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

Maya Reef Explorer – Belize

Maya Reef Explorer – Belize


We begin our trip immersed in the rich savannah, grassy lowlands, lagoons and broadleaf rainforests of Central Belize. While traveling in the Crooked Tree Sanctuary of northern Belize, we’ll see a wide variety of animals. Travellers flock to the region for the diverse bird life found throughout the savannah and marshlands – over 250 different species have been spotted in the area! Along the river and lagoons we’re likely to spot some of Belize’s fascinating land creatures, like the Morelet’s crocodile, turtles and iguanas. Belize’s Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the northern hemisphere, extending 300 kilometres (185 miles). Nineteen miles seaward from the eastern border of the Barrier Reef, lies one of Belize’s most spectacular atoll – Glover’s Reef. 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 for raiding Spanish merchant ships during the 17th century. Today, people are attracted to the incredible clarity of the water and remarkable profusion of marine life. In 1993, Glovers was declared a marine park and in a further effort to protect this extraordinary environment, it was designated 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! Optional diving is available for certified divers on certain days of the trip. For further information please contact our office.

Scuba Diving Rates…
BC and Reg Rental $15 US
Single Tank Dive $75 US
Two Dives $125 US
Discover Scuba…
Discover Scuba Course $150 US


Quick Facts

Cost: $2516.14 CAD USD
5% GST + $330 Taxes and Fees
Duration: 6 Days
Trip Type: Tropical Expedition
Skill Level: Beginner
Rendezvous Point: Belize City, Belize

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Day 0: Arrive at the Belize International Airport and connect on a Maya Island Air flight to the seaside town of Dangriga. Here you’ll be met by a representative and transferred to Pal’s Guesthouse – a small and simple family hotel on the beach close to our Operations Base.

After checking into your ocean view room, stroll the beach to our office and check in for your journey. Here you’ll be given an orientation of town and suggestions of places to go for dinner. This is your day to arrive before the trip starts, meet your fellow travelers, and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.

Accommodations: Guesthouse 
Meals: Dinner is not included on this night.

Day 1: We depart Dangriga by boat at 8:00 a.m. We charter out past the main Barrier Reef to our private basecamp on Southwest Caye, at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Once settled, the guides provide instruction – teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in the tropics. Then we paddle out to a nearby patch reef and start to explore some of the 700 snorkel sites that Glovers Atoll has to offer.

Accommodation: Glovers basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Full day of activities: snorkeling, sea kayaking, kayak sailing, fishing, or optional scuba diving ($50 per dive). After our day’s activities, enjoy the rare beauty and peacefulness of a remote coral reef island under the stars and learn about the cultures of Belize.

Accommodation: Glover’s basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: For our last day at Glovers the choice is yours. You may choose to don mask, snorkel and fins for a last visit to your favorite coral reef or work the flats with your most productive bonefish fly before our motor charter comes to pick us up.

Once in Dangriga we board our charter flight to connect us with the next leg of the journey. Once airborne we have the Manatee Lagoons over our left shoulder and the Belize Barrier Reef over our right, giving us an impressive view of Belize’s coastal topography from the Caribbean Sea to the Maya Mountains. We’re then picked up and brought to the lodge where we’re staying right within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A full day of exploration as we travel overland and by river to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai. With the very best guides we explore the many temples, plazas, palaces and museums within the park boundaries. In the afternoon we depart Lamanai by riverboat where we have tremendous birding and wildlife opportunities. Iguana, parrots, toucan, aracari, and Morelet’s crocodile are usually seen as we travel along the New River returning to our lodge along the banks of the Crooked Tree Lagoon.

Accommodation: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: An early morning coffee and binoculars in hand, we enjoy the waking wilderness and many hundreds of birds feeding along the shores of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Lagoons. This protected area was created in 1984 primarily to preserve resident and migratory birds, and consists of a network of inland lagoons, swamps, and waterways that shelter one of the world’s largest flying birds, the jabiru.

After breakfast we enjoy a morning boat tour in the lagoons and then depart to the Mayan site of Altun Ha. Considered one of the major Mayan ceremonial centres of Belize, Altun Ha also functioned as an important trading centre between the interior and the Caribbean Sea during the classic period (250-900 AD). Within the site, there are more than 275 structures and up to 250 to 300 unexcavated mounds. Our trip finishes in the afternoon and we can drop you off directly at the Belize International Airport in time to connect with your flight home or at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel on the outskirts of Belize City.

Accommodation: N/A 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Important Note: For those who are connecting with their international flights on the last day of the trip it’s important your flight is scheduled to depart after 1 p.m. If you’re planning on staying an extra night in Belize we can make reservations for you at the Biltmore Hotel or add on an extra night at our lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Please make sure you talk with our reservations staff (1-800-297-6927) to coordinate details for the last day of the trip before booking your international flights.

More Information About Accommodations

On Day 0 we’ll be spending the night at Pal’s Guesthouse in Dangriga. Pal’s is located on the beach 100 yards from the Island Expeditions’ Operations office. Rooms are basic, sea facing, each with one or two beds, ceiling fan, and bathroom en-suite.

On Days 1 & 2 at Southwest Caye we are “base camping,” sleeping in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds, with all linen provided.

On the island, we have a fully equipped kitchen, freshwater collection system for drinking, freshwater showers, and modern composting toilets. We also have a large dining area and resource library lounge.

On Days 3 & 4 we’re staying at Bird’s Eye View Lodge, situated on the water’s edge of the Crooked Tree Lagoons. This comfortable Belizean style hotel offers private bath and lakeside views. Over top of the hotel there’s a deck and bar, which is a perfect place to catch the evening breeze, watch the tropical birds over the wetlands, and reminisce about your recent discoveries.

Transportation Information

To start the trip (Day 0), you fly to Dangriga on a small plane and are met by a representative on arrival in Dangriga. On the last day of the trip we can drop you off at the Belize International Airport or the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. All transportation by land, air, and water from Day 0 to Day 5 of the trip is included.

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