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Departures 2016:Dec 3, 17, 24, 26, 31

Departures 2017: Jan 21 Feb 18, 25 Mar 18, 25 Apr 8, 22

Duration: 5 Days / 6 Nights
Begin From:
Belize City
Ends In:
Dangriga
Group Size:
6-13
Guides: 2-3

 

Activities

Sea Kayaking (paddling & sailing)
Snorkeling, Fishing
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (on specific trip dates**)                 
Optional Scuba Diving (at extra cost)
Photography & Birding
Natural History Interpretation

Accommodations

1 night forest bungalow
5 nights rustic island lodges

 

 

The Setting…

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.
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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.
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The Fauna

On our journey to Dangriga to start our kayak Adventure, we travel through broadleaf, semi deciduous forest. All around us are signs of life, from the tropical birds high in the canopy like the keel-billed toucan and mot-mots to the many wild mammals that inhabit the forest floor, including Belize’s largest herbivore, the Baird’s Tapir. 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. Trailing a line from our kayaks, we also may get a chance at a tug from barracuda, grouper, tarpon, or snapper. 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.

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Typical Daily Itinerary:

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 Centre which is adjacent to the Belize Zoo. The accommodations are forest cabanas situated in the midst of idyllic tropical pine forest. There is a network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms at your doorstep.

The Tropical Education Centre 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 will enjoy a ‘Welcome to Belize Dinner’ with your fellow travelers and our Belizean guide team. As the evening unfolds, you can participate in the optional nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. This is a great introduction to the jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and other animals native to Belize.

Accommodations: (Forest Cabana)

Meals: Dinner is included on this night

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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 we travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to meet with a motor charter waiting to take you to your first island on the Southern Barrier Reef.

We’ll introduce you to safety in a tropical marine environment and begin teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking.

Safety procedures, group and self-rescues, and touring techniques will be reviewed. You can enjoy a swim or explore the island shoreline, and after a tasty Belizean lunch you will begin your kayak journey.

You will paddle over submerged coral reefs, turtle grass beds, and through narrow mangrove channels to reach your first night’s accommodations.
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You’ll moor your kayaks at the doorstep of your lodge and settle into your accommodations to enjoy an evening of dinner and socializing.

Accommodations: (Tobacco Caye Island Lodge)

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 2:

Situated on the Barrier Reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve you will be 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 paddle before breakfast. The focus for the morning will be snorkeling and kayaking.

Your first snorkeling session begins with a thorough demonstration as well as beginner to advanced instruction on the Tobacco Caye cut and at the outer reef walls.

While we are based at Tobacco Caye you also have the option to use Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPS) instead of kayaks. In the afternoon you’ll paddle to nearby cayes to explore the sheltered lagoons and mangrove channels. After an exciting day of exploration and learning, you’ll return for an evening on Tobacco Caye.

Accommodations: (Tobacco Caye Island Lodge)

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 3:

Start your morning quietly kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Gazing south (following the line of breaking waves along the Barrier Reef crest), you will be able to see the next island you’ll be traveling to today – Southwater Caye.

After packing the kayaks with your personal gear bag and wishing fond farewells to your hosts you’ll start your day on the water with an introduction to kayak sailing.

You’ll paddle and sail your kayaks along one of the most beautiful sections of the Belizean reef system.

The waters are shallow and clear and you’ll see a tremendous variety of marine life, including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks, and more.

As you make your way to Southwater Caye, and its swaying coconut palms, this is a day you’ll wish would never end.

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You’ll land your kayaks on the beach, check into your accommodations, enjoy an ice cold drink, and explore the island before a delicious dinner.

Later, you can maybe try a little bone fishing on a fly rod or even a night time snorkel session on Southwater cut.

Accommodations: (Southwater Caye)

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 4:

You’ll have plenty of time to kayak, snorkel, fish, 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 diving sessions with advance notice.

As you explore by kayak, it is not uncommon for the 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 extraordinary insight into a way of life very different from our own.

Accommodations: (Lodge at Southwater Caye )

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 5:

Your last day on the cayes will be spent paddling to Billy Hawk Caye (in the Blue Ground Range).

This is a Garifuna fishing camp where you will have lunch and enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling.

In the evening you will celebrate your final night as our guest with a seafood feast and several island festivities.

Accommodations: (Lodge at Southwater Caye )

Meals: B, L, D

 

 

 

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Day 6: (fly-home day):

After an early breakfast your water taxi will carry you back to the mainland town of Dangriga where the trip finishes.

Any extra luggage that you have stored at our Operations Base will be returned to you.
Taxis can be arranged to the Dangriga airport for your connecting flight 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 and can be booked by you at either Tropic Air: http://www.tropicair.comor Maya Air: http://www.mayaairways.com

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.

Getting back to Belize City…

Please book your flight directly with Tropic Air: http://www.tropicair.com or Maya Air: http://www.mayaairways.com. A flight to the International Airport is approx. $85.00 USD. Or you can travel overland by bus (2-3 hours) for approximately $10.00 USD.

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 US per person.

NOTE: You will be carrying your personal equipment and clothing in waterproof bags which go into the hatches of each kayak. Our Staff will supply each person with a number of 20 litre bags for this purpose.

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 5 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.

 

Tropical Centre 200Night 1: Tropical Education Center  Paradise-Islands-91Nights 2 & 3: Lodge at Tobacco Caye lodge at Southwest CayeNights 4-6: Lodge at Southwater Caye

 

What’s Included…

1. All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the tour
2. Unlimited use of our Equipment
3. Use of waterproof dry bags during kayak trip
4. Accommodation on the day before the trip (‘ Day 0 ‘) and the final night
5. Professional Guiding Services (Belizean Guides)
6. Comprehensive Pre-Trip Information Package
7. Government Fees & Taxes

What’s Not Included…

1. Gratuities
2. Fishing Licences
3. Scuba Diving
4. Transfer back to Belize City
5. International Flights and Airport Departure Tax
6. Extra costs due to late Arrivals, lost baggage and other circumstances beyond our control

Single Traveller Policy

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 $149US or $189Cdn supplement fee for trips of 6 nights and longer and $59US or $75Cdn for shorter trips. 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:

Paradise Islands – $395US or $490Cdn

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.

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.

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

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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