Belize & Great Blue Hole
Where we sail
Belize is located in the Caribbean Sea, south of Mexico. Guatemala borders with the small country in the south. Belize is known for being an excellent sailing ground in the trade wind, with world-class diving and snorkeling spots. It’s a good fishing area, with beautiful beaches and MAYA temples.
The most famous town is probably San Pedro located off the mainland on the island of Ambergris Cay. We start the trip from the same island in the barrier reef that Madonna extoled in her song “La Isla Bonita”.
The sailing trip takes us to the archipelago of over 400 islands and then to the second largest barrier reef in the world – the Mesoamerican reef. Next to it there are 3 of the 5 atolls in the northern hemisphere…. and crystal clear water.
We sail with Jonathan in untouched nature and snorkel / dive in unique places, also in the Great Blue Hole.
With temperatures ranging between 26 and 29 degrees and easterly winds between 15 and 22 knots, sailing is always a pleasure. We sail 10 to 30 miles a day on these trips. In addition to sporty or enjoyable sailing with wind and wave noise, there is still enough time for dinghy or land excursions as well as diving and snorkeling ad libitum.
DIVING / SNORKELING
We sail and dive and snorkel following the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau, who explored the Blue Hole and the rich wildlife between the over 400 islands decades ago. He discovered over 500 different fish species, including whale sharks but also manatees and 50 different hard coral species. It is estimated that over 90% of all animal species living in the Caribbean can be found here. These islands are similar to those of the South Pacific, yet Belize is easier to reach.
Extensive coral reefs, drop-offs, crystal clear water, sandy beaches, underwater caves, pinnacles, … a lot of exotic things await us here.
Optional: Whale shark diving in May, three days before the full moon and three days after.
JONATHAN is equipped with a water-cooled BAUER air compressor, diving cylinders, drinking water system, sterilization reactor, etc. (see also here). Advantage: no long journeys from the mainland by speed boat, no mass diving event – we dive from JONATHAN in small groups to suit individual wishes and we are independent of onshore bases.
We also do trips on your preferred date and time whenever possible.
Guatemala and Belize were part of the MAYA Indian empire. Temples and ruins in both countries still testify to the heyday of this Indian culture.
BELIZE CITY and SAN PEDRO are departure ports. These places of worship by the TIKAL MAYA Indios were only discovered around 1976 and are worth the visit. They can be reached by plane.