The All-in-1 is a "best of tour" that includes the most requested by our guests - an Exclusive tour only with Catamaran Belize!
We start the tour with snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Hol Chan has the largest variety of species to be seen in the area and is often compared to an aquarium, while at Shark Ray Alley you get to experience a close encounter with nurse-sharks and stingrays. Watch from the boat or swim with them! Then we continue sailing to the neighbor island Caye Caulker, while serving our famous Belizean buffet lunch on-board. Traditional Belizean dishes like stewed chicken and rice and beans with our Captain’s secret recipe BBQ fish! On Caye Caulker, there is approx. 1 hour of free time to stroll around and explore the island, followed by a relaxed sunset cruise back to San Pedro. There is an amazing spot on the way between the islands where you can see the sunset over the water. See Ambergris Caye change into its nocturnal aspect and hopefully, also the first stars!
The schedule for the tour changes through the year depending on the sunset.
We require minimum 8 guests to confirm and we take maximum 16 guests on the tour.
We start working a tour and schedule it, once we have the first guest signed up (upon availability).
Private tours can be arranged for larger groups (on a larger catamaran).
Read more about the sites we visit, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker under the DETAILS tab.
***PLEASE NOTICE. Being on a set route with an itinerary to fulfil we always must use the engine, with different potential depending on the timing and if we can also use sail-power. We don’t always use the sail, depending on the route, the wind conditions and various other factors.
**Using only sail and no engine, we’d just be able to go in one direction according to the wind and if we have the wind against us, this often will force us to go in zig-zag. This is not possible inside of the barrier reef due to restricted space, shallow waters, rocks and other obstacles (all our day tours and charters with no exceptions are made inside of the barrier reef) and regardless of the wind direction, using only sail of course also makes it impossible to assure guarantee and control the speed the way you can with engine use.. This of course causes a delay of the activities, or better said, we wouldn’t have enough time for the activities and couldn’t guarantee an itinerary within a time-frame – it is very important to let us know in advance if you want to be sailing without engine power since this restricts the itinerary significantly, but is not impossible for part of the charter knowing this request in advance.
*We only use the main sail on the tours. The jib sail is not opened for several reasons: more than anything it is a safety prevention, since wind gusts can make the lines move and hit somebody and the sail can be experienced as being “in the way” of guests being seated comfortably. Especially when mixing alcohol into the picture we always take our guests safety first and that is an important reason why the main sail is the one being used.
Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel" and is a natural break in the reef, which has always been a very productive fishing area with abundant marine life. It is open to the sea beyond the reef, so allows marine creatures to travel from the outside of the reef to the inside and vice versa. It became the first marine reserve in the entire country of Belize back in 1987 and this have led to the species to re-generate and the corals of growing unharmed. This snorkeling area has the greatest variety of marine life and coral, compared to being an "underwater zoo" - you have the chance to see all kinds of corals, fishes and even sea turtles! Over 160 species of fish and forty types of coral have been recorded in the area.
The story behind Shark Ray Alley is that in all times, due to its position close to the channel to go outside the protecting barrier reef for fishing, it was the point where the local fishermen came in with their catch and started cleaning it - throwing the head, etc into the water. This converted it a natural habit for the marine life such as nurse sharks and sting-rays that associate the sound of an engine to food. The water is shallow and transparent and you will see the nurse-sharks and sting-rays on the surface, meaning that even if you don't get in to the water you can enjoy it from the boat as well! The stop here normally doesn't exceed the 20 minutes, since the nurse-sharks and sting-rays eventually swim away.
Caye Caulker is the island closest to Ambergris Caye, the locals call it their "sister island".
This is just how you imagine an authentic Caribbean island to be and a nice contrast to the more developed Ambergris Caye.
Caye Caulker was uninhabited until the middle of the nineteenth century, when a small number of the refugees fleeing civil war on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula ended up there, started planting coconuts and developed a profitable fishing industry.
Since the 1960's tourism has slowly grown on the island, but it has still kept its quite laid-back atmosphere, with the motto "Go Slow".
The island is about 5 miles long but the town is just about 1 mile long and 1/2 to 1 mile wide.
The "road" around Caye Caulker is only made of sand and is lined with swaying palm trees, souvenir shops and local jewellery shops.
A high-light to visit is the famous "Split" and the bar Lazy Lizard, the most popular place both for locals and visitors to hang out for a drink and a swim.
The Split started off as a channel which was widened by Hurricane Hattie in 1961, but back then it was actually just about a foot or so deep.
The islanders then dug by hand to widen the channel to allow small boats to pass through.
Over the years tidal forces took over and created the 65 feet (aprox. 20 meters) channel that is now today's Split.
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We specialize on custom-made Private Charters!
You will have the catamaran only for you and all the attention on you.
Making the tour private opens up to a lot more possibilities.
We can do a plain Private All-in-1 or we can also change the itinerary and/or add on more activities!
If you don't really want to visit Caye Caulker we can take you to a desert beach instead.
If you add on more hours, we can do more snorkeling as well, or also fishing (groups of maximum 6 people).
We don't use flat fees, the private charter rates depends on group size and charter length.
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