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Celebrating 30 Years at Island Expeditions: Your Belize Stories and Photos - Part 2

Celebrating 30 Years at Island Expeditions
We’ve really enjoyed reading all the stories and looking at the incredible photos submitted for our 30 Year Celebrations, so far.  

If you have taken an adventure to Belize with us, we would love to hear from you.

You can share your Belize trip stories, poems and photos at www.islandexpeditions.com/30 and we’ll then send you an IE T-shirt or hat.  You'll also be entered into a draw for a chance to win a free Amazon Kindle E-reader with popular travel eBooks.

Thank you to all the guests who have shared their stories and photos and helped us to tell our 30 year story in Belize. Here are 5 submissions we wanted to highlight:

1. Experiencing the Best of Belize on the Ultimate Adventure Trip (now Epic Belize trip) by Henriette Desrosiers
Ultimate Adventure trip
“...In 2011, I was looking for a fun and adventurous trip, that would take me to a beautiful country. A friend of mine said, "go to Belize with Island Expeditions and do the Ultimate Adventure, you'll love it!" He was right! The ATM cave was one of my favourite activities on that trip. That year, we were still allowed to take pictures, which I'm so grateful for. It's truly a sacred Mayan site, worth a side trip to go visit. 

Kayaking the Moho River, made the trip a true ultimate adventure. On the third morning, on the river, I had the treat of being woken up by howler monkeys at 5 am, thankfully, they were across the river but honestly, it took me about 15 mins to have the courage to look outside to see that. Those little guys sure make a lot of noise, I laugh every time I think of it, I honestly thought they were right outside my tent and I was scared to look out...”

2. Drumming, music, dancing and gratitude by Elliot Rodger
Garifuna Cultural Night
“...As we join in celebrating Island Expedition’s 30th Anniversary we think of the wonderful Belizean staff who make these holidays so special. Capable and enthusiastic guides led us on ocean activities, on rivers, and in jungles while keeping us safe and comfortable. They improved our skills with patience and humour and they taught us about the fascinating Belizean culture and history. We think of the cooking staff who kept us so well fed with such delicious and varied meals and snacks prepared in basic kitchens. We think of the staff who kept the cabanas, washrooms, buildings, and grounds so clean. And we think of fun-filled evenings of drumming and dancing orchestrated by the staff. Here’s to them all with our gratitude!..”

3.  Throwback to 1998 by Caroline Falconer
Island Expeditions 1998 Trip
“...It was 1998 and I was looking for a new experience. I'd never been anywhere tropical before and wanted an active adventure. Booking a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions was the right choice! I spent 6 days on the ocean paddling from tiny island to tiny island. Turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, barracudas,... the list of wildlife is endless. The second part of the trip was in the jungle paddling down the river. Howler monkeys, jaguars, incredible snakes and the biggest Blue Morpho Butterfly I've ever seen! All of the guides were incredible knowledgeable and really made the trip fun and challenging. It was this trip that inspired me to become certified as a sea kayak guide here in B.C. This is a trip I still think of often and highly recommend!...”

4. Unplugging at the Lighthouse Reef Basecamp by Juliet Faraj
Lighthouse Reef
“..I was a little nervous about taking a 14 year old to a place with no internet, no cell service and no television on our first trip to Belize in 2012 to Lighthouse Reef. My concern was totally misguided! My teenager declared it to be the best vacation ever! The location, the reef, the food, the wonderful people we met and warm spirit of the Belizean people touched our hearts. I think we both shed a tear when we had to leave…”

5.  Adventure in Belize by Colleen Sutton
Adventure in Belize
“...My husband had to talk me into this adventure. Sleep in a tent, compost toilets, no way! Thank goodness he did, it was one of the best trips we've been on. The 3 guides we had along the way were so personable, knowledgable, and funny. The snorkeling was the best we've ever had. I'd come back tomorrow!..”

Did you know that we are giving away some cool travel prizes too? As part of the 30 Year Celebrations, all 2017 reservations will automatically be entered to win our 30th Year Anniversary Prizes. We will be randomly selecting a winner every week for the next two months.  All you need to do is book your Belize trip in March or April 2017 and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win some cool travel prizes. Check out all the details here.

We hope you have enjoyed viewing all the incredible stories and photos from our guests. If you haven’t been to Belize yet - we would love to have you join us! We still have some incredible last minute Belize deals on our expedition trips for 2017. And if you thinking of visiting Belize this summer, make sure you check out our year-round adventures in Belize.  Contact us today at 1.800.667.1630 and let us help you plan your dream vacation to Belize.