Belize is everything a cruising yachtsman could wish for. It boasts the second longest barrier reef in the world, world renowned fishing and diving sites and an incredible variety of sea life. Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, offers a unique combination of richly rewarding experiences that make it unlike any destination on the planet.
Swim with exotic sea life along the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef.
Escape to any of the more than 400 tropical islands and three of the Western Hemisphere’s four coral atolls, surrounded by pristine turquoise waters. Discover the highest waterfall and the most extensive cave system in Central America, and dive the captivating Blue Hole.
The Great Blue Hole
Jacques Cousteau called the Great Blue Hole one of the top 10 diving sites in the world! This large submarine sinkhole is 43 miles from the mainland and the crystal-clear blue water allows you to see stalactites, stalagmites and sharks, lots of sharks. The Blue Hole was originally a cave that formed about 10,000 years ago. It’s visible from outer space, and is home to some of the largest midnight parrot fish in the world!
Whale Sharks Diving
During the months of April through June, off the Barrier Reef in the area of Gladden Spit offers divers and snorkelers the unique opportunity for spotting the large pelagic feeder known as the Whale Shark. When in a playful mood, these gentle and curious creatures will hang around for long periods of time.
The Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve located near Placencia in Southern Belize, is a spawning aggregation site for many different tropical fish species including the cubera, mutton and dog snappers which produce tons of spawn
The Cayman Islands is an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The 264-square-kilometre (102-square-mile) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503, these islands are a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Grand Cayman, the largest of the sister islands, is home to the capital of the Caymans, George Town.
One of Grand Cayman’s main attractions is Seven Mile Beach, site of a number of the island’s hotels and resorts. Named one of the Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel and Life, Seven Mile Beach is on the western shore of Grand Cayman Island. It is a public property and possible to walk the full length of the beach.
All three islands offer scuba diving , and the Cayman Islands is home to several snorkelling locations where tourists can swim with stingrays, The most popular area to do this is Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Stingray City is a top attraction in Grand Cayman and originally started in the 1980s, when divers started feeding squid to stingrays. The stingrays started to associate the sound of the boat motors with food, and thus visit this area year round.
Little Cayman is known for its excellent scuba diving and birdwatching, unspoiled wildlife habitat and laid-back atmosphere. The most popular dive site areas, Bloody Bay and Jackson’s Bight, are both located on the north side of the island, just west of its midpoint, featuring incredible walls and drop offs to dive. Little Cayman also features an array of interesting wildlife, such as the red-footed booby and the Cayman iguana.
The smallest of the Caymans, Cayman Brac was once a haven for pirates, but now is another incredible dive locale. The Russian Frigate ship was purchase and sunk by the Caymans in September 1996. This wreck serves as an incredible dive site and artificial reef. Rock climbing, cave exploration and hiking all are prevalent on this little spot of land.
After a relaxing breakfast a short motor to The Caves for a breathtaking snorkel, or Scuba dive Angel Reef. A short sail to beautiful Deadman’s Bay – white sand and turquoise water galore! Swim ashore to relax in the hammocks on the beach before lunch either at the restaurant on the beach or aboard Akasha.
Peter Island boasts white, sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, or just taking a romantic walk at the end of a fun-filled day. Dozens of scuba-diving sites are nearby, making Peter Island a must-see for anyone interested in water sports.
An afternoon sail to The Baths at Virgin Gorda – one of the most stunning sites in the BVI – Gigantic granite boulders and half submerged rocks line the southern seashore, creating grottos, tunnels, and arches – a wonderful place to swim, snorkel, and explore. Sandy beaches are lined with coconut palms, adding to the dramatic effect.
The Baths are an interesting geological formation and protected national park that make Virgin Gorda one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of the Virgin Islands.
Start the day with an exciting upwind sail from The Baths to North Sound, Virgin Gorda. This beautiful area is one large playground, boarded by several islands including Mosquito, Prickly Pear, Saba Rock, Eustatia and Necker Island.
For the more active it is the perfect location for some Hobie Cat Racing, Water-skiing, Windsurfing or Hiking – or perhaps strolling around the famous Bitter End Yacht Club for some light shopping. Then a late afternoon a short hop to Prickly Pear Island to enjoy a deserted anchorage and beautiful views of Necker Island over sunset cocktails.
If you wish, partake in one Akasha’s themed nights – Pirates, 70’s disco .. the choice is yours!
Day 4 Another exciting sail to Anegada – a unique Island a world apart from it’s BVI neighbours – being only 10 miles long by 2 ½ miles wide, and it’s highest point at 28 feet, and sixteen miles of pristine sandy beaches of a primeval quality.
It is “guarded” by the third largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. After a delicious lunch on board allow a local tour guide to reveal the beauties of Anegada – the abundance of sea life that live in the Barrier reef, the Iguanas that guard the police station, or if you are lucky the indigenous, and shy, Pink Flamingos’ that live on the Salt Pond.
Sample Lobster, caught to order ashore at a recommended restaurant – a fascinating place to dine with the sand between your toes and under a canopy of stars.
After breakfast, put your feet up with a good read for the relaxing down-wind sail to Monkey Point – sailing under one of Akasha’s colourful spinnakers. Monkey Point – a beautiful anchorage with fantastic snorkelling – or more water sports if you like.
A short sail to Marina Cay, a very pretty island which offers live entertainment at cocktail hour.
If the wind is right a spinnaker run to Jost Van Dyke – Great Harbour. Stop off at Green Cay for a swim ashore to this tiny uninhabited island, a perfect sand island punctuated by a cluster of rocks with green vegetation and two lonely coconut palms – surrounded by aqua marine water.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity overnight or take a short hop to Jost van Dyke , dingy round to the famous white bay – yet another beautiful beach, check out the Soggy Dollar Bar. Jost Van Dyke, for a visit to Foxy’s Bar – infamous for Foxy’s clever entertaining and micro-brewery.
Frequented in the past by both The Beach Boys and Van Morrison! Jost Van Dyke is home to two of the most popular beach bars in the Virgin Islands: Foxy’s on Great Harbour, and the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay.
Few places in the world are better for sipping drinks, taking a refreshing swim, and then singing well into the night. Great Harbour is particularly popular on New Year’s Eve, when countless boaters jam the local watering holes.
A comfortable cruise takes you to the famous pirate hang-out of Sopers Hull, stop off for some shopping or sail on by between the western tip of Tortola and Eastern tip of St Johns towards the lunch time destination of Great Harbour.
A perfect anchorage for more water sports, including Scuba diving and snorkelling. For the daring dive from Akasha’s fly bridge into the deep water! Either relax in this pristine location watching the graceful Pelicans that gather on the rocky shore, or take another afternoon cruise to historical Salt Island which harbours the ship wreck of HMS Rhone and whose inhabitants still pay a bag of salt a year to The Queen as rent.
Snorkel or Dive HMS Rhone or have a cocktail served to you on Akasha’s “Rum Island” watching the sun go down.
After a leisurely champagne breakfast and a swim in the transparent waters – a final cruise back to Road Town, Tortola.