San Pedro, located on the beautiful island of Belize, is known for the huge array of opportunities that its crystal-clear waters offer – from snorkeling, to beach BBQs, to scenic boat tours, and, of course, top-notch angling! Can’t decide which of these activities you want to opt for? Come aboard Ariel’s Charters, where you’ll have the chance to completely customize your trip and experience the very best that these waters have to offer!

Captain Maxi Valdez is a lifelong native fisherman, born and raised in Amberis Caye. He decided to turn his passion for angling into a charter business in 2009. He specializes in running first-class fishing trips completely suited to your wishes – whether that means spending a full day fishing for Tarpon, Snook, and Permit, heading offshore to battle big game such as Mahi Mahi and Sailfish, or mixing up your angling action with a spot of snorkeling or a tasty BBQ!

You’ll be heading out on your personalized adventure on board a 24’ center console, custom-built to explore these crystal-clear waters! She can accommodate up to 6 guests, so you’ll be able to bring the whole family along, or round up your best angling buddies for the fishing competition you’ve always dreamed of. Your captain will make sure she’s fully-stocked with plenty of refreshments, including beer, soda, chips, and pineapple.

Your adventure is customizable, so you’ll get to decide what your trip looks like. Want to head offshore? You’ll use a variety of techniques to battle Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and more, and will be provided with spinning rods and reels. Take part in some snorkeling action or a BBQ, and head up to a mile offshore to reel in Skipjack Tuna. Want to try something completely different? You can even spearfish on request!

Capt. Maxi will sort out your fishing license – all you need to do is choose your adventure, and come aboard Bad Donkey Fishing charters for the trip of a lifetime!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day – Catch, Clean And Cook
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
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    This 8-hour adventure provides you with plenty of opportunities when it comes to the beautiful waters of Belize! Want to combine your angling with a snorkeling trip to Caye Caulker? Or maybe a beach BBQ trip, with some angling action that'll see you heading 10 miles offshore to battle Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and more? It's up to you – let Capt. Maxi know what you want to do! Rods and reels included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Reef Fishing (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
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    Spend your morning exploring the beautiful waters of San Pedro from above and below! You'll have the opportunity to fish for world-famous species such as Skipjack Tuna, King Mackerel, and Permit, Barracuda, and more, and you'll also have the chance to indulge in a spot of snorkeling. This adventure is the perfect introduction to beautiful Belize, and is suitable for anglers of all ages. You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license. Snorkeling gear is a small additional cost.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Reef Fishing (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
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    If you're a brand-new angler, or want to introduce your kids to the beautiful waters of Belize, then join your captain on this afternoon adventure! You'll travel no more than a mile offshore to target Skipjack Tuna, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Tarpon, and plenty more. Your captain will show you the best techniques to use, as well as providing you with top-notch rods, reels, and tackle. Want to snorkel, too? Just let Capt. Maxi know! If you're a fly fisherman, feel free to bring your own gear along.
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About the Captain

Maxi Valdez
San Pedro, Belize
1 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2018
"Born and raised on Ambergris Caye – fishing is in my blood!" Capt. Maxi is a true local fisherman. He grew up in Belize and, more than that, he grew up around fishing boats! It's only natural that he became an avid angler, and he decided to turn this passion for fishing into a career in 2010, when he became a charter captain. He loves being out on the open water, helping guests reel in the catch of their dreams, and introducing them to the stunning nature and scenery of this island.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom built (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine.

24 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in San Pedro to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

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Reef and flats fishing with Capt. Maxi (Ariel) Valdez

VERIFIED   Full Day – Catch, Clean And Cook on June 27, 2019
Had a great full day and half day fishing with Ariel and Lu.  Very accommodating and professional crew and pleasantly talkative...
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