Glovers Reef & Caves

Belize Coast Belize: (ZZ-BESK07)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_kayaking_belize_glovers_reef_caves.aspx

Introduction
Belize Coast Belize
This trip combines five days at our island Basecamp within spectacular Glover's Reef Atoll (a United Nations' World Heritage Site) with a day of inland discovery. Explore the limestone formations and large number of Mayan artifacts in Che Chem Ha Cave system and then onto the Ancient Mayan site of Xuantunich. and an evening exploring the vibrant town of San Ignacio. Then travel 36 miles offshore to one of Belize's premier kayaking and snorkeling destinations.  Explore this awesome marine environment with our amazing local guides and renowned camp chefs. Come and experience Glover's Reef with the experts! 

Glover’s Reef is part of the world famous Belize Barrier Reef, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles off the shore of mainland Belize.  Perfect for active families and couples of mixed abilities, this adventure Basecamp offers flexibility and choices in daily guided activities, so traveling companions can do things together or separately.
•Stay at a unique, Adventure Basecamp on Southwest Caye, a remote 13 acre island. Sleep in comfortable tent-walled cabanas and dine on fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local fare
•Kayak or SUP around this pristine group of tropical islands set within a turquoise lagoon
•Snorkel some of Glover’s 700 patch reefs in its thriving coral reef system
•Fly fish for bonefish or tarpon on the saltwater flats and adjoining deep waters
•Venture inland for a Mayan ruin and cave exploration through lush rainforest

Accomodation


Accommodations
You will be spending 3 nights at Bocawina Rainforest Lodge and 4 nights at our base camp. Triple occupancy is possible based on availability (please inquire).

Night 1 to 3: Bocawina Rainforest Lodge
This boutique lodge in the midst of a 7000 acre National Park offers guests a quintessential tropical rainforest experience. Over 150 species of birds, howler monkey, wild peccary, jaguars and ocelots have been recorded in close proximity to the lodge.
The rooms are simple but comfortable and they all feature private facilities and Wi-Fi access. Note that there is no AC at the resort but all rooms are equipped with fans.
Enjoy the beautiful topical landscaping and dine in style at the acclaimed restaurant.


Night 4 to 7: Southwest Caye Basecamp
At Southwest Caye, we are "base camping", sleeping in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents are have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds. On the island, we have a fully equipped kitchen, fresh-water collection system for drinking water, access to fresh-water showers and modern composting toilets. We also have a large dining area, resource library lounge.

Our toilet is a modern composting system. These areas are washed and cleaned daily by your guides. This method is approved by the Coastal Zone Management Unit of Belize and is in keeping with the tenets of minimal impact camping. The showers are located in the center of camp and are fed with rainwater. Wash basins are located near the toilet and shower. The rainwater is collected in cisterns, so there is no guarantee that the showers will be warm.  A small mirror is helpful for contact lenses, shaving, etc.

For those who choose to bathe in the ocean, using salt-water soap is also a very effective way to clean and there is no waiting for the shower.

We have potable water stations in plenty of areas for access. Guests will need to bring along their own water bottle for filling up. 

There is a generator that is run a few hours each night for guests to charge batteries.



Meals
On sea kayaking adventures, both Belizean and international cuisine is prepared by your guides and our cooks. Many of our main courses such as lobster (in season), conch and many varieties of fish are gathered fresh from the sea each day. On lodge-based tours, we enjoy picnic lunches while in the field and specially prepared meals at lodges and local restaurants. Meals, while camping in the rainforest, are ample and nutritious but are usually more simple fare than our basecamp and lodge based sea kayak and snorkel trips due to size and weight limitations of what we can carry with us on the river.

Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We have experience with vegetarian, allergy specific and gluten-free diets. We pride ourselves on serving wholesome, fresh ingredients,  however if you have specific dietary requirements we will make sure to discuss with you before your trip.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Trip Preparation
It is good to begin exercises a minimum of two weeks before your scheduled departure.  To facilitate paddling, the following is a list of exercises for wrist, arm, and upper body strength.
•Sit-ups: 5 to 20 per session - 1-3 times daily
•Push-ups: (min. of 10 per session - 1-3 times per day)
•Wrist-curls: 2-3 per session - 1-3 times per day.  To perform: take a 2 ft. long rounded baton (a stick, dowel or cut-off broom handle will do), attach a length of sturdy rope (measuring 2-3 ft.) in the middle of the baton, to this tie a light weight bag filled with sand or a rock (approx. 2lbs) to the end of the rope.  Grasp baton with both hands on either side of rope, straight out from your body, and wind the weight up and down, turning the baton alternately in one hand and the other, until the rope is wound around the baton and then unwound
•To improve your snorkeling ability, some time at a swimming pool is encouraged.  Practice swimming, not only lengths, but also legs-only.  Furthermore, it is important to try out your snorkeling equipment in the pool to ensure comfort if you have not used the equipment before.

Sea Kayaking in the Tropics
A typical day will include paddling and sailing from one island to another or to patch reefs within the atoll.  Whenever possible we take advantage of the northeasterly trade winds to fill our sails as we travel.  The protection of the reef wall and shallow inshore waters provides one of the best places in the world for sea kayaking.
Our main concerns while on the water are protection from sun (both above and reflected off the water), dehydration, and the effects of salt.  Protection from the sun and dehydration are easily managed by wearing a wide brimmed hat, using a good waterproof sunscreen (SPF 15-35), and wearing light-colored clothing and, of course, drinking plenty of fluids.
As for salt, the high salinity of the Caribbean Sea can dry your skin and cause blisters on hands (paddling) and feet (snorkeling).  Skin lotion or moisturizer for your skin, gloves to protect your hands (cotton garden gloves or cycle gloves work very well), and socks for your feet while snorkeling are recommended.

The Company
Transformational travel might be the latest buzzword, but we’ve been practitioners, and believers, that experiential travel changes lives, since establishing Island Expeditions in 1987.
We introduced the modern sea kayak to Belize in 1987, and 20 years later, brought the first stand-up paddleboards to the country’s seldom explored coral reefs and tropical cayes.
For the first 15 years of our operation, we worked intimately with the local community, to build lasting relationships. We recruited dive fisherman and bush hunters, with no background in tourism, to work as our guides.
It’s a pleasure to continue to collaborate closely with the local community, and employ the next generation of guides -- skilled instructors, fully qualified Swift Water Rescue technicians, Belizeans who are adept at bridging the world they grew up in - cooking over open fires and sleeping in hammocks with their siblings - with your world and expectations of comfort and leisure.
Named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, our trips have been acclaimed by Outside Magazine and the Globe and Mail. And just as importantly, 30,000 guests, and counting. Be part of a 30 year tradition of seeking out timeless and unspoiled places. Let Belize and Island Expeditions rekindle your wonder and coax your inner adventurer into the wild.

Your Leaders
Our leaders, far and away the most experienced in Belize, are consummate professionals taking great pride and personal pleasure in sharing and creating memorable travel experiences for you. With backgrounds as naturalists and teachers, photographers, fishermen and explorers, they provide invaluable insights into the areas and cultures we travel.
All wilderness trips are led by the most experience leaders in the business. This ensures that you are venturing into the wilds of Belize with Belizean guides, who have a wealth of experience and skills relating to the environments, languages and customs of their native land, along with North American leaders who accompany the group, and are trained to North American standards in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue and Kayaking Instruction. Perhaps most important, IE guides' consideration for your safety, and their enthusiasm, good nature and dedication help to set the tone for each trip... where learning and exceptional adventures go hand in hand.

Itinerary



Sample Itinerary -
subject to changes

Please note all itineraries are subject to change depending on weather or safety considerations. Flexibility as our guest and as an international traveler is the key to an awesome experience.

Day 1: Arrival
Upon arriving at the International Airport, connect for a scenic 20 minute flight to the coastal town of Dangriga and then by road to Bocawina Rainforest Lodge, the only lodge situated within a 7000 acre National Park. Tonight, we dine in the rainforest at the acclaimed Wild Fig restaurant.
Accommodations: Bocawina Rainforest Lodge
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 & 3: Maya Mountains
The rainforests of the Maya Mountains are a stunning backdrop for two days of incomparable adventure.
Stepping out your front door you have a kaleidoscope of adventures awaiting within what feels like our private 7000 acre National Park. We’ll hike to the top of Antelope Falls and take in majestic views of pristine rainforest stretching to the Caribbean Sea, zipline through the jungle canopy, rappel down a waterfall, visit a Spice Farm, or venture out on the jungle trails with our resident naturalists. Each night, we return to Bocawina for sunset, happy hour and a delicious dinner.
Accommodations: Bocawina Rainforest Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 4 to 7: Kayaking
Bid farewell to the rainforest and welcome the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Our motorboat charter takes us 36 miles offshore to the sun-drenched cayes of Glovers Reef Atoll.
We settle into our tent cabanas, then after lunch, guides provide professional instruction - teaching sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in tropical seas before heading out on the water. Each day is packed with activity choices. You can expect to be pampered by our staff with delicious food and perfect days of sun, turquoise clear waters, coral reefs and a full range of adventure sports to choose from each day.
Accommodations: Glover's Reef Basecamp.
Meals includedBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner 


Day 8: Departure
Our boat charter departs mid morning to take you back to the mainland. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, where our logistics and support staff will coordinate your land or air connections. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Packed lunch

Note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 8, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00 pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required.
This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport. Our office can confirm pricing and book your domestic flight. For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize we offer a Flight & Hotel Package.


Rates and Dates for Glovers Reef & Caves

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals, Activities as mentionned in the program & Pick-up from Belize International Airport

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20228 day trip$2100

Tax 1: 210 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 210 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2022 Pick-up from Belize International Airport included $0
2022 Single supplement $450

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 11/27 - 12/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip 6 /22 Reserve
A 2022 12/04 - 12/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip 6 /22 Reserve
A 2022 12/11 - 12/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip 6 /22 Reserve
A 2022 12/18 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip 6 /22 Reserve
A 2022 12/25 - 01/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip 6 /22 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Dinner on day 2 and 3, Drop off to Belize International Airport, Fishing licenses, Scuba diving, Departure tax, Gratuities & Extra costs due to late arrivals, lost baggage, and other circumstances beyond our control

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Glovers Reef & River of Caves (ZZ-BESK07):

Belize is among the safest destinations for international travel due to the swift and responsible measures enacted by the Belizean government. You can book with confidence knowing that our tours are officially part of Belize's Safe Corridor. Also our staff in Belize are 100% vaccinated.

Our safety and health protocols include:

  • Operations Base disinfected daily
  • High touch areas disinfected regularly
  • Kayak and snorkel equipment cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles disinfected before each use
  • Guests and employees must use hand sanitizer when entering vehicles or transport boats

In the event of a guest showing any Covid-19 symptoms, we will implement our Covid-19 Response Plan in cooperation with Belize Health Authorities. If the Ministry of Health Authorities require you to quarantine, the costs associated with quarantine will need to be paid by the traveler and recoverable through the required Belize travel insurance.

If it becomes unsafe or not possible for us to operate the trip because of Covid regulations, border closures or travel bans, we will reschedule your trip for another date when it is once again safe and practical to travel. You will retain a travel credit with us equal to the monies paid for trip services provided by us. Hotels, flights, meals or other services arranged through our office but not provided by us may be subject to cancellation fees that are beyond our control.



For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Dangriga
Airport: Belize International Airport (BZE)
Transfer: Belize International Airport (BZE)

Climate:
                                                Belize City area 

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Average High Temperature (°F)

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Average Low Temperature (°F)

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28

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28

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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11

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The climate of Belize is sub-tropical. Temperatures range from 20 to 40 degrees Celsius (70 - 105 F) with high humidity during the day, dropping at night to 20 to 27 C (70 to 80 F).

Dry season (November to May)
From November to May conditions are usually clear, sunny, and warm. However, November and December are generally cooler and moister. Although this is known locally as the dry season, there can be an infrequent "Northerly" which blows down from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing along with it cooler temperatures and some rain - these systems rarely last more than a few days. For those traveling at the beginning of the dry season (Nov & Dec), make sure you bring a rain-jacket, hat, and some warmer clothing.

Rainy season (June to October)
June through October can also be a great time to travel. It is considered a shoulder season but this is because most people tend to enjoy spring and summer in their home region and travel to hotter destinations during the winter months. At this time of year we begin to see a shift in the trade winds to a more consistent South Westerly, and with it comes an increase in squalls that can also bring rain. Rains are usually intermittent and can last up to a few hours at a time.
Inland conditions can change quickly with afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rainfall common in some parts of the country.
Our traveling philosophy is "All Weather is Good Weather" since we can't do anything to change it! Trip schedules may need to be adjusted to compensate for inclement weather.


Special note - Insects
Yes, they do exist! Weather, wind conditions, and proximity to the previous rainy season affect the concentrations of biting insects found on both the cayes and the mainland.
The most effective form of precautions are clothing to cover up and a good deet-based repellent. For insect repellent you should look for something with 20%+ deet content for optimal protection. Deep Woods or Ben’s Insect Repellent are good options. The more natural citronella repellents are not as effective. Coconut oil can also be applied to the feet and ankles for protection against sand-flies. Lightweight long pants, socks, and a light long sleeve shirt will help when in camp if the bugs are out. Quick-dry fabrics work very well in these instances. If you are extremely susceptible to bugs you should consider a bug-shirt and/or pants which are available at outdoor stores. This clothing is designed to allow maximum ventilation while protecting against bugs.
At some inland locations the insects will have more of an impact so be sure to come prepared with all the above precautions.
Bot Flies & Other Parasitic Insects - yes, these do exist as well. If you notice anything unusual upon your return from Belize, please contact our office.

What To Bring:
When traveling to Belize it is best to travel with one larger check-in bag and one carry-on bag.  We recommend a medium duffle bag and a medium day pack as a carry-on.  These bags are easy to move around, can be toted easily, fit in boats, small planes, and van/bus roof racks.  Backpacks can work too; do try to avoid large suitcases.  While on tour with Island Expeditions, our staff will instruct you on how to prepare for travel between locations and we will provide storage for extra bags in our Dangriga office when necessary.  Most airlines have reduced the weight maximums for each bag to 50 pounds.  Be sure to check with your airline for weight restrictions and carry-on allowances.  When packing your carry-on try to include what you would need to be comfortable in Belize your first few days in case your checked baggage is misrouted by the airline.

It is recommended you have one small waterproof bag for your documents, camera, etc., that you can carry in the cockpit of your kayak and have handy on motorboat trips.  It is especially important that electronic equipment such as digital cameras, video cameras, etc. is fully waterproofed, especially on the boat ride to and from the atoll.  For the motor charter to Glover’s Reef we recommend you pack your clothing in garbage bags INSIDE your duffle bag/packsack/suitcase since the boat ride out to Glover’s can be wet.  Our luggage is stored in a water resistant area in the boat but it is not 100% waterproof and thus we recommend this extra waterproofing precaution for your luggage.

NO NEED TO CARRY ALL YOUR LUGGAGE OUT TO GLOVER’S: Please leave at our Operations Base in Dangriga one bag with a change of clothes and other items you will not need with you while at Glover’s Reef.  As we load from our vehicle on to the boat on Tuesday morning you can leave your stay-behind bag with your guide and it will be stored in a locked storage area.  Once you come off the reef this bag will be waiting for you.  Ensure your name is clearly marked on your bag and that you do not leave any passports, money, electronics, or other valuables in your bag.  These items should travel with you to take care of.  PLEASE NOTE: We cannot be deemed responsible for people’s personal property while traveling.  There are a variety of luggage and personal property insurance policies available to purchase.

Personal Packing List
•Passport
•Photocopy of passport
•Air tickets
•Favorite snacks for between meals
•Personal spending and emergency funds
•1 extra set of clothes for flight home
•1 pair light running shoes for around camp
•1 pair watersport sandals or water shoes (Teva’s or Keens are a good choice)
•1 or 2 pair lightweight quick-dry long pants
•Underwear
•2-3 pairs of socks
•2 pair quick-dry nylon shorts and/or loose skirt or sarong
•1 bathing suit
•3 t-shirts - looking for a great t-shirt to wear on your trip?  Be sure to check out our brand new collection of Island Expeditions’ Tees, which can be viewed and purchased online.
•2 long sleeved shirts preferably with a collar (for protection from the sun & bugs).  Silk shirts work well and dry quickly
•1 fleece jacket or wool sweater (this will keep you warm even when wet)
•1 good quality rain jacket
•1 wide brimmed sunhat (to keep the sun off your face and neck)
•Sunglasses with band (Chums, Croakies, etc.)
•1 bandana (handy for sun protection)
•Spare set of eyeglasses (even if you wear contact lenses) and contact lens solution
•1 headlamp and spare batteries
•Mask, fins, snorkel *IMPORTANT*.  Please click here for more information on snorkel gear
•Shortie wet suit, especially for kids (not essential but water temperatures in Dec. and Jan. can be cooler)
•Capilene or polypropylene, or silk long underwear (great for snorkeling)
•1 liter water bottle
•1 TOWEL (either a small camp towel or thin beach towel)
•Personal toiletries
•Personal medication and prescriptions
•Small personal First Aid Kit: i.e. Band-Aids, aspirin/Tylenol, scissors, tweezers, safety pins
•Sunscreen - Please click here for more information on biodegradable reef-friendly sunblock & soap.  We do highly recommend the use of environmental products if you are certain the product does work for you
•Biodegradable soap - Please click here for more information on biodegradable products
•Vaseline, Aloe Vera lotion, or skin care cream
•Caladryl/After Bite/Benadryl Cream or lotion to ease itching from bug bites
•Insect repellent (20 - 100% Deet)
•2 to 3 garbage bags - serves as extra waterproofing protection and keeps wet gear separate
•Earplugs if you are a light sleeper or sensitive to wave noise and animal/bird sounds

Optional Packing List
•Camera equipment - waterproof or waterproof throw-away camera
•Binoculars
•Bug jacket
•Skin-So-Soft Avon used as repellent
•Handy Wipe moist tissues for hands and face and/or waterless bacterial cleanser
•Toilet paper for emergency travels
•Lighter
•Good reading book, log book, and pen
•Wine or favorite liquor
•Small day-pack (can be handy on any of our trips)
•Mesh bag for carrying snorkel gear
•Fishing rod and tackle
•Art supplies, sketching tools, or water colors
•1 pair light cotton gloves/bike gloves (for protection from the sun/blisters when paddling)
•Aquasocks
•Foot powder
•Waterproof watch