Down Time in The Cayes

Some charters are full on, with hardly a moment to spare in between all the activities, meal preparation, cleaning, sailing and entertaining guests. Others, however, are more low key and the crew get a little extra time to do the chores and maintenance and then take some time for themselves, if possible.

On our first charter, back in Belize, our guests were off the boat fly-fishing for most of the daylight hours, unless the weather was bad. We used the majority of that time for maintenance, cleaning and basic boat admin but, on one particular day, we had a bit of extra free time and we made the most of it.

The owner and his guests used the skiff for their fly-fishing every day so we were mostly boat bound, unless we anchored close enough to an island to swim to land. On this day we took a mooring ball in the Pelican Cayes Range and it was close enough to a little deserted island, to snorkel there and back.

We had only been here once before, with Ken and Elizabeth almost 4 months prior, but that was basically an overnight stop on our way down south to Placencia. `This was our first chance to do a little exploring during the day and enjoy the water too. So we grabbed the GoPro and and did some investigating for an hour or two.

Rufus on the foredeck, during the sail up to Ambergris Caye, from Belize City, to collect Palometta's owner and his guests Rufus on the foredeck, during the sail up to Ambergris Caye, from Belize City, to collect Palometta’s owner and his guests

preparing some lunch, tropical shrimp salad, for the guest's return preparing some lunch, tropical shrimp salad, for the guest’s return

our view of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, from the anchorage our view of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, from the anchorage

shower time... bath time…

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these beauties were everywhere, in an array of bright colours these beauties were everywhere, in an array of bright colours

abandoned shack waiting to be explored! abandoned beach shack waiting to be explored!

snorkel faces, after the swim across the bay from the boatsexy snorkel faces, after the swim across the bay from the boat

view from the water view from the water

we had the whole island to ourself. heaven.we had the whole island to ourself. heaven.

soaking up the sun with Plometta in the background soaking up the sun with Palometa in the background

the water was so warm you hardly notice it going in the water was so warm you hardly notice it going in

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