Sea Kayaking Vacations
For those who are looking to extend their stay in Belize, or to experience the natural beauty of Belize's offshore atolls, we have our 3 day Glover's Getaway Extension. This 3 day excursion is a great addition to a self-propelled kayak adventure along the Southern Barrier Reef. Imagine spending 3 days paddling, snorkeling, and scuba diving from our well apointed luxury basecamp! After you have returned from the main reef, why not join us at Glover's Reef for 3 days of pampering? This extension includes all meals, accommodations, use of specialized equipment, and some guiding services. Details of this package are included below.
Glover's Getaway Extension
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 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 our days sea kayaking and kayak sailing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and windsurfing. 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 deserts! 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.
Begin from: Dangriga
End in: Dangriga
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Trip Dates: Click here for dates
Group Size: 2-18
Guides: 1 Belizean Leader
- Sea Kayaking (Paddling)
- Scuba Diving (optional - cost not included in trip price)
Accommodations: Glover's Basecamp
One 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 that were destined for the Old World. Today, the 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 and 25% of the area and lagoon was protected 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 in Belize!
Typical Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 to 4: 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 get settled into our accommodations. 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.
Accommodation: Tent-Walled Cabanas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rendezvous with boat charter...
We 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 2 hours during fair weather conditions and longer during inclement weather conditions.
Return to the mainland
We depart Glover's Reef in the early afternoon and usually arrive back to Dangriga on the mainland at approximately 3 pm.
IMPORTANT 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 Southwest Caye Basecamp
- Limited alcohoic beverages available during meals
- Unlimited use of our equipment and facilities
- Professional guides and sports instruction services with Belizean and/or North American leaders
- Safari-style tent accommodations on Southwest Caye
- Glover's Reef Marine Park user fee of $10US per person
- Comprehensive Pre-trip Information Package
- Financial Support for Conservation and Education programs in Belize.
What's Not Included...
- Transfer back to Belize City after the trip
- Beer & soft drinks at Glover's
- International Flights & Airport Departure Tax
- Snorkeling or Dive Gear & Scuba Diving fees
- Extra costs due to late arrivals and other circumstances beyond our control
There are some great opportunities to dive at Glover's. Optional diving is available for certified divers on certain days of the trip. Single tank dives are available from $75US. For first time divers we can offer, depending on availability, a Discover Scuba or 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.
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 Dive Kayaks
- Stand-up Paddleboards
- Complete Research Library
- On the island we are in communication with the mainland via VHF marine radio
On Day 1 to 4 at Southwest Caye, we are "base camping" - sleeping in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents are 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.
A Note About the Ecology...
Belize's Barrier Reef is the largest in the northern hemisphere and the second largest in the world. It 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, and diving.
From 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 some while out snorkeling or kayaking. We will definitely have a chance to see and sample the main staple for Belizean fishermen, the queen conch and (in season) the spiny lobster.
Getting back to Belize City...
We will make arrangements for you to return to Belize City the day after your trip ends unless you have made other arrangements with us. We will book a domestic flight from Dangriga to Belize City. The cost of this flight back to Belize City (25 minutes) is approximately $85.00 USD per person or you can travel overland by bus (3 hours) for approximately $7.00 USD
Thinking about seeing other parts of Belize with Island Expeditions?
The Glover's Getaway combines well with a kayak rental package. You may also consider visiting our main website.
Thinking About Traveling Independently, Before or After Your Trip?
With over two decades 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!