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 Selected as one of the top adventure trips by Outside Magazine”

“This trip was one of the best vacations (if not the best) I have ever had. Each day was filled with terrific fun, challenging activities and wonderful food. Our group of 14 was from all over North America and we had great rapport. The guides were so knowledgeable and clearly love their jobs.”

Patricia Evans Keansburg, NJ

Glovers Reef & River of Caves

Departures 2016: Nov 20   Dec 04, 11, 18, 25 

Departures 2017: Jan 01, 08, 15, 22, 29    Feb 05, 12, 19, 26 Mar 05, 12, 19, 26 Apr 16, 23, 30 *denotes departure with Fly-Fishing Instructor on staff ** denotes departure with Certified Yoga Instructor on staff

Group Size: 6-22 Guides: 2-6 North American and Belizean Leaders Accommodations: Tropical Education Center,  Glovers Base Camp

Activities Accommodations
SUP, Paddleboard Sailing 1 Night Forest Bungalow
Snorkeling, Fishing 5 Nights Glovers Base Camp
Optional Scuba Diving (at extra cost)
Photography
Birding
Natural History Interpretation
 

 

The Adventure

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On arrival in Belize, before heading out to Glover’s, we have an opportunity to experience the diversity of the rainforest and the rich Mayan culture of the interior. Working with guides from the Belize Tropical Education Center, our itinerary includes a leisurely float down a rainforest river with inner tubes, exploring a fantastic limestone cave. Our classic Glover’s Reef and River of Caves trip allows you to explore and stay on Glover’s Atoll, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles off shore of mainland Belize. Spend five and a half days in one of the richest marine environments in the Caribbean Sea. You will have an opportunity to paddle, snorkel, kayak sail, fish, and SUP as you explore the turquoise lagoons and thriving coral reefs.Stay at our Southwater Caye luxury Basecamp which provides comfortable, safari style tent cabanas and delectable cuisine of fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local favorites.Enjoy a flexible daily schedule on the reef, with activity choices geared to all interests and abilities. Venture inland for a cave hike and float through lush rainforest on inner tubes. Stay overnight at the Tropical Education Center, and enjoy an optional specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo.
  Based from our comfortable field camp we are fully equipped to spend six and a half days sea kayaking and kayak sailing, snorkeling, diving, Paddle boarding and fishing. After our adventures each day we like to reward ourselves with a bounty of fresh seafood, island baking, tropical fruits and yes, even rich, decadent deserts! Glovers is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the comforts of a well-appointed field camp yet want an active and flexible day-to-day schedule. Also available are optional Scuba certification courses, resort courses and equipment rentals.  Glovers base 2 Small

The Setting…

There are 4 atolls in the Caribbean Sea. Three are offshore in Belize and one in Mexico. Glover’s Reef was named after the pirate John Glover who used this remote offshore ring of islands and coral reefs as a base from which to raid Spanish merchant ships. The shallow waters offshore of Belize with innumerable coral reefs, mangroves and small islands were ideal waters for pirates and buccaneers to hide their raiding ships after plundering Spanish galleons laden with riches, destined for the Old World.Today, the attractions found within the atoll (20 miles long by 7 miles wide) are the clarity of the water and the remarkable profusion of marine life. In 1993, the atoll was declared a marine park, and 25% of the area and lagoon was protected from fishing and harvesting. To continue the conservation efforts to preserve this extraordinary environment, the site was designated as a World Heritage Site. We travel and explore this area by sea-kayak, paddling and sailing the shallow 82 square mile lagoon with an unequaled variety of over 700 patch reefs. The reefs of Belize have long been known as the richest in the Caribbean, and Glovers is the best in Belize! Belize Kayak Trips Itinerary 157

 

A Note About the Ecology…The Flora The Mesoamerican Coral reef stretches from Cancun, Mexico through Belize to Honduras. It is the largest reef in the western hemisphere and second largest in the world. In Belize this reef is a well formed wall and extends 185 miles (300 km) along the coastline. Nineteen miles seaward from the eastern border of the Barrier Reef lies Belize’s most spectacular atoll – Glover’s Reef. The oval shaped reef walls of the atoll climb from the ocean floor and surround a central lagoon. The surrounding reef is primarily made up of two kinds of coral, the hard hydro-coral (reef- forming coral), such as brain coral or elkhorn coral, and the soft corals, such as sea-fans and feather plumes. The sheltered lagoon at Glover’s Reef harbors one of the world’s most diverse sea environments with an extensive community of fish, shellfish, and patch reefs.One mile off the eastern shore of the atoll the reef wall quickly drops 2600 feet to the ocean floor below. The interaction between the deeper open waters of the Caribbean Sea and the sheltered lagoons of the atoll results in a diversity and abundance of marine life which is unsurpassed for sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. angel-fish-coral 15
The Fauna From our base on Southwest Cay, we will have the opportunity to view a diverse range of sea-life and tropical birds. While exploring and snorkeling the atoll and the many patch reefs, there are opportunities to see grouper, bonefish, angel and parrot fish, stingrays, eagle rays,conger, moray eels, goatfish, just to name a few. Some of the bird-life includes osprey (the Billy hawk), sea gulls, brown-footed & white-footed boobies, frigate birds, hawks, mangrove warblers, and white-crowned pigeons. Around the atoll and the barrier reef, there are nesting sites for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. If we’re lucky, we may see them while out snorkeling or kayaking.We will definitely have a chance to see and sample the main staple for Belizean fishermen, the queen conch and (in season) the spiny lobster. Belize Kayak Trips Itinerary 133

Typical Daily Itinerary:

Snake Boy Belize  Day 0: 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.
Glovers 3 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.

 

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Day 1 Enjoy a tour and picnic lunch in the River of Caves area of Belize, exploring a fascinating caving system. Walk on a trail through lush rainforest to the cave’s entrance, then hike underground through limestone caves rich with amazing crystallized flow stone, stalactite and stalagmite formations. Our guides are sure to point out ancient relics, clay whistles, Maya pots and other fossilized items along the way. To end the adventure, you’ll jump into inner tubes and float downstream, in and out of the cave system ending at your starting point. You’ll return to the Tropical Education Center by late afternoon, with just enough time for a walk on the Caribbean Pine Savannah Interpretive Trail. Accommodations: (Forest Cabanas) Meals: B,L,D

 

Double Atoll 1 Day 2-6: You’ll depart early in the morning and drive the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here you board a charter boat to our remote Basecamp on Southwest Caye. Southwest Caye is located in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer. Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.
Glovers Kayak 5   Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, we host informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows our guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!

 

Accommodation: (Tent-Walled Cabanas) “Basecamping”, sleeping in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds, with all bed linen provided. Meals: B,L,D

 

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Day 7
Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and enjoy a coffee on the dock for the last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast.
Your boat charter usually departs around midmorning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, and our helpful staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.
Accommodation: (N/A) Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch

 

Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 7, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport
For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize we offer a Flight & Hotel Package. 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.
For those departing Belize the following day we offer a Dangriga to Belize City Flight & Biltmore Hotel Package. Package Cost: Single – $195 US, Double – $135 US per person, Triple – $120 US per person, Quad – $103.00 US per person. (2014-15 prices, please call for update).
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Scuba Divers…

scuba-tube-sponge 3  Scuba Divers… There are some great opportunities to scuba dive at Glover’s Reef. Optional diving is available for certified divers on certain days of the trip. Single tank dives are available from approximately $75 US, with further discounts for multi-tank dives. For first time divers we can offer a Discover Scuba for a subsidized rate or you may be able to take your Open Water Referral course. Please let us know in advance. We can also arrange a variety of dive packages before or after your trip. For further information please contact our office.
scubagroupweb 5 Scuba Diving Rates… (2014) BC and Reg Rental $15 US Single Tank Dive $75 US Two Dives $125 US Discover Scuba… Discover Scuba Course $165 US Blue Hole Park Fee: $30 US

 

 Equipment… For the inland portion of the trip all caving and zipline safety gear is provided. While at our Basecamp on Southwest Caye, guests have unrestricted use of the following equipment: Double Kayaks (outfitted with special sails), Single Kayaks, Sit-on-Top Dive Kayaks, Complete Research Library, Field Marine Lab including microscope and Hand Lenses, and Weather Station. On the island we are in communication with the mainland via VHF marine radio.
 Fly-fishing… There is now a $25 bz ($12.50 USD) fishing licence for fly-fishing within the reserve at Glovers Reef. New regulations require that all fishing is catch and release, and that anglers use barb-less hooks.
 Fly Fisherman Alert! We are pleased to announce a Guest Fly-fishing Instructor on select Glover’s Reef & River of Caves trips. Kelly Steigman will be joining us on on these special trip departures – TBA. He will be providing fly-fishing gear and full instruction from beginner casting techniques to advanced fly placement.

 

What’s Included…

1. Comprehensive pre-trip information package 2. All meals , accommodation, and transfers described in the itinerary 3. Unlimited use of our equipment and facilities 4. Professional guide and sports instruction 5. Accommodations the day before the trip (Day 0) 6. Government Fees & Taxes

What’s Not Included…

1. Post-trip transfer to Belize International Airport 2. Gratuities 3. Fishing Licenses 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

 

Tropical Centre 200 On Night O, we will be spending the night at the Tropical Education Center, in cabanas set amongst the pine forests. The Education Center and Belize Zoo harbors Belize’s largest collection of tropical animal, a fantastic interpretative center, and has a great network of trails and wildlife viewing platforms, perfect for exploring the pine Savannah setting
places-we-stay-lighthouse-reef 200 On Nights 1-6 Glovers Reef, we are “base camping” in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom and are outfitted with wood floors and wood-framed beds. On the island, we have a fresh-water collection system for drinking water, access to fresh-water showers, modern composting toilets, a fully-equipped kitchen including refrigeration, with a large dining area complete with resource library and a field marine lab including microscope and hand lenses.

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: Glovers Reef & River of Caves – $350 CAD / $280 US

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.

Recommended Tour-books:
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!

Recommended Reading:
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

Still have questions? Please give us a call toll free in North America at: 1-866-383-9453 or email us at wildernessadventures1@gmail.com

*prices and itineraries subject to change with notice on our main Belize webpage

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.

The trip dates do sell out so please book early to get the trip dates you want.

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