Reviewing my five days on Glover’s Reef with Island Expeditions defies the use of ordinary adjectives.
Living on the beach in a roomy, comfortable tent with all of Belize’s natural beauty a step away was sublime. Glover’s Reef was everything I imagined a UNESCO World Heritage Site to be and more. The easily accessible pristine reefs are teeming with an amazing variety of fish and invertebrate life, a real treat for snorkelers. The cayes revealed their individual complements of bird and plant species. Mike and Jazz clearly love Belize’s natural treasures. They brought it all alive for the guests, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the reef environment freely.
I went on some spectacular SCUBA dives on the east wall of the of the Belize Barrier Reef with the wonderful people at Isla Marisol, our next door neighbors on Glover’s. The wall is a stunning ecosystem, hidden beneath the water a few hundred yards from the beach.
Our group was treated to beautiful meals, made from scratch from fresh Belizian ingredients. Annette fed us, body and soul, with delicious, nutritious offerings. Each meal was a celebration. The highlight was a family style meal on a beautifully decorated table featuring foliage and flowers from our home base, Southwest Caye.
The heart of Belize, particularly Garifuna culture, were given life by Mike. Learning about Belize in the context of its people and culture added dimensions to my appreciation of this special place.
Belize is embedded in my soul. It’s a special place on earth, rich in history, culture and natural wonders. I’m so happy to be a three time visitor, each time with Island Expeditions!
With a planet like this, who needs heaven?!
I had the most amazing adventure vacation and would highly recommend for anyone who wants to enjoy Belize at its finest. The accomodations, food, sporting equipment and knowledge of the guides was completely outstanding. We became a family with our fellow adventurers and now have life long friendships! Thank you Island Expeditions
Guides are amazingly knowledgeable, funny, interested.
Good food that is different every night.
Activities are diverse and top of line interesting.
Glover reef is beautiful, the corals are in good shape.
Tropical Ed. Centre was a great place to meet.
The whole organisation is very professional.
We highly recommended this trip for children.
We had an extraordinary time at Glover's Reef. We had a seamless transition on this second part of our trip from Lighthouse Reef to Glover's Reef because we left it to the experts at IE! Glover's Reef has excellent patch reefs where we had fantastic snorkelling opportunities. We also enjoyed kayaking, SUP, fishing, Yoga, delicious food and all at a spectacular base camp on the edge of the Reef. What more could you ask for?
Our trip with Island Expeditions was fantastic. The arrangements were perfect, the guides friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Snorkeling at Glover's Reef was the best we ever had. The beach cabanas were comfy, the setting gorgeous. I would highly recommend Island Expeditions for your trip to Belize.
The guides were fabulous! Leonard was so kind and full of information, whether on the road or on the water; Kyle was wonderful on the paddle board, especially with our 7 yr. old daughter, his playfulness and ease and fun with games with the kids saved us; Juan Carlos is truly superb in his conveying information and making us all feel as passionate about Belize as he is; Michael was great - funny with his reggae jam and positive attitude; Ven shared with us some of his Mayan culture and was so quick with a smile; and Bernaldo was so competent and well-informed and made us all feel we were in such good hands. Congratulations to you for having such great and diverse individuals leading the trip. Thank you and well done!
Amazing food. so delicious! The chefs were wonderful about accommodating our family's food issues and they were welcoming and fun.
I found the country incredibly interesting with its history and mix of different cultures. I feel like we got a really wonderful introduction and learned a lot. Weather was great!
I never thought that I would stand on a paddle board at the age of 60! But I did and had fun. I have now sailed in a kayak. I wasn't sold on the idea of cave tubing, but it turned out to be a great experience. Being Gluten Free, I cannot believe the number of gluten free desserts that were made for me. I did not lose any weight on this trip. The people in Belize on this trip and apart from it were so helpful....it appears to be a country that is relatively safe for a woman to travel around in (with the exception of Belize City itself).
I've never felt so prepared for a trip. Absolutely loved the packing list and opportunity to ask questions during the phone call a week before my trip! Phenomenal food. I was so grateful to have a special meal prepared just for me on curry night. I will never forget the presentations of the meals by Lady D and CY, or the opportunity to eat the barracuda caught by Taiga during our groups fishing trip.
We are a family of 5 and we went to Glovers Reef over Christmas. We had an outstanding time during our trip. We really enjoyed all the activities on the island including snorkeling, kayaking, standup paddling and fly fishing. The food was simply outstanding and the staff was very good at programming activities and being able to accommodate all of our family with ages from 9 to 51 years old.
The trip from start to end was most enjoyable. We started out adding an extra day to see ALTUN HA - a Mayan ruin. It was costly [$60/per person for a family of 4 for a morning taxi tour ] but well worth it. It seems that this type of trip attracts people who automatically get along - we soon became a close knit family! The caves were amazing, so much more than we ever could have dreamed of. Our guide JC was excellent. The Belize Zoo is a great experience for young and old alike, all the animals are indigenous and in appropriate settings. Our accommodations were simple but comfortable and pleasant. The trip to Dangriga lets you see a little of the inland countryside. Seeing the island -where we were staying for the next 5 days - as we were coming nearer in the boat it was''love at 1st sight". It is a charming place - little white tents under palm trees. We had everything we needed - a great cook Bol, 3 patient guides and lots of sunshine. The outings to snorkel, etc. were wonderful. We all adjusted well to the environmental bathroom facilities. There was great sadness when we had to return to the ''real world ''and now we share our great memories.
The trip was excellent, very well organized and the guides were all very friendly and extremely helpful. Our 12 year old son really enjoyed the variety of activities. Overall, we all enjoyed and would highly recommend it.
The Glover's Reef trip was amazing. The setting was beautiful and the kayaking was great. I so enjoyed seeing so many different types of fish and rays. We even saw a turtle swimming by. I also tried two new things - paddleboarding and sailing a kayak. The guides were unbelievably warm, helpful, knowledgeable and personable. The food was delicious!! I was a little hesitant going on the trip because I was traveling by myself but I had nothing to fear. The other members of the group were so welcoming and interesting that I made lifelong friends. Glover's reef was one of my best trips.
This trip was so much fun. Kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and lots of snorkeling. Not to mention tubing thru a cave in the dark! A great trip with variety of activities. On top of this was great food - don't worry about bring snack food, you will not need it. Wish my whole family could have joined us.
Island Expeditions has friendly knowledgeable staff. The food was excellent and loved the presentation at every meal. Good organization of daily activities. I will be planning another Island Expedition trip!!
We were thrilled to discover Island Expeditions. Upon our return, we felt that we had really connected with the people and the land. Of all the travelling I have done, this was one of the best experiences.
My kids, who had never snorkeled or kayaked before, are already campaigning to go on another Island Expeditions trip. We all had a fabulous time.
We LOVED our time, we will definately be doing another trip with Island Expeditions. The staff impressed us in so many ways and the experiences were dreams come true...ten years in the saving and making. Thank you!
We were not expecting the quality of the cuisine to be so amazing. A true creator. Loved the presentation before every meal. Loved that the staff were so happy and got along with each other. Loved that it was Belizean, local food.
My daughter (11 yrs old) and myself had the most incredible time. Group dynamic was fantastic and the guides were all so personable and great fun to chat with.