Belize Glover’s Reef Kayak & Mayan Caves Adventure Itinerary

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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 2017:   Dec 03, 10, 17, 24, 31

Departures 2018:  Jan 07, 14, 21, 28    Feb 04, 11, 18, 25    Mar 04, 11, 18     Apr 01, 08, 15, 22

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

Activities Accommodations
SUP, Paddleboard Sailing 2 Cahal Pech Village Resort
Snorkeling, Fishing 5 Nights Glovers Base Camp
Optional Scuba Diving (at extra cost)
Photography, Birding
Caving and Maya Ruins
Natural History Interpretation
 

 

The Adventure

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The shallow waters offshore of Belize with their 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 seven 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 in 1996.

We travel and explore this area by sea-kayak, paddling and sailing the shallow 82 square mile lagoon.

The reefs of Belize have long been known as the richest in the Caribbean and Glover’s Reef is the best in Belize!

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Typical Daily Itinerary:

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Day 0:

Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you will be met by an our representative and transferred to Cahal Pech Village Resort – a picturesque lodge carved out of the land with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of the Cayo District in Western Belize.

This is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits.  ‘Day 0’ is the day to get in tune with the rhythms of Belize and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.

Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included.

 

Accommodations: Cahal Pech Village Resort  Meals: Dinner is included on this night.

 

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Day 1:

A full day of adventure and exploration. The first mission is the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

It’s a short drive and then you will cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry. Situated on the banks of the river, you will travel back through the centuries to the world of temples, plazas and the renowned ball courts of this ancient city.

From here, the next adventure is further into the jungle to explore the underground archaeological site of the Actun Chapat Cave system.

You’ll hike into multi-chambered series of caves rich with geological formations and ancient cermonial altars, Maya artifacts and relics. In the evening you can stroll into San Ignacio, meet the local people, and enjoy dinner on the town.

Accommodations: Cahal Pech Village Resort   Meals: B,L

 
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Day 2 to 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.

Glovers Kayak 5 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.

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.

Accommodations: (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-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.

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.

Scuba Diving Rates… (2017) $ 75 USD – single dive, $125 USD – 2 dive package with BC and Reg, $165 USD – 3 dive package with BC and Reg, $150 USD – Discover Scuba / Resort Course only at Glover’s, $300 USD – Scuba Referral Course – This is available for guests who have already completely the classroom and pool sections of their scuba diving course.  To finish their certification course, they need to go on 3 open water dives with a certified instructor and some guests opt to do this while on vacation.  This is only available for our guests on the Glover’s Reef trips.

Equipment… For the inland portion of the trip all caving 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, SUP’s, 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.

 

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

 

gl-cahal-pech-small On Nights 1 and 2: 

Cahal Pech Village Resort – a picturesque lodge carved out of the land with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of the Cayo District in Western Belize.

 

 

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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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