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Photography in Belize

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

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Batteries can be recharged while at our Basecamps, at select times each day. You can charge batteries at lodges or hotels. You will not be able to recharge batteries while on the river.  It is important to keep these cameras in an air and water-tight storage container.  Otherwise the salt air and seawater will penetrate the housing and affect its performance.  For kayak trips, a separate waterproof box or bag is highly recommended.


DSLR cameras with a wide angle (24 mm, 28 mm) and zoom (28-70 mm) or telephoto lenses (35-80 mm, 70-210 mm) are good combinations.  A ‘universal lens’ 28-150 mm zoom with macro is very useful.  A wide-angle coverage flash is very useful for filling in shadows and reducing high light contrast.  For wildlife photographers, a 300 mm or longer lens is needed.

Because of the nature of our travel, a waterproof system such as the ‘Pelican’ case to keep your camera dry is highly recommended.  For kayak and river trips, this plastic hard-shell box can be mounted on the deck of your sea kayak or in your river boat and will give the best protection from the elements, as well as allow you quick access to your camera.  Bring along a few silica gel packs to absorb moisture within your camera box.

Waterproof cameras are especially suitable for reef and river trips.  It is advisable to have your camera equipment insured.

NOTE:  Camera equipment and other electronics should be waterproofed for all boat transfers and while in the kayaks.  Hard cases such as Pelican Brand Cases are the best, but a small dry bag with some kind of padding can also work well.