Dates: February 14-17th, 2021
Guides: 1-2 leaders
Price: 5 day $1799 CDN
Accommodations: Southwest Caye Glover’s Basecamp
Activities: Standup paddleboarding, yoga, snorkeling, fishing, hammock surfing.
- Comprehensive pre-trip information package
- All meals, accommodation, and transfers described in the itinerary
- Expedition Guide Norm Hann
- Unlimited use of our Equipment and facilities
- Use of waterproof dry bags
- Government Fees & Taxes
- Boat Shuttles
What’s Not Included:
- Thee trip starts in Dangriga and guests will need transfer & accommodation for the night before.
- Transfer back to Belize City
- International Flights and Airport Departure Tax
- Extra costs due to late Arrivals, lost baggage and other circumstances beyond our control
“Base Camp SUP Adventures and Belizean Culture on Glover’s Atoll.”
Norm Hann & Island Expeditions are excited to offer this incredible paddling and ocean adventure experience to Southwest Caye on the stunning Glover’s Atoll. Glover’s Reef is a protected marine park and a UN World Heritage Site and is one of only three atolls off the coast of Belize and is renowned for its profusion of marine life. An elliptical shaped reef measuring 32 km’s long by 11 km’s wide and located almost 65 km’s offshore of the Belize mainland, Glover’s Reef Atoll is thought to be the richest marine environment in the entire Caribbean Sea. This area provides an incredible location for our standup paddleboarding adventure. Along with standup paddleboarding we will also have the opportunity to free dive and snorkel in one of the richest and most beautiful marine ecosystems in the world. Our days will start with beach yoga before planning our marine adventures for the day. We will be staying at Southwest Caye Basecamp, where you will sleep in comfortable, safari-style tent cabanas and dine on fresh fish and local cuisine harvested by your Belizean Guides.
SUP Expedition guide and Instructor Norm Hann will be on each trip providing private coaching, skill building and will deliver a standup paddleboard experience for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Focus will be on developing a strong technical paddling skill set that can be applied throughout the week on downwind runs and touring paddles along the reef. He will work alongside talented local Belizean guides who help to provide connection to the culture, land and lifestyle.
Glover’s Atoll is a spectacular place to for this camp and for the opportunity to explore and relax on the turquoise waters and white sands of this outer reef.
Typical Daily Itinerary 5 days:
** Our trip starts in Dangriga and guests will need transfer & accommodation for the night before.
Day 1: We travel by water taxi beyond the main Barrier Reef to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye within Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. We depart from Dangriga at approximately 8 am and typically arrive at Southwest Caye before 10 am. Guides introduce you to your new environment and you’ll have time to settle into your tent cabana and enjoy a swim before lunch. After lunch, Norm conducts a flatwater skills workshop followed by an intro from your Belizean guides to snorkeling the coral reefs. Enjoy an evening paddle around Southwest Caye before dinner. Glover’s Basecamp Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Days 2: With the Caribbean Sea just steps from your tent cabana, why not start your day with an early swim. Before heading out on the water we begin with a warm up stretch and movement then on the water our route parallels the inside reef crest, shallow waters that are rich in coral reefs and marine life. Return to camp for a delicious lunch and chill time before we get back on the water. In the afternoon we focus on board control in different conditions and downwind techniques. At some point in the day, either from the boards or the support boat we have the chance to snorkel amongst the coral reefs. Accommodation: Glover’s Basecamp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: For those that like to rise early we have a first-light fishing mission in the skiff where you can try your hand at Belizean Style hand line fishing. Snapper, barracuda, jacks or grouper can be on the menu. After our warm up stretch we’ll work on our strokes and techniques, then our support boat takes us to the northern section of the atoll where we paddle a surf break and then downwind paddle back to our base on Southwest Caye. This is a full day on the water with lots of variety of paddling and challenge. You’ll come back to base tired and satisfied. Enjoy a cold beer, relax in a hammock or have a nap before dinner. Our after dinner session with Jen focuses on distance paddling, expedition or race training. Accommodation: Glover’s Basecamp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Another awesome day on the water with lots of variety. This is the day everything you’ve been learning comes together – efficient and powerful forward stroke, downwind riding, board stance, confidence riding waves and swells. We’ll paddle to some amazing snorkeling locations and take you to one of the most incredible lunch spots on the planet. For our last evening, it’s time to unwind and take in the Belizean culture with a fun beach BBQ, traditional foods and Garifuna music and dance.
Day 5: For your last morning on Glover’s Reef the choice is yours. You may choose to don a mask, snorkel, and fins for a final visit to your favorite coral reef before a motor charter arrives to transport you back to the mainland. Arrival back in Dangriga is approximately 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Accommodation: N/A Meals: Breakfast 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. Please visit www.gloversgetaway.travel for further trip details and images.
Getting to Belize City
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.