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Scuba Diving & Snorkeling - Best Tours & Trips 2019

73 trips to Scuba Diving & Snorkeling tours from 55 tour companies. 154 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.

Under the sea surface is a fascinating world, waiting to be discovered! Stunning colors, unique wildlife of all shapes and sizes, beautiful coral reefs...it's like visiting a completely new planet. Whether you're taking advantage of your guided tours snorkeling excursion or diving deeper into the depths on a scuba trip, a scuba or snorkeling trip is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have.

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Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
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Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Dive Galapagos

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 774 / day
$ 6,195
From : $ 7,620
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy excellent scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands,
  • Dive in spots that are famous for schools of hammerhead sharks, giant manta rays, and whale sharks
  • Walk the shores and marvel at the volcanic rocks dotted with rare plants, seabirds, and reptiles
  • Experience up to four dives in the islands per day on a planned, yet flexible, itinerary
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Solomon Islands - Wreck Diving Expedition

8 days
$ 499 / day
$ 3,995
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Brisbane, Solomon Island
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Komodo Snorkeling Expedition

11 days
$ 609 / day
$ 6,695
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Fantastic snorkeling in a remote corner of the world
  • Travel aboard our phinisi (a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) with comfortable en suite cabins and excellent service
  • A chance to see the famous komodo dragons on Komodo Island
  • Trip Leaders who offer an in-depth look into this area’s unsurpassed marine biodiversity
Visits:
Bali, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
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Paradise Islands

6 days
$ 330 / day
$ 1,979
From : $ 2,672
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the only guided lodge to lodge paddling and snorkeling journey in Belize.
  • Visit small islands that see fewer visitors: Tobacco Caye, Southwater Caye and Billy Hawk Caye
  • Explore the uninhabited islands, coral reefs, mangroves and abundant marine life by sea kayak, kayak sail, snorkel or Stand Up Paddleboard.
  • Travel inland to the savannah of the Tropical Education Center; forest cabanas and interpretive trails 
  • Enjoy an arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo – a great introduction to local ecology and wildlife. 
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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Iceland Winter Adventure

7 days
$ 486 / day
$ 3,399
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike, snowshoe and take a glacier walk on this active winter exploration of Iceland
  • Discover Iceland's beautiful winter landscapes, sculpted by fire and ice
  • Search the night skies for multicolored displays of the Northern Lights
  • Take a soothing dip in the waters of the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon
  • Set out in search of Orca and other wildlife on a whale-watching cruise
Visits:
Blue Mountains, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland
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6 Day PADI Open Water + Advanced Certification

6 days
$ 202 / day
$ 1,210
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights

You get the entry level Open Water Certification AND the next level - the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification.

You get :

  • 4 training dives for the Open Water Course
  • 5 training dives for the Advanced Course
  • 4 pleasure dives

That's a massive total of 13 dives (including 2 night dives!)

Visits:
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 749 / day
$ 5,990
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Spring in the Sea of Cortez is the best time to see large pods of dolphins and various species of whales—blue, sperm, pilot, fin, humpback and Bryde’s—all in the same week.
  • Explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions, and see colorful cactus blossoms.
  • Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Experience a voyage of pure discovery in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a flexible itinerary and sites chosen by the region’s most knowledgeable staff, based on conditions and to maximize wildlife sightings.
Visits:
Mexico City, Mexico
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Solomon Islands Snorkeling Expedition

11 days
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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Expert marine biologist Trip Leaders Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels
  • Amazing habitats, stunning geology, pristine jungles, protected coral gardens
  • World-class snorkeling adventures each day, optional hikes
  • Travel on a comfortable live-aboard ship with air-conditioned cabins
Visits:
Australia, Solomon Island
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Middle of the world and Galapagos 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Project Expedition
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 272 / day
$ 2,720
From : $ 3,808
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Quito City Tour
  • Visit to San Cristobal Island
  • A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling
  • Visit to North Seymour Island is teaming with life and is a great visitor site on Galapagos
Visits:
Ecuador
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Coral Islands SUP

7 days
$ 311 / day
$ 2,179
From : $ 2,942
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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 
Visits:
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
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A Galapagos Island Tour

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 558 / day
$ 6,139
From : $ 8,288
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Quito
  • Explore Galapagos see the fascinating wild Galapagos Tortoises.
  • Visit a memorable Fernandina Island
  • Drive through Rábida Island which is unique because of it's red color rocks and sand
  • Visit beautiful Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay
  • Explore Guayaquil
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Isla Santiago, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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10 Days-Safari & Beach Holiday

10 days
$ 396 / day
$ 3,960
From : $ 4,871
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See thousands of wild animals and also immigration of wildebeests depending on the season.
  • See Hippos, Zebras, Wildebeests, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Thomson Gazelles.
  • Relax in Nungwi Beach
  • Explore Menai Bay Conservation Area, home to two different species of dolphins, the Indo-pacific humpback, and the bottlenose.
Visits:
Aarhus, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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A Dive Into Nature Tour
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A Dive Into Nature Tour

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 507 / day
$ 7,094
From : $ 8,087
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit the renowned market of the Otavalo Indian, industrious makers of the handicrafts
  • Explore Cuenca
  • Experience hiking in the El Cajas National Park, located on the high Andean paramo
  • Explore impressive James Island
  • Drive through Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit
  • Discover Quito
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Cotopaxi, Cuenca, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Isla Santa Fe, Otavalo, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Coffee, Cali & Cartagena

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 438 / day
$ 4,375
From : $ 4,988
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the lush landscapes, exotic flowers and stunning birds
  • Visit Gold Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian gold
  • Get to know the cultures and traditions of ancient and existent indigenous tribes
  • Learn about the Spanish colonization, Inquisition era, and pirate sieges 
Visits:
Bogota, Cartagena, Colombia
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Cuba by Kayak

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 448 / day
$ 3,585
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy walking tour through Colonial Havana’s plazas 
  • See former military fortifications lining the beach in sharp contrast to the paradisiacal shores.
  • Visit Museo de Ernesto Hemingway, a somewhat recent development to Hemingway’s Cuban legacy. 
  • Explore surrounding banks, and snorkel along the coral reefs.
Visits:
Havana, Miami, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago
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154 Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

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Average 5
Disappointing 2
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I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I HAVE USED THE SERVICES OF CARADONNA ADVENTURES FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM OR BAD BOOKING THAT THEY HAVE SET UP FOR ME AND THE NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING CLUB. IN NAVY TERMS "BRAVO ZULU' THANK YOU DAWN!

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Operator Caradonna Adventures

pleasure to get to know them

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I came to Perhentian for research purposes and connected with Ecoteer as they are a well-established organization doing great conservation work in the area.
From the moment I set foot on Perhentian and met the Ecoteer community I felt at home - everyone was so friendly and helpful and it was such a pleasure to get to know them.
I highly recommend anyone who is visiting Perhentian and has an interest in conservation to check them out.

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Operator Ecoteer Responsible Travel

Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before. Prior to the TVP trip in September, I had never been to Costa Rica or been part of a tour. I admittedly did not know what to expect giving up control of planning my trip, but could not have asked for a better experience. Every detail was expertly chosen, from the intimate welcome dinner giving the group time to meet one another, to the downtime built into volunteer days and ending with a relaxing day at the beach. Being part of this tour gave me the opportunity to see a side to Costa Rica I had no idea existed based on friends previous travel accounts. Participating in a beach clean up of an uninhabited beach and realizing how much trash washes up from ocean pollution was eye opening. Rescuing baby sea turtles the next day reinforced how important it is to keep our oceans and beaches clean. I cannot wait to be a part of future TVP trips!!

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Operator The Vacation Project

Absolutely loved it. Great value

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We went on the Galaven Yacht for the 8Day Itinerary B trip in November 2016 and absolutely loved it. Great value, all inclusive, and glad we chose this package for our trip. Great food, great service, great stops, great guides = 5 stars all around!! Can't say enough good things. Thank you for an awesome vacation.

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Operator Royal Galapagos

A trip of a lifetime

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our safari was amazing. The crew of Alaitol Safaris were very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They thought of and provided for every little detail . The food and the accommodations were incredible. Our group had also beach holiday with this company.
Both experiences were ones I will never forget in my lifetime. I highly recommend this company for your African travels, treks, safaris and Zanzibar beach holiday. You will not be disappointed and every trip that you take after this venture will fall short in comparison.

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Operator Alaitol Safaris

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

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

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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Operator Island Expeditions

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