Private Caye Multi-Sport Retreat
Kayaking, Yoga, Snorkeling and Paddleboarding
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Come join us as we explore the Cayes near the Caribbean island of Utila, located in the beautiful Bay Islands of Honduras. Beautiful paddling, turquoise waters, easy access to snorkeling and fishing. Utila is often referred to as “what the Caribbean used to be” -- No high rises, golf courses or big resorts here, just a safe, small, friendly island that is known for its laid back attitude and beautiful waters.
You'll fly into Roatan, Honduras, accessible via direct Saturday flights through Houston and Atlanta. We'll pick you up and transfer you to a waiting high speed island dory for the crossing to Utila and our private island retreat at Lil Caye. We'll assist you with flight booking to be sure everything lines up properly for you. Once on the Caye, we'll get you settled into the quiet life off the grid and out of the fast lane. Pass that mojito over to the hammock, please...
This is a combination trip of kayaking, snorkeling, SUP (paddleboading) and marine ecology. The highlight of this trip is basing out of our own private island (cay) surrounded by gorgeous coral reefs. Food will be a combination of locally provided fare and our own recipes fresh from our new cookbook.
Kayaking and Snorkeling:
We will be paddling in expedition style, cockpitted boats (not sit on tops) from Current Designs, Valley and Dagger. Experience in very helpful, but not mandatory. You can develop your kayaking skills with an ACA-certified open-water instructor throughout the week as you learn to handle a sea kayak in wind and waves. You can also learn how to snorkel right out of your kayak on a fantastic living coral reef! For more advanced snorkelers, there are excellent opportunities to hone your free diving skills and marine ecology knowledge. Michael is also an ACA SUP instructor and Andi brings her skills to the table as a Yoga instructor, so we can cover a wide interest range. This is a great value for a rare and unique opportunity for a trip that is limited to 6 participants.
This trip is co-led by Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures (ACA L-4 Instructor, WFR, ACA SUP), with 17 winters experience in the Bay Islands and Andi Shluker Ryon, (ACA Instructor and certified Yoga Instructor) a marine naturalist who is a 6+ year resident of Utila
Itinerary: Details TBA
Saturday: All flights arrive early to mid-afternoon and will be met for transfer to water taxi to Lil Caye via fast French Cay Dory directly to your island home for the week.
Basing out of our island base on Little Cay, we’ll enjoy a variety of activities including:
- Morning stretching/yoga by the sea
- Exploring the reefs by snorkel out our front door
- Going on longer kayaking excursions, exploring the uninhabited Western Shoreline
- Paddling to a water-access-only restaurant, Purple Pelican, for great dockside dining
- Paddling to the Pigeon Cays- which are 2 islands that make up a densely populated but very small fishing village. We’ll have time to stroll around, enjoy some ice cream, take in the sights and talk to the locals.
- Paddleboard cruising and skills sessions
- Going night snorkeling (we’ll have underwater lights)
- Marine life presentations (fish, coral, other invertebrates)
- Strokes, braces, and rescue workshops
Saturday: Dory Transfer back to Roatan and taxi to airport for return flights (all direct returns work with our schedule...we work around the airline schedule, so we have you covered.
You can count on learning a host of new paddle skills, lots of snorkeling and learning about the coral reef, plenty of time for relaxation, and spectacular backdrop. Return home refreshed, relaxed, well-fed and with a brace of new skills.
$2100 per person
A $500 registration is required to hold your reservation and is refundable until 30 days of departure. Balance is due 30 days before departure. When we receive your deposit, you will receive a personal equipment list, a participant profile (so that we may tailor your trip to your interests and tastes in food), and any other pertinent info we have.
Dates for 2013:
Don’t hesitate to call 231.882.5525 if you have questions about any of it at all!
Because life is short!
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