off our mooring lines and head out into the bay of Placencia where you will enjoy a delicious dinner aboard, followed by a good night’s rest before we set sail the following morning.
Cruising Day 1
Wake up for breakfast and have an early swim if you fancy it. Then we set sail to nearby Moho Caye which is around 12 nautical miles north east of Placencia. Here you will find calm waters for swimmers and sandy coves awaiting exploration by kayak.
After lunch on board we set sail for the beautiful Queen Cayes, also known as the Silk Cayes. This small group of Cayes is made up of three of the most exotic sand Cayes you will ever see. Jump in for another amazing snorkel before sunset cocktails and hermit crab races on the beach. Don’t forget your camera today as Queen Cayes has an unforgettable sunset.
Cruising Day 2
After breakfast it’s time for more snorkeling and for our scuba divers to get their first experience of the week on the second largest barrier reef in the world. A short ride in a dinghy brings us to a 60ft reef dive. In addition to the beautifully coloured reef fish and corals, keep an eye out for eagle rays that can cruise by in the open water
After lunch, you can get some exercise by helping the Captain hoist the sails for a short sail to Hatchet Cay – a paradise island with a world class resort out there in the middle of nowhere. Or perhaps you would prefer to just sit back, relax and supervise the action. Maybe this sail will give the first sighting of dolphins. The experience of watching these incredible mammals, free in the wild, is a true highlight.
Cocktails are served in time for another great sunset and more mouth watering culinary offerings.
Cruising Day 3
We start with a 2 hour journey to the beautiful Ranguana Cay - 2 acres of paradise on Earth. There are hammocks set up on the beach for you to relax in before diving off the beautiful white sandy beach into the coral reef waters, or take a dinghy ride to Walkabout Reef. For the fishermen, Ranguana Cay offers some of the best bone fishing Belize has to offer. These 'catch and release' fish are caught right off the beach, under the shade of the coconut trees.
After lunch we will once again hoist those shady sails to make our way, outside the reef, to Tom Owens Cay. Throw out the fishing line and see if you can catch a whopper and put some dinner on the table. The freshest catch of the day indeed!
More snorkelling and kayaking are followed by a trip ashore where you can visit the Cays architectural wonders. Cocktails are served aboard the yacht, then you dine ashore after being entertained and educated by Polly who runs ReefCI. She will tell you all about the wonders of the underwater world and the measures Belize is taking to maintain and respect this "unbelizeable" ecosystem.
Cruising Day 4
After breakfast we will make a short sail to Nicholas Cay. Here you can stroll on the sandy shores looking for treasures that wash ashore. Snorkel right off the beach and explore this under water paradise. For the scuba divers you will enjoy another reef dive just 10 minutes away by dinghy, outside the reef – keep an eye out for Goliath groupers – they live up to their name in size!. After lunch the captain will move the boat inside the reef and drop you and your first mate "guide" off the boat onto Vigilance Reef. Whilst the captain watches from the yacht enjoy the heavenly underwater views.
Once back on board we’re off to spend the night at Hunting Cay. Back on the yacht enjoy an after dinner liqueur whilst watching the shimmering lights of Guatemala and Honduras on the far horizon.
Cruising Day 5
5 nautical miles west lies Seal Cay. You can enjoy snorkelling and diving right off the boat with an underwater reef with a depth on top of 15ft and a vertical wall dropping down to over 100ft. Like several of our anchorages this week, Seal Cay is a marine park which means there is no fishing allowed on or around the Cay. Because of this protected environment the Cay offers an excellent chance to see some of our bigger friends down under, including lobsters the size of footballs walking along the bottom without a care in the world.
With the sails perfectly trimmed, another beautiful sail east sees us arrive at Lime Cay. This all weather anchorage is the perfect spot to relax, identify and discuss all those terrific little critters that you spotted during the day. After cocktails and dinner aboard, adjourn to the front of the boat. The stars, so far from any light pollution, are incredible.
Cruising Day 6
Breakfast today is followed by an early morning snorkel on a wreck outside the barrier reef. With no moorings, it’s time to once again grab your first mate “guide” and wave goodbye to the Captain as he drops you over the wreck. This artificial reef is home to thousands of fish who can hide and dart about the steel ship. With a quick wave goodbye to your new found underwater friends, who have now made this wreck their home, it’s time to raise those sails again, drop the fishing line in the water and head North West for Colson Caye. On arrival we drop the anchor in time for a last lunch on board followed by a refreshing swim. Keep an eye out for manatees as you re-enter the Placencia Cay area before heading back into Placencia and the end of the sailing part of our adventure together. However, to compensate for that, tonight we dine out at one of our favourite local restaurants.
After a tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings and memories. Your crew will arrange transport back to the airport before exchanging fond farewells. Those of you who are staying additional nights in the Tianna Rooms will have their bags taken to their room, where arrangements for some land based activities can be made; whether exploring Monkey River or visiting one of the Mayan Ruins; you will already be planning your next Alizes Charters