Planning & Packing for your Paddling Trip

Planning Your Trip

Our trip planners are available by phone and email to assist you throughout your trip planning and preparation process. We are here to answer your questions and provide information on equipment, route ideas, island options, where to find fresh water, good snorkel locations, weather, camp fees, fishing options and much more.  We recommend scheduling an exploratory telephone conversation with one of field experts as a good way to get started. This should give you a clear idea of our equipment outfitting options, our in-country support services, and some ideas for a realistic itinerary. We can share our experience to help you find the best travel routes and airfare to Belize, and we can make recommendations and reservations for other accommodations or activities in the country. 

 

Booking Your Trip

When you’re ready to lock in your arrangements, please complete our simple online registration form here - link. 

At time of reservation you are required make a deposit of $200. Your final balance will be due 30 days before the start date of your trip. When a booking is made within 30 days of your trip, then full payment is due immediately. 

After your deposit is received, your personal Trip Planner will send you a comprehensive pre-trip planning package. This will include arrival, rendezvous & departure information,  a recommended packing list, a map of Dangriga and Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, Camp Site Notes, Snorkeling Protocols and other pertinent Belize information. 

 

What happens next

In country logistics, international flight details and other related travel plans can be discussed with your trip planner. Changes and additions to your outfitting needs can be made up to a week before departure.

Your trip planner will call you a week in advance of your trip to finalize the details of your itinerary and answer any last minute questions. 

On arrival into Belize we request that you ‘Check-in’ at our office, to let us know you are in country and to set a time to meet with someone in our logistics team to finalize all in country details and final route plans.

 

Cancellations and Refunds

Of course we regret any cancellations and our policy is as flexible and understanding as possible.  Some trip costs are incurred in advance, equipment is reserved in advance and other travelers may have been turned away. All cancellations must be received in writing. Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

30 days and more prior to departure $50 is retained as an administration fee.

15 to 29 days prior to departure 50% will be refunded.

0-14 days prior to departure the full amount is retained.


Weather

kayaker at seaIn Belize the 'dry season' is considered from November to May. This is generally the best time to visit the country, as the weather is most consistent during these months. The later summer and fall (August-October) are considered part of the stormy season in Belize, which can be rainy and humid. Please keep in mind that you can get great weather at any time of year in Belize, but the outdoor nature of our guided programs and sea kayaking in general means that weather can play a major factor in your enjoyment of the region. So, when planning a kayaking adventure to Belize, we recommend planning it anytime from November through to May.

For further information on the weather in Belize please visit one of the following links: 
www.wunderground.com - also provides a monthly average!
www.weather.com

Supplies

Purchasing supplies in Belize is possible as long as you are willing to be innovative with the materials you find. We strongly recommend purchasing any camping or specialty gear at home before you arrive in Belize. Basic hardware supplies are available and local gas stations carry kerosene and diesel fuel.

Food

Belize has an amazing variety of different foods. Because of its ties with the Commonwealth and established trade routes, imported foods are available. North American and European snack foods can also be found but if you have one thing from home that you must have it is best to arrive into the country already supplied. It is best to stock up on basic dry foods in Dangriga where you can readily find rice, beans, flour, biscuits, and breads. Oranges and other citrus fruits are quite inexpensive and readily available, as are a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables. The local open air market in Dangriga is open Monday to Saturday each week and is the best place to pick up any fresh supplies. Canned preserves are also available through local stores and make for tasty lunches when accompanied by breads or crackers.

For those people heading out to the Barrier Reef, we recommend arriving the day before your rental (remember most stores in Dangriga are closed on Sundays) to stock up on supplies in Dangriga. At this point you can also speak with one of our staff about your paddling routes. There are a limited number of 'camper friendly' cayes and areas for replenishing water supplies, which are best discussed when you arrive in Belize. If you have any other questions about trip planning, please contact our office for further details. 

Water

When paddling in the tropics hydration is your primary concern. Because of the very limited supply of potable drinking water on the cayes, it is essential that you have an ample water supply to keep you hydrated for the duration of your trip. Unlike many Central American countries, Belize has safe drinking water from the tap in larger towns and cities. Implemented by CIDA, the water chlorination system is similar to what you probably have at home. However, when you are collecting water on the cayes or you don't know the source, we recommend taking some extra precautions. We use, and highly recommend, a chlorite-based water treatment system called Pristine <www.pristine.ca> for treating your water. You may find this, or an alternative, through your local outdoor equipment retailer.

We do ask that you bring your own water bags or containers for kayak rentals. A limited supply of water bags are provided with a rental package

Belize Marine Charts

small map of eastern BelizeFor the most accurate information regarding the Belize Barrier Reef and atolls we recommend the British Admiralty series of marine charts. For paddling on the Southern Barrier Reef or in and around Dangriga you should obtain the following chart: 

British Admiralty Chart #1797 - Monkey River to Colson Point 

It may be found in your area or you can contact Triton Holdings in Vancouver, BC and they will send it to you. They can be reached at:

Canadain Clients:

Maritime Services Ltd.

Website: http://maritimeservices.ca/

3440 Bridgeway Street 
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5K 1B6

Toll Free: 1-888-387-8667
Telephone: (604) 297-1204 
Fax: (604) 294-0211

Email: sales@maritimeservices.ca

US Clients:

Bluewater Books & Charts

http://www.bluewaterweb.com/

Bluewater Books & Charts 
1811 Cordova Rd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
USA

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

+1 800-942-2583
+1 954-763-6533
+1 954-522-2278 Fax

 

Our office Location

Our Operations Base is located on the waterfront, next to Pal's Guesthouse on Magoon Street in Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize. You can easily find us by asking locally for the 'Canadian Kayakers'. From the local bus station in Dangriga, we are located 3 blocks northeast, across the Havana Bridge, on the waterfront. Arriving by domestic flight, it is best to organize a taxi ride to Pal's Guesthouse. You may find a map of Dangriga by clicking here. If you need assistance, locally we can be contacted at 522-3328.