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Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves Belize

Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves

Mayan Ruins, Ancient Ceremonial Caves, then out to the white sand cayes of Glover’s Atoll for paddling, snorkeling and reef exploration

Mayan Ruins, Ancient Ceremonial Caves, then out to the white sand cayes of Glover’s Atoll for paddling, snorkeling and reef exploration


7 Days / 6 Nights
$1899 USD or $2199 CAD
When: Weekly, November through April
Starts: Belize City
Ends: Dangriga
Activities: Swimming Stand-up Paddle Boarding Snorkeling Sea Kayaking (Paddling) Sea Kayak Sailing Scuba Diving Archeology Mayan Ruins Hiking Fishing Caving Birding Yoga

Trip Highlights

Glover’s Reef and Mayan Caves combines an inland exploration of Mayan ruins and rainforest caves with the opportunity to explore and stay on a remote coral atoll.   

Glover’s Reef is part of the world famous Belize Barrier Reef, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles off the shore of mainland Belize.  Perfect for active families and couples of mixed abilities, this adventure Basecamp offers flexibility and choices in daily guided activities, so traveling companions can do things together or separately. 

  • Stay at a unique, Adventure Basecamp on Southwest Caye, a remote 13 acre island. Sleep in comfortable tent-walled cabanas and dine on fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local fare
  • Kayak or SUP around this pristine group of tropical islands set within a turquoise lagoon
  • Snorkel some of Glover’s 700 patch reefs in its thriving coral reef system 
  • Fly fish for bonefish or tarpon on the saltwater flats and adjoining deep waters
  • Venture inland for a Mayan ruin and cave exploration through lush rainforest

Special Departure Available on this trip from Feb 5-9, 2020: Glover's SUP Adventure & Skills Camp with Norm Hann 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Accomodation:Cahal Pech Village Resort
Meals: Dinner is included on this night

Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you will be met by an Island Expeditions' representative and transferred to Cahal Pech Village Resort - a picturesque lodge carved out of the land with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of the Cayo District in Western Belize. This is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits.  This is the day to get in tune with the rhythms of Belize and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included. 

Day 2
Accomodation:Cahal Pech Village Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, (Dinner On Own in San Ignacio)

A full day of adventure and exploration. The first mission is to venture into the jungle to explore the underground archaeological site of the Chech’Em Ha Cave system.  You’ll hike a half an hour through the rainforest, and up into a multi-chambered series of caves rich with geological formations, ancient ceremonial altars, Maya artifacts and relics.  After an hour and half in the cave, we hike further downhill to lunch served by our hosts in a spectacular setting overlooking the Macal river valley.  The next adventure is the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.  It’s a short drive and then you will cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry. Situated on the banks of the river, you will travel back through centuries to the world of ancient kings, temples, plazas and the renowned ball courts of this ancient city.  In the evening you can stroll into San Ignacio, meet the local people, and enjoy dinner on your own in the town.

Days 3-6
Accomodation:Glover's Reef Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You’ll depart early in the morning and drive the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here you board a charter boat to our remote Basecamp on Southwest Caye. Southwest Caye is located in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer. 

Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers 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. 

Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, we host informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows our guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!

Day 7
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch

Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and enjoy a coffee on the dock for the last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Your boat charter usually departs around midmorning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, 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 7, 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. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport - please contact our office for details. For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize we offer a Flight & Hotel Packages

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.

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$1899 USD
$2199 CAD
Includes taxes and fees. Per person based on double occupancy.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Family Pricing
$200 Deposit to secure your space

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