The Doris Catamaran
Go island-hopping through Belize's beautiful cayes staying aboard The Doris, a luxury private catamaran, and enjoy sunny days filled with snorkeling, diving, wildlife watching, fishing and picnics on deserted coral atolls.
At a Glance
A fabulous family experience on a luxury catamaran
Have Belize's best beaches and marine wildlife virtually to yourselves
Excellent facilities on board
Choose your own itinerary and tailor-make it to your wishes
Best weather from December to May
To start planning your vacation to The Doris Catamaran
The Doris is a luxury catamaran sleeping up to six, and is the best on offer in Belize. Its size makes it a superb option for families, although we can charter other boats to suit different requirements.
The Doris has plenty of lounging areas, with a fly bridge on top and a sofa by the trampolines, and comes equipped with kayaks, fishing and snorkeling gear, a tender, beach equipment, barbecue, integrated entertainment systems, air conditioning, an extensive library of CDs, DVDs, books and games, and an experienced crew who are only too happy to share their love and knowledge of the world’s second longest barrier reef. Cabins are relatively spacious and come with soft furnishings and en-suite facilities. The catering is superb, and there is a great deal of flexibility in accommodating dietary requirements and special guest requests. Highlights of the menu might include grilled lobster marinated in a garlic lime sauce or a teriyaki snapper with a black bean and mango salsa.
Itineraries can be arranged for as long as you wish, but we would suggest a minimum of three nights to be able to begin to explore the cayes properly. The beauty of sailing in this way is that your itinerary does not need to be too fixed beforehand, and you can, within reason and in consultation with the skipper, set your own course.
You board in Belize City, and can choose whether you wish to head north towards the more developed islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, or to sail south following the reef past more remote islands. Normally you would return to Belize City, but drop-offs can also be arranged for those guests who would like to finish with a hotel on the beach.
Heading north, the main highlights include Swallow Caye, a marine preserve that protects the manatee; sleepy Caye Caulker, with its white sandy beaches, ocean breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef on its doorstep (an icy late afternoon Belikin beer at the Lazy Lizard bar is also recommended); Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where you can snorkel amongst beautiful shoals of tropical fish, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, moray eels and grouper; Shark Ray Alley, a site where local fishermen used to clean their catch, which attracts more carnivorous species such as big southern stingrays and nurse sharks; and Ambergris Caye, great for scuba diving, snorkeling and sports fishing, as well as the lively town of San Pedro.
To escape the crowds, head south to Goff’s Caye, which will remind you why postcards were invented; South Water Caye, a pristine private island that is one of the most beautiful and exclusive islands in Belize, set on a spectacular reef where you can snorkel with black groupers, snappers and moray eels, or enjoy a sundowner at the Blue Marlin Lodge, one of our favorite small bars in Belize; Man-O-War Caye is a designated bird sanctuary, where countless frigate birds, pelicans and brown boobies wheel and soar above the mangroves; Tobacco Caye close to one of the best snorkel sites in all Belize; and the Bluefield Range, a mangrove cluster which makes for a fantastic kayaking experience as you look out for manatees and even take some bait and a fishing line to see if you can catch dinner.
The Doris has three cabins all with private en-suite facilities, making it great for families, and there is a further crew cabin.
14' AB Nautilus 25hp luxury tender, a variety of fishing rods and tackle, snorkeling equipment, two kayaks for single or double use, beach equipment and floating sun mattresses, two swim platforms and showers, Bimini and extendable awning shades, barbecue, multiple sun deck lounges and trampolines, Bose LCD TV Screen with DVD, iPod, stereo CD player, indoor and outdoor speakers, Sirius satellite radio.
Snorkelling, diving (by prior arrangement), fishing, exploring different atolls, beach picnics, wildlife viewing, relaxing.
Location & Directions
When to go
The Cayes, like most of Belize, have a tropical climate. Belize's climate is marked by two distinct seasons, the rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (December to May). The coldest month is January and the warmest temperatures are in May. Summers in San Pedro Town and the other Cayes strung out along the Barrier Reef are much milder than on the Belizean mainland, due to the proximity to the Sea and the cooling effects of the easterly trade winds and cloud cover which hold temperatures in the high 20's/ low 30's.
The busier time of the year for travelers to Belize is November to May, which are the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere. Still, many visitors prefer the more quiet days of the summer months from June to October for their vacation in Belize.