Departures 2016: Dec 19
Departures 2017: Jan 28, Feb 4, Mar 11, Apr 1
Duration: 5 Days / 6 Nights
Begin From: Dangriga
End In: Dangriga
Group Size: 6-13
Guides: The Adventure
||The Adventure…The Coral Islands SUP journeys by Stand Up Paddleboard between local island lodges in the Southern Barrier Reef. This is the only lodge to lodge SUP and snorkel trip in Belize!
Your personal items and luggage will be transported by boat to the next lodge while you paddle board there.
Optional Scuba Diving (at extra cost)
Photography & Birding
Natural History Interpretation
1 Night Forest Bungalow
5 Nights Rustic Island Lodges
|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 (300 km) long reef runs from 10 to 25 miles offshore, is the longest continuous reef in the Caribbean, and the second longest in the world. Along the Barrier Reef are over 225 cays, 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 that 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.
A Note About the Ecology…The Flora
|The ecology of the Belizean coast is a complex combination of coral reefs, sand flats with extensive turtle grass and mangrove ranges. The Barrier Reef shelters the Belizean coastline from the rougher open waters of the Caribbean sea.
It acts as a huge breakwater, holding in the sand, resulting in the beautiful islands forested with coconut palms, sea grape and coco plum, and in the remarkable protected reef structures.The ‘breakwater’ action also enables the diverse ecosystems of the mangrove and turtle grass to flourish.
These tangled partially submerged “forests” provide essential feeding and nursing habitat for hundreds of species of fish, shellfish, reptiles, marine mammals, and birds.
While traveling along the Barrier Reef, paddling from cay to cay among the many “patch” reefs, we will have the opportunity to view a diverse range of sea-life and tropical birds, such as: bonefish,angel and parrot fish, stingrays, conger, moray eels, goatfish, just to name a few.
Over our heads, we may see various birds including osprey (the billy hawk), sea gulls, brown-footed and white-footed boobies, frigate birds, hawks, mangrove warblers, and white crowned pigeons.
|Throughout the reef and along the coast are nesting sites for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.
If we’re lucky, we may see them while out snorkeling.We will definitely have a chance to see and sample the main staple for Belizean fishermen-the spiny lobster (in season) and the queen conch.
Typical Daily Itinerary:
|Day O: You arrive at the Belize International Airport where our representative will meet you and welcome you to the country. You will be taken to the Tropical Education Center, which is adjacent to the Belize Zoo. The accommodations are Forest Cabanas situated in the midst of idyllic tropical pine forest. There are a network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms at your doorstep. The Tropical Education Center has an Interpretive Center where you can explore the diverse ecology of Belize, and is the ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits you.
After checking into your accommodations, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a ‘Welcome to Belize’ dinner with your fellow travelers. As the evening unfolds, you can participate in a specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo.
The zoo tour is optional by donation, and is a great introduction to the jaguars, ocelots, tapirs and other animals native to Belize.‘Day 0’ is the day to meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.
Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included.
Accommodations: (Forest Cabana) Meals: Dinner is included on this night
|Day 1: 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 adds to the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day.After breakfast you will travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to your motorboat charter.
You’ll travel by boat to Tobacco Caye, your first island on the Southern Barrier Reef and home for the next two nights.
Once you have settled into your accommodations, our certified staff will offer an introduction to tropical marine safety, and you will be led through the first snorkeling session.
Thorough instruction and demonstration are provided, and beginner to advanced snorkeling skills are reviewed.
These lessons take place at the Tobacco Caye cut and outer reef walls.
|Following a tasty Belizean lunch, our staff will teach you the fundamental skills of paddleboarding or help you fine tune your existing skills.
Safety, efficient forward stroke development and touring techniques are typically covered.
Once you’ve been shown the skills needed to use the equipment confidently, you’ll have the opportunity to practice and play in the calm turquoise waters near Tobacco Caye.
Accommodations: (Tobacco Caye Island Lodge) Meals: B, L, D
|Day 2: Situated on the Barrier Reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, our lodge is ideally positioned to explore the surrounding reefs and cayes.
Starting with a steaming mug of coffee and fresh tropical fruits, you can enjoy an early morning swim or island walk before breakfast.
Today’s focus will be on discovering this amazing area by paddleboard.
Conditions permitting, you and your group will journey into the Tobacco Range – a cluster of mangrove islands and protected waterways teeming with pelicans, manatees, and frigate birds.
You’ll have the opportunity to paddle to nearby cayes and explore turtle grass beds, sheltered lagoons, and narrow mangrove channels. After an exciting day of exploration and learning, you’ll return in the evening to Tobacco Caye.
Accommodations: (Tobacco Caye Island Lodge) Meals: B, L, D
|Day 3: Gazing south, (following the line of breaking waves along the Barrier Reef crest), you will be able to see the next island we will be travelling to today – Southwater Caye. After bidding fond farewells to our hosts, you will paddle along the protected waters of one of the most beautiful sections of the entire reef system.
The waters are shallow and clear and you will see a tremendous variety of marine life, including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks, and more. You will enjoy a leisurely paddle, snorkel, and picnic lunch as we travel towards tonight’s destination. We cross Tobacco Caye cut, stopping to snorkel along the reef wall.
One of today’s highlights is a visit to the renowned Smithsonian Carrie Bow Caye Field Station, where scientists and their collaborators conduct research on the biology, ecology, and geology of coral reef ecosystems. As we make our way to Southwater Caye, with its coconut palms swaying in the wind – this is a day you will wish would never end.
You will paddle your board right up to the beach beside the lodge. After settling into your room, you can enjoy an ice cold drink or explore the island before we meet for a delicious Belizean dinner.
Watching the tropical sunset from an open-air bar is an experience that should not be missed!During your time on the island you may even be able to do a night snorkel on Southwater Cut.
Accommodations: (Southwater Caye) Meals: B, L, D
|Day 4: You will have plenty of time to snorkel, paddle and enjoy the scenery and marine life of Belize.
You’ll explore different regions of the Barrier Reef including the inner and outer walls, patch and fringing reefs, mangrove ranges, and protected lagoons.
For diving enthusiasts or those who’d like to try diving for a first time, we can arrange Discover Scuba courses or dives with advance notice.
As we explore by paddleboard, it is not uncommon for our routes to cross those of the fishermen who make their living from the sea.
These candid interactions with the locals can be fun, and provide us with great insight into a way of life very different from our own. Lodge at Southwater Caye.
Accommodations: (Lodge at Southwater Caye ) Meals: B, L, D
|Day 5: Your last day on the cayes is usually spent paddling to Billy Hawk Caye in the Blue Ground Range.
We will enjoy a specially prepared lunch at the island’s Garifuna fishing camp.
Weather and wind permitting, your instructor and trip coordinator will lead you on a fun downwind paddle as we challenge your developing SUP skills.
In the afternoon we return to Southwater Caye by motorboat and enroute we stop for a final snorkel.
At sunset we will celebrate our last night together with a local Belizean meal and various island festivities.
Accommodations: (Lodge at Southwater Caye ) Meals: B, L, D
|Day 6: (fly-home day) 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 was stored at our Operations Base will be returned to you to repack. Taxis can be arranged for transfers to the Belize International Airport, or to local bus stations to continue exploring Belize on your own
Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 6, international connections out of the country require a departure after 11:30am. To connect with Friday afternoon departures from Belize, a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport. Please call for details – our office can confirm pricing and book your domestic flight. This is one of our most adventurous trips. Weather conditions can greatly affect paddling conditions and may increase the level of difficulty. Because of the distances traveled on the trip, previous paddleboarding experience is recommended. We also believe that variability of conditions are what make this trip the best of its kind in Belize. Please note that 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.
Accommodations: none Meals: B
To connect with Friday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport and can be booked by you at either Tropic Air: http://www.tropicair.com or Maya Air: http://www.mayaairways.com
For those departing Belize the following day we offer a Dangriga to Belize City Flight & Biltmore Hotel Package.
Package Cost: Single – $195 US per person, Double – $135 US per person, Triple – $120 US per person, Quad – $103.00 US per person.
Accommodation… On day 0, we overnight in our forest cabanas at the Tropical Education Center (TEC). Here we are able to experience first-hand the wondrous tropical wildlife of Belize at the Belize Zoo and at the TEC there is also a fantastic interpretative center with a network of trails and wildlife viewing platforms, perfect for exploring the pine savannah setting.
While out on the cayes we kayak from 2 different islands along the southern barrier reef and stay in small Belizean owned lodges. Facilities include running water and fully serviced bathrooms where we stay. We stay a total of 4 nights along the eastern edge of the barrier reef and the next morning after breakfast we take a water taxi back to the mainland in time to make your flight connections home or connect with the next stage of your trip.
|Night O Forest Cabanas
|| Nights 1 & 2 Tobacco Caye
|| Nights 3 & 4 Southwater Caye
1. Comprehensive pre-trip information package
2. All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the itinerary 3. Professional Guiding Services
4. Unlimited use of our Equipment and facilities
5. Use of waterproof dry bags
6. Accommodation the day before the trip (‘Day 0’)
7. Government Fees & Taxes
|What’s Not Included…
1. Transfer back to Belize City
3. Fishing Licences
4. Scuba Diving
5. International Flights and Airport Departure Tax
6. Extra costs due to late Arrivals, lost baggage and other circumstances beyond our control
Single Traveler Pricing
Many of our guests travel on their own. Our style of trip is ideal for single travelers combining the benefits of group camaraderie and group security with lots of individual flexibility in what you want to do each day.
Single supplement options vary by trip style. Standard trip pricing is based on double occupancy. Solo guests can request either to share twin accommodations with another traveler or request single accommodations for an additional fee. If you are willing to share and we are able to match you up – no problem and no extra cost. If we cannot match you up then we have a simple, affordable $189 supplement fee. This fee will be applied at the time of booking, but will be reimbursed just before your departure if we are able to match you up.
Should you prefer private accommodations, we can provide you with your own room and the following charges apply.
Coral Islands SUP $350
NOTE: The number of single rooms available on most departures is limited, and may not be available at each location. If we are not able to provide your own room throughout the trip, we will pro-rate the supplement fee.
Eltringham, Peter. 2002. Belize: The Rough Guide .London. Penguin Publishers. Perottet, Tony. 2000. Belize: Insight Guide Singapore. Houghton Mifflin Publishers. -Great photographs and written by a Belizean!
Rabinowitz, Alan. 2000 Jaguar, One Man’s Struggle to Establish the First Jaguar Sanctuary New York. Island Press.
Getting to Belize City:
American Airlines: Toll Free: 1-800-433-7300 website: www.aa.com
US Airways: Toll Free: 1-800-622-1015 website: www.usairways.com
Delta Airlines: Toll Free: 1-800-221-1212 website: www.delta.com
United Airways: Toll Free: 1-800-421-4655 website: www.united.com
Southwest Airlines – via Houston, TX Toll Free: 1-800-435-9792 website: www.southwest.com
Expedia: website: (Canada) www.expedia.ca (US) www.expedia.com
WestJet (Canada): Toll Free: 1-888-937-8538 (United Kingdom): Toll Free: 0-800-279-7072 website: www.westjet.com
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Booking: The booking requires a 30% deposit by Visa or MasterCard (for Canadian Credit Cards) with the balance due 60 days prior to trip departure. Non Canadian Credit Cards are charged the full trip fee payment in US dollars or a Bank Wire Transfer in Canadian Dollars at the time of booking.
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