< All Blogs

2017 Coral Islands SUP Trip with Norm Hann Expeditions: In Photographs

Coral Islands SUP Trip
Norm Hann is currently in Belize as guest instructor and trip coordinator on our Coral Islands SUP trip.  Norm has been documenting the trip on Instagram , so we thought we would share some of the amazing images in our latest blog post.

Remember, our 30 Year Anniversary is on right now.  You could win a 30% discount on our trips if you book before April 30, 2017, plus free gear and even lunch.  We would also love to see any of your photos and stories from trips with us. Share them on our 30 Year Celebrations page and we will send you a free IE t-shirt or hat!

Check out the photographs below and we hope you enjoy this recollection of the recent Coral Islands SUP Trip with Norm Hann Expeditions:

1. Welcome to our Coral Islands SUP Trip with Norm Hann Expeditions:

2. The 
first afternoon is spent working on skills and building technique:

3. Visiting the Smithsonian Research Station on Carrie Bow Caye:

With the north wind up we headed to the Smithsonian Research Station on Carrie Bow Caye. This is an incredible place, caretaker and interpreter Sandy says it's "one of the most beautiful places in the world." You could hear her passion for the place as she shared stories of hatching turtles, close encounters with Whale sharks and the numerous species discovered by visiting scientists that had never been documented before. Our paddling area is located in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve and is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. A visit to this unique place of conservation and education is a highlight for sure. If anyone has been to the Great Bear Rainforest with me it's like visiting Hermann and Janey at Cetacea Lab. @islandexpeditions @blackfish_paddles @sheltahats @xcelcanada #normhannexpeditions #coralislandssup #iebelize @norrislove @chadsfault @emmajeanhess @jimjanis #protectyourcoastline

A photo posted by Norm Hann (@normhann) on

4. Exploring the mangroves of Twin Caye:

When the wind is up here in Belize you do one of three things, downwind, Explore the protected mangrove islands or drink ice cold Belikin. Yesterday afternoon we chose the Mangoves of Twin Caye. The Red Mangrove ecosystem is critical to the health of the marine environment. They provide a place for thousands of species to rear before heading out To the reefs, they provide water filtration and they also provide essential stabilization of shorelines around the cayes. In a way they are very similar to the importance of our coastal estuaries in BC. @islandexpeditions @blackfish_paddles @xcelcanada @sheltahats #sheltayahead @explorebelize @travelbelize #normhannexpeditions #coralislandsup @emmajeanhess @jimjanis @norrislove @chadsfault

A photo posted by Norm Hann (@normhann) on

5. Using the motorboat support to explore more of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve

6. A morning snorkel with guide Budge

7. Exploring the reef at Tobacco Caye

If you go:

The Coral Islands SUP trip in Belize, is a unique partnership recently formed with Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) expert Norm Hann Expeditions.  This is a premier paddling adventure as this trip is the only multi-day, lodge to lodge SUP adventure in Belize. The trip was also named Best SUP Odyssey in Outside Magazine’s Best of Travel in 2015.  Trip departures dates for 2017 are March 11, April 1 and December 25. Contact us for more details and to book your spot!