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Rochelle Sneddon
From:
Vancouver BC Canada
Trip Date:
2017-04
5
Your rating: 5

This was the trip of a life time! Everything went smoothly. From the transfers, the accommodation, the guides, the chefs, the food, the weather, the water, the kayaks, the snorkelling, the diving, everything went off without a hitch. I stayed on for the Rainforest Extension and I am so very glad I did. It was amazing. And when you have come this far you should take advantage of the extensions. We hiked, we repelled waterfalls, lazed in fresh water pools in the jungle and zip lined through the jungle... The perfect way to top off our time when not on the water :)

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I had sat through a presentation that Island Expedition gave for a kayaking club and was hooked.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
I must admit it is very hard to choose one thing, but everything was focused on and or around the water, so it was the water! The cleanest, warmest, blue-aqua water. The reefs were amazing (I thought even better than the GBR as they were right at our doorstep), the kayaking was brilliant, the night ocean dips under the stars were surreal. The water was magic.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Book now! It was one of the best experiences of my life. I can say it was my favourite water trip.
Kevin Murphy
From:
Richmond, BC, Canada
Trip Date:
2016-04
5
Your rating: 5

Our Paradise Islands tour was a superb opportunity to see Belize up close and personal. We were blessed with a small group (3 guests and 1 guide), great weather, easy waters for kayaking and snorkeling. We started in Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge where Mr Ed and his staff took great care of us with fabulous local food, comfortable cabanas built over the reef so we could sit out on our back deck and watch the rays and fish hover about. Kimike, our guide, had us out kayaking the first afternoon along the barrier reef where we saw large eagle rays and an osprey flying off with a parrot fish in its talons. We paddled over to Tobacco Caye Range, a large mangrove forest, about 2.5 Km away where we encountered cormorants, pelicans by the score, southern rays and ospreys. After Tobacco Caye, we paddle/sailed our kayaks down to South Water Caye and stayed with International Zoological Expeditions where our cabana was situated adjacent to the eastern mangrove forest on the Caye. From our deck we could watch herons carefully hunting for small crabs and lizards. Once again, the staff cooked excellent local meals and are very friendly. We snorkeled off the beach using our kayaks and also paddled over to Carrie Bow Caye where the Smithsonian Institute has a research facility. The managers gave us a tour of the operations and were very informative. Kimike had us paddleboarding that afternoon, teaching us the basics as he demonstrated his skill at yoga on the water! Our last day involved a long paddle down to Billyhawk Caye, weaving in and out of a large mangrove range on the way down, disturbing huge southern rays as we glided over their hollows, listening to ospreys call from their perches and enjoying a great lunch of conch stew, salad and rice at Billyhawk Caye. We gathered our possessions and said goodbye to the kayaks. Our last snorkel was in the reefs near the Bread and Butter Islands, just south of the Caye. The size and variety of the soft coral was astounding along with a profusion of brightly colored fish of all types.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had a great time last year at Lighthouse Reef on Half Moon Caye and had no qualms about signing up again for a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions. This year we added extra time at Bocawina, Glover's Atoll and Pook's Hill with the IE staff arranging and booking rooms, transfers, local flights.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye where Joan had a chance to swim alongside a huge eagle ray. Nighttime snorkeling for the first time, where we saw an octopus, rays, channel crabs and conchs. Learning about coconut milk and Belizean rum in combination was delightful!
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Be prepared to travel light as all your baggage is going into dry bags and stowed in the kayaks. IE staff will look after your larger baggage in the office while you are out on the water. Bring long sleeved synthetic T shirts and tights for paddling and kayaking to protect against the sun and reduce your need for sunscreen. An infinity scarf can also cover your face and scalp while snorkeling.
Gale. and Garry Koteles
From:
Canada
Trip Date:
2015 De
4
Your rating: 4

We travelled to Belize in Dec to get away from the old north to feel the warm breezes and warm waters of the south. We enjoyed the fresh fruits .Loved the kayaking and snorkeling. It was great fun to watch the stingrays float by in the water from the cabanas. Loved stopping on the reef for lunch before paddling.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Well organized
What was the highlight of your trip?:
SUP attempts was fun
Gale and Garry Koteles
From:
Canada
Trip Date:
2015 De
4
Your rating: 4

We traveled to Belize in December to get away from the cold north , and to feel the warm breeze and warm water. Loved the kayaking and snorkeling The fresh melons and fruit were delicious as we do not get them fresh back home. We could watch the stingrays float by in the mornings from our cabanas. We stopped for lunch on the reef before paddling on.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Well organized
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Lunch on the reef in the water with our kayaks.
Karen Holmes
From:
Phoenix AZ
Trip Date:
2015-12
5
Your rating: 5

This was one of those trips of a lifetime, filled with challenges as well as relaxation. The group provided lovely bonding and helping experiences in the blue waters. I would do this again and again and again!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I was looking for adventure and found it!
What was the highlight of your trip?:
The kayaking was invigorating and the snorkeling was blissfully serene. I loved the food and the exciting challenges of the life of adventure. Somewhere along the way, I lost the stress in my life. A blissful trip! I must return.........
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Jump in! Get wet! Learn something new! Challenge yourself!
Bob Hollander
From:
Milton, WI USA
Trip Date:
2016/03
4
Your rating: 4

I have been on several very nice tropical kayaking themed trips over the past few years. I chose Belize this year because of the wide variety of actiivtiies and the ability to add extensions. I was not disappointed. The trip was all that it was advertised and I thoroughly enjoyed everthing. The paddling great, the snorkeling even better. I tried kayak sailing, which I will do again and SUP, which I'm glad I did but probably won't do again. I'm 70 years old and I think I handled the physical stuff pretty good and never felt any pressure from the guides (or other guests) to keep up. I particularly enjoyed the rain forest extension.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I love to go on kayak based trips in the middle of winter here, but I am past the stage where I want to sleep on the ground. IE gave me that opportunity in a place I had not been before.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
The snorkling
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Bring lots of sunscreen
F
Trip Date:
2015-02
5
Your rating: 5

A great trip. Well organized. The guides, Omar and Kimike were very professional and knowledgeable. The snorkelling was good and there was lots of variety with the different islands we went to . The food was excellent and plentiful and there were unexpected delights like the night visit to the Belize zoo and a 'coconut' talk by Omar. We had an amazing time. Thanks so much.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Saw the ad in Outside magazine. I'd always wanted to paddle the Barrier reefs and snorkel and the fact that it was based in B.C. , helped us to decide to choose I.E.
What was the highlight of your trip?:
This is a difficult question to answer since there were so many highlights. The night visit to the Belize zoo was a definite highlight. The experience of paddling and snorkelling and sailing and the great accommodations are all highlights. This trip exceeded my hopes and expectations.
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Follow the packing list suggestions and you will be well-prepared.
Amy & Eric Girardi
From:
Cresco, Pennsylvania
Trip Date:
2013-04
5
Your rating: 5

All of the guides were very accommodating and each had a great sense of humor...made the trip fun. All guides were very interesting sharing so much info about Belizian geography, culture, animals and plants. I quickly felt a comfort level with them all.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I liked the description on the website
What was the highlight of your trip?:
I thoroughly enjoyed all the seafood. I am now crazy for coconut shrimp soup and enjoyed experiencing conch for the first time. I also liked the different juices, especially the cucumber, watermelon and hibiscus juices. Marie Sharp's banana jam rocks!
Karen DiFant
From:
Calgary, Alberta
Trip Date:
2013-04
5
Your rating: 5

I have travelled alot and this was one of the best trips ever taken. The guides were enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgable. The locals made us feel comfortable and appreciated us for choosing Belize as a destination. Our guide was an abundance of knowledge and I will never look at the ocean the same way after his explanations of the fish, coral and what goes on under water. Belize was great as it is English speaking, friendly and safe.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Recommended by a travel agent.
Steve Luce
From:
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trip Date:
2013-03
5
Your rating: 5

These guys are good...they took great care to see we were trained and safe...Omar is a great Kayak guide and naturist...Mike is an outstanding snorkle guide and great host....they are very educated about the islands and lifestyle...very patient and fun to hang out with.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Recommendations from friends
What was the highlight of your trip?:
Exactly what we expected and even nicer than we expected.