Rated By Outside Travel as one of the “World’s 30 Best Trips.”
The Belize Coral Islands SUP is an exclusively designed trip between Norm Hann Expeditions and Island Expeditions, a leading adventure travel company that has been in Belize for 30 years; together we have created the ultimate paddleboard experience for both novice and advanced paddlers. The 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 traveler:
Paddleboard Glover’s Reef Atoll and explore the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve.
The only lodge to lodge and island to island SUP and snorkel trip in Belize
Norm Hann trained and Paddle Canada Certified Belizean guides
Week long skills building and paddle coaching with expedition leader and Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer Norm Hann.
Explore the incredible Glover’s Reef Atoll and Tobacco Caye, part of the 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, 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.
From sheltered lagoons and protected turquoise waters to fun, downwind runs along the barrier reef this trip is ideal for those seeking the adventure of a guided SUP journey combined with the comforts of family-run island lodges.
On arrival in Belize you connect for a scenic 20 minute flight south to the coastal town of Dangriga. Our first night is at Pelican Beach Resort. Your guides and group gather for a seaside cocktail followed by a pre-trip welcome meeting and dinner in the dining room. (Domestic Flight included)
Stay: Glover’s Reef Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we travel by boat charter 38 miles offshore of the mainland to Glovers Reef Atoll basecamp.Norm begins with reviewing fundamental skills of paddleboarding and throughout the trip works with each individual to fine tune existing skills. Efficient forward stroke development, downwinding and touring techniques are all covered.
We head out each day to explore the wild beauty of Glover’s Reef; 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.
Stay: Paradise Resort at Tobacco Caye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
For the next stage of the adventure we head to the 17,000 acre Southwater Caye Marine Reserve on the Southern Barrier Reef. Based fromTobacco Caye Paradise Lodge, our playground for the next two days is a fairy-tale setting of palm trees, coral islands, mangrove forests and abundant coral reefs. Each evening, back at our lodge, we take in the friendly laid back ‘Island Culture’ of Belize.
In the morning we return by water taxi back to the mainland where our trip finishes in time to make domestic or international flight connections.
Most major airlines including Air Canada, United, Delta, US Airways will all fly into Belize City. Island Expeditions and Norm Hann Expeditions will be there to pick you up with a shuttle that is included to our first nights accommodation at the Belize Zoo.
Getting back to Belize City
Our North American office can help you make arrangements for your re- turn to Belize City the day after the trip ends unless you have made other arrangements with us. We can book a domestic flight from Dangriga to Belize City or directly to the Int’l Air- port. The flight (15 minutes) cost is approximately 100 US per person or you can travel overland by bus (3-4 hours) for around $10US.
On your first evening at the Tropical Education Center your inland guides will talk with you about packing for this trip. You will be provided with two 20 liter and one 10 liter dry bags to pack your clothes in for the kayaking portion of your trip. When you arrive in Dangriga at the boat dock your gear that is packed in these waterproof bags will be loaded onto the motor boat with you. Your leave-behind luggage will be stored in our office in Dangriga until you return at the end of your trip. Please ensure your name is clearly marked on your bag and that you do not leave any passports, money, electronics, or other valuables in your bag. These items should travel with you to take care of.
We advise you bring a small personal dry bag (5-10 liter) for your documents, camera, etc., that you can carry in the cockpit of your kayak and have handy on motorboat trips. It is especially important that electronic equipment such as digital cameras, video cameras, etc. is fully waterproofed on the boat ride to and from the reef.
PLEASE NOTE: we cannot be deemed responsible for people’s personal property while travelling. There are a variety of luggage and personal property insurance policies available to purchase.
A few tips …
Bring some colour ribbon to tie to your dry bags so you are quickly able to identify your bags from others.
Consider bringing some ziplock and larger plastic bags to line these dry bags and to separate wet from dry in the same bag.
Each day you should be managing two sets of clothing; one wet for the sea and one dry for the evening.
A sturdy pair of sport sandals or water shoes is very important.
Personal Packing List
1 pair light running shoes or hikers
1 pair watersport sandals or water shoes (Teva’s or Keens are a good choice)
1 or 2 pair lightweight quick-dry long pants
2-3 pairs of socks
2 pair quick-dry nylon shorts and/or loose skirt or sarong
1 bathing suit
2 long sleeve shirts preferably with a collar (for protection from the sun & bugs).
1 fleece jacket (this will keep you warm even when wet)
1 good quality rain jacket
1 wide brimmed sunhat (to keep the sun off your face and neck)
Sunglasses with band (Chums, Croakies, etc.)
1 bandana or buff (handy for sun protection)
1 headlamp and spare batteries
Small (10L) dry bag for camera, wallet, phone, snacks, etc
Mask, fins, snorkel *IMPORTANT*. Please click here for more information on snorkel gear
Shortie wet suit, especially for kids (not essential but water temperatures in Dec. and Jan. can be cooler)
Capilene or other synthetic long underwear (great for snorkeling)
1 liter water bottle
1 or 2 Beach/Bath Towels
Toiletries, personal medication and prescriptions
Small personal First Aid Kit: i.e. Band-Aids, aspirin/Tylenol, scissors, tweezers, safety pins
Sunscreen – Please click here for more information on biodegradable reef-friendly sunblock & soap. We do highly recommend the use of environmental products if you are certain the product does work for you
Vaseline, Aloe Vera lotion, or skin care cream
Caladryl/After Bite/Benadryl Cream or lotion to ease itching from bug bites
Insect repellent (20 – 100% Deet)
2 to 3 garbage bags – serves as extra waterproofing protection and keeps wet gear separate
Optional Packing List
Earplugs – there can be noise from the ocean, wind, wildlife and more, particularly noticeable at night & in the morning.
Camera equipment – with waterproofing.
Fishing rod and tackle
1 pair light cotton gloves/bike gloves (for protection from the sun/blisters when paddling)
Anti-Nausea medication if susceptible to motion sickness