Raggamuffin Tours | Sailing in the Belize Barrier Reef

Barracuda swimming among coral in Belize

Raggamuffin Tours:

Belize

Barrier Reef

days sailing and snorkelling
nights in paradise
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Raggamuffin Tours: 
Sailing Adventures in the
Belize Barrier Reef

Bandannas at the ready? Hand over your flip flops and hop aboard the Raggamuffin Tours sailboat. Prepare for 3 days of the pirate life – spear fishing for your dinner, sleeping on desert islands, and drinking unlimited rum. Sound good? It’s even better when you’re living it.

It’s time to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you set sail from the shores of Caye Caulker, Belize, and head out into the Caribbean Sea. Bask in the sun from the hammock at the front of the boat, and enjoy the refreshing sea spray that’ll cool you down and remind you that you’re not dreaming.

Discover the Belizean Barrier Reef

You’re part of the Raggamuffin Tours crew now, and every vessel needs some man power to keep it sailing in the right direction. Try pulling up the sails or fishing from the back of the boat. As the crew will tell you from the beginning – the more you put into this, the more you’ll get out of it.

Stop a few times each day to jump in the big blue and snorkel the vibrant shallow reefs. The crew will even guide you in the right direction and point out some cool sea life along the way, from colourful corals to playful manatees. Try your hand at spearfishing, because where else can you have a go? Catch something for dinner, or do your bit to keep the overpopulation of lion fish in check.

Island Hopping in the Caribbean

As the sun sinks into the sky and the rum punch starts flowing, your paradise island Rendezvouz Caye awaits. Pitch a tent with an ocean view, and talk all things travel and beyond over an incredible buffet style dinner. The catches of the day are cooked to perfection by the skilled Raggamuffin Tours on board chef, and carefully paired with delectable sides.

Who knows where the night will go from there. With rum punch still flowing and the energy of the ocean surrounding you, don’t be surprised if you end up dancing in the moonlight before falling asleep under a sky full of stars.

Wake up the next day and hit the hangover cure breakfast before setting sail for another day of snorkeling and adventures. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches are on today’s agenda, all leading up to the island that you will call home for the night.

Ragga Caye really is special. Tonight you can opt for a bed in a newly built beach hut, or even a private over-water cabana. Given how perfect the nights are here, it was hard to turn down another opportunity to spend it under the stars, so camping won our vote. With hammocks in the trees and kayaks to take out around the caye, the afternoon will fly by. Of course, the rum punch has been flowing again, so spirits are high (literally), and the group games have begun.

If you’re looking for an experience to remember, the Raggamuffin Tours 3 day tour is for you. As an all inclusive trip you don’t have to plan a thing. The crew take care of everything, and go out of their way to make sure you have the best time. It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling solo, as a couple or in a group, you’ll feel right at home within minutes of getting on the boat, and will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Before You Go

  • The all-inclusive tour costs $400 USD for 3 days and 2 nights

  • Trip departs from Caye Caulker and arrives in Dangriga

  • Perfect for travellers wanting a mix of activities and relaxation

  • It’s great for solo travelers, couples and groups

  • Spend the night on private islands in the Caribbean Sea

  • Great food! Get involved and help catch fresh seafood for dinner

  • Go to the mandatory meeting the day before – you’ll get kitted up with snorkels, masks and fins, plus it’s a great chance to meet everyone

  • Be sure to have a backup plan – the tour requires a certain number of people to go ahead

Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge | Panama

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Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Make memories that will last a lifetime in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Ideally located on Isla Bastimentos, Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge encompasses more than 200 acres of nature preserve. A thick vast forest surrounds the lodge, bordered by luscious mangroves along the coast that reach down into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The thriving land is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, creating a natural paradise.

Tranquilo Bay is the product of pure passion and dedication from owners Jim, Renee and Jay. Along with naturalist guides Ramon and Natalia, the team go above and beyond to ensure you have the most incredible and memorable stay in Panama.

Experience Tranquilo Bay

Wake up to the warm hues of sunrise illuminating the room around you. Step outside and open your senses, let the fresh air and nature engulf you. Feel the sea breeze against your skin, and hear the beautiful gift of bird song… Your most awakening and inspiring mornings will start right here at Tranquilo Bay.

As the sun begins to rise, pick up your binoculars and make your way up the bird tower. Watch the magical display of tropical birds dancing above you, and listen to the unique and intriguing sounds as the forest below comes to life.

turquoise water in Bocas del Toro, Panama
bright blue insect on a log, at Tranquilo Bay
pink tropical flower in Panama
small green island surrounded by water in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Adventures all day long

There are endless activities available at Tranquilo Bay, both on land and at sea. Knowledgeable guides will assist you throughout the stay, their enthusiasm kindling new interests within you.

Spend a day out on the water kayaking to untouched reefs and mangroves, snorkelling to discover the thriving marine life below the surface. Back on land, head up the bird watching tower at sunrise and sunset to marvel at the beauty of our feathered friends. Take a walk through the forest and catch a glimpse of sloths, hummingbirds and monkeys, and learn all about the biodiversity of this corner of Panama. There’s so much to do that the days fly by, and you’re left feeling overwhelmed with satisfaction and with memories that will last a lifetime.

As the night draws in, enjoy canapes and cocktails whilst you share stories from your day. A delicious and nutritious dinner tops off the evening nicely, with great company and interesting conversations. You’ll be sure to rest well after an adventure filled day, ensuring you wake up ready to do it all over again when you wake.

lady with long curly hair looks through binoculars with the sea and trees in the background at Tranquilo Bay Panama
Tranquilo Bay Highlights

• The area is teeming with wildlife, from sloths, raccoons and parrots to rare birds and snakes.
• Onsite bird watching tower is incredible.
• Sea kayaking and snorkelling activities are brilliant – ask to go through the mangroves!
• Comfortable cabanas with hot water, air conditioning, and a selection of snacks and drinks.
• Complimentary cocktail hour before dinner

brightly coloured pink flower in Panama
white hammock hangs on the veranda of a cabana at Tranquilo Bay, surrounded by tropical plants
Features & Amenities

• All-inclusive packages available (and highly recommended)
• Laundry service
• Restaurant
• Free WiFi
• Enthusiastic guides
• Binoculars are provided for every guest for use throughout the stay.

Learning to Dive in Utila | Honduras

three scuba divers swimming over the reef whilst diving in Utila

Learning to Dive

in Utila

Honduras

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Diving In Utila

How To Get PADI Certified In Paradise

It’s an experience unlike any on earth – being immersed in an underwater world. Floating weightlessly, exploring deep below the surface and seeing life in all it’s magnificent forms. It has been said that humanity knows more about the universe than the seas, which in part is why it’s so intriguing. Learning to dive is your new frontier, and a whole new way of seeing the world. If you’re looking for a place to learn how to scuba dive, diving in Utila is a great option. There are several quality schools, exciting dive sites and lots of ocean life to enjoy.

Why You Should Go Diving in Utila

Scuba diving has become popular around the globe, with epic dive sites just about anywhere you would want to find them. Understandably, the warmth of the Caribbean Sea draws many divers to these parts, and the affordability of dive courses here makes it a popular place to learn.

Above the surface, Utila is an off beat island in Honduras, which draws a host of colourful characters from adventurous backpackers to friendly expats and laid back locals. The island is known as a diving hub, and everyday there’s a new set of PADI certified divers out to celebrate their well-earned ticket to the underwater world. With a consistent buzz of diving talk, unbeatable sunsets and epic island nightlife, Utila is the ideal place to spend a week or two whilst learning to dive.

three scuba divers below the surface of the water just off the dock, whilst learning to dive in Utila
scuba diver underwater in Utila
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PADI Open Water Certification

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, PADI, is the world’s most widely recognised training association. A PADI Open Water Diver Certification is your license to scuba diving worldwide. This challenging but very achievable certification is the first and most important as it allows you to learn all the fundamental skills and protocols to keep you safe.

You’ll learn everything you need to know through a series of short videos, a diving manual, and practicing skills in the water. After a brief knowledge test, an in-water fitness evaluation, and an underwater skills test, you’ll be rewarded with an Open Water Diver Qualification that will prepare you for a lifetime of safe and fun diving.

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school of silver and yellow fish swim towards coral in Utila
three ladies cleaning scuba diving equipment after diving in Utila
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Why Should you Learn to Scuba Dive?

• You’ll experience more excitement and adventure.
• It’s good for the mind, body and soul.
• Diving takes you to some of the world’s most beautiful places, from Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and many more.
• Meet people from all around the world – the diving community is super welcoming, eager to share experiences and exchange stories.
• It’s a lifelong activity and lifestyle – there are so many advanced and specialised courses you can take with PADI to expand your knowledge, skills, and experience as a diver. Learn to dive safely in ship wrecks, at deep depths, and at night, to name a few.
• Your hobby can become your career! Train as a Dive Master or Instructor and make an income doing something you love.

Which School Should you Choose?

The Bay Islands College of Diving in Utila is an excellent choice. All of the instructors ensure you’ve learned the necessary skills you will need to stay safe. By repeatedly practicing what to do in case of an emergency, you’ll gain confidence and be able to remain calm should you encounter difficulty.

Diving instructors help you build confidence, and are well informed about the local dive sites and ecosystems. The more you know about the marine life, the more you will enjoy diving.

If you already have your Open Water Diver Certificate and are looking to expand your skills, Bay Islands College of Diving offer a full range of courses from the Advanced Scuba Diver and Rescue Diver, all the way through to Instructor level.

About the Bay Islands College of Diving in Utila

• Industry leader in research and ecological programs, including the in-depth study of whale sharks.
• Excellent facilities – everything you need onsite, including classrooms, a pool, air compressor and dive boats. The spaces are clean, organized and professional.
• Indoor pool facility allows learners to get oriented with the equipment in a comfortable and safe space.
• Home to the only decompression chamber in the area.
• New, and very well maintained gear and equipment.
• Knowledgeable, experienced and friendly team of instructors.
• Located on the water front, so you practice your new skills in ocean water. 
• Great accommodation packages available.
• Excellent dishes served all day at the onsite restaurant and bar, with drinks specials to wind down at the end of a busy day of diving.

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Utila Lodge Island Dive Resort

Utila is a lively off beat island paradise, where diving is a lifestyle. Although there are several accommodation and diving options, the Bay Islands College of Diving is and Utila Lodge Island Dive Resort are the best on the island. The lodge offers a variety of catering options, from all-inclusive packages to diving and accommodation only.

Hiking Volcan Acatenango | Guatemala

Volcano in the distance from Acatenango volcano

Hiking

Volcan Acatenango

Guatemala

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Acatenango Volcano Hike

The Complete Volcano Adventure Guide

This epic adventure up Acatenango Volcano will test your physical and mental limits, forcing you to overcome many obstacles and challenges. You will encounter exhaustion, changing weather, and high altitude during this two day adventure. Hiking up a volcano is a rare and special experience that words cannot fully explain. You’re reminded of the natural forces at work that created earth, and just how small a space you occupy on the planet. 

Beginning in the foothills below Acatenango Volcano you’ll hike gradually into the forest towards base camp taking a few breaks to rest and refuel. Eventually you will reach the base camp where you’ll enjoy your first glimpse of the active and immense Volcan Fuego.

The Avacenango Volcano hike is not for the faint of heart, and should be well researched and booked with a reputable tour operator. If planned well, it is the adventure of a lifetime and one that you will cherish the rest of your days.

Two hikers on the trail up Acatenango volcano with an erupting Fuego volcano in the distance
A hiker watches eruption of Fuego Volcano in the distance
Fuego volcano erupts in the distance from the campsite on Acatenango volcano in Guatemala
Woman roasts marshmallows at base camp during the hike up Acatenango Volcano
Fuego volcano erupts in the distance from the campsite on Acatenango volcano in Guatemala

3976m Climb

All of the Soy Tours team are local guides that care greatly for their community and clients.

Giving Back To Local Communities

Soy Tours is committed to improving the lives of the people that live in the local villages.

Trailing & Camping

The base camp is well built and situated in the perfect place.

Experinces Like No Others

Hiking up a volcano is a rare and special experience that words cannot fully explain.

Which Acatenango Tour Operator is the best?

The most important decision you’ll make for your Acatenango Volcano hike is deciding which tour operator to go with. After a lot of research, we discovered Soy Tours.

The more we learned about them, the more we realized that they are the best in the business. Lead by Gilmer Soy, the Soy Tours team are local guides and extremely knowledgeable about Acatenango and the entire region. They are also leaders in their community and give back to help the village with various development projects. Something that we were more than happy to contribute to.

The Acatenango Volcano hike is a challenging and a potentially dangerous activity, so having a capable and professional team is critical. Soy Tours places safety as a top priority. They ensure everyone is staying together while keeping the group motivated. The base camp is well built and situated in the perfect place to fully appreciate the grandeur of the volcano and the surrounding area.

Community Projects

Soy Tours is committed to improving the lives of the people that live in the local villages. A large percentage of the money generated from the tours go directly to providing for the people of San Jose Calderas, Gilmer’s home village. Proceeds go to digging wells for drinking water and building schools, Gilmer Soy and his team are working to impact the future of the community and your support goes a long way.

Looking for more epic adventures in Guatemala? Check out our complete guide of the best things to do in Lake Atitlan 

Check out the stunning lake side resort getaway Laguna Lodge.

What To Pack

For this two day hike up Acatenango, you’ll need to prepare for the elements and for energy. The trek to the Acatenango base camp is physically taxing, it’s cold at higher altitude, and rain is not uncommon. Be prepared!

You’ll Need:

• Drinking Water (4 litres)
• Hiking Boots
• Waterproof jacket
• Sweatshirt
• 3-4 pairs of socks
• Gloves
• Hat
• Long-johns/leggings (optional)
• High energy snacks
• Waterproof bags
• Walking stick (recommended, and can be rented at the start of the hike)

Green farm fields in Guatemala near Acatenango volcano
Soy Tours Base camp on Acatenango volcano in Guatemala

Day 1

The first day of the Acatenango Volcano hike begins with an early morning pick up and shuttle to the head office in San Jose Calderas where you’ll learn more about the hike and the current conditions. This is also a final opportunity to rent any equipment you might be missing. We highly suggest a walking stick. Not only will it assist in the ascent, but also for the descent as it can help reduce strain on the knees.

• Pick up at hotel/hostel in Antigua – 7:30 am
• Meet at office at the Volcano base area (San José Calderas community)
• Equipment checks and meals ready (equipment subject of availability)
• Short intro and preparation for expedition
• Start hike to campsite – 10:00am
• Arrive at campsite for dinner and sleep (Approximately 4:00 pm)

Day 2

The second day begins well before sunrise. You’ll have some time to get dressed, eat a quick snack and hydrate. This is the most difficult part of the hike as the darkness and volcanic ash make for shaky footing. Be aware of your energy level as altitude sickness is quite common. Take your time and manage your energy and you will arrive safely. The view that awaits you is well worth the struggle!

• Start hike to Acatenango’s summit – 3:00am
• Sunrise at the summit
• Descent from summit to campsite
• Breakfast and pack before descent to base
• Descent to meeting point at the volcano base – 8:30am
• Back to hotel/hostel in Antigua – 1:00pm

Hikers gather at base camp on volcano Acatenango

Featured Tour Operator

Soy Tours

Soy Tours is the main local guide agency for excursions to the Acatenango Volcano and Volcán de Fuego in Antigua Guatemala.
Their philosophy is framed by the respect of all those who, like you, dream of reaching the top of the Acatenango Volcano and are always looking for a way to complete this adventure, accompanying them regardless of their physical condition.
Their mission is to offer a complete service, without any type of discrimination, to conquer Acatenango with anyone who wishes to do so. They have a team of certified local guides who love what they do and will accompany you step by step to the top. And who have been trained and certified by INGUAT and INDECAP to comply with all safety standards and requirements.