Cully Erdman created Slickrock in 1977, then a small kayak school on the Colorado River. After exploring the region while assisting with adventure television shows, Cully expanded to Mexico and Central America.
In the early 1980s he expanded to Mexico, Belize in the late 1980s, then Guatemala and Honduras in the mid 1990s. In 1986, Lucy Wallingford joined on as a partner, and together they developed the four Belize itineraries that we offer today.
- 1977 Slickrock Adventures founded by Cully Erdman in Moab, Utah
- 1977-1997 Kayak school and river company operating in Colorado, Utah and Idaho
- 1981-1994 River trips in Chiapas, Mexico – first kayak descent of Agua Azul
- 1986 Lucy Wallingford joins company as Vice President
- 1986 Belize – Slickrock becomes the first sea kayak outfitter in the country
- 1992 Island leased at North East Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll
- 1996 Moves to Long Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll
- 1996-1999 Bay Islands of Honduras added as destination
- 1997-2013 Tikal, Guatemala added as destination
- 1997 Purchase of Long Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll
- 1998 Featured on the cover of Outside Magazine
- 2001 National Geographic Adventure, Island in the Rough
- 2003 Newsweek, Travel/Belize
- 2004 New York Times, Far From the Bubblin’ Crowd
- 2005 National Geographic Traveler, Unplugged Islands
- 2006 US Airways, Belize Unplugged
- 2007 Boston Globe – Good sports taken to extremes on a Caribbean Cay
- 2007 National Geographic Adventure, Wild Islands! Where to Get Lost
- 2010 Men’s Health, 50 Guy Trips That Will Change Your Life
- 2011 Kiteboard school added to Long Caye
- 2018 Merged with Green Tree Co
- 2019 Los Angeles Times, Enjoying Belize in the moment
[photo credit at top of page: Norm Shrewsbury]
Why Travel With Slickrock?
From our simple beginnings kayaking and camping along the Belize Barrier Reef, Slickrock Adventures has grown into a leader in adventure sport ecotourism. We pioneered the concept of using a multi-sport format to explore the most exciting destinations in Belize, resulting in the most distinctive active vacations available. Consider what sets us above the rest….
When we say “adventure multisport” we mean it
All trips include instruction and use of top-quality equipment. Single and double sea kayaks, windsurf gear for all ability levels, state-of-the-art sit on top surf and whitewater kayaks, fully-outfitted fishing kayaks, surf boards, stand-up paddle boards, kiteboard trainer kites, and a Belize scuba school are standards on our Belize tours. Long Caye boasts the only Belize surf camp, and our windsurf center is a destination for beginners and experts alike. Our flexible island itinerary allows you to design each day, and inland the non-stop activity ensures you aren’t paying for “downtime.” With us you experience these sports with professional instructors—rare on a standard tour. And the variety means that whether you are traveling alone or with your family, everyone finds something they want to pursue.
There’s no substitute for having your own island
Belize has recently experienced unprecedented development, especially on the offshore islands. Unlike popular dive locations such as Lighthouse Reef, which see hundreds of visitors a day, Slickrock’s private island is uncrowded. Part of Belize’s renowned marine reserve system, Glover’s Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Long Caye is a world unto itself. We’ve developed the island with a light touch to maintain its rustic, tropical charm while ensuring that you are comfortable. Each cabana enjoys privacy and is perched above the pounding surf. Our fully-equipped kitchen keeps us well fed with seafood and indigenous dishes. Cold beer and soda (included in the trip price) and a solar-powered electric system, along with a thorough treatment program for bug control, are just a few of the “extras” you will not find on any other adventure tour. “Island life” is often the most unforgettable memory our guests take back home.
World-class snorkeling and diving are just a few yards offshore
We swim to reefs from our beach, paddle to snorkel spots in our kayaks, and ride the dive boat ten minutes or less to each dive site. The lagoon inside Glover’s Atoll and the underwater terrain around it are rich with sea creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors—from tiny flamingo snails and colorful living coral to elegant and powerful spotted eagle rays.
Our PADI dive shop tailors the dive program around our adventure sport itinerary. You can get fully certified right on the island, or dive three times a day if you are already certified.
Our guests make lifelong friends
Whether secluded on our private island or exploring adventure sports deep in the jungle, you will naturally bond with fellow guests who are sharing your new, exhilarating experiences.
Our limited group sizes and multi-day trips encourage a “family” to form—in fact, our trips have fostered several marriages!
Our itineraries are great for friends or couples, and our island packages are the perfect Belize family vacation. Adventurous travel single guests love our trips because you can join a fun, friendly group of adventurers.
There’s no stress when traveling with us, we take care of everything
All inclusive Slickrock packages are comprehensive. There are no hidden costs, so it’s easy to stay within your budget. The quality of your trip matters to us too. We spare no effort or expense in providing our guests with first-class amenities and logistics.
We own our vans and island shuttle boat so that we can ensure your comfort and help you maximize your vacation time: you arrive in Belize City in the afternoon and you’re on our island before lunch the next day.
We leave directly from Belize City so you won’t waste your valuable time riding in a van or stopping at places along the way that you can easily see on your own if you choose. Your week with us will be like nothing you’ve done before, and we want to help you make the most of it.
Our guides are expert sport instructors, and they love what they do
Our small group sizes and large staff mean that each guest gets the attention they need to learn each sport, so no experience is necessary. You can try activities you’ve always wanted to try.
Guests especially enjoy really getting to know our local staff. We strive to give you the vacation of a lifetime, and all our staff members share this passion.
Belize is hassle-free
Belize is English speaking, safe for international travel, and easy to get to. From most U.S. and Canadian destinations you can travel there in one day. We specialize in Belize—let us show you our favorite destination in the world.