Island Expeditions: HistoryIsland Expeditions began with a road trip. In 1986, a few guides looking to extend their paddling season decided to head south for the winter
Sure enough, that trip was one to remember! Of all the places on the map, Belize, tucked away on the Caribbean shores and overgrown with jungles and history, was a place to fall in love with. After many adventures and a few wrong turns, we ended up on the shores of the Caribbean, in a village called Dangriga. It was the sound of the drums when we arrived – turtle shell and deerskin – that first drew us into the heart of the village.
The richness of the Garifuna, Creole, and Mayan cultures, the welcoming community, and the awesome seaside location with access to remote cayes and brilliant coral reefs proved irresistible. So the next year, we launched Island Expeditions (IE) with a single focus: to be the best adventure travel company in Belize and Central America. With the skills and knowledge we’d honed as veteran guides and with a fresh born passion for travel, we never doubted that this venture would flourish.
We’re Small, we’re Focused and we’re Passionate about adventure travelNow thirty years later, after many extraordinary adventures and more than 20,000 guests who have traveled with us, we're still as passionate as ever about the wonder and beauty of the region and her people.
Our unique style of active travel - small groups with superb leaders - has stood the test of time. And throughout, Island Expeditions has stayed focused on the pursuit of extraordinary travel, so it’s only natural that so many of our trip leaders, managers and support staff have been with us for years and we’ve become a part of the communities where we travel. The strength of these relationships fosters a fun and genuine interaction with the people of Belize and Mexico and time and again, our guests tell us that this quality sets our trips apart. Being welcomed into the home of a Mayan family, learning the secrets of traditional Garifuna cooking with your guides and forming lasting friendships with the people you meet is all part of the adventure with Island Expeditions.
Why kayak and snorkel with Island Expeditions in Belize?Each year more people choose Island Expeditions than any other company for true adventure and discovery in Belize.
With 30 years experience kayaking and snorkeling in Belize we know the reef system like few others. Choose from our all inclusive luxury basecamps on remote coral atolls to our classic sea kayak journeys paddling from island to island along the southern barrier reef. From first-time kayakers to seasoned adventurers we have a trip that matches your interests and activity level. Our guides have a reputation as the very best in the country and from the moment you arrive in sunny Belize we'll take care of all the details, so you can leave your worries and cares behind and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!
Since 1987 Island Expeditions has pioneered sea kayak and snorkel trips that have set the standard for others to follow. Who would have thought that when we first began our sea kayak and snorkel trips at little-known Glover's Reef Atoll that a decade later it would become both a treasured National Park and be recognized as a United Nations World Heritage Site. In 2003, we opened our newest basecamp on Halfmoon Caye, Lighthouse Reef. With its rare beauty and astonishing marine life it will surely become one known as a world-class sea kayak and snorkel destination.
Our exploratory river and jungle trips in Belize continue to define the cutting edge and are unequalled for wildlife, whitewater and spectacular scenery. These adventures not only bring you to the most beautiful and pristine locations in the country, but we also take you there at the right times, with the top guides in the country and with the quality gear you need to explore to the fullest. On the Barrier Reef, in the rainforest, and on the rivers our years of experience and knowledge of Belize are with you every step and paddle stroke of the way.
To offer you the widest choice of experiences, many trips are designed (and departure dates organized) so that you can combine different reef and inland trips together. Special discounts are available when two or more trips (totaling 13 days or more) are combined.