have spoiled my future travel plans as I can't imagine
anything any better than our trip with your company.
Belize is an incredible place, friendly, warm, great
wildlife, birding, sea life, and warm weather. You
run a first class operation and I can't wait to go again.
I would love to recommend your trip to anyone. Thank
Glover's Getaway - 3 Days / 2
Days of Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling on
Spectacular Glover's Reef Atoll!
six miles offshore of the Belize mainland lie a group
of tropical islands cradled within a turquoise lagoon
and surrounded by a living coral reef. Glover's Reef Atoll
is considered to be one of the richest tropical marine
environments in the entire Caribbean Sea. Our private island
base of over 13 acres is perched on the southern edge
of the atoll with a dramatic view facing east over the
main reef crest and the open Caribbean. Based from our
comfortable field camp we are fully equipped to spend
three days sea kayaking and kayak sailing, snorkeling,
diving, 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 desserts! Glover's 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.
As an experienced outdoorsman from Canada I have a strong bond with nature and wished to learn that same respect for Belize in general and the reefs in particular. I did, thanks to your team..take only photos, leave only footprints.
They certainly did show care and concern above and beyond. They all took immense, but humble pride in demonstrating the skills and attitudes necessary to respect nature at its finest.
Dec. 4, 2011
Begin from: Dangriga
End in: Dangriga
Days / 2 Nights
Trip Departures & Prices: See Trip Schedule at bottom of this
Group Size: 2-20
Guides: 1 Belizean guide
Accommodations: Glover's Basecamp
Kayaking (Paddling), Snorkeling, Scuba Diving (optional -
cost not included in trip price), Fishing,
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One of three coral atolls offshore of Belize, Glover's Reef was named after the English
pirate John Glover who used this remote offshore ring of islands and coral reefs as a base from
which to raid Spanish merchant ships during the 17th century. Today, the attractions found
within the atoll (20 miles long by 7 miles wide) are the incredible clarity of the water and the
remarkable profusion of marine life. In 1993 the atoll was declared a marine park. To further
efforts to protect this extraordinary environment the atoll was designated as a World Heritage
Site in 1996. We travel and explore this extraordinary area from our fully-equipped luxury
Basecamp by sea-kayak, paddling, and sailing the shallow 82 square mile lagoon with over 700
patch reefs. The reefs of Belize have long been known as the richest and most developed in the
Caribbean, and Glover's is the best in Belize!
The short trip suited our needs perfectly and the activities (snorkel, kayak) and amenities (tents, communal dining) matched our travel preferences
Mar 4, 2012
Day 1: Departing from Dangriga at around 8:00 am, we travel out past the main
Barrier Reef to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye at Glover’s Reef Marine
Reserve. We are introduced to our new environment and get settled into our accommodation.
Once settled, the guides provide instruction - teaching the fundamentals
of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in the tropics. Then we paddle out to a
nearby patch reef and start to explore some of the 700 snorkel sites that Glover's
Atoll has to offer.
Accommodation: Glover’s Basecamp
Meals: L, D
Day 2: Perhaps an early swim or, before breakfast,
participate in a yoga session with our resident
yoga instructors (yoga is not available on all departures
- please check our website or call the office
for a current schedule of trips with yoga instructors).
Our itinerary is flexible in order to respond
to both group and individual desires and abilities.
Activities include: sea kayaking, snorkeling the inner
and outer walls of the reef, and learning to sail
a kayak. In the mornings and the evenings we host informative sessions on a range of
topics - providing an opportunity for guides to share their knowledge of Belize, the
marine environments, and local culture. Perhaps a high stakes game of Hermit Crab
racing to finish the day! If all this sounds a little too busy you always have the choice
of just kicking back in a hammock and relaxing with a good book and a cold drink.
Accommodation: Glover’s Basecamp
Meals: B, L, D
The BEST food we had the entire trip. You could tell it was made with care. The creole bread was the best thing I have ever had.
We also had a snorkel trip with Moses and Domasco which was AMAZING. We swam with wild dolphins twice! They were fantastic guides. Very informed, knowledgeable, kind, and overall great people!
Apr 22, 2012
Day 3: For our last morning at Glover's the choice is yours. We may choose to don
mask, snorkel, and fins for a last visit to your favorite coral reef or work the flats
with your most productive Bonefish fly before our motor charter comes to pick us
up for the return ride to Dangriga. We arrive back in Dangriga at approximately
Meals: B, L
with boat charter...
depart in the morning on Sunday by charter boat out past the
main Barrier Reef to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye,
at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. The transfer to Glover's typically
takes 1.5 hours during fair weather conditions and longer during
inclement weather conditions.
to the mainland...
depart Glover's Reef in the early afternoon and usually arrive
back to Dangriga on the mainland at approximately 3 pm.
NOTE: It is advised that any other travel arrangements
you have in and around our departure and arrival schedule
for Glover's Reef should have some time
flexibility as weather and other factors may cause delays
in the transfers.
|FLY FISHERMAN ALERT!
We are pleased to announce a Guest Fly-fishing Instructor on two select Glover's Getaway trips. Kelly Steigman will be joining us on the April 14 and 21, 2013 departures. He will be providing five complete sets of gear but please feel free to bring along your own rod if you wish. He will be providing full instruction from beginner casting to fly-tying. Please call into our office for more details on this complementary and exclusive opportunity.
- All meals (fully catered) while you are at our Southwest
use of our equipment and facilities
guides and sports instruction services with Belizean and/or
North American leaders
Tent Accommodations on Southwest Caye
Reef Marine Park user fee of $10US per person
- Comprehensive pre-trip information package
Support for Conservation and Education programs in Belize.
- Belize 9% Hotel tax
- 12.5% Belize Sales Tax
- Transfer to and from Dangriga
- International Flights & Airport Departure Tax
or Dive Gear & Scuba Diving fees
- Extra costs due to late Arrivals, and other circumstances
beyond our control
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 $50 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.
and Reg Rental
While at our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye our guests have unrestricted use of the following equipment:
- Double Kayaks (outfitted with special sails)
- Single Kayaks
- Sit-on-Top Kayaks
- Children's boats
- Complete Research
- On the island we are in communication with the
mainland via VHF marine radio.
On Day 1 to 3 at
Southwest Caye, we are "base camping" -
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. On the island we
have a fresh-water collection
system for drinking water, fresh-water
showers, modern composting toilets,
and a fully equipped kitchen.
We also have a large dining area and resource library lounge.
Note About the Ecology...
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 extending 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; 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,
our base on Southwest Caye 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, and goatfish,
just to name a few. Some of the bird life includes osprey
(the Billy hawk), sea gulls, brown-footed and 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.
back to Belize City...
We can make arrangements for you to return to Belize City the day after the trip ends by booking a domestic flight from Dangriga to Belize City (20 minutes). The cost of this flight back to Belize City is $61.00 USD per person. A flight to the International Airport is $85.00 USD. Or you can travel overland by bus (2-3 hours) for approximately $10.00 USD.
about seeing other parts of Belize with Island Expeditions Co?
The Glover's Getaway combines well
with an inland adventure. The
Maya World Extension is a popular addition to the Glover's
trip to explore the ancient world of the Mayan people and
the wildlife rich habitats of the interior.
paddlers often combine 3 days out at Glover's Reef with a self-guided
adventure. Details on kayak rentals can be found at our kayak
rental web site <www.belizekayaking.com>
About Traveling Independently Before or After Your Trip?
With over twenty-five years of exploration in Belize,
our knowledgeable office staff can offer you a wealth of travel
information. However, we do recommend you read up on
Belize and find what interests you. Once you find an area
of interest give our office a call and we can help you plan
the best vacation possible!
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 $99 supplement fee for trips of 6 nights and longer and $45 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.
Costa Maya Explorer - $275
Glover's Reef & River of Caves - $220
Lighthouse Reef - $250.00
Paradise Islands - $322
Ultimate Adventure - $368
Glover's Getaway -$65
Lighthouse Getaway - $65
Glover's Getaway & Kayak Rental Combo - $60
Maya Reef Explorer - Glover's - $160
Maya Reef Explorer - Lighthouse - $195
Rainforest Canopy Extension - $75
Maya World Extension - $130
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.
Days / 2 Nights
incl $60 Gov't Fees & Taxes
2013 / 2014 Season
departures-Sunday to Tuesday, Dec to April
Trip Start Date
Trip End Date
| Nov 17-13
| Nov 19-13
IEC we enjoy traveling with families. Children lend a refreshing
perspective to the experience which adults sometimes take
for granted. Knowing that travel budgets are especially important
we offer a price break to families with children. Not all
trips are suitable for younger children however, we find that
age is not a definite restriction - rather the size and weight
of your children, as well as experience and ability are the main determining
factors in choosing which trip is right for your family. Click here for our Children's pricing policy...