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Belize - Paradise Islands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Belize  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Snorkeling  
Season: November - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1589 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1589 US Dollar (USD)

The Barrier Reef, which runs the full length of the Belizean coastline, is considered one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth. The 185 mile long reef runs from 10 to 25 miles offshore, and is the longest continuous reef in Caribbean; the second longest in the world. Along the Barrier Reef are over 225 cayes, ranging from small sand-fringed islands perched along the reef's edge, to larger islands of partially submerged mangroves. Historically, ships avoided this area of the Caribbean because of inaccurate charts and the difficulty of navigating the shallow reef-strewn waters.

Teeming with brilliantly-colored fish, sea grass beds, and patch reefs, the reef systems have not seen nearly the level of human impact as witnessed in Mexico to the north and Honduras to the south. We travel in the less-developed southern regions of Belize's Barrier Reef which remains a near-pristine marine ecosystem and is unparalleled in the Caribbean. It is in this region that we find the best sea kayaking and snorkeling. Our base of operation, in the southern coastal community of Dangriga, is the ideal launching point for us to explore this spectacular region.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at the Belize International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center, adjacent to the Belize Zoo. After settling into our forest cabanas we have a chance to meet our fellow travelers over dinner. At the Tropical Education Center, we have a chance to explore the surrounding savannah forest through their network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms. There is also an interpretative center, which details the diverse ecology of Belize, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure ahead. This day is your day to arrive before the trip starts, meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Transfers from the airport, dinner and lodging are included.
Accommodations: (Lodge). Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Waking up to the sounds of the tropics is a pure delight with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead, the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms and the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day ahead. After breakfast we travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to meet up with our motor charter waiting to take us to our first island on the southern Barrier Reef. We’ll introduce you to safety in a tropical marine environment and then begin with teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, including safety, group and self rescues and touring techniques.

Enjoy a swim, explore the island shoreline and then after a tasty Belizean lunch we begin our journey paddling over top submerged coral reefs, turtle grass beds and through narrow mangrove channels to reach our first nights accommodations. We’ll land our kayaks right in front of our lodge settle into our accommodations and then enjoy drinks and dinner. Accommodations: (Lodge). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Situated right on the barrier reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve we are ideally positioned to explore the surrounding reefs and cayes. Start with a steaming mug of coffee and fresh tropical fruits then enjoy an early morning swim or paddle before breakfast Our focus for the morning will include snorkelling at (our first snorkelling session begins with a thorough instruction and demonstration and beginner through to advanced skills are taught) at the Tobacco Caye cut and the outer reef walls. In the afternoon we’ll paddle to nearby cayes to explore the sheltered lagoons and mangrove channels returning in the evening to Tobacco Caye. Accommodations: (Lodge). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Looking south with our gaze following the line of breaking waves along the barrier reef crest we can see the next island we ‘ll be travelling to today– Southwater Caye. After packing our kayaks with our personal gear bag, wishing fond farewells to our hosts we’ll start our day on the water with an introduction to kayak sailing. From here we’ll paddle and sail our kayaks along one of the most beautiful sections of the entire reef system. The waters are shallow and clear, and we’ll see a tremendous variety of marine life including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks and more.

As we make our way to Southwater Caye with it’s coconut palms swaying in the wind, this is a day you’ll wish could go on forever. We’ll land our kayaks on the beach check into our accommodations, enjoy an ice cold drink and explore the island before dinner, then maybe try a little bone fishing action on a fly rod, or even a nighttimes snorkel session on Southwater cut. Accommodations: (Lodge). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: We have plenty of time to kayak snorkel, fish and enjoy the scenery and marine life of Belize. We explore different regions of the reef including the inner and outer walls, patch and fringing reefs, mangrove ranges and protected lagoons. For divers we can arrange dives as requested and for those who’d like to try out diving we can arrange discover Scuba courses with prior notice. As we explore by kayak, our routes often cross those of the fishermen who make their living from the sea and with this inter-action we gain good company and an insight into a way of life that is very different from our own. Accommodations: (Lodge) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: This morning, we turn west towards the inner islands of the Belize Barrier Reef system. Weaving north west through the Twin Cayes and the inner channel, with a lunch stop enroute, we make our way to the Coco Plum Range where we stay at lovely new lodge on the sandy shores of Coco Plum Cay. Here, with a backdrop of the sun setting over the sea and the Maya Mountains on the mainland we celebrate our final night together with a seafood feast and island festivities. Accommodations: (Lodge). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: After an early breakfast our water taxi carries us back to the mainland and the town of Dangriga where the trip finishes. Any extra luggage that you have stored at our operations base, will be made available to you to repack and taxis can be arranged to your connecting flight to the Belize International Airport, or local bus stations to continue exploring Belize. Meals: Breakfast

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: Canada
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Since 1987 Island Expeditions has pioneered Belize sea kayak and snorkel trips that have set the standard for others to follow. Who would have thought that when we first began our sea kayak and snorkel trips at little-known Glover's Reef Atoll that a decade later it would become both a treasured National Park and...

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