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Coral Islands SUP with Norm Hann Expeditions

From: $ 1,904
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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 

Explore Southwater Caye Marine Reserve on Belize’s Southern Barrier Reef, a United Nations’ designated world heritage site. Days will be spent exploring lesser traveled areas of the reef by Stand Up Paddleboard and snorkel, discovering uninhabited islands, coral reefs, mangroves and abundant marine life.

  • Nights will be spent in small, family run island lodges, enjoying breathtaking sunsets from the hammock on your deck, fresh seafood and local cuisine, and a comfortable bed and shower.
  • This trip also includes an inland overnight adventure to the Tropical Education Center, with a specially-arranged (optional by donation) night tour of the Belize Zoo – a great introduction to native wildlife and Belizean ecology.  
  • This trip is ideal  for those seeking the adventure of a guided SUP journey combined with the comforts of family-run island lodges. (Previous paddling experience required). 
  • Select trip departures with guest instructor Norm Hann, SUP expert and enthusiast ( www.normhann.com) Paddleboard icon
  • Visits small islands that see fewer visitors: Tobacco Caye, Southwater Caye and Billy Hawk Caye
  • Sheltered lagoons and protected turquoise waters – ideal conditions for exploring by SUP
  • Inland overnight adventure to the Belize Zoo’s Tropical Education Center; interpretative trails and specially arranged (optional by donation) nocturnal zoo tour. 
 
Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Our Coral Islands SUP journeys by Stand Up Paddleboard between local island lodges in the Southern Barrier Reef is the only lodge to lodge SUP and snorkel trip in Belize!

Stand Up Paddle boarding is one of North America’s hottest new sports, and the sheltered lagoons and turquoise waters of the Southern Barrier Reef are ideal for both novice and experienced paddlers. 

The Coral Islands SUP is an exclusively designed trip between Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) expert Norm Hann Expeditions ( www.normhann.com ) and Island Expeditions; together creating the ultimate paddleboard experience for both novice and advanced paddlers. The huge SUP expertise and vision of Norm Hann Expeditions combined with Island Expeditions’ 30 years of paddlesports outfitting in Belize has resulted in a truly world-class tropical SUP adventure - specifically created for you, the Belize traveller

 
Island Expeditions Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.8 out of 5 | Excellent

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
Coral Islands SUP with Norm Hann Expeditions
100% Recommend

This was my first adventure trip. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

4.0 out of 5 | Great
December 2016
Recommend: Yes
This was my first adventure trip. Thank you for a wonderful experience! The guides (ONeill, Kimike and Capi) are skilled and talented - they shared so much knowledge with us. Their love and respect for Belize, the environment, ocean, reef and marine life was presented so enthusiastically.

I have the up most respect for all three and you are lucky to have them guiding your tours. Both lodges were wonderful and charming, a real Belizean, Caribbean experience! I cannot express what a wonderful team you have. Working with Norm was amazing. Thank you for providing options for me in regards to my seafood allergy - and I loved how we all sat down and ate together as a family. I wish you success with your future SUP lodge to lodge trips.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
My travel companion recommended this trip.

What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
To have previous SUP experience!
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Reviews from other Island Expeditions Trips  
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye!!
5.0 out of 5 | Excellent 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
Itinerary

Day 0:

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Tropical Education Center

You arrive at the Belize International Airport where an Island Expeditions’ representative will meet you and welcome you to the country. You will be taken to the Tropical Education Centre, which is adjacent to the Belize Zoo. The accommodations are Forest Cabanas situated in the midst of idyllic tropical pine forest. There are a network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms at your doorstep. The Tropical Education Centre has an Interpretive Centre where you can explore the diverse ecology of Belize, and is the ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits you.

After checking into your accommodations, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a ‘Welcome to Belize’ dinner with your fellow travellers. As the evening unfolds, you can participate in a specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. The zoo tour is optional by donation, and is a great introduction to the jaguars, ocelots, tapirs and other animals native to Belize. ‘Day 0’ is the day to meet your fellow travellers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included.

Day 1:

Accommodation: Lodge at Tobacco Caye

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 adds to the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day. After breakfast you will travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to your motorboat charter. You’ll travel by boat to Tobacco Caye, your first island on the Southern Barrier Reef and home for the next two nights. Once you have settled into your accommodations, our certified staff will offer an introduction to tropical marine safety, and you will be led through the first snorkeling session. Thorough instruction and demonstration are provided, and beginner to advanced snorkeling skills are reviewed. These lessons take place at the Tobacco Caye cut and outer reef walls.

Following a tasty Belizean lunch, our staff will review the fundamental skills of paddleboarding and help you fine tune your existing skills. Safety, efficient forward stroke development and touring techniques are typically covered. Once you’ve been shown the skills needed to use the equipment confidently, you’ll have the opportunity to practice and play in the calm turquoise waters near Tobacco Caye.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge at Tobacco Caye

Situated on the Barrier Reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, our lodge is ideally positioned to explore the surrounding reefs and cayes. Starting with a steaming mug of coffee and fresh tropical fruits, you can enjoy an early morning swim or island walk before breakfast. Today’s focus will be on discovering this amazing area by paddleboard. Conditions permitting, you and your group will journey into the Tobacco Range - a cluster of mangrove islands and protected waterways teeming with pelicans, manatees, and frigate birds. You’ll have the opportunity to paddle to nearby cayes and explore turtle grass beds, sheltered lagoons, and narrow mangrove channels. After an exciting day of exploration and learning, you’ll return in the evening to Tobacco Caye.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye

Gazing south, (following the line of breaking waves along the Barrier Reef crest), you will be able to see the next island we will be travelling to today – Southwater Caye. After bidding fond farewells to our hosts, you will paddle along the protected waters of one of the most beautiful sections of the entire reef system. The waters are shallow and clear and you will see a tremendous variety of marine life, including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks, and more. You will enjoy a leisurely paddle, snorkel, and picnic lunch as we travel towards tonight’s destination. We cross Tobacco Caye cut, stopping to snorkel along the reef wall. One of today’s highlights is a visit to the renowned Smithsonian Carrie Bow Caye Field Station, where scientists and their collaborators conduct research on the biology, ecology, and geology of coral reef ecosystems. As we make our way to Southwater Caye, with its coconut palms swaying in the wind - this is a day you will wish would never end. You will paddle your board right up to the beach beside the lodge. After settling into your room, you can enjoy an ice cold drink or explore the island before we meet for a delicious Belizean dinner. Watching the tropical sunset from an open-air bar is an experience that should not be missed! During your time on the island you may even be able to do a night snorkel on Southwater Cut.

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye

You will have plenty of time to snorkel, paddle and enjoy the scenery and marine life of Belize. You’ll explore different regions of the Barrier Reef including the inner and outer walls, patch and fringing reefs, mangrove ranges, and protected lagoons. For diving enthusiasts or those who’d like to try diving for a first time, we can arrange Discover Scuba courses or dives with advance notice. As we explore by paddleboard, it is not uncommon for our routes to cross those of the fishermen who make their living from the sea. These candid interactions with the locals can be fun, and provide us with great insight into a way of life very different from our own. Lodge at Southwater Caye .

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye

Your last day on the cayes is usually spent paddling to Billy Hawk Caye in the Blue Ground Range. We will enjoy a specially prepared lunch at the island’s Garifuna fishing camp. Weather and wind permitting, your instructor and trip coordinator will lead you on a fun downwind paddle as we challenge your developing SUP skills. In the afternoon we return to Southwater Caye by motorboat and enroute we stop for a final snorkel. At sunset we will celebrate our last night together with a local Belizean meal and various island festivities. Lodge at Southwater Caye

Day 6: (Fly Home Day)

Meals: Breakfast

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 was stored at our Operations Base will be returned to you to repack. Taxis can be arranged for transfers to the Belize International Airport, or to local bus stations to continue exploring Belize on your own Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on  Day 6, international connections out of the country require a departure after 11:30am. To connect with Friday afternoon departures from Belize, a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport. Please call for details - our office can confirm pricing and book your domestic flight. This is one of our most adventurous trips.  Weather conditions can greatly affect paddling conditions and may increase the level of difficulty.  Because of the distances traveled on the trip, previous paddleboarding experience is recommended.  We also believe that variability of conditions are what make this trip the best of its kind in Belize.   Please note that 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. 

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,904

Price Per Day:

$ 317 per person
 
Start DateEnd DateDouble OccupancyTaxes and FeesAvailability 
Dec-17-2017Dec-31-2017$ 1,904$ 275LimitedReserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Comprehensive pre-trip information package
  • All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the itinerary
  • Professional Guiding Services
  • Unlimited use of our Equipment and facilities
  • Use of waterproof dry bags
  • Accommodation the day before the trip ('Day 0')
  • Government Fees & Taxes
Trip Excludes
  • Transfer back to Belize City
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Scuba Diving
  • International Flights and Airport Departure Tax
  • Extra costs due to late Arrivals, lost baggage and other circumstances beyond our control
Optional Activities

This trip Coral Islands SUP with Norm Hann also provides an awesome extensions

Extensions: This trip combines well with the Rainforest Canopy Extension and The Maya World Extension .

Meals Included:

6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

6-12 Limited

Accomodations

Tropical Education Center, Rustic Lodges on the Cayes  

Start City Belize
End City Dangriga
Guides

2 Belize an Leaders

Cancellation Policy:

Of course we regret any cancellations and our cancellation policy is as flexible and understanding as possible.  Many of our trip costs are incurred well in advance of trip departures and other travelers may have been turned away because the trip is full. All cancellations must be received at our office in writing and refunds will be issued according to the following schedule.

Holiday Season Departures: (Dec 15 - Jan 1 Each Year)

90 days + prior to departure is Deposit retained as an administration fee.

60-89 days prior to departure will be 70% refund

30-59 days prior to departure will be 35% refund

0-29 days prior to departure is the full amount is retained

Trip ID#: CorIslIsl

 

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