|Wahoo at Anchor|
|Wahoo and a Mooring Charter Cat at Ranguana Caye|
After a few days of making the rounds we were itching to get out to the cayes and the weather looked good. So on Sunday, the 19th, we raised the sails and headed East. A nice and easy 3 hour sail got us to Ranguana Caye, a tiny island of sand and palm trees, about 3/4 mile from the barrier reef. Leaving Placencia we followed a track of 135º, passing Colson Caye to the South and anchored in sand and grass in about 10 Ft of water. (waypoints below) Capt. Freya Rausher' Guidebook, the bible for sailing Belize, said there was good snorkeling and a small bar/restaurant on the island. We found the snorkeling and the bar but the restaurant was out of supplies. Luckily we had our own.
Roy & I spent two days snorkeling the morning away and reading (snoozing) during the afternoon while watching a couple of charter boats come and go. After all this strenuous activity we welcomed cocktail hour. Wow, what a difference from a week ago!
|The "largest" of the Silk Cayes|
|Coral Gardens at the Silk Cays|
|Reef Fish at the Silk Cays|
|Our polarized sunglasses saved the day!|
This area between Laughing Bird Cay to the West and the Silk Cays to the East are the only predictable area in the world where whale sharks are known to gather each Spring. In 2003 the Global Conservation Fund partnered with Friends of Nature to purchase Little Water Caye. So now the whole area from Laughing Bird Cay to the Silk Cays including Gladden Spit is a Marine Preserve and World Heritage Site. Roy thinks he spotted two smaller whale sharks (the largest fish on the earth) put I didn't see any. More time would have been better but we were very worried and felt it best to leave before the weather changed. We have our waypoints and track (see below) so we can return with confidence.
|See how long the beach at Rendezvous Cay is?|
|Rendezvous Cay beach|
|Alex photo bombed by his pup|
|Just another snorkeling trip|
At Rendezvous we had the most wonderful dolphin experience - while heading out to snorkel on a perfectly calm day two dolphins decided to fish right next to the dinghy. We were nearly eye-level as they swam and snacked around us. Cool!! Very Cool!!!
|Launching in 2 -3 ft waves 18 knots - brave kids!|
|30 boats, kids 8 - 14, competed|
Charts in Belize are based on British Admiralty Charts from the 17th Century!
Ranguana Cay Anchorage 16º19.75N 88º09.50W
Little Water Cay. Stand well off of the cay, even outside the shoal line on the chart.
Approach 16º26.995N/88º06.065W, then 16º27.483N/88º05.730W
Approach 16º33.153N/88º06.748W, then 16º33.357N/88º06.377W