Sailing on the MokaKat – Part 2
Experience life on a sailboat in Belize.
In part 2 of our sailing on the MokaKat series we continue on from Placencia Harbor and set sail to Cary Caye. We’re looking forward for some serious snorkeling and to experience the beautiful reefs of Belize. Scroll down to see amazing underwater pictures of reef fish and coral. Read about our first night on the sailboat, the layout of the boat and our fishing stories: Sailing on the MokaKat – Part 1
We got up early again and over coffee, Dale, the owner of MokaKat, and Nick started planning the days adventures. The weather had been cooperating beautifully so far and this day promised more of the same. Lots of sunshine and fun sailing!
Silke and our Captain Dale
Augie, Nick and Silke enjoying the sun and open ocean sailing
Nick and the catch of the day
A few hours of sailing later and our destination came into view. We hooked up to the mooring ball at Cary Caye and settled in for a couple of days of leisure and exploration.
Cary Caye (it’s pronounced Cary Key) is one of the many little islands in the Caribbean waters of Belize.
Cary Cay stands on one of the longest reef ridges in the central lagoon: it is 460 m long and has a total area of 4.29 ha. Learn more about the cays of Belize.
The Cary Caye reefs are perfect for snorkeling.
I received an underwater camera as an early birthday present from Nick right before we set out on this trip and I was anxious to use it. First we spent some time exploring the island though. From the side we anchored, we could see lush mangroves, palm trees and a nice little sandy beach.
Cary Caye in Belize
Nick and Dale exploring Cary Caye
Beautiful plants grow in dead coral on Cary Caye
It didn’t look quite so nice on the other side of the island though. A ton of garbage had accumulated on the waterfront, including numerous sandals (never a matching pair), plastic bottles, broken balls and various other discarded items.
Augie, Silke and Nick getting to the other side of Cary Caye
Plastic Trash on the windy side of Cary Caye
If you have ever wondered what happens to the stuff you loose on the beach or falls off your boat, now you know. It washes up on the shore of some little island eventually. This is very sad indeed!
My underwater camera was put to the test.
Check out my underwater Pentax camera review, I used it for all of these underwater camera shots. No editing was done to the pictures.
Nick is snorkeling for the first time
Augie and Dale getting ready to snorkel
I have to admit, I experienced a minute of panic when I first started out snorkeling. Having my face underwater and breathing through a mouth piece takes a little getting used to. Once I realized what I was looking at below me, beautiful underwater plants and reef fish, breathing through my mouth became more natural and I started to enjoy myself. We had a ton of fun underwater!
Silke giving the thumbs up
As you can see, we took awesome pictures of soft and hard coral, like the brainy looking stuff, and I was able to catch a few reef fish pictures as well. My underwater camera was taking great pictures!
We ended up snorkeling at two different spots and Dale was trying very hard to find lobster for our dinner. Nick joined in the search after a while, but unfortunately no luck this time.
Dale and Nick on the dinghy
Dale showing me a Sand Dollar
Visit Dale’s blog MokaKat Sailing to see the lobsters he’s caught in the past. Dale also has awesome dolphin pictures, underwater pictures of many different reef fish and of course some very interesting sailing stories. He and his mom Augie have been sailing the Western Caribbean waters for the past 6 months.
We enjoyed another beautiful sunset at sea and ended the evening with a nice grilled chicken dinner and a few fun rounds of Rommé. It was the perfect ending to a fun and exciting day on the sailboat.
A beautiful ocean sunset
Our last day on the sailboat
On our last day on the MokaKat we awoke bright and early in anticipation of sailing back to Monkey Caye and the Steppingstone Resort we are house sitting at the moment. Dale had everything ready to go and we were just starting out setting the sails when the wind decided to quit. After countless adjustment to the sails he determined the best course of action would be to run the engines.
The MokaKat on the horizon
We made it back to Steppingstones Resort in record time. It was sad having to leave Dale, Augie and the MokaKat behind. Thank you so much Dale & Augie for inviting us on your sailboat and sharing fun, new experiences with us. We had a blast and hope to see you again soon!
Read about our first night on the sailboat, the layout of the Catamaran and our open ocean fishing stories:
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