Adventure Holiday Adventure Activities - Adventure Travel
We run two rivers by raft and kayak (hard shell sit-on-top, whitewater, or inflatable). First we paddle the Mopan in kayaks. This stretch contains all the perfect elements in which to learn whitewater kayaking. Although safe and easy, it provides plenty of challenges. Complete instruction in the use of our whitewater kayaks is covered before setting out, with no experience required. You can read more on our Belize river page.
Next we paddle underground through five miles of caverns on the Caves Branch River. Our journey through the darkness is punctuated by views through collapsed windows into the surrounding jungle. We negotiate a one-quarter-mile portage, where everyone pitches in to get the gear to the opening of the next cave. You can also visit our Caves Branch River page for more info.
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Belize is famous for its extensive cave systems, many of which have been the focus of major expeditions. The crystalline dripstone formations of Belize rival any worldwide. We visit two caves, beginning with an exploration of Che Chem Ha Cave, one of the most impressive Mayan ceremonial caves yet discovered in Belize. After hiking to the entrance, we then explore its chambers a quarter-mile into the earth. Deep inside we discover ceramics, ceremonial altars, and stone carvings left there by the Mayan shamans 1500 years ago. For more info visit our Belize Caves page.
The next day we run the Caves Branch River cave system in rafts and kayaks, which winds for nearly five miles underground. We run this easy, Class I and II river by headlamp! This is arguably the best one day adventure activity in the country.
Our trip takes us through an area rich in Mayan artifacts and archaeology. In addition to visiting Che Chem Ha, we will explore the largest Mayan ruin ever uncovered at Tikal in nearby Guatemala, where temples tower 200’ high and hundreds of other buildings sprawl over several square miles.
Hiking is incorporated into many of our other activities. We hike through lush jungle during the portage on the Caves Branch River, which provides an excellent opportunity to see rainforest flora and fauna. We also hike through the rainforest at Tikal, where abundant wildlife will be seen. On all these hikes your guide talks about the plants and their medicinal uses, as well as imparting local information about the native wildlife encountered. More info on our Belize hiking page.
Paddling the clear, 80-degree waters of the Caribbean is every kayaker’s dream. Our private island at Glover’s Atoll is perched on a ring of coral surrounded by the open sea, providing an unbeatable setting to learn and practice sea kayaking. We paddle daily to snorkel from our boats and to visit nearby islands.
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Of all the highlights of your visit, exploring the underwater world will be the most memorable. The pristine reefs of Belize are world-renowned, and those at Glover’s National Marine Reserve are the best in the country. The remarkable clarity of the water here makes this an ideal location for snorkeling and diving. Guests can snorkel the reefs right off our island, or use the sea kayaks to access the many patch reefs. For more information on snorkeling in Belize, visit our web page.
Our blog has a post on how to buy your mask, fins, and snorkel.
Bring your dive light for a night snorkel! Conditions don't permit this every trip, but what an amazing experience, to view the nocturnal creatures of the underwater world. Octopus, lobster, and basket starfish are often seen, not to mention the illusive Toad Fish, found only in Belizean waters!
Freediving enthusiasts: diving up to 45 feet is a breeze here, 80 degree water and 150 foot visibility! Bring your weight belts.
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Singles Adventure Travel
Although all of our packages have many guests solo traveling, Belize Adventure Week is probably the best trip for a single traveling alone. There is so much activity, and everyone is learning so many new sports together, that the entire group becomes one big family, regardless of who each person arrived with. This adventure vacation is also fine for a single woman traveling by herself, all you need to do after arriving at the International Airport is grab a 10 minute cab ride to the Biltmore and meet your group!
Scuba diving is available right on the island for both certified divers and novices. The remarkable clarity of the water at Glover's makes this an ideal location for scuba diving, which is available right on the island through our associates at Long Caye Dive Shop. There are 54 miles of wall diving within a 12-mile radius of Long Caye. The top of the reef wall varies from 35 to 80 feet. Glover's is especially well known for its variety of sponges and gorgonians. It is not uncommon to encounter dolphins, sea turtles and as many as 50 species of creatures in one dive.
All guests must be physically fit to dive. If there is any reason for doubt, bring a certificate of diving fitness from your doctor. Areas of concern for diving fitness include respiratory conditions, such as asthma; circulatory conditions (such as heart trouble); and recent major surgery. Please visit our Belize scuba page for more information on scuba diving training courses and Belize dive sites.
We offer beginning to advanced windsurfing with six complete rigs and a land trainer. The calm waters of the lagoon are an ideal place to learn. For experts our short boards provide big action in the channel surf. Steady winds are almost always present, and the 80-degree water means you get to windsurf in your bathing suit! Visit our Belize windsurfing page to see more images.
Bring your kiteboard to our island and experience perfect conditions, or take introductory kiteboarding lessons with our trainer kites. The flat water of the atoll, near constant winds (10 mph 95% of the time) and the 80 degree waters of the Caribbean all add up to a kiteboarder’s dream!
Advanced kiteboarding lessons are now available December - March through our Belize Vela Kiteboard School. Take professional lessons from a full-time instructor!
Although our program emphasizes all of these other sports, fishermen will not be disappointed! There is no need to hire a private guide, you just wade in. The fishing (catch-and-release only) is excellent just off our island; it is common to pull in several bonefish per session. Many fishermen spincast off of our dock and catch permit, jack, and barracuda. See our Belize sport fishing page for information on what gear to bring.
Kayak fly-fishing is the hot new sport for dedicated anglers. Fishermen who yearn to fish at Glover’s can now use our top-of-the-line fishing kayaks as an alternative to wading in or fishing off our dock. Paddling one is easier than you might think, and we include this instruction. Fishing kayaks are wider than regular kayaks to prevent them from tipping over while casting, and they also use anchors and pontoons to stabilize the craft when fishing. And we even pay for your fishing license, so you can start fishing right away!
We have the #1 surfable break in Belize! Board surfing at Long Caye is great for intermediate and advanced surfers. Although our wave is excellent for beginning surf kayakers, our break is not ideal for beginning board surfers. However, experienced surfers love this wave! Visit our Belize surfing page.
When we say "Kayak Belize" we don't just mean sea kayaking! Our eastern shore is exposed to prevailing trade winds, which create ideal conditions for surf. The waves break on shoals of coral rubble, which generate a perfect "point" break and a great ride for our surf kayaks. Watching the action from our surf dock is a sport in itself as the surfers provide hours of entertainment for those relaxing with a cold soda or beer. For more information on kayak surfing we have a kayak surfing page. We have the best spot in Belize for family surfing vacations.
Stand-up paddle surfing has exploded in popularity in just the past few years to become the fastest growing new water sport in the US. "SUP" entails standing on a longboard and propelling yourself with an extra-long, single-bladed, 5-6’ paddle. Our sheltered lagoon is a perfect place to try out this new sport, and our surf break allows experienced surfers to try out the SUP board on our surf break. Read about Belize paddleboarding elsewhere on our site.
We now have 5 ‘cruiser’ paddleboards in our collection. This style is designed for longer paddling tours and we can cover more distance efficiently. Our newest activity is to paddle downwind to neighboring islands. We will then be picked up by our motor skiff for the ride back to Long Caye.
Our island is the perfect place to learn the kayak eskimo roll. In addition to all of the other sports we offer, our staff can teach you to roll easily with the perfect conditions we have on the island. In addition to 80 degree water, we teach rolling while you wear your snorkel mask. Then you can see your paddle position, and no more water up in your nose! Easy!
Your guide will first provide instruction in all sports before you try them. Each orientation takes between 30 min. - 4 hours. Regardless of your experience and ability level, attendance in these instructional sessions is required if you plan to participate in the activity, since your guide has no way of knowing your experience level (sea kayak orientation in progress at left). This is a safety issue, and your well-being is our number one priority. Attendance at the orientation on the evening of Day 1 is also required.
Guests with experience in a particular sport may receive a special, abbreviated orientation so they can get started earlier, but this is not always possible. Our guides are guiding the whole group, not just one person, and they must balance their time between everyone so that everyone is safe in the water. If you have only one sport you are interested in, our guides will do their best to get to the orientation as soon as possible, but it may not happen the first day you are on the island, or maybe not even the second day.
Persons interested in only one sport will have to adjust their expectations as this is a multi-sport trip, not a single-sport trip, and all sports require a guide or buddy, especially when the conditions are extreme. We find that guests who show up thinking they will only do one sport quickly realize the beauty of this location is that you can try so many things. You’ll want to do everything; there are few places on earth where you can experience this many sports in one week.
The Buddy System
We use the buddy system for all sports so that no guest is alone in the event of an accident on the water. Single travelers will have no trouble finding a buddy. Guides offer guided activities 2 – 4 times/day. If guests wish to kayak, paddle, surf, windsurf, or sail when it is not being offered as a group activity they may do any sport with a buddy, regardless of what the rest of the group is doing. This is allowed after guests have completed the required orientation for each sport providing they have checked with the trip leader for his or her approval. This is primarily a guided trip, and guides have the authority to veto any guest outing based on safety considerations.
When on an unguided activity, guests are financially responsible for the Slickrock gear they are using. The fee charged for damaging or losing sport gear is provided in the liability form every guest signs before the trip.
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