Aubisque, Boats and Journeys
Belize Luxury Sailing
Aubisque is an elegant 47ft (Jeannea built) Lagoon Catamaran offering the ultimate in comfort with sumptuous, island-style interiors. With 4 spacious air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms, an integrated entertainment system, spacious indoor and outdoor dining and lounging areas, Aubisque is a true ‘home from home’. Dine on deck and enjoy Caribbean style breakfasts, freshly caught seafood lunches and international gourmet suppers, all prepared on board by your personal chef.
- 3 double air conditioned cabins with luxury linens and private bathrooms for guest use
- Spacious indoor and outdoor dining and lounging areas
- Integrated cockpit and indoor salon
- Teak finishes, tiffany lighting, soft carpeting and rugs throughout
- 4th cabin allocated to crew
Recreation and entertainment equipment:
- Tender -15hp
- Variety of fishing rods and tackle
- Snorkeling equipment
- 2 x 2 man kayaks
- Beach equipment
- Swim platform and showers
- Bimini and extendable awning shades
- 2 sun deck loungers and trampolines
- TV Screens with DVD player
- Ipod / stereo CD player / indoor and outdoor speakers
- Sirius satellite radio
- Extensive library of DVDs, books and games
- Arranged diving and fishing expeditions
Sailing offers you the ultimate opportunity to explore all that Belize has to offer with total flexibility. We can design an itinerary tailored to your taste and tempo. Below are a few sample itineraries that illustrate the many possibilities for discovering Belize or the Rio Dulce in Guatemala. All itineraries are inclusive of all meals prepared fresh on board and local drinks.
Please note than no itinerary can be completely fixed and will be subject to weather and sailing conditions, guest preferences and the Captain’s whims.
Highlights of a southern itinerary can include:
Goff’s Caye – one of AB’s favorite islands because it reminds us why postcards were invented. This 2 acre island sits right on the barrier reef so you can snorkel straight from the shore, or simply relax in the water on the sandbar with an icy cold Belikin beer.
South Water Caye – a pristine 12 acre private island that is one of the most beautiful and exclusive islands in Belize. South Water Caye sits on the reef on the north side of South Water Cut, which is a ¼ mile wide gap in the reef. Grunts, black groupers, snappers and moray eels all hide out in the overhangs and making for a spectacular snorkeling experience. Sundowners are a must at the Blue Marlin Lodge, one of favorite little bars in all of Belize.
Man-O-War Caye – a designated bird sanctuary. From afar it looks like any other tiny mangrove island, but as you journey closer to shore the frenzy of activity becomes apparent, with birds soaring in the sky above in every direction… and the guys strutting their stuff (or inflating their red gular pouches) for the ladies during breeding season. The three different types of mangrove vegetation provide a perfect sanctuary to a variety of indigenous bird species, including Pelicans, Brown Booby birds, and the Magnificent Frigate birds (also known as Man-O-War birds).
Tobacco Caye – a 5 acre palm-fringed coral island perched on the barrier reef, which makes it a great place to snorkel or dive from the shore, plus its central location means it is within 10 minutes by boat to some of the best snorkel sites in all of Belize. There are a couple of small laid-back resorts and a tiny beach bar serving fresh coconut water.
Bluefield Range – a mangrove cluster which makes for a fantastic kayaking destination. Kayak through the tiny channels, look out for manatees and even take some bait and a fishing line and see if you can catch dinner.
Highlights can include include the following:
Swallow Caye has been declared a wildlife sanctuary to protect the manatees and other marine life that call it home. Manatees, which are also known as ‘sea cows’ are gentle, slow moving, plant-eating herbivores and their closest living relatives are elephants and aardvarks. They can grow over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. Despite being an endangered species, manatees are present in the waters of Belize and can be seen throughout the year. (Please note it is not possible to swim with the Manatees).
Steeped in history, St George’s Caye was the first capital of the British settlement in Belize. The island is principally home to private families, however it is possible to use this as a base for some great snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. On the island there is a very special aquarium in the boathouse at the St Georges Caye Lodge. Your tour guide is the resort owner’s son Karly Ricky Bischof, aged 10. Karly is a budding marine biologist and if his impressive little aquarium and his knowledge of the 100-plus fish inside is any indication, he’s going to be a good one.
Sail to the sleepy island of Caye Caulker, fish along the way and enjoy a swim on arrival. ‘No shirt, no shoes, no problem’ is the motto of this island and typifies the vibe. The white sandy beaches, ocean breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef on its doorstep make it a perfect place to relax and unwind. A trip to Caye Caulker is not complete without a late afternoon Belikin beer or a rum punch at the Lazy Lizard bar at ‘The Cut’ – a lively swimming area, which separates the two islands of Caye Caulker.
Enjoy a morning of snorkeling right off the catamaran at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, swimming amongst beautiful shoals of tropical fish, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, moray eels and grouper. Return to the boat and re-charge the batteries over a tropical lunch with the reef only meters from your anchorage. Follow this with a dip at Shark Ray Alley, a site where local fishermen used to clean their catch, which attracts more carnivorous species such as big southern stingrays and nurse sharks.
Ambergris Caye is the most northerly Caye in Belize and touches the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico. Lying only a quarter of a mile from the barrier reef, it’s one of the best locations in the world for scuba diving, snorkeling and sports fishing. The main town San Pedro has the broadest range of tourist amenities in Belize, including art and craft shops, boutique hotels, fine dining establishments and plenty of fun local eateries and establishments.
The Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Complete a southern itinerary with a one way trip to the spectacular Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Journey 20 miles up river through a spectacular gorge of 300ft towering limestone cliffs, which edge dense walls of tropical rain forest. En route, call in at Rio Lampara for a fresh fish lunch. Across from the restaurant are hot sulphur springs where you climb up the embankment of rocks to soak in the steaming hot springs. The climb is worth the reward!
Once at Fronteras, you can also explore the north shore of Lake Izabal to Finca El Paraiso, a fabulous working farm. From there travel via horseback or tractor through farmland to the lush tropical setting of Aqua Caliente, a 25-ft waterfall and deep pools of hot spring water.
Belize Luxury Sailing has a fantastic reputation for their creative culinary fare, quality of ingredients and flexibility in accommodating dietary requirements and special guest requests. Using locally sourced produce – fresh fish, locally reared meats and fruits and veggies from the farms in Cayo – highlights of their menu include:
Sample Breakfast Menu
- Selection of tropical fruits with granola, made in the Cayo district, yoghurt and fresh baked bread basket
- Fluffy banana rum pancakes
- Eggs made to order with freshly bakes breads
- Breakfast is served with fresh fruit; breads, island jams and a selection of beverages
- Including local Belizean coffee
Sample Lunch Menu
- Tropical shrimp & pineapple salad, creamy ginger citrus dressing, fresh baked breads
- BBQ reef burger – guest rated 5 stars
- Shrimp, cucumber, mint & ginger rice paper salad wraps with sweet habanero dipping sauce
- Belizean chorizo and rum black bean soup
- Deli sandwich platter with locally made chips and fresh salsa
- Crispy chicken tostadas, pico de gallo
Sample Hors D’oeuvres
- Brie, mango chutney and fresh pear croustades
- Caribbean lobster or conch ceviche with fresh made tortilla chips
- Assorted Cheeses and fruits served with crackers and chutneys
- Home made lime cilantro hummus with toasted flat bread
- Cocktail de camaron
- Cocktails include the signature ‘painkiller’ coconut pineapple rum punch with fresh grated nutmeg
Sample Dinner Menu
- BBQ Caribbean lobster with fried plantains and pineapple cilantro salsa
- Catch of the day – chef’s whimsical creation with the days catch
- Island shrimp linguine
- Belizean rum marinated BBQ pork tenderloin, ginger sweet potato mash, mango balsamic reduction
- Thai ginger coconut seafood curry
- All dinners are served with selected wines, served by candle light
Rufus grew up in the beautiful Stellenbosch wine region of the Western Cape in South Africa. He has always had a strong affinity for the ocean and at the age of 18 he embarked on the first of three trans-Atlantic crossings, on a 55ft ketch. He went on to sail the waters of South America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean Sea and the UK, as well as travelling overland through Africa, Australia, Egypt and Asia, where he worked with medical aid & relief teams.
After he married his wife Kate in 2008, they put their various skills and passions to work and bought their own sailboat in 2010. Two years later, after an extensive refit, they sailed their boat across the Atlantic Ocean, from South Africa to Brazil and then up to the Caribbean Sea, and have been travelling the world together ever since.
With almost 20,000nm sailing experience under his belt, Rufus has an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore 200T license as well as his RYA Yachmaster Ocean theory and plans to complete his celestial navigation practical exam in 2015. He is a natural at the helm of any sailboat and combined with his passion for adventure, water sports and scuba diving he is the ideal skipper for your dream sailing vacation.
Kate has lived by the seaside her whole life, in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. She started sailing the famous South African coastline from a young age, with her father, an avid racer. She always had a desire to travel and experience new cultures.
Kate and her husband Rufus bought their own sailboat in 2010 and took two years to do an extensive refit. In 2012 they left South Africa for the trans-Atlantic crossing, to South America and then up to the Caribbean, hand helming all the way!
Kate has travelled extensively through Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Central America and the US and believes that some of the best parts of her travels have been the food. She has a passion for preparing and sharing good food, and believes that it is an essential component of an exceptional travel experience.
Her time in the hospitality industry, combined with almost 8,000nm sailing and live aboard experience means that she is a natural when it comes to ensuring that guests feel at home and making sure they have the best vacation experience possible.
Your customized Belize vacation package includes captain, chef, excellent cuisine, standard open bar, cabins with private bathroom/shower, equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, wind gliding, fishing and much more.
The northern itinerary includes Ambergris Caye and the Caye Caulker Snorkeling Eco Tour. Also included is land transportation upon arrival from the Belize International Airport to Belize City departure point.
Gratuity is not included in the charter price. Transfers to departure points other than Belize are not included. Approximate costs for customs and border fees for Guatemala packages subject to a $400 flat surcharge for the boat.
All inclusive prices per night for:
2 people – US $1095
4 people – US $1295
6 people – US $2050
Rates subject to 10% Government taxes
Minimum charter duration of 4 nights
Please note that for peak season bookings (21st December to 7th January) rates are based on 6 person charters with a minimum stay of 6 nights.
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