Glover's Getaway & Kayak Rental Combo - 8 Days / 8
A very popular tripping option, for experienced kayakers only, is to start with a 3 day / 2 night guided and catered stay at our luxury Basecamp at Glover's Reef followed by a 5 night self-guided kayak trip on the main reef!
Thirty-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 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, kayak sailing, snorkeling,
diving, and fishing. 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.
Next you will be transferred to the Central Belize Barrier Reef to your waiting sea kayaks and gear. Then you will spend 6 days paddling unguided from island to island along the Barrier Reef, camping on remote islands on a self-guided adventure. You will need to prepare to be fully outfitted for this portion of the trip. Our staff in Belize will help you with route planning and trip logistics. For more information on planning a self-propelled adventure, please visit our Belize Kayak Rental website at the following URL:
All the staff were top notch - helpful and personable. We could not have asked for better guides. We could not have done it without IEC's fine logistics support. The food was fantastic. Conch chowder, snapper, barracuda, fresh fruit. What more could you ask for?
Glover's Getaway & Rental Combo
Feb 6 2011
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 / 8 Nights
Trip Departures & Prices: Weekly beginning with a hotel each Saturday (double occupancy)
- Glover's Getaway plus Rental Package - single boat $849 USD per person
- Glovers Getaway plus Rental Package - double boat $769 USD per person
- Also Available:
- Deluxe Gear Rental Package – 1 MSR 3 person Tent, 1 Sleeping Pad, 3 Dry Bags and 2 x 2.5 gal Water Bags per person, Stove & Fuel - $25 USD per day or $39 USD per couple per day
- Snorkeling Gear - Mask, Snorkel, Fins - $20 USD per week
See Trip Schedule at bottom of this
Group Size: 2-18
Guides: 1 Belizean Leader at Glover's Reef Basecamp and self-guided on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Accommodations: Glover's Base Camp & Barrier Reef Island Camps
Kayaking (Paddling), Snorkeling, Scuba Diving (optional -
cost not included in trip price), Fishing,
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of three atolls offshore of Belize, 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 which were destined for the Old World. Today,
the primary 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, which protected 25% of the area and lagoon
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 with an unequaled variety of over 700
patch reefs. The reefs of Belize have long been known
as the richest in the Caribbean and Glover's is the best
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. Along the Barrier Reef
are over 225 cayes, 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 we find the best
sea kayaking and snorkeling. Our Operation's Base, in
the southern coastal community of Dangriga, is the ideal
launching point for us to explore this spectacular region.
Provision Day: Arrive in Dangriga, check into Pal's Guesthouse, then come down to the Island Expeditions' Operations Base with your chart in hand and plan the route for your self-guided trip. Our friendly staff will help you organize a shopping trip in town for dry goods and help organize a veggie order for the Tuesday boat run.
1 to 3:
We depart early in the morning by charter boat 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 settle 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 sites that Glover's Atoll has to offer. Glover's
is one of only four atolls in the Caribbean Sea and is truly
the most spectacular marine environment in Belize. Due to
its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally
clear with inspiring scenery and a fabulously rich reef system
that offers the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the
Caribbean. We spend the days exploring the atoll with both
single and double kayaks (rigged for sailing). 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. On Tuesday afternoon you are returned to your rental boats waiting for you on the Central Barrier Reef.
Accommodation: Basecamp Day 1, 2
Meals: inc. at Basecamp only Day 1, 2; B, L Day 3
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
Days 4 to 8: You wake up on your own deserted island near Belize's Barrier Reef. Sea kayak to the nearby patch reefs, paddle to a nearby island resort for a cold beverage, or paddle numerous cuts in the reef to access the best snorkeling in the area - the choice is yours. We will sit down with you prior to you heading out to the cayes, to help you plan a route and let you know where you can camp, thereby giving you the best access to snorkeling in the area. Then end your trip by either paddling back to the mainland or pre-organizing a motorboat charter to bring you back.
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.
- All meals (fully catered) while you are at our Glover's Reef Basecamp
use of our Equipment and facilities at Glover's Reef Basecamp
guides and sports instruction services with Belizean and/or
North American leaders
Tent Accommodations at Glover's Reef Basecamp
Reef Marine Park user fee of $10US per person
- Comprehensive Pre-trip Information Package
Support for Conservation and Education programs in Belize.
- Transportation of your gear to the starting point of your trip. You will be dropped off at this point with the boat coming from Glover's Reef.
- Saturday night accommodations in Dangriga included - Pal's Guesthouse - you need to arrive into Dangriga no later than 3 pm on Saturday to ensure that you have time to pack and organize your gear. We suggest you consider arriving in a day earlier so that you will have time to shop and prepare for the self-guided portion of your trip. We can book you an extra room at Pal's Guesthouse if you would like, just give us a call.
- Sunday to Tuesday
- Glover's Getaway Package - 2 night/3 day includes accommodation, meals and activities - from Dangriga. Boat departure 10 am Sunday morning from Dangriga and drop off on Tuesday afternoon on the Southern Barrier Reef.
- Tuesday afternoon to Sunday
- 5.5 day rental
- Transportation of your kayaks and camp gear to the Southern Barrier Reef cayes where you will be dropped off on your way back in from Glover's Reef.
- Belize 9% Hotel tax
- 12.5% Belize Sales Tax
Note: Our fleet of kayaks are manufactured by Necky, Nimbus,
- International Flights & Airport Departure Tax
or Dive Gear & Scuba Diving fees
- Transport to and from Dangriga
- Any meals or transport while in Dangriga
- Guiding services, camping fees or any other services except kayak rental while on the self-guided portion of your trip
- Park fees while on your kayak rental portion of trip
- Return boat charter from Southern Barrier Reef back to Dangriga (we can arrange this service for you at an extra cost if requested in advance)
- 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
- Complete Research
- On the island we are in communication with the
mainland via VHF marine radio.
On Days 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.
On Days 3 to8 you are camping on small remote islands in your own expedition ready tents. You should be prepared to be fully self-sustained with your own tent and kitchen gear. Island Expeditions can rent you gear, which is outlined in the following options:
- Deluxe Gear Rental Package – 1 MSR 3- person Tent, 1 Sleeping Pad, 3 Dry Bags and 2x 2.5 gal Water Bags per person, Stove & Fuel - $25 USD per day or $39 USD per couple per day
- Snorkeling Gear - Mask, Snorkel, Fins - $20 USD per week
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 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,
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, 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.
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 the Belize City Municipal Airport 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 & Rental Combo combines well
with an inland adventure. The
Maya World Extension is a popular addition to explore the ancient world of the Mayan people and
the wildlife rich habitats of Belize's interior.
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 that 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.
8 Days / 8 Nights
$849 Single Kayaks
$769 Double Kayaks
incl $60 Gov't Fees & Taxes
2013 / 2014 Season
departures - Saturday to Sunday - Nov to April
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