They seem to be getting more familiar with the boards and are coming close to check us out.
We had a great trip with two guests from Montana yesterday. it was their first tropical vacation and they decided that they needed to try out stand up paddle boarding. Both had had fairly recent knee surgery and neither where watersport enthusiasts but they soon got the hang of it and completed a peaceful 2 mile paddle through the mangroves. Hats of to Don and Kristen, keep paddling those stock ponds and rivers of Montana
Attention all home owners and residents in the Hopkins, Sittee Point and Sittee River Village area we are organising some SUP and snorkeling trips out to the reef in the coming weeks at a special price. if you want to try out the fastest growing watersport in North America and have some fun on the reef then call/text me 650 9040 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
A short video of a typical day out on the reef on the SUPs
We explored the upper parts of the local river (Sittee River) the other day and it turned out to be a hidden gem that is really close by. The distance is about 6 miles but the majority of that is on brisk moving water so it is more guiding than paddling. There are some fun fast water parts that are not too challenging as well as some cool bird and animal life. This is definitely a not to be missed trip.
Anyway here is the video of the trip, if you are visiting Hopkins and want to experience the area in a different way then email me or call me on 501 650 9040.
Tobacco Caye is a small sand island that is located directly on top of the Belize Barrier Reef. It gets the name, Tobacco Caye, from the first settlers of the island who were residents of the nearby Bay Islands who settled here around the late 1800's and were thought to be tobacco and alcohol smugglers. But they moved to a more legitimate income by becoming fishermen around the turn of the century. Yesterday we visited the island with the SUPs and explored the pristine coral reefs that surround the island.
The area is well known for great snorkeling as well as having a resident school of tarpon and home to many stingrays that like to bury themselves in the sand. Despite all the bad publicity stingrays get they will not attack you and so long as you respect their space they will just lie in the sand digging up shells. Once the anchor was dropped we donned our snorkeling gear and jumped in to explore. We couldn't find the tarpon but did come across a huge school of barracuda hanging in the shallows, a bonanza of sleeping sting rays as well as a host of brightly colored fish, coral and sponges.
Once we had finished snorkeling we were on the boards paddling over the reef flats where the water is so clear you can easily see the vibrantly colored corals. We came across a sleeping nurse shark and several more rays which were easy to creep up on by gently floating by them. The advantage of an SUP over a kayak is that by standing up you can see farther out into the water and so can get really close to wildlife without spooking it.
On the way home we stopped off at Man O' War Caye which is home to a colony of magnificent frigate birds. While we watched these wonderful birds a huge eagle ray jumped out of the water 3 times right next to the boat. Eagle rays will go airborne to try to rid themselves of remoras, freeloading fish that stick onto their backs but it is unusual to see them do it three times in a row. I guess this one was really pissed.
If you are coming to the area and want to see the area in a different way then send us an email or call me 501 650 9040, our trips are customized to suit all experience levels. If you don't want to try out SUP then we also take guests out on dedicated snorkeling trips to the reef. Come see the best that the Caribbean has to offer.
There are always new surprises when paddling an SUP through the mangroves. Yesterday's trip with Jessica and Will was no exception. They started a little shaky but soon got the hang of SUPing.
And once we were all in full swing we went exploring the mangrove islets and creeks. Our first encounter was with an eagle ray feeding in the shallows burrowing down for shells and sand dollars.
But the icing on the cake was when I mentioned that manatees inhabit the mangrove cayes only to look down and see that Jessica and I were floating over an 8 foot long adult manatee who was having a late breakfast in the seagrass. It became startled and took off leaving a big swirl of cloudy water. We saw it again a few more times when it came up to breathe but never could repeat the closeness of the first encounter. Definitely a once in a lifetime event!
The weather was glorious which made for an great day out and we finished up paddling back to the dock and fooling around on the boards before we had lunch followed by some awesome snorkeling. Thanks Jessica and Will.
We had a great day wit friends out at the cayes this weekend and naturally I took a few boards out for everyone to try some SUP. Everyone had a blast in particular our good friend Roxanne who is afraid of water and not a great swimmer.
She started like this:
Quickly progressed to this:
And in no time at all ended up like this!!
Awesome Roxanne you rock!
All levels of experience are welcome, If you are coming to Belize and want to explore the waterways in a different way then give me a call 650 9040 or email me.