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#103666 - 05/24/05 08:28 AM Caye Caulker/Pica
kerrierich Offline
This may be a stupid question, but how do you get from Ambergris Caye to Caye Caulker... and how long does it take? A friend of mine told me to look for a guy named "Ras" on Caye Caulker to go snorkeling with -- she said he had a crazy looking boat and he was tons of fun -- anyone know of him?

Also, is the pica pica gone yet??? I ordered some safe sea, but it's on backorder & we're leaving in a week! Yey!

#103667 - 05/24/05 09:38 AM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
BFaucett Offline
There is a water taxi downtown next to Fido's that you can take and YES, the Pica Pica is still there. The native people just use sunscreen rather than safe sea and they have no problems. I just got back on Saturday.
I need another vacation.

#103668 - 05/24/05 10:20 AM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
BFaucett Offline
Correction: The water taxi is next to the Tackle Box, not Fido's.
I need another vacation.

#103669 - 05/24/05 10:30 AM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
gogo Offline

you'll be looking for ras creek. when you get off the water taxi at the dock ask any of the bicycle taxi guys if they have seen him. his boat used to have a cute thatch canopy that made it look like a theme park ride. he used to just anchor it off to the side of this main dock. if he's still around, you'd probably see the boat right there. at the end of the dock is "the sandbox" restaurant where a lot of the boat guys (used to) hang before going out for the day. this used to be ras creek's meeting spot for trips. it should be easy peasy to find him if he is on the island and working.

have fun!

#103670 - 05/25/05 10:48 AM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
Tennessee Tim Offline
Hey,Kerrierich, where are you staying? My son and I will be there on 6/3, staying at Bananna Beach. We got 2 bottles of Safe Sea and if you need it you can get one of ours.

#103671 - 05/25/05 01:20 PM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
kerrierich Offline
We're staying at Victoria House -- thanks so much for the offer, I'll let you know if it doesn't come in! I appreciate it!

#103672 - 05/25/05 03:08 PM Re: Caye Caulker/Pica
Skyliner Offline
We went on a trip with Ras Creek in April and had a great time.

I believe his boat is called “Heritage” and it’s usually tied up at the water taxi pier, near shore. Ras’ trips leave later in the day than most guides’ – he said that the snorkel stops are usually less crowded that way. Ras’ boat is rather small and not very speedy – for good reason. He’s modified it with a raised seating area, which increases the need to keep the boat balanced. I’ll look for my photo of his boat and try posting it – the craft is genuinely quaint.

We had two snorkel stops. After the first, Ras had some fresh fruit, chips and salsa ready for munching. After the second stop, he’d prepared a mixture of barracuda and conch to eat on tortillas. Both were tasty – but don’t expect it to be lunch.

After the snorkel stops, some guests had to catch a boat back to the mainland, so he dropped them off at the pier. The rest of us continued a leisurely trip around the south tip of Caulker, stopping for gas on the west side, a quick stop by Ras’ private sea horse “preserve” and back to the pier. Ras shared a lot of information about the island and the habitat. It was very much an educational trip. During the final leg of the trip Ras sang some reggae songs.

Overall, we had a good day and enjoyed ourselves. The trip was longer than a typical ½ day excursion – we caught the last water taxi back to AC. Definitely not your standard snorkel trip.


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