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Ellen Chesney
From:
Vancouver BC
Trip Date:
2018-03
4
Your rating: 4

We had an absolutely great time on the Glover's Getaway - Kayak Rental Combo. Glover's was spectacular - comfortable tent cabanas, fantastic snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding, expert, friends and fun support from knowledgeable guides, and fabulous food. The only way we could have improved our Glover experience would have been staying longer. We really enjoyed the opportunity to rent kayaks and do our own travel as the next chapter. Again, fantastic snorkelling and beautiful paddling in 80 degree, clear blue waters. If only we had landed the four foot barracuda that was on the line! For others taking this combo, just be prepared that camping is fairly limited on the cayes and is far removed from the style of wilderness kayaking experienced, for example, on the BC west coast. But it never hurts to have access to a cold beer at the local beach bar, and the people we met are a big part of the great memories we have. Major call out to all the IE staff and guides - they were, without exception, friendly, professional, and committed to making our trip as enjoyable as possible. One really great thing about this combo is how smart they manage the logistics - enabling you to leave heavy gear with the office while you're at Glover, dropping the heavy gear off for you along with a fresh produce order when you get your kayaks, and storing the heavy stuff once more when we went inland for a few days. Great times - thanks IE.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had been aware of Island Expediions for a few years but various things got in the way of travelling with them. However, when the rain of Vancouver got too much to bear this winter, we went looking for a warm weather adventure and kayak trip. As experienced kayakers, we were less interested in a guided trip but needed to rent kayaks and get local intelligence. The Glover/Kayak rental combo was exactly what we needed - a few luxury (for us :)) days at the beautiful Glover Reef base camp where guides created super fun experiences and cooks prepared super delicious food. Followed by easy logistics to then rent kayaks, provision, and head out on our own another five or six days. It was exactly what we were looking for -- and when we became aware of the RainForest extension we decided to add that on as well so we could get the rain forest experience as well.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
It's hard to name one highlight. The snorkelling was fantastic. The 80 degree, clear blue ocean was delightful. All of the staff we encountered through IE were absolutely terrific and went out of their way to make us welcome and satisfy any needs we had.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Someone we encountered along the way said "if this is your first trip to Belize and you made it to Glover Reef, you're doing really well". And we were. Glover is exceptionally beautiful and I would highly recommend going there - my only suggestion is you might want to stay longer. We left wishing we could have stayed a few more days, it was just too beautiful to leave and we were loving the snorkelling, the kayak sailing and paddleboarding, the fabulous food and the great support from super knowledgeable and friendly guides. My only advice to those doing self-directed kayak travel is to not expect wilderness camping. We had a terrific time, but be prepared that all of the cayes are privately owned and developed either by individuals or resorts. Not necessariy a bad thing - everywhere we camped there was a bar! But a long ways from wilderness camping so just manage your expectations.
David Wiebe
From:
New Westminster
Trip Date:
2018-03
5
Your rating: 5

Belize is an ideal destination for some warm-water kayaking, and Island Expeditions is the right company to use. Glover's Reef provides the perfect introduction to Belize - spectacular location, amazing snorkeling and outstanding staff. From there, you can venture off on your own to explore by kayak this remarkable country and meet more of its people. Highly recommended.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
IE offered the activities we were looking for, at a great price, and with a solid reputation.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Where to begin? Arrival on Glover's. The snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. The white sand, warm breezes and lingering sunset. Actually, the highlight of our entire trip was probably the interactions with IE staff and Belizians we met along the way. Amazing people.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Start packing.
Linda and Jeffrey
From:
Canada
Trip Date:
Dec 3
5
Your rating: 5

Stunningly beautiful, warm and knowledgeable staff, adventure on safe seas. Loved our experience

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Option to have both adventure and and introduction to the environment
What was the highlight of your trip?:
We set off into the unknown to see South Water, Billy Hawk and Coco Plum Cayes. On Billy Hawk we found a perfect campsite with beer a freshwater shower and lots of quiet to experience the beautiful waters. Equipment was in good nick and great support for weather reports from Andy at Base. Companionship at Tobacco Caye and on route was amazing.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Be flexible, smile and be open to fellow travelers.
Christian Boone
From:
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Trip Date:
2016-04
5
Your rating: 5

Looking for a great getaway and a chance to unplug, then look no further. Island Expeditions provided this and so much more. All the staff were welcoming and professional and ensured that our vacation was their top priority. My wife and I signed up for the Glover's Getaway & Rental Combo and we loved every minute of our trip. Everything was very well organized and we were well taken care of.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Great local company and we heard so many great things about their operations and professionalism.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
It was all a highlight, but if I had to pick one it was my wife and I lying in a hammock under the full moon on an island we had all to ourselves.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Ask a lot of questions along the way and always immerse yourself in the local culture.
Drew Danniels
From:
Calgary, Alberta
Trip Date:
2013-02
5
Your rating: 5

Tim was very helpful planning my solo part of the trip! People are friendly and have an attitude of 'make it work for you'.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Organization, Equipment, Activities, Value and the Food
Amy Rohof
From:
Calgary, Alberta
Trip Date:
2013-04
4
Your rating: 4

Generally we found the information provided beforehand could have been a little more detailed, especially regarding the camping logistics. Pal's was adequate for one night and convenient to the base.
The organization and efficiency of our trip was outstanding, as were the conditions of the camps. The food at Glover's camp was outstanding!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
The only company that offered the combination of guided and self-guided trips.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Belize is AMAZING! The people were friendly and the weather fantastic.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
There would be great value in simply including a stove and fuel in the rental package.