|Guest cabin configuration:|
|3 Double en-suite Cabins with AC|
|Half Board Available||Yes|
|Home port||Placencia, Belize, Central America|
Placencia, Belize, Central America (Additional)
7 meals ashore (lunches and dinners, any combo ok)
Geoff & Iza
Geoff & Iza are an outgoing British couple who love the outdoors, the sea, the yacht charter life and meeting new friends. Their Caribbean sailing started in 2004 on their first boat a sailing monohull and they have been cruising the Caribbean and Belize for most of the last 7 years, logging over 14,000 miles with many offshore passages.
Dreaming On is their first catamaran, having made the leap from monohull to multihull in 2008.
Separately or together they have lived and worked in the USA, India, Lebanon, Yemen Arab Republic, Seychelles, Nairobi in Kenya, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Dubai in the UAE.
Geoff has enjoyed a varied career in aviation, mostly in East Africa and Saudi Arabia, but also including two years as European catering manager for a major US charter airline.
Assisted by Iza, he managed the creation of a new tourist seaplane service in Dubai during 2007.
Now as owner/operators of their Leopard 47 charter catamaran they want to share their enjoyment of cruising Belize with you.
Geoff and Iza combine their talents and experience to create an unforgettable sailing vacation for guests of all ages.See reviews
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We found the crew on Dreaming On very friendly, attentive and accommodating. The boat was spotless, comfortable and well ventilated. The itinerary suited our needs well and food was OUTSTANDING! We were very pleased with Sailing Directions and Dreaming On.
Dan K, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On sailing the British Virgin Islands
Geoff and Iza were absolutely perfect hosts. It was difficult not to think of them as family by the end of the first day.
We did not know what to think being first time sailors on an overnight trip. The boat was very clean and comfortable beyond our expectations.
Iza is an outstanding cook, Her meals were well thought out and perfect for the lifestyle we adopted aboard the boat. Light but delicious.
We loved the locations they took us. We asked to get a grand tour and we got one. Now we know where to focus on our next trip.
We were very happy with the way this whole trip was arranged and will be thinking of you first for our next trip like this.
This trip was, for us, a trip of a lifetime. Now we are thinking about doing it again.
Jeff S, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On sailing the Virgin Islands
From the moment we met Geoff and Iza in St Thomas, our family were treated to a wonderful, exciting, and memorable adventure. Geoff and Iza are knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic, patient, and in every way fantastic hosts. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, the itinerary was set that met each of our wishes for the journey, the boat was well equipped with everything we needed, and best of all, we feel like we made great new friends. We can't recommend Dreaming On more highly.
Chris P, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On sailing the Virgin Islands
Thanks for a trip full of memories.
When we look back on the week spent together, our fondest memory will be the gracious and loving hospitality the two of you showed us. While on the water and a couple of thousand miles from the north east, we couldnt have felt more at home. It will only be a matter of weeks before we again Dream On and set our minds towards our next journey on the water.
You have instilled in us a passion and purpose, a way of life that cant be matched on land.
Michael and Eugenia
If you get the chance, please extend our praises to Geoff and Iza.
All the best,
Well take home many special memories. Nathaniel and Ali will be talking about the tubing for years to com.
Very much appreciated all the little details. This was a wonderful family vacation and will, indeed, provide many memories. Thank you.
Tim, Jennifer, Abby and Nathaniel and Beth
We would like to thank you for the most amazing trip! We made so many memories that will last a lifetime. We will cherish them and the time we spent together on our journey. You made our 16th Anniversary very special and our New Year the best! Marie and Anthony
I will never forget the day I first went snorkeling. You guys made the experience a never ending fun! Alessio (age 11).
Thank you for the 5 star meals. Vinnie (age 13)
Thank you for letting us explore Funk Caye. Anthony (age 15)
Best wishes on your journey, until next time. We will miss and the sea. Keep Dreaming On!
The Pasquesi Family
We feel so fortunate to have been on your maiden charter in Belize. It was incredible to experience the waters of Belize. Food and service were the best; so much more than we expected!
We will be dreaming of another cruise on Dreaming On.
All the best
Kathy and Bruce
Geoff and Iza
All has been perfect. Each snorkeling spot better than the last. Incredible food and drink and presentrd with such grace.
Thank you both for such a wonderful time. Belize is fantastic and so are you!
Margaret and Dick
Thank you so much for a spectacular nine days of cruising. Your warm hospitality and meticulous attention to every detail have made this a vacation to remember!
Bob and Bari
Geoff and Iza
On behalf of the Diamond family, we want to thank you for an amazing vacation a sea. We have numerous and fond memories which will last a lifetime! One of our best vacations ever! We greatly appreciated your kindness, warmth and caring ways. The meals and specialty drinks were terrific. Hope our paths cross again sometime . Belize perhaps??! XO
Chuck, Jodi, Alyssa and Sarah
Thank you for treating us to a fabulous sailing vacation with the perfect balance between action, adventure and repose. The outdoor adventure was thrilling, unique and perfectly orchestrated. The relaxation was a feast for us.
Senses; delicious, beautiful meals, fun and tasty drinks, breathtaking views, cozy spaces to eat, read and rest.
Your sailing expertise made for a stress free adventure!! We thoroughly enjoyed being your guests and will follow you to Belize.
Fay, Mark, Mia and Ella
Boston Feb 2015
I will never want to go back to snowy, cold Boston, thats for sure! I have truly enjoyed this wonderful event in my life and will not forget it for my life! I really believe that Iza should become a professional cook just saying that her meals are absolutely perfect, like she can read your mind and make it even better than you could imagine!
Geoff should work at an EVERYTHING SHOP! He can do, fix, or divide everything and knows about everything a person could! These two amazing people never argue and work together perfectly. The meals have been immaculate and I do not look forward to home cooked meals again!!
I also loved having a personal snorkel guide Geoff around to talk to. Hes also a great bartender with drinks that are blue to red! I have done about everything I wanted on this trip, relaxed, swam, sunbathed, sailed and snorkeled while smiling all the time!
Dreaming On really was a dream come true and I wanted to give Geoff and Iza a big shoutout for all their work on our stay!
Ella aged 10
Dear Geoff and Iza
From the start of this miraculous adventure, to the finish, I had nothing but a blast. The beginning included a cool bubbly Shirley Temple and a warm welcome. The end of the voyage concluded with an experience of the lifetime; snorkeling in the clear aqua waters with dazzling parrot fish, skiddy squids and slick stingrays. Could it get any better? Of course with Geoff and Iza at our sides, it did!!
The man that knows everything about the BVI, Geoff and Iza, the most exquisite chef and talented crew, accompanied us during this 80 degree weather trip. This made the excursion 100% fabulous.
I will never forget you both! And of course who could forget the boat, Dreaming On! We had everything we wanted and more. These special boat features included; the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on, cozy bean bags in the front, sprawling deck space including a trampoline to relax on, swaying hammock and the perfect dining area. The dinghy rides were exhilarating and the paddle boards were SO useful! Thanks so much for your time and hospitality!
Mia aged 12
A group of 6 of us (3 couples, longtime friends) just returned from a fantastic trip with Geoff and Iza aboard the Dreaming On. What a great time. Geoff and Iza were fantastic hosts for our trip. They were very knowledgeable about the BVI's, the local attractions, where to go, when to be there, etc. The Dreaming On was perfect for all 3 couples, we had plenty of space to relax, get some sun, enjoy the toys, have a beverage (or two) and just enjoy the ride. The meals were also fabulous. Iza did an amazing job with each of the meals we enjoyed. We had some special requests and each and everyone was met. We didn't want to leave the Dreaming On to eat anywhere else. Truly, Iza does a wonderful job with the food, including the beautiful presentation.
The trip couldn't have been better, the hosts more friendly and knowledgeable, the area more beautiful. It was a fantastic trip all the way around, made even more special by our time on the Dreaming On.
Thank you for a wonderful trip full of fun memories.
Dreaming On is definitely the right choice!
Kevin and Shannon
Thank you for an amazing 5 Star experience in the BVI!!
Your hospitality was warm and friendly. The food was absolutely divine. Your knowledge of the area was spot on and the overall experience was nothing but relaxing and entertaining!
This was the trip of a lifetime and would not have been the same without the two of you! We are so grateful for you making this trip so enjoyable for all of us!
We cant thank you enough for taking such wonderful care of us this week! We were pampered on a daily basis and loved every minute of it!
We hope to sail with you again for Shannons 50th!!
Kevin and Shannon, Todd and Karie, Ren and Diane
Idaho and Washington State
Amazing food, and kind and intelligent discussion, advice about sailing and knowledge sharing regarding the joys of sailing in BVI.
Thank you Iza and Geoff for an amazing vacation.
Nancy and Bill
Thank you for one of the best vacations we have ever had. Your kindness, amazing food and hospitality made it more wonderful than we could have imagined. Each day was better than the last. We definitely will sail with you again.
Thank you for making my birthday so special.
Ferdi and Katina
This past week has been a unique adventure in the BVI. We have appreciated your genuine warmth, unfailing attention to detail and sophisticated and generous hospitality.
Please include us among your grateful alumni and keep us posted regarding your developing plans in Belize waters.
Joe and Mary Jane
It simply doesnt get any better than this. Kudos to you both for setting the bar so high when it comes to sailing the BVIs in a catamaran. You have succeeded in proving that the devil is in the details.
Your genuine kindness and thoughtfulness when it comes to hospitality extended to us over the past week and what that means to our family will never be forgotten.
May all those who sail aboard Dreaming on be so fortunate.
The Hurley Family
What a beautiful experience! So pleasant and relaxing, with exceptional dining. How fortunate to have the wisdom and experience of the two of you. We felt safe and secure. A wonderful time for both kids and parents.
Thanks so much.
This trip has been amazing on all accounts. It far surpassed my dreams such comfort, beauty, fun, delicious meals and a wonderful time exploring so many islands.
It has been a perfect family escape. We will never forget the blessings of it or the two of you.
Happy Sailing and best of luck with all your adventures.
Ann Arbor, MI
Geoff and Iza the hosts are quite simply magnificent. They made our stay from start to finish so easy and nothing was ever too much trouble. No detail is spared and their combined knowledge of the BVI's and sailing is second to none. There were areas of the BVI's that we visited that most other chartered boats don't and this truly separates them from any other charters. Geoff and Iza are extremely hospitable and their drink and food is five star. Geoff has a good knowledge of the local cocktails and makes a delicious 'painkiller' a must in the BVI's. Iza's food is consistently to a very high standard. She makes fresh bread daily and takes pride in all that she prepares. Her breakfasts, lunches and three course evening meals with additional cakes and snacks throughout the day are all equally as delicious. She caters for all dietary requirements and has some very original ideas.
Dreaming On offers a variety of additional activities and we thoroughly enjoyed participating in snorkelling, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, wake and knee boarding, walking, swimming and helping out on board sailing. As part of our honeymoon, Geoff and Iza also organised a romantic beach set for some stunning photos for us to remember our special time away. There are plenty of activities within the islands and we would recommend the Baths, snorkelling at the Caves, a walk on Peter Island and a visit to the Soggy Dollar and Foxy's too!
We would highly recommend Dreaming On as it caters for a wide variety of party groups as well as intimate romantic breaks. We will certainly be back!
Dave and Heidi, UK
Visited July 2014
Wow! What an incredible week. The food, the attention to every detail and the kindness will be remembered for years to come. We had no idea that our experience on the boat would be just as magical as the BVI itself. The patience that you showed to our energizer kid, Tessa was so wonderful. This was all due to the impeccable way you anticipated our every want or need.
Iza thank you for the beautiful and delicious family meals. I cant understand how you create such culinary magic in your small kitchen!
Our 20th Anniversary Vow Renewal was so very special Thank you for creating a day we will take with us forever.
Your warm and genuine hospitality make Dreaming On one of the magical wonders of the BVI.
We loved, loved, loved our week and will be back.
Rich, Shannon, Hannah, Emma and Tessa
June 2014 St Helena, CA.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 NEW
This was the 6th time we have had a crewed charter in the Caribbean and it was the best, Geoff and Isa were the most accomplished cooks, cocktail makers,pleasant, knowledgeable crew that we have ever had. If only all crews could be as good. The boat was immaculate and unlike other boats the crew were not precious about what we did. Nothing was too much trouble at any time of day. Any one who chooses this boat and crew are getting the very best.
Visited April 2014
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 NEW via mobile
We have just returned from a 10 day charter on Dreaming On with the wonderful Geoff and Iza. The catamaran provided exceptional comfort and the professionalism, high standard of cooking (and cocktails!), and knowledge of the BVI made for an incredible holiday. The memories will live long and we really hope to return one day.
Visited May 2014
What a fantastic time! The very best of everything. Hosts, food, knowledge, kindness-I cant think of anything that could be bettered.
Peter and Pam UK
We have had such a fabulous 10 days with you both. Thank you for all your hard work and hospitality. It really had been a very special holiday. Many tanks for looking after us so well, weve loved every minute and are sad to go home. You are simply the best!
Anyone who has the good fortune to sail with you is very lucky.
Nicky and Phil, UK
This has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Every place you took as too topped the one before! How is that even possible?!
I especially enjoyed turning 40! This was my best birthday ever. Thank you for making that happen.
Best snorkeling ever.
Melissa and Tony
Our gracious hosts Geoff and Iza made certain that our charter on the beautiful Dreaming On was an unforgettable week spent visiting the exquisite Virgin Islands.
Accomplished sailors and well traveled, they helped us better understand the marine life we saw around us, the places we visited, the art of sailing and delighted us with stories of their experiences.
Iza is truly talented in the galley and kept us very happy with marvelous dinners and goodies baked fresh.
We've always dreamed of seeing the blue Caribbean from under sail, and it finally came true.
We can easily say that this has been one of the most memorable events in our lives. Thank you for helping us see the beauty of the islands and sea and sailing!! Your warmth and patience have framed our memories and the wonderful food cannot ever be forgotten.
Geoff and Helen
It was a dream come true. To charter a sailboat with friends and you both have made it the most phenomenal experience. We had no idea how spectacular it would be! I cannot think of anyone who could have made all of my firsts as memorable as you two have. This was my first trip to the Caribbean and first snorkeling adventure.
Thank you for showing us all of your favorite, special places they are truly etched in my brain forever.
Your hospitality and five star gourmet masterpieces were the icing on the cake. (Pina Colada cake?)! We cannot wait until the next time.
I would also like to thank you for my sail training. I love boats and being on the water. My lines will be perfectly coiled from now on. Michelles life will never be the same now that she is a diehard snorkeller. Trust me, a day will not go by when we do not look back on our Caribbean adventure with our new friends.
Until we meet again.
Alan and Michelle
Geoff and Iza
As we sit here getting ready to sail back to Red Hook, we are all thinking there are just not enough words to describe our week together with you both on Dreaming On.
It was an amazing experience and a big part of the experience aside from the wonderful food and the great adventures was our time with both of you!
Thank you again for your hospitality. You are great people and we all hope we have the opportunity to sail together again!
What a magical week. Our fortieth will always be a constant reminder of a special time, in a special place, with special people. Thanks for your passion and joining (even embracing) our craziness. We loved it all. Thanks for making our dream complete.
Gail and Maurice
Iza and Geoff
Wow! What a wonderful way to celebrate our fortieth anniversary. You went to great lengths to make our ceremony beautiful and memorable. Your attention to detail will be remembered as it greatly impacted our ceremony, our meals, and most of all our lovely like new cat!
Thanks for everything! We cant imagine a more perfect way to spend a special vacation!
Janeece and Tony
Although we have been thinking about chartering for some time, our trip with you in the BVI was our first experience. We were unsure about how much we would like it, but now that we have been on our initial journey with you, you may rest assured that we will be back.
We feel very fortunate indeed to have discovered the two of you and Dreaming On. You are both much more than we could have hoped for in a Captain and First Mate/Chef. In addition to professional seamanship, knowledgeable commentary and gastronomic excellence, we feel we have made two new friends. You made us feel like family, we cant thank you enough.
Were hooked! Already thinking about who would enjoy sailing with you. Will definitely be back.
Very enjoyable time with our two new friends, Geoff and Iza.
Geoff and Iza
This was our first charter trip of this type. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you guys and the trip on Dreaming On was a wonderful experience. Thank you for your work on our behalf. The food was excellent and we are anxious to come back and try it again.
Lee and Sharon
5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2013 NEW
We just returned from our second trip aboard Dreaming On and Geoff and Iza somehow managed to exceed our expectations for a second time. Geoff and Iza are the owners of Dreaming On and they strive to provide their charter guests with all that you could ever want aboard a private Catamaran. They have such a passion for their boat, sailing and the BVIs which they impart upon their guests in a gracious and humble way. Dreaming On is kept in pristine condition, they are dedicated to making sure the boat has all of the extra comforts you might desire; Clean state rooms, lovely linens, exceptional outside dining with comfortable seating and shade, as well as awesome extras such as an ice maker with filtered water and beautiful table settings. What really makes traveling aboard Dreaming On so indulgent is Iza's amazing culinary skills. So much attention and care is put into every meal that the dining experience is one of the highlights of the trip. Another great experience is all of the amazing snorkel spots that Geoff took us to, he even captured it for us on his GoPro camera. One of our favorite stops was Guana Island with a beautiful white sand beach. Geoff and Iza are both expert navigators, they got us in and out of every island in a very safe manner that felt seamless to us. Our experience aboard this beautiful vessel is one that we will never forget. Thank you again for providing us with yet again another magical experience. We can't wait to see you again soon. Chris and Lindsay
Visited November 2013
Many thanks to both of you for another spectacular experience. Your hospitality and kindness is what brought us back for our second adventure on Dreaming On. As we remembered, the meals prepared by Iza were outstanding and Geoffs guidance amongst the islands is what makes these trips so special. We will cherish the memories we made on this trip.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking us to Guana Island, Peter and Cooper, three islands we hope to return to again. We cant wait to join you again for another magical experience. Next time Anegada!
Chris and Lindsay
November 29-December 2, 2013
I had never been on a sail boat or to the BVI. What a wonderful treat to do both at once! And I am so glad that my first experience was with Geoff and Iza on their lovely yacht, Dreaming On. We cruised in early May and the weather was fantastic. We had plenty of time under sail and hit every stop on our very busy itinerary. The six of us traveling together each had our own list of "must sees" and Geoff and Iza worked everything out for us. The biggest surprise for me was the outstanding snorkeling off of Peter Island. It was like floating through a vibrant garden teaming with fish and all manner of colorful corals. Be sure to go see the Caves, too. As for food... you can go ashore and the food is good, especially if recommended by the crew. However, you might as well stay on the boat for all your meals because you won't get better food than what Iza creates in her kitchen. If you are even considering a catamaran cruise, look at Geoff and Iza's availability first. They are top-notch hosts, tour guides, mixologists, chefs, captains and historians. What a lovely trip and I will continue to dream about this vacation for years to come.
Luckily for us, we chose Dreaming On for a lifetime dream of cruising the BVI. Myself and my 3 adult children were treated like royalty from beginning to end of our 6 day adventure. Iza and Geoff lovingly cared for us anticipating our every need and desire. The healthy meals were prepared and presented as if in a 5 star restaurant. Iza baked special breads every day to our delight and astonishment and Geoff was not only the master Captain taking us safely to one amazing place after another while sharing his extensive knowledge of the BVI but also excelling as a master mixologist surprising us with new cocktails every day. Iza and Geoff both tried to think of every little detail that would make our experience more enjoyable and they succeeded beyond our expectations. We enjoyed, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, skiing, swimming, sightseeing, exploring, nightclubing, dancing, fishing, you name it "Dreaming On" delivered. They even took pictures of all our activities and presented us with a DVD of our itinerary and adventures of the trip when we left. Truly a dream of a lifetime which we will never forget. Thank you so much Iza and Geoff. The Kimmells love you and you haven't seen the last of us
Captains of a dream vessel, Master 5 star Chef.! (Yum!), dish-hand and bartender extraordinaire!, tour guides unparalleled, Activities Managers second to none!, fountains of all BVI knowledge, professional photographers ready to capture the moment, patient and nurturing companions to two small children, but most of all, two of the most wonderful, hospitable people we have had the pleasure of meeting!
All-in-all, you have both, each in your own way, made this holiday intensely pleasurable, full of firsts and one we will forever hold as a standard for all our future holidays! Our quality family time aboard Dreaming On with you both will never be forgotten!
Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts!
Much love and endless thanks.
Barry, Leonie, Dane & Harper Seattle, WA.
Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation! It was amazing! We all had a great time and enjoyed experiencing new adventures. Eric and Luke really enjoyed learning to sail & drive he dinghy.
We are so happy Ella finally learned to enjoy snorkeling, (even if she is a loud snorkeler!).
The food was truly spectacular! We could not have asked for better. The nightly dessert was a highlight of the kids day as the nightly cocktails were a highlight of the parents day.
We are very sad that it has to end and really hope that we are fortunate enough to sail with you again some day soon.
Eric, Rachael, Luke and Ella. NC
We cannot imagine a more beautiful vacation. You have been exceptional hosts, guides, gourmet cooks.
We look forward to seeing you again in Paradise. Rob and Kathy Gabler, Annapolis, MD
Geoff and Iza
Wow!!! What a fantastic time we have had in the BVI! Thanks so very much for the awesome job you both do. Your knowledge of where to go and how to accommodate our interests is amazing. We loved the food, the presentation and the love you have for preparing it, Iza, lots of fresh and nutritious food and we really enjoyed getting to know you!
Wishing you all the best in your future charters. You are the best! Don and Elaine, Portland, OR
Geoff and Iza
What a wonderful time you gave us. You both are amazing! The weather was fabulous, the food incomparable, the beautiful boat so accommodating. We saw the BVI through your eyes. We loved the stories, the weather couldnt have been better and we are sure you ordered it.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Hopefully we will get to see you again, that would be a treat. Glenn and Jane, Allentown, PA
Great food, great sails and wonderful time all along. Thanks for the perfect bringing of 2013. Hope the year brings fair winds to you and yours.
Lisa B., Huntsville, Alabama
What a trip! As first time boat trippers, we cannot imagine a more perfect mode of travel. You are such gracious hosts, only adding to the magic of the trip. Jason and I have not been away from our children together. What a treat! Great adventures, fun and exciting sailing, time with some of my most favourite people ever and we feel like we will leave with two new friends!
Cannot thank you enough for the fab food and beautiful memories!!
Lee Ann and Jason, Savannah, Georgia
What a vacation! The entire Bergstrom clan had a blast on your Dreaming On yacht. What a beauty and the BVIs are such a fantastic place to explore. Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking. So many fun things to do.
Then there was the food. Need I say I was in Heaven everyday, being waited on like the queen.
Thank you Iza & Geoff for a vacation of a lifetime which I will remember always. I will be dreaming on about Dreaming On and her crew.
Maybe one day we may meet again we hope. Thank you again & again for an adventure of a lifetime.
Eric, Cindy, Keith, & Craig Bergstrom
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What could be better?
What could improve upon warm sandy beaches, crystal clear water filled with vibrant fish, brilliant sunsets, and the relaxing action of the waves?
How about a private charter on a boat with a first-class chef, a friendly and knowledgeable captain, roomy cabins with private baths, loads of toys like kayaks, paddleboards, wind surfing boards, and snorkling equipment? How about stopping in secluded coves, deserted beaches, and island towns at a relaxed pace that still lets you see everything? How about fresh gourmet dinner every night beneath the stars with the quiet sounds of waves lapping on the shores. How about fresh coffee with island sunrises?
Geoff and Iza really do it right-- it feels like they're inviting you into their home, but they're also there to pamper you with evening cocktails and fantastic dinners. It's hard to believe that a boat can improve upon a tropical paradise, but I just can't imagine a better experience in the BVI.
Eric, Cindy, Keith and Craig
S Carolina, Delaware and California
The sailing, beaches, meals were wonderful, but most of all, we enjoyed your delightful company and great conversation.
See you again soon.
Joe and Randa
Montreal November 2012
Thank you for your help!
All the best,
Beth, Drew, Jason, Haley and Janette
N. Carolina Novemberm 2012
Thank you so very much for making the start of our honeymoon so remarkable. It will be a hard act to follow the fantastic meals, splendid preparation, the wine and the conversation, all amazing.
Your expert knowledge, and all the history you recounted, demonstrated time and time again just what a professional pair you are.
Thank you so much for accommodating our timetable and being so flexible in our daily itinerary.
We look forward to coming back and again and exploring some more.
All our best
Chris and Kristen
San Antonio October 2012
Dreaming On is where dreams come true!
Our journey with you has been one surprise after another. I love all your attention to detail. We started this adventure to celebrate our 25th renewal of vows. I love that we chose you to make it such an amazing day. It started with a double rainbow, flowers on the beach, sharing our vows before God and friends with sand between our toes. The day was perfect! We will have so many stories to share when we return to Cape Cod.
Thank you so very much! We hope to witness future sunsets with you one day.
Enjoying our journey.
Lisa and Peter, Cape Cod, MA
Dear Geoff and Iza
Thank you for the most amazing 10 day adventure. This was an experience of a lifetime! Thank you for always taking the time and extra care in everything you did.
To be part of Lisa and Peters 25th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewals was just spectacular. Nothing could have been better.
The sights seen, the food devoured, the drinks drunk, and the laughs bellowing through the BVI valleys could have never been possible without the two of you!
What a great trip and thank you again for being a part of our beautiful journey!
All the best, Lynn
Boston July 2012
Dear Geoff & Iza.
What an amazing vacation weve had!
Dreaming On is such a beautiful boat and you both have been so kind and so gracious to our family. The children will always remember these memories on board where they learned to do so many new things with your guidance.
Izas culinary skills are superb! The best food ever! We have enjoyed every moment. Thank you!!
Gabriela, Tommy, Eva, Tomaso, & Emilia.
San Juan, PR.
It was a pleasure for our family to have spent this fantastic week with you.
Service delivered was exactly as promised: excellent! You both were always willing and able. One finds this degree of compromise rarely found and we really thank you for that, especially as we came here from far.
Muchas gracias por todo!! Mey bueno el viaje. Victoria Abogabir (Age 15)
Hugs and Kisses
The Abogabir Aldunate family
What a wonderful way for the six of us to enter our 40s!!
Great boat, great food, great hosts. Thank you!
Christina, Brian, Dave, Jess, Peyton and Ashley
15 June 2012
We have been to the BVI many times and our time with you and on Dreaming On is our most memorable experience! You are wonderful hosts and guides and Dreaming On is a truly special boat.
Thanks for everything. See you again soon.
Many thanks for a perfect family holiday. We appreciate the time and care you took getting to know us, to tailor an itinerary and activities that we loved. We hope to see you next summer.
Sean, Jodie, Kerala and Kiran
We had such an amazing honeymoon, sailing the BVI, with you on Dreaming On. We loved your impeccable attention to detail, including arranging transport when our ferry cancelled, having Dive BVI pick us up right from the boat and insuring the dinner music fit our taste exactly. Your homemade gourmet meals looked as good as they tasted. We cant wait to try them at home but doubt they will look or taste as good as yours!
Thank you for sharing your home and your life stories with us. We enjoyed every minute and will never forget our trip.
What a wonderful vacation! The memories you created at the many locations are unmatched to those experienced before. Your hospitality, gourmet meals and great activities were truly outstanding.
Looking forward to doing another Dreaming On trip soon
Awesome on every level views, accommodation, activities and meals. All of it only out done by your camaraderie and graciousness.
The food was amazing! And everything else! This trip may be the best one in my life! Thank you for everything. It was wonderful. Have fun sailing BVI.
Jeanne Brierre (Age 10)
This was an amazing vacation! I loved it all! Thanks for everything!
Grace Brierre (12)
Sailing the BVI was the coolest, most amazing and wonderful adventure I have EVER been on. I wish I could describe everything that amazed me this week. I hope I can come sail again!
Lindsey Brierre (Age 15)
18-22 June 2012
Iza; your cooking is delicious.
Geoff: your understanding of what we wanted to do and where we wanted to be made our dreams come true.
So friends, hoping to be able to repeat this wonderful week, we say A tout a lheure .
Will, Marcela, Lily and Chacho
Reviewed 8 May 2012 NEW
We're just back from a week on board Dreaming On, sailing the BVIs in the capable hands of our wonderful crew, Geoff and Iza. This was our belated honeymoon but we were also vacationing with another couple, Amy and Skip, and we all agreed that the whole experience exceeded our expectations by far, to the extent that we have already booked again for next year!
This is all down to Geoff and Iza who are a very special and generous couple - it was like sailing with good friends - the chemistry was perfect and we just hit it off. They welcomed us on board their beautiful home and anticipated our every need. Iza is an amazing cook - the food (presentation, quality and variety) is better than you get in most good restaurants and all prepared in a galley kitchen - the sushi in particular was unbelieveable! And Geoff...well, in our opinion he makes a better Painkiller than the Soggy Dollar (as well as being a great Captain) :).
They had arranged an itinerary for us (but it was flexible) and we went to different, islands and/or bays every day, including a sail to Anegada, followed by a fabulous lobster dinner at the Reef Hotel - highly recommend this! They took us to all their favorite spots in the BVIs and we couldn't get enough of the clear blue waters and white sandy beaches - plenty of snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding to be had. In fact, we didn't really have enough time just to hang out in one place for a day or go tubing or waterskiing, which is why we are returning next year. Now we know all the best spots and where we'd like to go back to and spend more time.
The catamaran is comfortable and has plenty of space, both out the front on the 'trampolines' and the shady area at the back by the cockpit where we enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Overall, for anyone out there considering a yacht charter, I would highly recommend,without hesitation, Dreaming On and Geoff and Iza - it will be one of the (if not THE) best vacations of your life! We certainly can't wait to get back on board next year.....
Visited April 2012
Thank you so much for taking us on the wonderful adventure of teh BVI - It has been the vacation of a lifetime ~ one we will cherish forever!! The delicious meals, the beautiful spots and all the fun watersports ~ not to mention the fabulous "PAINKILLERS" - all one big blur of enjoyment. The trip was everything we hoped for and more! It was lovely getting to know you both. We wish you well on the open seas!! Much love & gratitude, The Gibbs Family
Now Geoff titled the Captain maneuvered Dreaming On with such skill and technique like they were one. The Captain performed many of repairs and upgrades on the vessel. Upon boarding we thought we were on the maiden voyage of Dreaming On with its gleaming decks and the orderly fashion that items were stowed. It was almost like its christening had just happened the day before and the champagne still fresh on its bow. Dreaming On wore her years well and proved to be a worthy veteran. A tribute to the crews hard work and dedicated ownership of Dreaming On.
Another factor about Iza and Geoff is their worldly experiences that provided them great insight into their guests and their willingness to share their life experiences. Iza and Geoff are not a crew, but a well coordinated and oiled team and Dreaming On is the third member of the team.
THANK YOU! The Three Amigos.
Geoff and Iza were also very knowledgeable about the islands and did an outstanding job of tailoring the trip to what our family wanted to experience. Geoff was an excellent captain, was great with our boys and has a wealth of life experiences to share.
There were too many other things to mention here, but a few other efforts that stand out - the boat was kept extraordinarily clean, they went above and beyond to help us celebrate our son's 11th birthday, they put together a photo book for us after our trip (using a combination of our pictures and pictures they took), Geoff pulled our boys in an inner tube with their dingy and also taught us to kneeboard, and they kept lots of fun toys (paddle boards, kayaks, etc) on board for us to use.
Geoff and Iza also walked the line well between being friendly and conversational, but also making sure we had plenty of time together with just our family.
Thank you both so much for the vacation of a lifetime; your knowledge of the BVI, patience and the pleasure of your company made this a wonderful experience for our whole group. We look forward to a future adventure aboard Dreaming On.
Jon and Deana, April and Mark, Caroline and Dave
Also from Mark Burnett, who enjoyed the sailing!
Geoff and Iza
Awesome time! Thx so much for the sailing and nautical lessons. I absolutely had a blast learning some of the basics of sailing and operating the boat. Your patience and wealth of knowledge are great gifts you have.
Thank you very much, Mark
Dreaming On is a 47 foot catamaran with three cabins which mean't everyone had their own cabin and head making it very comfortable. The catamaran makes for a very stable ride, both underway and at anchor which reduces the chances of anyone being seasick if it does happen. The cockpit is very roomy and shaded which makes for wonderful meals outside as well as relaxing at anytime of day. The foredeck and trampoline between the hulls at the bow are also nice and roomy so laying out in the sun, or hanging from the hammock is very relaxing. We all liked sitting in the beanbag chairs on the trampoline while underway, a nice, relaxing breeze while watching the waves pass by. Did I mention toys? Dreaming On has two windsurfers, one that can become a paddle board, two kayaks, masks, snorkels, fins, noodles, etc. If they are missing anything, I can't think of it. The kids had a blast, they kayaked, snorkeled, went on the tube pulled by Geoff in the dinghy and windsurfed. We all had lots of relaxing time listening to music and reading, laying about.
Each day we visited a different area. Geoff and Iza know so much about the islands and their history and your itinerary is based on your wants, needs and the weather. I can't say enough good things about the entire trip.
The food onboard was excellent, fresh with great presentation and variety. We enjoyed every meal. Before your trip Geoff and Iza send you a questionnaire which covers everyone's preferences (food, drinks, allergies if any, etc.) and from there Iza develops a great menu. We enjoyed every meal and all were better than we found ashore.
I could go on but in summary, we all had an excellent time and the trip provided us with warm memories we will have with us forever. I would recommend Dreaming On and Geoff and Iza without hesitation to anyone and when we have the chance to return to the Caribbean we will take a charter with them again.
experience and Geoff and Iza are two of the main reasons for that. I
can't say enough about the hospitality they offered, their kindness,
the comfort, they are the ultimate in hosting this type of trip. To
say that they exceeded our expectations is an understatement.
The food was a 15 out of 10, every meal was better than the last.
Homemade bread every day!!!! Iza made sure that all of our requests
were met when it came to the menu. She was even considerate enough to
remember which one of us didn't like eggs and also made the portion
sizes perfect for each individual. The four of us all love to eat and
enjoy good food and her food was above and beyond. I have requested
all of her recipes but I don't think I will be able to replicate her
touch when it came to preparing our meals.
The boat was always clean and unfortunately Geoff and Iza spent quite
a bit of time picking up after us.... We found the boat to be the
perfect size for us, the best part was the front bow with the
trampolines. Laying out there when the sails were up and we were
crashing into the waves was an experience we will never forget. I
should also mention the hammock and being able to drink a mimosa while
laying out there in the morning sun was wonderful. The cabins were
clean and bathrooms were always clean. The outside dining table was
the only place we ate, the fact that it was shaded and out of the sun
was perfect and the seating was so comfortable. Oh, and I would be
re-missed if I didn't mention the table settings that she had. Please
see the attached pictures, one of which is our Halloween table. Like
I said, the thought, the time, the effort that was put into our
vacation is unmatched.
Geoff was a wonderful captain. Our itinerary was perfect and it
allowed us to see what we wanted, the only flaw was that we didn't
have more time to continue our journey. We can't wait to book our
next trip with Geoff and Iza and see some of the other islands we
weren't able to squeeze in this trip. I have traveled all over the
world and between the four of us on this trip we have covered most of
the world. This was by far the best vacation I have had. I have a
villa booked in St. John for a week in January and we are trying to
figure out a way to cancel and stay with Geoff and Iza instead. If we
can't cancel then we will be with them for at least two nights and go
to the full moon party.
I think this summarizes our experience and provides with the feedback
you are looking for. If you are looking for more detail please let me
know. Bottom line, Geoff and Iza are the best of the best! The trip
wouldn't have been half as wonderful if we had a different crew.
There hasn't been a day so far that we haven't said "I miss Geoff and
Geoff and Izaare the best hosts and were extremely flexible with us offering a number of options/plans for the week. They catered the itinerary and meals to our preferences. The meals were truly gourmet. My husband continues to comment how every day we felt as if we were in a 4-star restaurant being servedour meals in paradise.
The boat itself was also very spacious and allowed us plenty of room to spread out and relax. This was our first sailing trip and we were a bit nervous but we all found the accommodations to be extremely comfortable.
The boys had a blast going new places every day and they especially loved knee-boarding and tubing. Geoff was so patient with them and took them out a number of times over the course of the week.
This trip allowed us to be very close as a family and experience a different adventure every day. I could not imagine a better vacation with better hosts.
Thanks Geoff and Iza for allowing us to spend a week aboard Dreaming On. It truly was our best vacation ever.
Your hospitality was superb, with a balance of attention, while allowing us space to spend time as a family. Iza's cooking was everything the website suggested. Your sensitivity towards Fatima's sea legs helped make the trip a resounding success. She has been enthusing about the sailing since the day we returned home, so I have no doubt we will be back for another trip on Dreaming On.
We felt at home, because the food was excellent and refined.... Your breads... your apple crumble... your pancakes and French toast....
We discovered magic beaches, magic bays; sometimes we found ourselves in the middle of an aquarium.
Thanks to your special attentions for members of the family! We were in paradise in the real life.
You transmit to usduring those seven days your passion for the sea, for nature and for sailing.
We miss you already !!!!!
Thank you so much !!!
Geoff and Iza let us help with the boat and sailing, but didnt expect us to. We wanted to learn and offered to help and only then did they accept the assistance. We had fun learning some sailing and captaining of the boat.
The food was wonderful! Iza is very talented. She was organized and had fresh ingredients and a great blend and variety. We had various fish dishes, pork, steak and chicken! She even prepared to perfection some fish we caught. She was easy going and went with the flow. A few meals we elected to eat on the Island we were visiting. Geoff and Iza always wanted us to do what worked best for us! One of our kids wouldnt eat green food (vegetables); Iza always had something extra for him when we had our salad!
The sailing was awesome! We learned and we relaxed. Iza and Geoff had great snorkel and diving suggestions. We knee boarded and kayaked. They always were eager to assist us in any way; we wanted to see some NCAA tournament basketball games and they called to places to see where we could find a T.V. They were accommodating in ALL ways.
We, unequivocally, would highly recommend renting Dreaming On to couples and/or families.We had the vacation of a lifetime and would do this again in a second.
On our trip, we set sail and explored the many different islands in the BVI. We visited beautiful beaches and water caves, explored deserted islands, stopped at shops, restaurants, resorts and did much much more. Our group had people with various recreational requests ranging from total relaxation to total adventure - and Geoff and Iza made sure every-one's needs were taken care of. Our activities included slumbering in the hammock, trying various motor water sports including tubing and knee-boarding, snorkelling and exploring, all the while being well fed with gourmet meals and snacks, and also enjoying fine wine and discrete but delightful company at night.
From the chocolates presented on our beds each evening, to our favourite breads being made for us for a snack every morning, we felt taken care of in every way. Leaving the boat felt like we were leaving our comfortable home. Our trip ignited a taste for sailing that will live with our entire family - although we all agreed we're not sure how we could go on another sailing trip without Geoff and Iza.
Congratulations on finding these excellent hosts - have fun and wear sunscreen!
BELIZE CHARTER ITINERARY
There are multiple itinerary options for charters commencing from The Placencia Resort and Marina. We show two examples below.
One itinerary heads north to one of the channels through the barrier reef, to take us to Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef.
The second itinerary takes us in a circle through the inner deep water channels, amongst the cays with some anchorages just inside the barrier reef as well as some sailing along the barrier reef.
The Belize Barrier Reef and the many cays inside and atolls outside are famous for their fantastic diving opportunities.
All of Dreaming On’s itineraries include great diving opportunities, so, on request, we can arrange Rendezvous Diving with local, professional dive organizations for any divers on board. Diving with a local dive organization, whose Dive Masters dive these waters every day, ensures that our guests enjoy the best possible diving experience.
1 ‐ ATOLL ITINERARY
Day 1 ‐ Depart The Placencia sailing North up the inner channel to Blue Ground Range. Then work our way east through patch reefs to anchor for the night just inside the barrier reef at South Water Cay. Great snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities here as well as just north at Tobacco Cay and near Carrie Bow Cay. This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.
Day 2 – Through the South Water Cut and set sail to Turneffe Atoll. There is good snorkeling here and exploring the waterways throughout Turneffe with a dinghy or kayak is very interesting.
Day 3 – 6 We continue on to Lighthouse Reef and drop anchor on the west side of Long Cay. Arriving at Lighthouse Reef early in the week will allow us to spend up to 3 days at this amazing atoll. Take advantage of the fabulous rendezvous diving opportunities along the Lighthouse Wall. Advance divers can arrange to dive the Blue Hole. Another option is to take a shore excursion to Halfmoon Cay to see the Bird Sanctuary. The wall at Halfmoon Cay also offers beautiful diving.
Day 7 ‐ A downwind sail from Lighthouse to the barrier reef. Anchor just inside the reef at Tobacco Cay.
Day 8 – Our final morning will be a sail back to The Placencia Marina.
2 ‐ INNER BARRIER REEF AND CAYES ITINERARY
Day 1 – Depart The Placencia Marina on a reach to Rendezvous Island. Great place to snorkel and anchor for the first night.
Day 2 – Sail up the inner channel to Blue Ground Range. Then work our way east through patch reefs to anchor for the night just inside the barrier reef at South Water Cay. Great snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities here as well as just north at Tobacco Cay and near Carrie Bow Cay. This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.
Day 3 – Through the cut in the barrier reef for a down wind sail along the reef to Gladden Cut. Fish along the way for a chance to catch Mahi Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna. Anchor inside the reef at Gladden Cut.
Day 4 ‐ Sail to Ranguana Cay where there is more snorkeling and an opportunity for a rendezvous dive.
Day 5 – A sail north on the inside of the reef will bring us to the Queen Cays (also known as Silk Cays). There are restaurants on both Ranguana Cay and Hatchet Cay (near the Queen Cays)
Day 6 – A day exploring the local cays with some more snorkeling.
Day 7 – After a morning snorkel or rendezvous dive we can sail to Placencia Village where guests can go ashore and experience a bit of village life. Placencia’s famous “Main Road” is a 3 foot wide concrete path meandering through the sand, passing lots of little local shops and restaurants . A few minutes spent on this “Road” and you will probably meet everyone in Placencia!
Day 8 – Our final morning involves a short sail back to The Placencia Marina.
Virgin Islands sample itinerary
Our itineraries are customized to suit your preferences. There is so much variety in the Virgin Islands that there is something for everyone. So tell us what you would like to see and what you would like to do and we'll make it happen.
We'll pick you up either in Trellis Bay (near the BVI airport), or in Road Town, or Soper's Hole, in the West End if arriving by ferry from the USVI.
Day 1 - Over a welcoming drink and lunch, we'll discuss the planned route through the Virgin Islands. Relax, settle in, let the clear turquoise waters and clear blue skies remind you that you're on vacation!
After one of Iza's fantastic lunches, we sail across the Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island and snorkel The Caves.
Overnight in The Bight at Norman Island. Cocktail hour on board or happy hour at the infamous Willie T or Pirates Bight.
Complete the day with a fine gourmet dinner on board Dreaming On and your first night under the stars.
Day 2 - Awaken to the tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee and bread, the prelude to a great breakfast. After breakfast we sail out to The Indians for some great snorkeling.
On to Cooper Island for lunch, snorkel The Cistern and for the energetic, some exciting watersports. Anchor and explore Hallovers Bay.
Day 3 - Another day in paradise. An upwind sail to Spanish Town, the main town on Virgin Gorda. Lunch on board, then we recommend an afternoon land tour down to The Baths, then over the peak of Virgin Gorda with beautiful views along the way to Leverick Bay in North Sound. Dreaming On meanwhile, will move around to Leverick Bay to meet you.
Cocktails and dinner on board, or enjoy the choices of Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock or Biras Creek.
Day 4 - Awake to another glorious BVI day and a breakfast to die for. Sail out of North Sound, past Eustacia and Necker islands, heading north to Anegada, the most remote island in the BVI and home to the third largest coral reef in the world. Flat and low in contrast to the rest of the Virgin Islands, and home to flamingoes and the Anegada Rock Iguana. Lunch onboard on arrival, then we suggest a short taxi ride over to Loblolly Bay.
If your chosen itinerary includes Anegada, and you are into lobster dinners, then Anegada is definitely a lobster option.
Day 5 - From Anegada, we sail south again to The Dogs for some great snorkeling and lunch, then into the Marina Cay area off the north coast of Tortola, where we have the choices of Trellis Bay, Marina Cay and the great new Scrub Island Resort.
Many of our guests choose to make an overnight marina stop at Scrub Island to take a shore break and enjoy the facilities of the resort, including a great two level pool with water slide at the resort or a remote beach bar and pool on the northern side of the Scrub Island.
Day 6 - A morning sail between Beef Island, Great Caminoe, Little Caminoe and Tortola to Monkey Point, Guana Island. This is a great snorkeling location.
Move to Guana Island's beautiful White Bay for a beach visit and lunch. One of the best beaches in the BVI.
After lunch a gentle downwind sail along Tortola's north coast to Sandy Cay, Jost van Dyke. Enjoy a real picture postcard tropical island experience.
Anchor by Little Jost Van Dyke for dinner and overnight or move into Little Harbour to enjoy the superb lobster dinners and honour bar at Sidney's Peace and Love. We can also arrange for you to visit the famous Foxy's in Great Harbour from here.
Day 7 - If our guests are returning to Red Hook, then we start our day with a visit to Great Harbour, for BVI exit clearance and another opportunity to visit Foxy's. Then around to White Bay, Jost van Dyke, home of the famous Soggy Dollar. Swim ashore to sample the crystal clear azure water, fantastic beach, and a Soggy Dollar Painkiller.
Lunch back on board Dreaming On, then a gentle sail across to Francis Bay, St. John for snorkeling, watersports, followed by cocktails and dinner on board.
Day 8 - Around to Cruz Bay, the great little main town on St. John for US entry clearance and a walk around the town.
Back to Dreaming On and a gentle sail across to Red Hook.
And for guests who are not travelling back to the USVI on board Dreaming On, we'll plan a little extra time to enjoy the delights of the BVI.