Slickrock shuttle boat – Batfish!

When you own an island 35 miles offshore in the middle of the Caribbean and you take guests out and back each week, it is a good thing to own your own boat. Many island resorts in Belize do not own a boat but rather use charters or rentals. By owning our own boat, we make certain it is maintained properly and therefore we minimize potential problems with transport to the island.

Another thing that sets us apart from other resorts in the region: our boat leaves directly from Belize City. All other boats that service Glover’s Reef where our island is located depart from the Dangriga area, which requires their clients to book an additional flight from Belize City to Dangriga, or submit to a long, unwanted drive from Belize City to the boat dock.

Batfish, Slickrock’s 41′ power boat, runs the 130-mile round trip to and from our island each Saturday and Wednesday. Powered by three 200 hp engines, and fully covered for our guests’ protection when crossing the open sea section of the run, Batfish makes the shuttle comfortable in all weather conditions. You arrive in Belize City and are on the island less than 24 hours later!

One cannot over-emphasize the importance of this aspect of our operation. Our captains are among the best in Belize. Bathrooms are available on board.

Check out this short 1 min video of the trip back from the island:


3 thoughts on “Slickrock shuttle boat – Batfish!

  • October 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Hi there,

    Does the Batfish leave Belize City on Saturday’s at a specific time? If so, what time?
    Same with the return… what time does Batfish leave the island and what time does it arrive in Belize City?

    I couldn’t find answers to this question on your web site.

    Thanks for your time in reviewing and responding.

    • January 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Lorrie, I am so sorry for the delay in responding. I thought I had comments blocked (due to so much spam) so I don’t check comments on the site. In the future send us an email to and we generally answer the same day. But anyway, the exact time our boat leaves is up to the staff on site. There are many things that influence the departure time. It’s usually around 8 or 9, but if there is an impending weather event, we might leave at 6. This is why all of our guests have to stay with us the night before at the Biltmore (included in the trip cost). We need them right there so we can go when we need to. At the other end of the trip, we generally get back to Belize City about 4 pm, but again, there are many factors that can speed up or delay this time, we don’t publish a specific time because it’s impossible to keep to it. All guests stay again at the Biltmore that night, so it doesn’t matter what time you get back. Thanks! Lucy

    • October 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Lorrie, I am sorry it took so long to answer you. I thought we had comments turned off because of all of the spam. Batfish leaves on early Saturday morning but it varies each week, depending on all sorts of things: weather, if we have to do last minute shopping, etc. That is why guests come the night before and stay with us in Belize City, then everyone is right there and we go when we need to. On the other end of the trip it also varies, there are many variables that affect our departure. We usually leave the island around 12:30 pm and arrive around 4:00 pm. If you have other questions, please email us and you will get a prompt reply! Thanks, Lucy

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