Adventure Island Belize – First Half Week

Experience 10 sports in our 6-day private island package

PICTURE YOURSELF ON AN ISLAND, forgotten by the world. No 24/7 news cycle, no schedules, no problems. It sounds like a dream, but you can experience it yourself on Long Caye at Glover’s Reef, our adventure island retreat in Belize.

belize island kayak

Yes, the water really is that color
Max Nohel

Each day we introduce a new sport (or three). We begin by snorkeling to a nearby patch reef. The next day we cover sea kayaking so that we can paddle to access nearby coral gardens. Another day finds us surf kayaking our wave which is just feet from our shore, or diving Long Caye Wall. At night we enjoy home-style Belizean food.

kayak surf belize

Even if you have never surfed before, you will be out catching a wave in less than an hour!
Bernie Palmer

Slickrock spares no expense to ensure that our gear and guided activities are the best available anywhere in the Caribbean. In addition to basing out of a remote, private island, our huge array of sports gear is rigged and ready to go, right on the beach. Our fleet includes surfboards, sea kayaks, fishing and surf kayaks, paddleboards, and windsurfing gear for all ability levels. Our kitesurf center offers advanced lessons, and scuba diving is also available, with a full daily certified dive schedule, and dive courses from PADI Scuba Diver on up.

When we say 10 sports in 6 days, we mean it!
Lucy Wallingford

Our guides are among the best in Belize, read our glowing reviews to hear what past guests say about our island crew. Our facilities are rustic, very private, and quite comfortable; each thatch-roofed cabana is located right on shore. We have a rainwater collection system with purification for drinking water, air temperature showers, and ecologically-friendly composting toilets (we flush nothing into the sea). Our menu also receives rave reviews, our beer is cold, and included in the price (soda, too). Our private boat charter leaves directly out of Belize City.

This half-week package is the first half of our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Full Week trip.

No Experience Needed

This adventure is designed for those looking for an active vacation, but no experience is required, and you get to do whichever sports you prefer. Each activity is introduced, taught, and guided by expert guides, and is suitable for a complete beginner in decent shape. Hundreds of our guests have told us that this was the best vacation of their lives. Come see for yourself why 25% of our guests return, sometimes for multiple years!

[photo credit at top of page: Wes Bader]

PRIVATE ISLAND ADVENTURE OVERVIEW

Adventure Island First Half

REGION: Island
TRIP LENGTH: 6 nights (first and last in Belize City, 4 on the island)
PER PERSON: $1625 US  (2017-2018 rates)
DAYS OF WEEK: Fri – Thu
SEASON: December – April
DEPOSIT: $450 per person
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 4, Maximum 24

Fri – Wed (Thur earliest departure)

2018: Apr. 13*, 20*, 27*
Dec. 7, 14
2019: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr. 5*, 12*, 19*, 26*

*Kitesurfing not offered on this date

We are closed May – November due to rainy season, followed by hurricane season.

Age Limits: Min. 3; max. 80

Diving Age Limits: Min. 8

If you wish to bring children under the age of 3 on the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef, this may be arranged by both talking to our office beforehand, and by hiring a babysitter, read more about that option below. Please note: we require that all kids visiting the island are already potty-trained.

If you are over 80 and wish to join us on the island, please contact our office to discuss.

MEETS: Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Belize City

HOW TO GET THERE: 15 minute cab ride from Belize International Airport (approximately $30 US).

Guests are responsible for their own transportation to the Biltmore. There is no need to arrange a pick-up in advance, cabs are waiting when flights land.

SCHEDULE FOR ARRIVAL: We meet at 5:30 pm on Day 1 of your trip. Your international flight should land in Belize City no later than 4:00 pm to ensure you will be able to arrive in time for our trip meeting at 5:30. If you are late and arrive the next day, you will have to charter your own boat to the island.

Participants should be able to perform one hour of exercise without becoming fatigued.

If you have questions about a particular activity and whether it will be appropriate for you, please give us a call.

We do not offer individual days purchased separately, additional time on the island is booked in half-week increments. If you book more than 7 nights on the island, you will receive an additional discount. Visit our extended stay deals page.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE OVERVIEW

What’s Included?

  • Accommodations listed in itinerary (booked double occupancy if possible); includes all bedding
  • All transport and meals in itinerary
  • Cold beer, soda, juice, and water (other alcoholic beverages are available in Belize City)
  • Guides and support staff
  • All kayaks, windsurfers, boards, and accessories
  • Sports instruction & guided activities (except as listed below), including beginning kitesurfing
  • 3-8 staff, depends on group size
  • Park entrance fees and fishing licenses
  • Sales and hotel taxes, all other fees associated with travel package
  • Slickrock T-shirt
  • Flights to and from Belize
  • Taxis to and from Belize International airport
  • The last night’s dinner back in Belize City
  • Alcoholic beverages in restaurants, and all alcohol except beer
  • Any services not listed in itinerary
  • Fees and equipment for scuba diving or scuba courses
  • Fees for advanced kitesurfing (not available in April)
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel, booties, wetsuit or diveskin, rashguard)
  • Fishing gear (we provide fishing kayaks)
  • Tips for staff (see Note on Tipping)
  • Any extra expenses due to late arrivals or delays
  • Belize int’l departure tax: approx. $40

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“This week was the ideal balance of stimulation, challenge, fun, relaxation, adventure, and reflection. Long Caye provides a beautiful lab for how to sustainabily and respectfully engage “tourists” with a fragile ecosystem. I appreciate the systems you have developed to support this. And OMG the food was AWESOME!! I recommend that you add “cooking internships and instruction” to your list of daily activity options (I am serious). I enjoyed everything.”

Nancy Murphy

Burton WA, Adventure Island at Glover's Reef, February 2017

Outdoor Trips for Active People

We paddle to access unsurpassed snorkeling every day
Keith Fialcowitz
There is no better bone fishing location than Glover's Reef, Belize
Keith Fialcowitz

Island Activities
(4 Full days):

  • We access snorkel spots and other islands in the atoll using our sea kayaks and paddleboards
  • We also surf our private wave with surf kayaks and surf boards, as well as paddleboards
  • You can just wade in to fish, or anchor just off shore with a fishing kayak
  • We have a windsurf land trainer right on the beach to teach the basics before trying it in the water, and we have gear for intermediates and experts as well
  • You can borrow a kitesurf board from us if you have brought your own gear, or learn to kitesurf with private lessons
  • Belize dive courses and scheduled certified dives are at an additional cost
Surfing our private wave at dawn
Lucy Wallingford
We see Orange-Spotted Filefish while both snorkeling and diving
Chris Watt

Accommodations

Long Caye at Glover’s Reef

4 nights

We started in Belize by offering kayak camping trips out of Placencia. Several years later we made the move out to Glover’s Reef Atoll when we were able to finally base from our own island. We wanted to create a resort that leaves the island in as natural a state as possible. Obviously if you build even one building, that is a level of development. But it’s hard to find a place like ours, where the island is mostly left as it was found… created by Mother Nature (with just a little bit of propane to chill the beer).

Our facility on Long Caye has sixteen cabanas, a solar-powered kitchen and water pumps, hammock and sea kayak palapas, a dock for watching the surfers at sunrise, dozens of kayaks, sailboards, surf boards, and surf kayaks, as well as a kitesurf center, and a full service dive shop (the only thing not owned by Slickrock).

There is no maid service, wifi, air conditioning, flush toilets (since we are an eco-resort, we flush nothing into the sea) or ringing telephones. The tropical breezes keep the temperatures well below what they are on the mainland. But we do have the important things in life covered: a fridge permanently loaded with Fantas and Belikin beer, and cabanas that sit just feet from the breaking waves. It’s the best in adventure travel — right down to the Belizean guides who snorkel with you all day and then sit down with you to dine.

Depending on your past experience, our place will seem like either the most cushy camp or the most rustic resort you have ever been to. It’s more like Gilligan’s Island than the Belize Hilton. Every cabana has single or double beds, solar-powered lighting, and a hammock on the porch with your name on it (see the island cabanas page for photos and more information).

We drink purified rainwater, and we bathe with well water pumped by the sun (not heated, the showers are about 75-80 degrees). Composting toilets complete this ecologically friendly set-up. Our spacious island (13.5 acres) and comfortable facilities ensure your enjoyment without compromising the adventure of living on an undeveloped and uncrowded island. Best of all, you can stay active all day or read a book in the shade under a palm if you want. See our island amenities page for more information.

Every Adventure Island experience includes a Digital Detox. No email or text messages! Wake to the sounds of tropical birdlife. Experience a wonderful thing: Island Time.

Visit our Long Caye page for more photos and maps of the island.

Long Caye at Glover's Reef sports beach
Keith Fialcowitz
Every cabana has a front row seat for the Caribbean Sea show!
Peter McDermott
Long Caye beach cabana
Lee Ann Walker
Our hammock palapa is a favorite spot after lunch
Carol Cashion
Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Belize City
Ren Caldwell

Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel

2 nights

We meet and stay at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel the first night of the trip, and also stay there at the end after coming off of the island. Guests are responsible for getting themselves there the late afternoon on Day 1, where we conduct our first trip meeting that night. In this way we are right by our dock to go out to the island the first thing the next morning, when ensures we won’t miss our boat to the island. At the end of the trip flights leave Belize City too early, so we don’t get off of the island in time to catch an international flight and we stay there again. Both the first and last night at the Biltmore are included in the trip price.

This is a full-service American-style hotel located in the outskirts of Belize City, not far from the international airport. With a business center, pool, restaurant, bar, gym, gift shop, tour desk, and internet cafe, it’s the perfect place for guests arriving early or staying extra days.