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Island Expeditions

4.8 | Excellent
Island Expeditions
Premier
  • 5 Tours

Island Expeditions Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

98%

recommend

62 Reviews

  • Excellent 51
  • Great 11
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value:
    4.8
  • Guide:
    4.8
  • Activities:
    4.8
  • Lodging:
    4.8
  • Transportation:
    4.8
  • Meals:
    4.8

Tour Reviews

We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye!!

Paradise Islands

5.0 December 2016
Recommend: Yes
Our Paradise Islands tour was a superb opportunity to see Belize up close and personal. We were blessed with a small group (3 guests and 1 guide), great weather, easy waters for kayaking and snorkelling. We started in Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge where Mr Ed and his staff took great care of us with fabulous local food, comfortable cabanas built over the reef so we could sit out on our back deck and watch the rays and fish hover about. Kimike, our guide, had us out kayaking the first afternoon along the barrier reef where we saw large eagle rays and an osprey flying off with a parrot fish in its talons. We paddled over to Tobacco Caye Range, a large mangrove forest, about 2.5 Km away where we encountered cormorants, pelicans by the score, southern rays and ospreys. After Tobacco Caye, we paddle/sailed our kayaks down to South Water Caye and stayed with International Zoological Expeditions where our cabana was situated adjacent to the eastern mangrove forest on the Caye. From our deck we could watch herons carefully hunting for small crabs and lizards. Once again, the staff cooked excellent local meals and are very friendly. We snorkelled off the beach using our kayaks and also paddled over to Carrie Bow Caye where the Smithsonian Institute has a research facility. The managers gave us a tour of the operations and were very informative. Kimike had us paddleboarding that afternoon, teaching us the basics as he demonstrated his skill at yoga on the water! Our last day involved a long paddle down to Billyhawk Caye, weaving in and out of a large mangrove range on the way down, disturbing huge southern rays as we glided over their hollows, listening to ospreys call from their perches and enjoying a great lunch of conch stew, salad and rice at Billyhawk Caye. We gathered our possessions and said goodbye to the kayaks. Our last snorkel was in the reefs near the Bread and Butter Islands, just south of the Caye. The size and variety of the soft coral was astounding along with a profusion of brightly colored fish of all types.
Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had a great time last year at Lighthouse Reef on Half Moon Caye and had no qualms about signing up again for a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions. This year we added extra time at Bocawina, Glover's Atoll and Pook's Hill with the IE staff arranging and booking rooms, transfers, local flights.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkelling off of Carrie Bow Caye where Joan had a chance to swim alongside a huge eagle ray. Night time snorkelling for the first time, where we saw an octopus, rays, channel crabs and conchs. Learning about coconut milk and Belizean rum in combination was delightful!

What would be your advice to potential travellers?:
Be prepared to travel light as all your baggage is going into dry bags and stowed in the kayaks. IE staff will look after your larger baggage in the office while you are out on the water. Bring long sleeved synthetic T shirts and tights for paddling and kayaking to protect against the sun and reduce your need for sunscreen. An infinity scarf can also cover your face and scalp while snorkelling.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Well organized!!

Paradise Islands

4.0 December 2016
Recommend: Yes
We traveled to Belize in Dec to get away from the old north to feel the warm breezes and warm waters of the south. We enjoyed the fresh fruits .Loved the kayaking and snorkeling. It was great fun to watch the stingrays float by in the water from the cabanas. Loved stopping on the reef for lunch before paddling.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Well organized

What was the highlight of your trip?:
SUP attempts was fun
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Loved the kayaking and snorkeling!!

Paradise Islands

4.0 December 2016
Recommend: Yes
We traveled to Belize in December to get away from the cold north , and to feel the warm breeze and warm water. Loved the kayaking and snorkeling The fresh melons and fruit were delicious as we do not get them fresh back home. We could watch the stingrays float by in the mornings from our cabanas. We stopped for lunch on the reef before paddling on.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Well organized

What was the highlight of your trip?:
Lunch on the reef in the water with our kayaks
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

This was one of those trips of a lifetime!

Paradise Islands

5.0 December 2016
Recommend: Yes
This was one of those trips of a lifetime, filled with challenges as well as relaxation. The group provided lovely bonding and helping experiences in the blue waters. I would do this again and again and again!

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I was looking for adventure and found it!

What was the highlight of your trip?:
The kayaking was invigorating and the snorkeling was blissfully serene. I loved the food and the exciting challenges of the life of adventure. Somewhere along the way, I lost the stress in my life. A blissful trip! I must return.

What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Jump in! Get wet! Learn something new! Challenge yourself!
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The trip was all that it was advertised and I thoroughly enjoyed everything.

Paradise Islands

4.0 December 2016
Recommend: Yes
I have been on several very nice tropical kayaking themed trips over the past few years. I chose Belize this year because of the wide variety of activities and the ability to add extensions. I was not disappointed. The trip was all that it was advertised and I thoroughly enjoyed everything. The paddling great, the snorkeling even better. I tried kayak sailing, which I will do again and SUP, which I'm glad I did but probably won't do again. I'm 70 years old and I think I handled the physical stuff pretty good and never felt any pressure from the guides (or other guests) to keep up. I particularly enjoyed the rain forest extension.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
I love to go on kayak based trips in the middle of winter here, but I am past the stage where I want to sleep on the ground. IE gave me that opportunity in a place I had not been before.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
The snorkeling

What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Bring lots of sunscreen
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Stride Take

Island Expeditions began in 1987, focusing on providing small, expertly led adventure trips throughout Belize. 

Who Travels With Them?

Island Expeditions trips appeal to like-minded active travelers (including solo travelers, couples and families) looking for adventure by day and comfort by night.  On average, adult guests can range in age from their 30’s to 50’s & 60’s. These trips are also popular with families with school or college-aged children, as well as multi-generational family groups. They get many repeat guests that have traveled with them over the last 30 years. Trips with different activity levels are offered, and no previous experience is required. 

What Makes Them Stand Out?

They offer all-inclusive, full feature adventure vacations that bring you the very best of Belize. Activities include snorkeling, sea kayaking, river & whitewater kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, caving, ziplining, and waterfall rappelling. Trips fall into a few different styles including “Journey’s”, “Basecamp Adventures”, and “Reef Based Getaways.” 

Where Do They Operate?

They specialize in Belize, Central America

How Does it Work?

Within Belize, they travel by van, charter boat & on short, scenic domestic flights.  Their Paradise Islands and Coral Islands SUP trips are self-propelled journeys, with guests traveling lodge-to-lodge by sea kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard.  Accommodations include safari-style tent cabanas, forest cabanas, small local island lodges, and a rainforest eco-resort.

Why Travel With Them?

They have 30 years experience leading active adventures in Belize, and they strive to show travelers the “best of the best” in the country. Their mission is to provide exceptional travel experiences, with a focus on conservation, community and volunteerism.


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From Island Expeditions

Operating the country’s widest selection of adventure, educational and cultural travel programs since 1987. We provide unique travel experiences with a conversation, community or volunteer focus – actively supporting the Belize Zoo, the Belize Audubon Society, several local schools and other local conversation initiatives.

Our trips visit stunning locations, from jungle lodges in national parks to Adventure Basecamps on Lighthouse and Glover’s Reef Atolls. On the reef, we go snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and Paddleboarding. Inland we offer zip-lining, rappelling, caving, Mayan ruins exploration and white water rafting. 

Associations:

Adventure Travel Trade Association; Latin American Travel Association

Awards:

 

    

6 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From:
$ 1,904

Highlights

  • Paddleboard along the Southern Belize Barrier Reef
  • Experience the only lodge to lodge and island to island SUP and snorkel trip in Belize
  • Enjoy paddleboard skill sessions with Norm Hann, who has personally licenced and Paddle Canada Certified all the Belizean guides
  • A once in a lifetime chance to paddle with Norm Hann himself and bring your paddling skills to that next level 
  • Norm will be in Belize with Island Expeditions and be the official lead Instructor and trip coordinator on select departures
  • Learn from one of North America’s best instructors and have an unforgettable SUP experience that you’ll remember for years to come 
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