Your trip starts at the Island Expeditions Dangriga office on Day 1 at 9:00 am. Here you'll check in with the Island Expeditions’ team and meet your fellow travelers before heading out to the reef. Due to the early morning check-in time (this is when your luggage and gear are loaded into the boat), it is suggested that you arrive in Dangriga the night prior, or coordinate with Island Expeditions to make sure you don't miss the boat! They can assist with domestic flights from Belize International Airport or other parts of Belize, as well as accommodation suggestions for the night prior to your trip.
Depart by charter boat to a private Basecamp on Southwest Caye, located on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a camp orientation before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Your guides will begin by showing you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. Once that’s done, you and your group will go paddling to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer.
The itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences, as well as weather conditions. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), learning to sail a kayak, and fishing. In the mornings your guides host informative sessions on the history of Belize, its unique marine ecosystem and the local culture. Just a stone’s throw from shore are excellent fishing waters, where guests can fly fish for bonefish or tarpon. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!
Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and have a leisurely coffee on the dock. You may want to watch the sunrise over the atoll, then enjoy a hearty breakfast and get out on a paddleboard one last time. The boat charter departs around mid-morning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in Dangriga at Island Expeditions' Operations Base. A picnic lunch is served, and the helpful staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.
Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 5, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00 pm.