for your paddling trip...
From the beginning, we will work with you to find the best international
airfare into Belize and can assist with any pre or post trip arrangements.
Upon booking a guided trip with Island Expeditions Co., you will
receive a complete Pre-Trip Information Package. This package
includes a comprehensive packing list, essential information for
your arrival into Belize, and background information on the country
and people. For those people renting boats for a self-propelled
adventure, we have included some useful information (below) to
get you started. If you have any further questions regarding any
of our programs, please visit our main
website or contact our office.
Belize the 'dry season' is considered from December until 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 December through to May.
For further information on the weather in Belize please visit
one of the following links:
- also provides a monthly average!
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.
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 he 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.
When paddling in the tropics hydration is your primary concern.
Because of 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
for treating your water. You may find this, or an alternative,
through your local outdoor equipment retailer.
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
Belize Marine Charts
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
Maritime Services Ltd.
3440 Bridgeway Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5K 1B6
Toll Free: 1-888-387-8667
Telephone: (604) 297-1204
Fax: (604) 294-0211
Waterproof Charts -
320 Cross Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-9972
Outside U.S: 1-941-639-7626
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 north-east, 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
here. If you need assistance, locally, we can be contacted