Supplies & Logistics for Glover's Getaway & Kayak Rental Combo
Purchasing supplies in Belize is possible as long as you are willing to be innovative with the materials you find. We strongly recommend purchasing any camping or specialty gear at home before you arrive in Belize. Basic hardware supplies are available and local gas stations carry kerosene and fuels. White gas and Coleman propane cylinders are available to purchase at our office. More and more people are choosing to dehydrate their own food nowadays and this can be a healthy and convenient menu option.
You will be departing for Glover’s Atoll at 10am on Sunday morning. You will need to have all of your personal gear and food organized and ready to transport before you depart by boat to Glover’s Reef. Also, make sure you leave enough time on Saturday to purchase, pack, and organize your gear and food. To facilitate this we recommend you arrive into Belize on the Friday. Once you have your gear packed you will leave it at our Operations Base in a secure storage area and it will be delivered to Tobacco Caye for the start of your kayak rental portion of the trip on Tuesday afternoon.
Please note - you cannot bring out your camp and food supplies for the kayak rental portion of the trip on the boat to Glover’s Reef and you will not be returning to Dangriga or the mainland prior to starting the kayak rental. At the end of your trip we are assuming you are planning to paddle back into Dangriga. Be aware this can involve open sea paddling of approximately 2-4 hours, depending on conditions. Please remember if you need to arrange a boat charter back in to Dangriga it is best to do this when you make your reservation or before you head out to the Cayes. Boat charter costs varies from $200-300 USD depending on the location you need to be picked up from.
Belize has an amazing variety of different foods. Because of its ties to the Commonwealth and established trade routes, imported foods are available. North American and European snack foods can also be found, but if you have one thing from home that you must have it is best to arrive into the country already supplied. It is best to stock up on basic dry foods in Dangriga where you can readily find rice, beans, flour, biscuits, and breads. Oranges and other citrus fruits are quite inexpensive and readily available as are a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables. The local open air market in Dangriga is open Monday to Saturday each week and this is the best place to pick-up any fresh supplies. For those doing the Glover’s Reef Getaway and Kayak Rental we can provide you with a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable order form on arrival into Dangriga so that you can have these fresh food items delivered with your gear to the offshore Cayes.
For those people heading out to the Barrier Reef , we recommend arriving at least one day before your rental (remember most stores in Dangriga are closed on Sundays) to stock up on supplies in Dangriga. At this point you can also speak with one of our staff about your paddling routes. There are a limited number of "camper friendly" Cayes and areas for replenishing water supplies, which are best discussed when you arrive in Belize. If you have any other questions about trip planning please contact our office 1-800-667-1630 for additional details.
When paddling in the tropics hydration is your primary concern. Because of very limited supply of potable drinking water on the Cayes it is essential you have an ample water supply to keep you hydrated for the duration of your trip. We do ask that you bring your own water bags or containers. One 2 gallon water bag per person is provided with a rental package.
While most of mainland Belize’s water is potable, water on the Cayes is of unknown origin and therefore suspect. We recommend that any water you are unsure of be treated with some kind of water purification system. The treatment we use is called Pristine (www.pristine.ca) which is a chlorite based system and can be found at most outdoor travel outfitters. Water purification options are readily available in North America so plan to bring this along with you.
Our Operations Base in Dangriga monitors a Marine VHF radio and if you bring your own VHF marine band radio you may be able to communicate with our Dangriga base while on the Cayes. Contact our office 1-800-667-1630 for more details. Confirm with the office in Dangriga as to what Marine channel they currently monitor. Channels 68, 72, 74 are also commonly monitored by other resorts and local fisherman. The International Emergency channel is 16 and is monitored by most pleasure crafts and fisherman, but cannot be solely relied upon.
Cellular phones are also available for rent at the Belize City International Airport from Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL). In fair weather cell phone coverage ranges from 7-8 miles offshore. Radio and cell phone communications can be found at: Tobacco Caye, Southwater Caye, and Coco Plum Caye.
*NOTE: there is no VHF channel broadcasting weather conditions in Belize. It is important that you check weather conditions BEFORE you depart for the reef. A traditional AM/FM radio may be able to pick up local broadcasts containing weather reports.
BELIZE MARINE CHARTS
For the most accurate information regarding the Belize Barrier Reef and atolls we recommend the British Admiralty series of marine charts. For paddling on the Southern Barrier Reef, as well as in and around Dangriga, you should obtain the following chart:
British Admiralty Chart #1797 - Monkey River to Colson Point. It may be found in your area or you can contact Maritime Services in Vancouver, BC and they can send it to you in advance.
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Hotel stays may be needed before or after your kayak trip in either Dangriga or Belize City. Below are some suggestions we recommend. They are chosen for their location and good value:
Pal’s Guesthouse: 868 A Magoon Street, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize
Tel: 011-501-522-2365 Fax: 011-501-522-2095
Email: email@example.com Website: www.palsbelize.com
*Convenient on-the-beach location (next to our Dangriga office), near the center of town, and just under a 5 minute walk from the bus terminal. Pal's offers clean, quiet, comfortable, and relaxing accommodations at competitive and affordable prices.
Belize Biltmore Hotel: 3-1/2 miles Northern Highway, Belize City, Belize, Central America
Tel: 011-501-223-2302 Fax: 011-501-223-2301
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.belizebiltmore.com
*A clean, comfortable, and moderately priced hotel outside the city center. Newly renovated with central courtyard and a swimming pool.
On reef trips you will likely be camping on islands of varying size and character. Often the islands have coconut trees and white coral sands, other times a large part of the island may be covered with mangroves. To ensure a good night’s sleep, a quality sleeping pad (Thermarest or equivalent) will help smooth out uneven terrain. A pillow can be made from a jacket/sweater stuffed into a pillowcase. A small length of nylon cord (15-20 ft) makes an excellent clothesline to dry out your wet gear and air out bedding. A lightweight sleeping bag or blanket and sheet will be more comfortable than a bulky sleeping bag as well as being easier to pack into a kayak. Please remember that most Cayes have some sort of ownership and that you must ask someone prior to camping. Most owners will ask for a small contribution for camping fees, please enquire at our office for details.
Snorkeling: While out snorkeling it is very important that you not touch any of the corals, whether alive or dead. Although it may seem harmless, oils from our hands can effect living tissue on both soft and hard corals. Also, there are many species of corals which are dangerous and can sting or burn when touched, so please do NOT touch the coral. Also, please avoid touching the sandy bottom with your fins while snorkeling in areas where there are live corals. The sand and sediment kicked up from your fins will damage the corals. If you need to stop or rest or adjust your mask while snorkeling please turn over on your back and keep a horizontal position in the water.
Walking on the Barrier Reef: While out paddling and snorkeling, please do NOT walk on the Barrier Reef. Although it appears the Barrier Reef is made of dead coral, the truth is there are many invertebrates and smaller creatures living among the rubble zone and walking on it can either damage or kill some of these creatures. It is forbidden to walk on the reef anywhere in Belize. Please respect the corals!