Adventure Island at Glovers Reef
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Adventure Island at Glovers Reef
"It was everything we had hoped for, and then some. A perfect balance of wilderness and amenities, structure and freedom, instruction and fun. Long Caye is a great alternative to the mega-luxury resorts that we have no interest in."
Cullen Battle, Salt Lake City, UT
Adventure Island at Glover's Reef, December 2011
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Each day we introduce a new sport. We begin by sea kayaking to magical scuba/snorkeling spots. Another day finds us in surf kayaks shredding the waves just off our shore, or scuba diving the underwater "Wall" within swimming distance of our island. At night we enjoy home-cooked meals.
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Visit our Adventure Island at Glover's Reef itinerary page to see what we do each day. There is no better kayaking trip in Belize!
Slickrock spares no effort to ensure that our tour is the best adventure sport trip in the entire Caribbean. In addition to the luxury of a secluded, private island, our gear is top-notch: we have surfboards, a fleet of 40+ sea kayaks, fishing and surf kayaks, paddleboards, and windsurfing gear for all ability levels.
Our kitesurf school offers professional instruction and Belize dive packages are available just down the beach for both certified divers and beginners. We have the only Vela kitesurf school in Belize.
Belize is famous for its reefs, and Glover’s Reef is considered the most pristine in the country. In recognition of the outstanding quality of the ecosystem, the atoll has been designated a National Marine Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect it for future generations. Our Water Sports Center on Long Caye sits amidst this underwater paradise, offering a backdrop few locations can match.
We are the only adventure operation in Belize with a private island!
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Perched on the brink of the continental shelf, our private island base lies on the slender coral ring of Glover’s Atoll, 35 miles off the mainland. Within this necklace of coral, you’ll find more than 700 pristine patch reefs brimming with the richest variety of marine life in the Caribbean. To read more about the atoll visit our Glover's Reef page.
"We had a fantastic week and all of us, with the exception of Tucker, felt it was the best vacation we had ever taken (Tucker, 6 yrs. old, said it was ridiculous to not have a TV or even a hot tub!). I am especially thankful for the wonderful male role models for my son Alex which Jose, Edward and Mark provided. They are all truly exceptional guys."
Laura & Lee Apgar, Ingrid (10), Alex (8) and Tucker (6); Wenham, MA
Adventure Island at Glover's Reef. February 2008
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Each sport has an orientation sesson where we introduce our gear to you. Once you have had the orientation session, you are free to use the gear anytime you like, as long as you have a buddy. The buddy system is different for each sport, and that's covered as well during the orientation. For example, a buddy while snorkeling is someone snorkeling with you, but a buddy while windsurfing is a person on shore paying attention to your location and notifying us if you need assistance. During scheduled activities, guides are on hand monitoring your progress and a buddy may not be necessary, since the guide is effectively your buddy. To read more about our sport orientations, visit our Adventure Island at Glover's Reef Sports page.
For example, windsurfing is one of the sports in which we offer instruction each week. We have a fantastic system, and great beginner gear, so it's common to become successful on your very first lesson! If you are already an experienced board sailor, we just check you out on the gear and you can begin sailing almost right away. Here's how we teach windsurfing:
Initial instruction on land
Your first lesson is on our windsurf trainer. The guide stands right next to you and explains the various pieces of equipment, posture on the board, how to hold the sail, how to turn the board, steering with the sail, etc. While one person is on the trainer, others are listening and getting ready to try it themselves.
More instruction just off shore
You go right from the trainer to the water. Another guide holds the board for you while you get ready to go. He/she is giving last minute instructions while you balance yourself. You are then let go and you are on your own!
Our lagoon is a great place to learn
Once you take off, our guides are monitoring your position and progress. They will then paddle out to your position, continuing to give instruction. If you are having trouble, are getting too fatigued, or have drifted too far downwind, they simply trade with you and sail the board back while you paddle back in the kayak. In this way you can learn to windsurf in just a few sessions at your own speed.
The photos at left tell the story
Photo 1 Two guides are doing the orientation while you are on the trainer. One is giving verbal instruction, while the other is stabilizing the board with a rope. Other guests are waiting to take their turn on the trainer.
Photo 2 You stay with the trainer as long as you need to so that you understand just what you need to do when you get to the water.
Photo 3 The guest on the right is receiving last minute instructions, while the guest on the left is waiting for the launch spot and just about to uphaul their sail to receive their final instructions.
Photo 4 The guide is holding the board while you get your balance and get ready to go.
Photo 5 Both beginner sailors are now on their own, sailing on a broad reach away from the island.
Photo 6 Here you can see that four beginners are now in the water, learning to sail. Guides are in kayaks, offering instruction when needed, or offering to sail the boards back if someone needs a break.
Our Belize guides are carefully selected from the most experienced professionals in the business.
Our Belize menu consistently receives rave reviews, and cold beer and soda are included in the trip price.
Our private boat charter leaves right out of Belize City for our guests’ convenience, also included in the trip price.
We have one of the best beaches for swimming right off shore in Belize.
When we first moved to Glover's Reef in 1992 our goal was to create a facility that feels non-developed. Obviously if you build a building, that’s some level of development. But throughout the Caribbean there are very few facilities that are rustic by design. On Long Caye, development means sixteen cabanas, a well-stocked kitchen, solar-powered water pumps, a composting toilet, three dozen sea kayaks, a bunch of sailboards, surf boards, and surf kayaks, and a dive shop (the only thing not owned by Slickrock). There is no maid service, air conditioning, email, or flush toilets. But there is a fridge permanently loaded with Fantas and Belikin beer. It’s the best in adventure travel — right down to the Belizean guides who guide you to new snorkel spots all day and then join you for dinner.
Depending on your experience, our Water Sports Center is either the cushiest camp or the most rustic resort you have seen. We keep the island in as natural a state as possible, and there is no electricity or plumbing. Cabanas are perched above the surf, and the ever-present breeze keeps the temperatures well below what they are on the mainland (see Belize temperature). Each cabana has single or double beds, a solar-powered light, and a porch with hammocks and lounge chairs (see the island accommodations page).
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Our dining hall features solar and wind-powered lights and music, propane stove and refrigerator (for cold beer and soda!), and our extensive library. We drink collected rainwater, and we bathe with well water pumped by the sun (not heated, the showers are about 70 degrees). Composting toilets (odor-free!) complete this ecologically friendly set-up.
Note: every Adventure island experience includes a Digital Detox! No cell phones or email! Wake to the sounds of nature; no alarm clocks either. You will experience a wonderful thing: Island Time!
Our spacious island (13.5 acres) and rustic facilities ensure your comfort without compromising the adventure of living on an undeveloped and uncrowded island. Best of all, a hammock with your name on it is waiting under the palms. For more details on these and other island amenities visit our web page.
Please visit our Long Caye page to view more photos of our island facilities.
The Biltmore is a full-service hotel located on the outskirts of Belize City, three miles from downtown near the airport. The Biltmore has a business center, beautifully landscaped courtyard, swimming pool, great restaurant, bar, gym, gift shop, tour desk, and internet cafe. It’s perfect for guests who arrive one day early, stay one day late, or who have just a few extra hours in the city. If you have more than one extra day, see our Other Things to Do in Belize webpage. You can also visit the Biltmore's web page.
Questions about this outdoor vacation?
Send us an email or call 800-390-5715.