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Highlights
  • Stay at a unique, luxury Basecamp on Southwest Caye, a remote 13 acre island. Sleep in comfortable tent-walled cabanas and dine on fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local fare.
  • Kayak or SUP around this pristine group of tropical islands set within a turquoise lagoon.
  • Snorkel some of Glover’s 700 patch reefs in its thriving coral reef system
  • Fly fish for bonefish or tarpon on the saltwater flats and adjoining deep waters...and from time to time we offer special departures with a guest fly fishing guide/instructor!
  • Venture inland for a Mayan cave hike/float through lush rainforest and a specially arranged nocturnal viewing at the Belize Zoo.

Glover’s Reef and River of Caves combines an inland exploration of tropical savannah and Mayan rainforest caves with the opportunity to explore and stay on a remote coral atoll.  

 

Glover’s Reef is part of the world famous Belize Barrier Reef, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles off the shore of mainland Belize.  Perfect for active families and couples of mixed abilities, this adventure Basecamp offers flexibility and choices in daily guided activities, so traveling companions can do things together or separately.

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
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
Glover's Reef & River of Caves
94% Recommend

Guides are amazingly knowledgeable, funny, interested.

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
Guides are amazingly knowledgeable, funny, interested.

Good food that is different every night.
Activities are diverse and top of line interesting.
Glover reef is beautiful, the corals are in good shape.
Tropical Ed. Center was a great place to meet.
The whole organization is very professional.
We highly recommended this trip for children.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Spouse did 10 yrs ago and trips seem very interesting

What was the highlight of your trip?:
Meet the local guides

What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Read well what you will be doing in each trip
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had an extraordinary time at Glover's Reef!!

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
We had an extraordinary time at Glover's Reef. We had a seamless transition on this second part of our trip from Lighthouse Reef to Glover's Reef because we left it to the experts at IE! Glover's Reef has excellent patch reefs where we had fantastic snorkeling opportunities. We also enjoyed kayaking, SUP, fishing, Yoga, delicious food and all at a spectacular base camp on the edge of the Reef. What more could you ask for?

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We love the company. We have done to previous expeditions in 2008 and 2012 that were so well done. Basically you show up at the airport and everything is arranged by IE. They have great connections and you feel so cared for. Amazing people.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
The beautiful Attoles and all the activities: Snorkeling, kayaking, kayak sailing, SUP, Yoga, hammock surfing
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Just go!
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip with Island Expeditions was fantastic!!

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
Our trip with Island Expeditions was fantastic. The arrangements were perfect, the guides friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Snorkeling at Glover's Reef was the best we ever had. The beach cabanas were comfy, the setting gorgeous. I would highly recommend Island Expeditions for your trip to Belize.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Happened upon it while googling tourism in Belize. Sounded like our kind of trip! Love adventurous trips.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
Snorkeling was the best we've ever done. The reef is alive and well in Belize. However, the cave tubing was fantastic also.

What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
The facilities are not 5 star hotels, but beach cabanas. We loved it, but many people would prefer regular hotel. The food was phenomenal.
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The Glover's Reef trip was amazing.!!

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
The Glover's Reef trip was amazing. The setting was beautiful and the kayaking was great. I so enjoyed seeing so many different types of fish and rays. We even saw a turtle swimming by. I also tried two new things - paddleboarding and sailing a kayak. The guides were unbelievably warm, helpful, knowledgeable and personable. The food was delicious!! I was a little hesitant going on the trip because I was traveling by myself but I had nothing to fear. The other members of the group were so welcoming and interesting that I made lifelong friends. Glover's reef was one of my best trips.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
It was well-organized and seemed to offer all the outdoor experiences I wanted.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
Sailing a kayak
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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 excellent, very well organized!

5.0 out of 5 | Excellent
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
The trip was excellent, very well organized and the guides were all very friendly and extremely helpful. Our 12 year old son really enjoyed the variety of activities. Overall, we all enjoyed and would highly recommend it.

Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
Looking for an active water-based holiday in the sun.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
Kayaking in the crystal clear waters
What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
Be prepared to push yourself and have fun.
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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: Forest Cabanas

Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you will be met by an Island Expeditions' representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center. The Tropical Education Center is adjacent to the Belize Zoo, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits you. You will be able to explore the surrounding savannah forest through their network of interpretive trails and wildlife viewing platforms. They also offer a terrific Interpretive Center which details the diverse ecology of Belize. After checking into your forest cabana you can enjoy a Belizean dinner and have a chance to meet your fellow travelers. Later that evening, you can join an optional, specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. This tour is a great introduction to the fauna of Belize, such as jaguars, ocelots, tapirs and other species native to Belize and is offered on a donation basis. ‘Day 0’ is the day to meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included.

Day 1:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Forest Cabanas

Enjoy a tour of the River of Caves area of Belize, exploring the fascinating Darknight cave system. Walk on a trail through lush rainforest to the cave’s entrance, then hike underground through limestone caves rich with amazing crystallized flow stone, stalactite and stalagmite formations. Our guides are sure to point out ancient relics, clay whistles, Maya pots and other fossilized items along the way. To end the adventure, you’ll jump into inner tubes and float downstream, in and out of the cave system ending at your starting point. You will enjoy a Belizean lunch before returning to the Tropical Education Center mid-afternoon.  That evening you can enjoy a bird walk  along the beautiful Caribbean Pine Savannah Interpretive Trail.

Day 2- 6:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Basecamping

You’ll depart early in the morning and drive the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here you board a charter boat to our remote Basecamp on Southwest Caye. Southwest Caye is located in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer.

Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.

Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, we host informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows our guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!

Day 7:

Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and enjoy a coffee on the dock for the last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Your boat charter usually departs around midmorning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, and our helpful staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,739

Price Per Day:

$ 248 per person
 
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardTaxes and FeesAvailability 
Dec-17-2017Dec-25-2017$ 1,739$ 240LimitedReserve
Dec-24-2017Dec-01-2017$ 1,739$ 240LimitedReserve
Dec-31-2017Jan-08-2018$ 1,739$ 240LimitedReserve
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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
  • Accommodation the day before the trip ('Day 0')
  • Government Fees & Taxes
Trip Excludes
  • Post-trip transfer to Belize International Airport
  • 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

Extensions:

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

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
6-22 Limited
Accomodations
  • Tropical Education Center
  • Southwest Caye Glovers Basecamp 
Start City
Belize
End City
Dangriga
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 travellers 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:

Regular Season Departures: (Nov 1 to Dec 14 & Jan 2 to May 31 each year)

60 days + prior to departure will be deposit retained as an administration fee.

41-60 days prior to departure is 70% refund

21-40 days prior to departure will be 35% refund

0-20 days prior to departure is the full amount is retained

Additional Information:
  • Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 7, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport - please contact our office for details. For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize we offer a Flight & Hotel Package.
  • Please note 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.
  • Departing International flight reservations should be made for after 3pm on the last day of the trip (Departure Date). Hotel Packages are available for those departing on the Optional Fly Home Date

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