A 5 day Reef-Only Island Basecamp Adventure. Paddle, Snorkel and Explore the Reefs and White Sand Cayes of Glover’s Atoll
The Glover’s Reef Adventure allows you to explore and stay on Glover’s Atoll, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles offshore of mainland Belize.
Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.
On this remote reef adventure you will enjoy flexibility in your choice of daily guided activities. You and your traveling companions can do things together or separately, making it ideal for families and couples of mixed abilities.
- Paddle, kayak sail, fish or SUP as you explore this pristine group of tropical islands set within a turquoise lagoon.
- Snorkel some of the 700 patch reefs in this thriving coral reef system.
- Stay at our Adventure Basecamp on Southwest Caye, a 13 acre island within Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Sleep in comfortable, safari style tent cabanas and dine on fresh seafood, tropical fruit, and local favorites.
- Join one of our special trip departures featuring a guest yoga instructor and start your day with an amazing sunrise yoga session!
Day 1 - Depart on an early morning boat charter to our Southwest Caye Adventure Basecamp. Settle into your tent cabana, then join your guides for a briefing on sea kayaking, snorkeling and tropical water safety. Later today, paddle with your group to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 sites on Glover's Reef Atoll.
Day 2-4 - During your stay on Glover's, you will have plenty of time to explore the protected lagoon, turquoise waters and coral reefs of this spectacular Marine Reserve System. Guided activities include kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayak sailing, snorkeling and fishing. Another Basecamp favorite is to enjoy some 'hammock time' with a refreshing drink and a good book!
Day 5 - On this final day on the reef, consider getting up early to watch a beautiful Belizean sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, you may want to get out on a paddleboard one last time before your boat arrives to transport you back to the mainland. A picnic lunch is served at our Dangriga Operations Base, and our staff will assist you with connecting with the next leg of your journey.
7 Night Option also available - Please contact us for details
Special Departure Available on this trip from Feb 5-9, 2020: Glover's SUP Adventure & Skills Camp with Norm Hann
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The trip starts at our Dangriga office on Day 1 at 9 am. Here you will check in with our Island Expeditions’ team and meet your fellow travelers before heading out to the reef. Due to the early morning check in time (this is when we load luggage and gear into the boat), we suggest that you arrive in Dangriga the night prior, or coordinate with our office to make sure you don't miss the boat! We can assist with domestic flights from Belize International Airport or other parts of Belize, as well as accommodation suggestions for the night prior to your trip.
We depart by charter boat to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye, located on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a camp orientation before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will begin by showing you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. Once that’s done, you and your group will go paddling to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer.
Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences, as well as weather conditions. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), learning to sail a kayak and fishing. In the mornings we host informative sessions on the history of Belize, its unique marine ecosystem and the local culture. Just a stone’s throw from shore are excellent fishing waters, where guests can fly fish for bonefish or tarpon. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch
Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and have a leisurely coffee on the dock. You may want to watch the sun rise over the atoll, then enjoy a hearty breakfast and get out on a paddleboard one last time. The boat charter departs around mid-morning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in Dangriga at our Operations Base. A picnic lunch is served, and our helpful staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.
Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 5, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required from Dangriga to Belize International Airport (BZE). Our office can confirm current pricing and book your arrangements. Flight & Hotel Packages are also available.
Please note all itineraries are subject to change depending on weather or safety considerations. Flexibility as our guest and as an international traveler is the key to an awesome experience.
Glover's Reef Atoll
Thirty six miles offshore lie a group of tropical islands, cradled within a turquoise lagoon and surrounded by a living coral reef.
Glover’s Reef Atoll, considered one of the richest tropical marine environments in the entire Caribbean is protected as a Marine Reserve and is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Atoll is 32 km long by 12 km wide, encompassing a turquoise clear shallow lagoon with an estimated 850 coral heads and pinnacles rising to the surface. On the eastern edge of the atoll, five post-card perfect sand cayes, fringed with coconut palms lie atop the reef crest. The prevailing NE Trade winds blow across hundreds of miles of open sea before reaching the atoll where the swells break and dissipate in foaming white surf. This east wall of the atoll is breached in three places by channels, allowing for a tidal flow of water into the lagoon that sustains one of the most diverse coral ecosystems in the Caribbean.
At our Basecamp perched on the white sand shores of Southwest Caye - with stunning views facing east over the main reef crest and the open Caribbean Sea - we are ideally located for snorkelling, SUP, sea kayaking and kayak sailing, diving and fishing. Led by guides who are skilled naturalists and fishermen, marine biologists and kayakers, your experience at Glover’s is a blend of adventure, island culture, tropical vacation and learning. The remarkable abundance of life and the complex, simple beauty of this richest of tropical marine environments leaves its mark on all those who are fortunate enough to visit.
Glover's Atoll - One of three coral atolls offshore of Belize, Glover's Reef was named after the English pirate John Glover who used this remote offshore ring of islands and coral reefs as a base from which to raid Spanish merchant ships during the 17th century.
Today, the attractions found within the atoll (20 miles long by 7 miles wide) are the incredible clarity of the water and the remarkable profusion of marine life. In 1993, the atoll was declared a marine park and to further efforts to protect this extraordinary environment, the atoll was designated as a World Heritage Site, in 1996. We travel and explore this extraordinary area from our fully-equipped basecamp by sea-kayak, paddling and sailing the shallow 82 square mile lagoon with over 700 patch reefs. The reefs of Belize have long been known as the richest and most developed in the Caribbean, and Glover's is the best in Belize!
Yoga By The Sea - Awaken your mind, body, and spirit in Belize through the gentle practice of yoga in stunning natural surroundings.
For the early risers and the stiff-legged, this one's for you. We have been offering guided yoga sessions on select Basecamp departures for over a decade now, and our only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner! Yoga and Caribbean sunrises are a match made in heaven. Moving through a restorative yoga session is a perfect way to unlock the body for the day of paddling and snorkeling that lays ahead. For the serious yoga practitioners, we're offering a dedicated yoga retreat on Southwater Caye for the very first time in collaboration with Shawna Zylstra of Gypsy Souls Yoga.