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Pioneers in Sustainable Tourism

What began as a road trip for a few guides headed south for the winter to stretch out the paddling season, has evolved into a model of sustainable tourism.

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Transformational travel might be the latest buzzword, but we’ve been practitioners, and believers,that experiential travel changes lives, since establishing Island Expeditions in 1987. 

We introduced the modern sea kayak to Belize in 1987, and 20 years later, brought the first stand-up paddleboards to the country’s seldom explored coral reefs and tropical cayes. 

For the first 15 years of our operation, we worked intimately with the local community, to build lasting relationships. We recruited dive fisherman and bush hunters, with no background in tourism, to work as our guides. 

It’s a pleasure to continue to collaborate closely with the local community, and employ the next generation of guides -- skilled instructors, fully qualified Swift Water Rescue technicians, Belizeans who are adept at bridging the world they grew up in - cooking over open fires and sleeping in hammocks with their siblings - with your world and expectations of comfort and leisure. 

Named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, our trips have been acclaimed by Outside Magazine and the Globe and Mail. And just as importantly, 30,000 guests, and counting. Be part of a 30 year tradition of seeking out timeless and unspoiled places. Let Belize and Island Expeditions rekindle your wonder and coax your inner adventurer into the wild. 

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“classic ‘soft' adventure that's perfect for the whole family. From hammock-slung porches to some of the best sea kayaking and snorkeling in the world.” 

Eugene Buchanan
Former Editor-in-Chief, Paddler magazine

Sea Kayak Sailing Belize with Island Expeditions
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Recent Blog Posts

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The Globe and Mail: Corals, Cayes and Cocktails in Belize
2018-10-18

Last March, we were delighted to have travel writer Guy Nicholson, from The Globe and Mail join us at our Glover's Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye.

Visiting the Rainforests of Belize: Where To Go and What To See
2018-10-11

The rainforests of Belize are some of the most pristine and secluded in the world and are home to an astonishingly varied mix of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and birds.

Belize Flight Deals and Updated Route Information
2018-10-01

Start packing, we’ve found some great flight deals to get you to Belize. We searched the best fares for flights to Belize from both Canada and the US for this fall and winter.