Tucked into a forgotten corner of the Caribbean, Belize and Honduras lie in a region replete with unspoiled reefs, verdant rainforests, and idyllic tropical islands. The barrier reef and atolls offshore are the crowning jewel of this area's many natural wonders, and have become world famous as the Caribbean's finest diving and fishing destinations. The mainland features an astounding array of natural treasures, including spectacular Mayan ruins, hidden jungle gorges, mountains, caves, and wildlife preserves.
M06696 offers adventure vacations in Belize and Honduras. Eight packages include a 9-day multi-sport adventure (caving, whitewater river running, underground river running, hiking to Mayan ruins, mountain biking, sea kayaking, windsurfing, surf kayaking, and snorkeling) in Belize; 6 and 10-day sea kayaking, wind surfing, scuba diving, kayak surfing and snorkeling tours on our private island on Glovers Reef (Belize), a 4-day, 2 river trip in Belize, a 5-day 4 river trip in Belize, an 8-day summer "special" combining sea kayaking and scuba diving in Belize and an 8-day sea kayaking trip to the Bay Islands of Honduras. We also offer shorter inland Belize trips (river running, and visiting Mayan ruins). Our trips run from early December through August.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Cully Erdman created M06696 in 1977, then a small kayak school on the Colorado River. In the early 1980s he expanded to Central America (Belize) after exploring the region while assisting with adventure television shows. In 1986, Lucy Wallingford joined on as a partner, and together they developed the six Belize itineraries that they offer today.
2. What is your company's mission?
We teach you to sea kayak, surf, surf kayak, fish from a kayak, paddleboard, windsurf, kitesurf, snorkel, dive, whitewater kayak, raft, and cave to experience the best of the rainforest and island ecosystems in Belize.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We own an island in Belize. We specialize in water sports based out of the island: sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, paddleboarding, and board surfing (not to mention hammock surfing!).
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Cully Erdman, as founder of our company, Cully has extensive experience leading kayak trips with an emphasis on instruction and participation. An avid adventurer, he has led numerous expeditions and has been featured in shows on ABC, ESPN, TBS and Discovery. With 40 years of guiding experience, and 27 years offering Belize guided tours, he has extensive knowledge to share. Cully was named one of the "Top 100 Paddlers of the Century" by Paddler magazine in their year-end 2000 issue.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Adventure Island at Glover's Reef: We have the best island not only in Belize, but this kind of program cannot be found anywhere in the Caribbean. Guests love that everything is included, including instruction using professional quality sport equipment.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
One of our guests once wrote: "My trip with Slickrock was more fun than my first week in college!"