Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Terry Parker

Belize Paradise Islands

Belize Paradise Islands


If you’re looking for the adventure and excitement of a sea kayak journey with the comforts of a lodge, our Paradise Islands Journey is a great choice. Each trip begins with a thorough introduction to sea kayaking and snorkeling, so no previous kayak experience is required.

This trip is for the sea, sun and snorkeling enthusiast looking for an active and adventurous trip. We’ll travel with top-of-the-line expedition sea kayaks, paddling between small cays in the newly formed Southwater Caye Marine Park.

We’ll explore uninhabited islands, pristine coral reefs, and labyrinth-like mangrove channels. Imagine a day of amazing adventures, then checking into your lodge by kayak, as we land on one of the little-known cays that dot the southern barrier reef. While our guides and Belizean hosts prepare a delicious dinner, you check into a comfortable seaside room and enjoy the friendliness and warmth that are the hallmark of these small, yet-to-be-discovered lodges.

The Barrier Reef, which runs the full length of the Belizean coastline, is considered one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth. The 185-mile long reef runs from 10 to 25 miles offshore, and is the longest continuous reef in Caribbean – the second longest in the world! Along the Barrier Reef are over 225 cays, ranging from small sand-fringed islands perched along the reef’s edge, to larger islands of partially submerged mangroves.


  • Comprehensive pre-trip information package
  • All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the tour
  • Unlimited use of our equipment
  • Use of waterproof dry bags
  • Accommodation on the day before the trip (Day 0) and final night
  • Professional guiding services
  • Belize 9% Hotel Tax
  • 12.5% Belize Sales Tax 

Not Included

  • Transfer back to Belize City
  • Gratuities
  • International flights and Airport Departure Tax
  • Extra costs due to circumstances beyond our control

Quick Facts

Cost: $2212.75 CAD USD
5% GST + $265 USD Taxes and Fees
Duration: 5 Days
Trip Type: Tropical Expedition
Skill Level: Beginner
Rendezvous Point: Belize City, Belize

Upcoming Trip Dates

  • Sat Nov 18 - Fri Nov 24, 2017   Book Now
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To get more information or book a date call us at 1-800-297-6927


When Planning Your Trip Think of “Day 0”

A seven-day trip means seven days in the field, not two days of airline travel and five days of vacation. So on all our adventures we meet you the day before the trip is scheduled to begin. This is “Day 0” and has been conceived for your convenience and comfort. “Day 0” is your day to arrive in Belize before the trip starts, meet your fellow travellers, and to acclimatize to your new tropical environment. From there be it a short flight or a boat charter, your transportation to meet up with your group on this day and your accommodation on this night are included in the trip cost.

NOTE: You will be carrying your personal equipment and clothing in waterproof bags ,which go into the hatches of each kayak. We will supply each person with a number of 20 litre bags for this purpose.

Day 0: Arrive at the Belize International Airport where you’ll be met by an Island Expeditions representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center, adjacent to the Belize Zoo. After settling into our forest cabanas we have a chance to meet our fellow travellers over dinner. At the Tropical Education Center, we can explore the surrounding savannah forest through their network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms. There is also an interpretative center, which details the diverse ecology of Belize, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure ahead.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Dinner

Day 1: Waking up to the sounds of the tropics is a pure delight with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead, the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms and the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day ahead.

After breakfast we travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to meet up with our motor charter waiting to take us to our first island on the southern Barrier Reef. We’ll introduce you to safety in a tropical marine environment and then begin with teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, including safety, group and self-rescues and touring techniques. Enjoy a swim, explore the island shoreline and then after a tasty Belizean lunch we begin our journey paddling over top submerged coral reefs, turtle grass beds and through narrow mangrove channels to reach our first night’s accommodations. We’ll land our kayaks right in front of our lodge, settle in and then enjoy drinks and dinner.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Situated right on the barrier reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve we are ideally positioned to explore the surrounding reefs and cayes. Start with a steaming mug of coffee and fresh tropical fruits, then enjoy an early morning swim or paddle before breakfast. Our focus for the morning will include snorkeling at the Tobacco Cayecut and the outer reef walls. (Our first snorkeling session begins with a thorough instruction and demonstration. Beginner through to advanced skills are taught.) In the afternoon we’ll paddle to nearby cays to explore the sheltered lagoons and mangrove channels returning in the evening to Tobacco Caye.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Looking south with our gaze following the line of breaking waves along the barrier reef crest we can see the next island we’ll be travelling to today– Southwater Caye. After packing our kayaks and wishing fond farewells to our hosts, we’ll start our day on the water with an introduction to kayak sailing. From here we’ll paddle and sail our kayaks along one of the most beautiful sections of the entire reef system. The waters are shallow and clear, and we’ll see a tremendous variety of marine life, including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks and more.

As we make our way to Southwater Caye with it’s coconut palms swaying in the wind, this is a day you’ll wish could go on forever. We’ll land our kayaks on the beach check into our accommodations, enjoy an ice cold drink and explore the island before dinner, then maybe try a little bone fishing action on a fly rod, or even a nighttime snorkel session on Southwater cut.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: We have plenty of time to kayak snorkel, fish and enjoy the scenery and marine life of Belize. We explore different regions of the reef including the inner and outer walls, patch and fringing reefs, mangrove ranges and protected lagoons. For divers we can arrange dives as requested and for those who’d like to try out diving we can arrange Discover Scuba courses with prior notice.

As we explore by kayak, our routes often cross those of the fishermen who make their living from the sea and with this inter-action we gain good company and an insight into a way of life that is very different from our own.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Our last day on the cayes we’ll have the choice to paddle to Twin Cayes, the future site of the new Marine Reserve Interpretive Center and explore the diversity of the islands. Or you can choose to stay and enjoy the island setting and snorkeling. This evening we celebrate our final night together with a seafood feast and island festivities.

Accommodations: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (fly-home day): After an early breakfast our water taxi carries us back to the mainland and the town of Dangriga where the trip finishes. Any extra luggage that you have stored at our operations base, will be made available to you to repack and taxis can be arranged to your connecting flight to the Belize International Airport, or local bus stations to continue exploring Belize.

Meals: Breakfast

More Information About Accommodations

On day 0, we overnight in our forest cabanas at the Tropical Education Center (TEC). Here we’re able to experience first-hand the wondrous tropical wildlife of Belize at the Belize Zoo. There’s also a fantastic interpretative center with a network of trails and wildlife viewing platforms, perfect for exploring the pine savannah setting.

While out on the cays we kayak from two different islands along the southern barrier reef and stay in small Belizean owned lodges. Facilities include running water and fully serviced bathrooms where we stay. We stay a total of five nights along the eastern edge of the barrier reef and the next morning after breakfast we take a water taxi back to the mainland in time to make your flight connections home or connect with the next stage of your trip.

Getting back to Belize City

We’ll make arrangements for you to return to Belize City the day after the trip ends, unless you have made other arrangements with us. We’ll book a domestic flight from Dangriga to Belize City. The cost of this flight back to Belize City (15 minutes) is approximately $96 USD per person or you can travel overland by bus (2-3 hours) for approximately $10 USD

Thinking about seeing other parts of Belize with us?

The Paradise Islands combines well with an inland exploration. The Maya World Extension offers an exploration of the rainforests, wildlife, rivers and Mayan ruins of the interior of Belize.

Thinking About Traveling Independently, Before or After Your Trip?

With close to 2 decades of exploration in Belize, our knowledgeable office staff can offer you a wealth of travel information. However, we do recommend that you read up on Belize and find what interests you. Once you find an area of interest, give our office a call, and we can help you plan the best vacation possible!

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