I don't even know where to start with how great this was. My 11-year old niece and I went on the three-day sailing and island-hopping adventure from Caye Caulker to Dangriga and the only negative was that I had to console a devastated 11-year old after the trip was finished.
The trip is not exactly for kids, and she barely met the minimum age requirement, but every crew member (thank you Shane, Jerry, and Chris!) and guest was nothing but kind and patient with having her on board,
Our days involved a minimum of two snorkel stops a day, nonstop eating, lots of drinking, and the kind of camaraderie that develops when you are sharing the travel experience of a lifetime. They took my shoes away on day one and I didn't even think of them again for three days.
And when they say three days/two nights they don't mean "we leave late afternoon on day one and drop you off in the morning of day three." These are three full days, departing early on day one and finishing mid to late afternoon on day three.
At first glance, the trip can seem a bit expensive. But I was looking at traveling down the coast anyway and, traveling with a child, probably would have booked private transport rather than taken a bus. When I figured in the cost of private transport, hotel, food, and multiple snorkeling opportunities, suddenly the Raggamuffin tour seemed like a pretty good deal.
And the snorkeling was a delight.There's obviously no guarantee what you will see on any given day but our guides were expert at pointing out some fantastic creatures, including a shark, giant stingrays, beautiful coral formations, and even a manatee! This was my first trip to the Caribbean and my niece's first time in any ocean and we couldn't have asked for better guides. Life jackets are available for those who want them so even less confident swimmers can snorkel with the group.
Those who are interested can also fish (with rod and reel or with spear guns) and help with the sailing.If you aren't interested, you are welcome to lean back and relax.
Accommodations involved a tent on the beach on day one, and a bunk house on day two. Nothing luxurious but I certainly made due.The boat is small so it seems like 15 guests + crew would make for an overly crowded situation. Yet somehow it didn't seem cramped. I think the pacing of the trip is so well thought out that just as you might be getting stir-crazy, it's time to snorkel or get out and explore a tiny island, or eat. Food was plentiful and so good. Rum punch was also delicious although as I was acting in parentis loco, I didn't have nearly as much as I otherwise would have.
Final thought--my niece does get sea sick and she had some issues even though our "inside the reef" tour kept us mostly in calm waters. Dramamine generally kept things in control. When I asked her if she would recommend this trip even for someone who got seasick, I got an emphatic YES! She really was devastated to leave all of her new best friends.
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