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Jim Conte
From:
San Francisco
Trip Date:
2016-01
5
Your rating: 5

A friend and I were looking for a holiday that would give us adventure, exercise and relaxation, and Island Adventures provided all of that an more. Incredibly well organized by an experienced and friendly staff, we snorkeled, SUP'd and ocean kayaked on this beautiful Island for a week. The food was delicious, the accommodations comfortable and clean. Looking forward to doing it again.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
It was recommended through a biking organization I had used before.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Ocean kayaking trip.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Try all of the activities offered: Even if it's a first-time for you, the staff is very experienced, patient and helpful in teaching you how to do it.
Darcye Cuff
From:
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Trip Date:
2016-02
5
Your rating: 5

We had a great trip this past February with Island Expeditions. Everything we had looked forward to was better than expected. On the Maya World Extension we excited about the number of bird sightings we had; in addition we very much enjoyed the lodge and our fellow guests- the staff was very courteous, helpful and clearly proud of their home.

The trip to Lighthouse Reef was wonderful - we loved the reef and the fact that we had it to ourselves much of the time. But we also loved sharing the reef with the boobies and frigate birds. They were nesting and hatching chicks which was very special to watch over our week there. Our undersea neighbours were fascinating as well. So many colourful fish, barracuda, shark, turtles and coral. As with the Maya world portion of our trip the Island Expeditions staff were amazing; always helpful, always concerned to ensure we were enjoying our holiday. They were all very special people, and I very much appreciate how much of themselves they gave. Their qualities reflect so well on the Belizean people! I would not hesitate to recommend Island Expeditions to anyone, and hope that I may return again.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Island Expeditions was known to us from 20 years ago! It took that long to get the right circumstances to make the trip.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Hard to decide, but top of the list was the diving, snorkeling and other activities in or on top of the water. Also totally enjoyed yoga on the beach each morning!
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Make the trip! I wish I would have stayed a bit longer...
scott kaplan
Trip Date:
2016-02
5
Your rating: 5

Wonderful trip away from the world. The staff were knowledgeable and enthusiastic no matter what the activity. I enjoyed snorkeling the most and the reefs offered an abundant variety of sea life that rivaled anything I'd ever seen elsewhere. We had a great time with the fellow travelers in our group.
the food was delicious and satisfying. We are true Belizers now.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Recommended by friends
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Snorkeling. Too bad I couldn't have the lobsters for dinner
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Take the 8 day stay instead of 6 to get everything in.
Juanita Olson
From:
Victoria BC
Trip Date:
2016/02
5
Your rating: 5

The Lighthouse Reef Adventure is popular for a reason and that is nature at it’s finest. The rookery with the Red-footed boobie birds and magnificent frigate birds are a joy to encounter. As well, the snorkeling at the aquarium is divine. When weather does not permit a trip to the aquarium IE has a back up plan. This time we snorkeled by Long Caye. It is all so amazing. Island Expeditions is so organized, experienced, friendly and thorough. We had another great adventure. This was our third expedition with IE and would repeat in a heartbeat.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We found IE when surfing online in 2008. That was our first trip. We like their vision and connections to the people and culture of Belize along with the expedition adventure tour aspect. This was our third and fourth time. We did a double adventure. We were impressed again.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Everything! We love being outdoors in nature in the sunshine and exploring and participating in snorkelling and kayaking in particular.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Island Expeditions is worth it and let them handle all aspects of the trip!
Laura Henchman
From:
Mexico
Trip Date:
201-03
5
Your rating: 5

Some of the kindest people you will ever meet clearly are from Belize.  The weather in March is warm and perfect.  Nice breezes and broken clouds keep you from too much heat.
The Bird's Eye View Lodge was FANTASTIC.  The Belize Biltmore Plaza was PERFECT!  Half Moon Caye Basecamp will stay in my heart forever!
All guides were awesome, but I have to single out Jack for his leadership, knowledge and ability to challenge and inspire the guests.  Bryan for his love of finding & sharing the joys of underwater.  Dayton for his ability to make ALL of us laugh and enjoy our time together.  Pablo for his calmness, leadership and knowledge of the sea and Terence (Roo) for his quiet humor as still waters run deep!
The food was FANTASTIC - thank you ladies for delicious, cooked with love meals!  Thank you for all the work your team did to make such an amazing adventure for us to share together.  FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
You offered the trip that looked the best and seemed to have a VERY good reputation.
Anthony Hodsman
From:
Ontario
Trip Date:
2015-03
4
Your rating: 4

This was our second trip to Belize so we found the country and it's people as welcoming as we had experienced the first time.  Lighthouse Reef is very insulated from the world - part of its essential charm.  Indeed it's a wonderful 'soft' adventure destination; actually it exceeded our expectations! All of the staff are clearly very proud to be working for Island Expeditions.
We would have liked to spend more time at the Crooked Tree Lodge as it was well worth the detour.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
From one of the guides - Jack Wylde. Island Expeditions offered a combination of kayaking, snorkeling and a unique (remote) destination to find an active vacation destination appropriate to our age and physical fitness. Your other options are pretty neat too!
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
When you stop at the store, don't forget to purchase extra beer!
Kipling Cancade
From:
Canada
Trip Date:
2015-02
5
Your rating: 5

The whole team of guides on Lighthouse Reef were amazing.  They were all so knowledgable of the country, history and the ocean around them....every time we went out either snorkelling or kayaking we would learn something new and found some new sea creature to check out.  The guides made sure we were comfortable and open to an activity.  They were accommodating to all.
Bol's food was amazing, we still can't stop talking about it.  We ate like Kings!  I think that the chef's should think about putting together a cookbook....I would definately pay money for that.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
My parents had traveled with IE twice already.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
All around amazing trip and would go back in a heartbeat! Between having a private island paradise, amazing guides and excursions to top-notch food, really couldn't find a better trip anywhere.
Beverly and Paul
From:
Cambridge, MA
Trip Date:
2015-02
5
Your rating: 5

We could not imagine a better time.  So organized, clean, comfortable and well-maintained.  The activities were amazing.  The staff were so caring - they worked well together with no tension at all and they all seemed to be happy to be with us and happy to see us doing well.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
The trip got great reviews on Trip Advisor. The trip emphasized snorkeling which we love. We wanted a real adventure. The write-ups were clear and confident.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Oh my. The food was out-of-this-world. Bol was such an amazing chef and presenter. Each meal he presented to us with such pride. We LOVED his cooking and choices.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Realize that you will see underwater life like you have never seen before! We have snorkeled for years and the snorkeling we did on our Lighthouse Reef Trip was by far the very best! The coral was so much more alive and healthy. The guides knew just where to take us to see Spotted Eagle Rays, schools of squid, rare fish, beautiful nurse sharks and dolphins.
Kathi and Kirby Dawson
From:
Alberta
Trip Date:
2015-02
4
Your rating: 4

We have done group trips in the past.  Although we cannot compare locations, we have to say this trip was outstanding in many areas such as value, staff, food and activities.  Island Expeditions cooks went over and above to cater to my no wheat diet...the food was outstanding.
Crooked Tree was an awesome location and staff were exceptional.  The Best Western was good, but due to location - there were not a lot of restaurants close by.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
IE offered what we were looking for and we loved the isolation location.
The Chapler Family
From:
Ontario
Trip Date:
2015-01
5
Your rating: 5

I found Belize to be a perfect destination for our family - friendly, warm, beautiful and incredible snorkeling.  I want to give the guides a special thanks - we were traveling with our two young boys (ages 8 & 5) and all of the guides were very good to them from start to finish.  It was Zack and Mason's first snorkeling trip and they are hooked.  They are already after us to book again for next year - we told them that we have to start saving!
The incredible food was Simply Spectacular!  I am a vegetarian and both cooks - Bol and Annette - made certain that I was well taken care of at each meal.  Their meal presentations added extra zip and we were so impressed.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Our friend recommended Island Expeditions - he had nothing but good things to say about his own experience and he did not lead us astray.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
To be honest, we were a little worried about spending so much money on this trip, but it proved to be worth every cent!
Tianxiang
From:
Missouri
Trip Date:
2015-04
5
Your rating: 5

First time to join a trip of Island Expedition. Felt so great with overall experience and to have two great guides, Jack and Brian. This is a trip for people love snorkeling, kayaking and ready to explore other water sports. The bird-watching tour at Crook Tree was fantastic.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Trip Date matched to what we want; Plenty choices of activities;
What was the highlight of your trip?:
A kayak trip in the open sea that enriched experiences and enhanced our skills.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
a trip for people who like nature, outdoor activities, and a little adventure.
Sandy
From:
British Columbia
Trip Date:
-
5
Your rating: 5

Great trip with adult children

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Have previously traveled with the company and were pleased
What was the highlight of your trip?:
the aquatic life, the water, the guides, the food, the yoga
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Great place to get away from the electronic world
Cindy
From:
Michigan
Trip Date:
2014-03
5
Your rating: 5

If you enjoy sun, sand, good food, excellent service, knowledgeable staff, caring people, a group of people who take care of you if there is a problem then traveling with Island Expeditions does all that and more! I have had the pleasure of going to both Lighthouse and Glover's Reef three times and plan on going again in 2015. They go above and beyond to make sure you have a vacation that is relaxing and fun. They take care of everything they can for you and the only thing they can't take care of is the weather

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
past experience and finding them originally on the Internet several years ago
What was the highlight of your trip?:
The staff and snorkeling
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Plan on having a fantastic time and relax!!
Susan Staniforth
From:
Canada
Trip Date:
2014-02
5
Your rating: 5

This was our second time at Half Moon Caye with Island Expeditions. The first trip (2013) was the "Lighthouse Getaway" and we enjoyed it so much we we decided to return for a full week this year. It was fabulous! Our main guide Pablo was excellent and all the staff worked very hard to ensure our comfort and to accommodate our activities preferences. This includes not only the staff on the ground, but the administrative staff we dealt with by phone and online but never actually met. And, it is worth noting that guides take great care to ensure safety at all times so that trying new things (for us it was paddle boarding) is an adventure to be embraced, not an experience to approach with fear. Being very familiar with Belize, we have a pretty good idea of what is good value for your money and this trip was very high value. We'll be back!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We are repeat clients.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Waking up every day and the first thing we see is the ocean from our tent cabana. And, of course watching the nesting red footed boobies - incredible!
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Bring your camera and/or sketchpad: it's an inspiring place to get creative.
Thomas Steenaerts
From:
Calgary
Trip Date:
2014-01
5
Your rating: 5

After visiting most reefs Island Expeditions has to offer, I found Half Moon Bay the most impressive, that's not to put down the others as they are all different and unforgettable. The guides and staff are what makes these trips so special, they deserve my biggest "thank you". The Belize Audubon Society maintains Lighthouse reef including looking after the rare Red Footed Booby colony found only in a few places on earth. That alone makes this island so special. New and welcome - the paddle boards, I got hooked. Make sure you bring earplugs to blot out the noise generated by the steel tent frames, don't worry about sandflies there are non on this island. As with the other reefs there is a nasty plastic debris-ring around the shores reminding us that our efforts are needed to keep this marvelous ecosystem from disappearing. Support the Belize Audubon Society and voice your objection to industrial exploitation of the second biggest reef on the planet before its too late.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
They are involved in helping the people of Belize
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Paddling out to the ship wreck, observing the bird colony. Eating Lion fish. Yoga you meet the perfect (and lovely) teacher
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Avoid the Biltmore hotel for extra stays go to the Black Orchid nearby instead, great resort, free airport shuttle.
Albert Wald
From:
San Francisco, CA
Trip Date:
2012-12
5
Your rating: 5

You hire superb people and train them well. Both Crooked Tree and Belize City Hotel were very nice. The weather on Lighthouse Reef, including the storm, was wonderful. Temp + breeze + Love it!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
This was my 5th (or 6th) trip to Belize with Island Expeditions - You are the BEST in every aspect and I've referred many friends to you. Perfect trips! Just keep up the high standards and i will come back indefinitely. You have it all worked out and hire excellent people.
Nickolas Grabovac
From:
Vancouver, BC
Trip Date:
2013-03
5
Your rating: 5

All your guides were amazing and helped make the trip such a great experience. The trip far exceeded our expectations. Bird's Eye View Lodge was wonderful and the camp at Halfmoon caye was exceptional.
We will remember our time in Belize for a long time. The people were very friendly, the weather was perfect and we are telling all of our friends they have to visit!
Island Expeditions have created something really unique and special. A fantastic combination of being fully supported in a spectacular setting, without being a resort. The perfect mix!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Lighthouse Reef seemed like such a unique experience, and it was!
Bethany Harper
From:
Toronto, ON
Trip Date:
2013-03
5
Your rating: 5

I was looking for an adventure trip for my son and me and this turned out better than we could have imagined. The group dynamic was great, the island was beautiful and so well kept, the food was fantastic and the staff were above and beyond amazing. From kayaking and snorkelling to yoga, volleyball and board games, we never missed the internet! I will definitely recommend Island Expeditions.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Trip itinerary, reviews on Trip advisor, availability, price. It was comforting to receive the emails and all the detailed info packages, as well as the pre trip phone call.

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