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Belize & Roatan

12 Days, 11 Nights | Price Starting at $4,739.00

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There’s nowhere quite like it in the world. This tropical adventure carries passengers through the untouched, clear-blue waters of paradise for twelve days of kayaking, snorkeling, and island exploration.

Belize is an eco-lover's dream where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Swim and snorkel in the pristine tropical waters at several of the 200 cays which lie just off the mainland. This country is world-renown by serious snorkeling enthusiasts as an exceptional must-experience destination. The extensive barrier reef system teams with colorful and varied marine life including blue striped grunts, damsel fish, and sergeant majors. Naturalists onboard will enhance your knowledge of the area’s fragile ecosystems, wildlife, archaeology and ancient civilizations.

This itinerary features stops at Roatan and Utila located in the Bay Islands chain off the north coast of Honduras. These islands exude authentic Caribbean charm and have diverse topography from white sand beaches to jungle-covered hills. Meet native people who have maintained their identity and traditions despite the intrusion of the modern world. Explore this world with BSSA. You’ll find this totally unspoiled, natural destination as impressive as we do.

Your Onboard Naturalist

Luz Hunter

Hunter has been exploring the wilds of Belize most of her life. Her youthful awareness of respect for wildlife and the importance of the sustainable use for the marine environment led her to a career in the tourism industry. Over the last three decades, Luz has earned the respect of both local and international university professors and industry regulators who rely on her encyclopedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna to educate students as well as fellow Belizeans working towards tour guides licenses. Hunter is also a tireless advocate for turtles and manatees, often dedicating much of her personal time and resources to clean-up initiatives on nesting beaches and fearlessly calling out speeding boats for their role in an increasing number of manatee deaths.

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Waterways Navigated


ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Onboard Early Arrival Package

Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure in Roatan with Blount Small Ship Adventures. This affordable “Early Arrival” option invites guests to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 p.m. Included with the option is a chef prepared dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Belize City, Belize

Get up-close to the people, places and marine life of this unique area learning about the local ecosystems, traditions and history. This bustling city is home to a diverse group of inhabitants from a sorted history of settlements. Now, Belize City is the heart of Belize.

Goff Cay

Ideally located on the edge of the barrier reef, Goff Cay supports thriving populations of lobster, conch and enormous sea turtles. Beautiful beaches and the sparkling Caribbean Sea make for a picture-perfect tropical destination, seen only on post cards.

Water Cay

Anchor in the calm waters at Water Cay and admire the stunning seascape views on the ship’s main deck. Water Cay is located adjacent to the deep water channel, approximately twenty minutes from the mainland and minutes from the world’s second largest barrier reef by boat. Crystal clear waters are ideal for fishing, swimming, snorkeling and deep sea diving.

Southwater Cay

Patch reefs, white sand and extensive seagrass meadows surround this idyllic island. Be greeted by the beautiful fisherman's dock, filled with yachts and local fishing ships. Watch for falling coconuts from high trees as you step onto the island. Explore the waters or the islands’ mangrove habitats at this stop.

Placencia Village, Belize

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Replete with palm-lined beaches, this 16-mile peninsula has become known as an eco-destination. Step off the bow ramp of the ship and onto the sandy shore to visit this village. Once a fisherman's town, now offers a variety of shops, restaurants, wildlife-watching and galleries, which are all available to visit while the ship is docked here. Enjoy entertainment by local performers onboard. 

Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary
At the Cockscomb Basin Jaguars, not people, rule the domain of the Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in southern Belize, this sacred parcel of nature is one of Belize’s most fascinating areas. Its jungle – like terrain in the Stann Creek District sprawls below the jagged peaks of the Maya Mountain’s Cockscomb Range, and ranges east towards the sea. Declared a national reserve and a ‘NO HUNTING’ area in 1984, it was established to protect the large jaguar population and other resident wildlife. The lush jungle of the cockscomb is also a birder’s paradise. Over 290 species have been recorded, including the scarlet macaw. Also home to numerous species of reptiles and amphibians such as the red-eyed frog, boa constrictor, iguana and the deadly fer de lance.

Lime Cay

Part of the Sapodillas Cayes Marine Reserve, Lime Cay is among the southern most group of islands in the Belize Barrier Reef which is the second longest barrier reef in the entire world. Swim, snorkel or kayak on the spectacularly clear waters. Treat yourself to a nap on these unspoiled beaches, but be sure to not miss the activities on the island! Hermit crab races, local cuisine and lively entertainment await!

Punta Gorda Town, Belize

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This southernmost city is a seaport and fishing town that is also home to a unique mix of Garifuna, Creole and Mayan cultures. These communities combine on shop days, when the entire neighborhood triples when vendors come to sell their respective goods. Explore the village market and browse an array of family-owned shops. On an optional tour, indulge in the decadence of traditional Mayan chocolate as you visit a local cacao farm and learn how cacao farming supports the community.

 Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Traditional Mayan Chocolate Farm Tour
Who doesn’t love chocolate? This excursion receives rave reviews consistently!! A sure highlight!! Learn about the traditional ways of making chocolate with a visit to a traditional Mayan Chocolate Farm. Southern Belize’s tropical lowland climate has the ideal conditions for growing cacao – the fruit that is processed into chocolate. Used by the ancient Mayans as a unit of currency and also ground into a warm, dark drink seasoned with pepper, today cacao is enjoying a new popularity as a cash crop for Mayan farmers. A small and hearty tree, cacao can be grown organically, prevents erosion, provides habitat for wildlife, and offers an alternative to slash and burn farming. Begin your excursion at a Belizean cacao farm, where you will tour the facilities, experience a hands-on demonstration on traditional Mayan chocolate-making, and share a delicious lunch with the farmer and his family. Indulge your sweet tooth with the decadence of handmade chocolate! Learn firsthand about sustainable farming and Fair-Trade practices from Toledo’s own farmers. Return to Punta Gorda for a private tour and tasting at a modern artisanal single origin chocolate factory – a sweet conclusion to this mouth-watering adventure.

West Snake Cay

West Snake Caye is one of the district’s and even maybe one of Belize’s best kept secrets. Coral white sand and aqua blue waters combine with patch reefs and colorful fish to create a lush destination not to be missed. This is a quintessential swimming and snorkeling location for passengers to explore Central America's waters at their very best.

Monkey River

The Monkey River maintains importance for a number of ecological and practical reasons. This body of water connects the Mayan Mountains to the coastal waters known as the Gulf of Honduras. Here the region boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Wildlife is abundant; channels wind through coastal mangroves and offer great possibilities of manatee sightings. Look up and you may even catch sight of a Howler monkey, for whom the river was named.

Utila, Honduras

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Enjoy the gentle pace of this island paradise. Utila is a snorkeler’s retreat with a reputation for being the best diving destination in Central America. The island offers more than eighty diving sites among its widespread reefs abounding with marine life. Experience the best of Central American cuisine, locals and loyal visitors will recommend, "tacos if you’re busy the next day or quesadillas if you have the morning off to recover." Between eating and swimming, you may opt to visit the local Iguana Farm, where there are plenty of reptiles and even more photo opportunities!

 Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Ocean Safari
Ocean Safaris is an expedition to search for Utila’s unique marine life, offering guests the possibility to swim with dolphins, tunas, eagle rays, turtles and whale sharks. Utila is one of the world’s nine best locations for swimming with these elusive creatures, making it a premier location for whale shark encounters. These trips also provide the Whale Shark and Ocean Research Center with the opportunity to collect data on whale shark individuals and environmental conditions that contribute to our population database. Bring a towel, swim suit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and suitable clothes for sun protection. Snorkel gear will be provided.


Utila Island Tour
Welcome to beautiful Utila, the smallest of the Bay Islands of Honduras. You will begin this tour with a stroll through the town of Utila, home to many expats and many of the island’s inhabitants. Then you will board a bus that will take you across this island paradise, including stops at caves on Pumpkin Hill, down to the beaches of Sandy Bay, and then up to the Jade Sea Horse, where you can see the beautifully decorated Nightland Cabins, where artists and tourists alike come to get away.

Roatan, Honduras

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The largest of the Honduran Bay Islands, Roatan is a favorite spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Admire the natural beauty of this island from Fantasy Island Resort, where we will be spending one night. Here, you will have your choice of a range of activities. Swim with dolphins, dive into the second largest reef in the world, or simply relax on the beach.

 Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Roatan Island Tour
Our next island stop is Roatan, the largest island of the Bay Islands of Honduras. Roatan and the other Bay Islands are located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. On this tour you will get to explore the island, whose history includes natives with links to the Mayans, visits from Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage, and buccaneers hiding from capture. You will visit the Roatan Museum at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences, where you will learn more about this paradise. You will also visit an iguana farm, where you will get the chance to get up close and personal with these awesome lizards.



Dolphin Swim
On this excursion you will have the opportunity to hop into the water and swim with dolphins. Your guide will teach you all about these animals, from their behavior to their habitat. You will leave this excursion with memories for a lifetime. Bring a towel, swim suit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and suitable clothes for sun protection. A minimum of 5 passengers is required to operate this excursion. Transportation is exclusive to BSSA guests.


Roatan’s Parks and Gardens
Get ready to experience all of the natural beauty of Roatan with this tour of Gumbalimba Park. Named after one of the native trees of Roatan, Gumbalimba is home to jump-on-your-shoulders monkeys, free-flying exotic birds, and other native animals. You will also visit the botanical garden, with over 200 colorful plant and tree
species, numerous waterfalls and fountains, and a picturesque hanging bridge over the fishing pond. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Butterfly Garden and see these beautiful insects up close and person.

Pricing

Category I
$4,739.00
Category II
$5,359.00
Category III
$6,179.00
Category IV
$6,799.00
Singles Cabin
$7,719.00
Port Charges
$325.00
Onboard Early Arrival

Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure with Blount Small Ship Adventures. This affordable “Early Arrival” option invites guests to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore the port of departure at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 p.m. Included with the option is a chef prepared dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Departure Dates

Embark: Belize City, Belize
Jan 11, 2019
Disembark: Roatan, Honduras
Jan 22, 2019
Embark: Roatan, Honduras
Mar 22, 2019
Disembark: Belize City, Belize
Apr 02, 2019
 TERMS & CONDITIONS
  • Transfers between Goldson Airport in Belize City or Galvez International Airport in Roatan to and from the vessel are included. 
  • Optional sighting tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.

The Grande Mariner

Your small ship adventure is a personal and casual one- like cruising on a friend’s yacht.

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Deck Plans

Category I Cabin


Category II Cabin


Category III Cabin


Category IV Cabin

Cabin Bathroom

Includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer, fresh towels daily

 

Dusk in Plancencia, Belize
Goff Caye, Belize
The bow landing experience. West Snake Caye, Belize.
Browsing local crafts in Punta Gorda, Belize.
Woman weaving her crafts. Punta Gorda, Belize.
Beach bow landing. Placencia, Belize
Singing and dancing on the top deck by locals. Placencia, Belize
Kayaking during free time in Placencia, Belize
Always a beautiful day for a skiff ride to a remote Caribbean Cay
Passengers observing the bow ramp being lowered on the Grande Caribe
Premier snorkeling opportunities above the Belize Barrier Reef
Wildlife sightings on Fantasy Island, Roatan.
Local children. Punta Gorda, Belize.
Captain John taking passengers for a ride on the skiff
Cacao demonstration. Punta Gorda, Belize.
Cacao Farm Tour, Punta Gorda, Belize
Dolphin Cay, Fantasy Island, Roatan.
Drumming lesson on Fantasy Island.
Viewing life below the surface without getting wet and commentary on reef ecology and wildlife by Luz Hunter
A coastal scenery in Roatan, Honduras.
Iguana Farm. Roatan, Honduras.
Enjoying Pristine snorkeling opportunities

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