Adventure Island Belize – First Half Week
PICTURE YOURSELF ON A BELIZE PRIVATE 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, one of the best beach resorts in Belize.
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.
Slickrock spares no expense to ensure that our gear and guided activities in Belize are the best available anywhere. In addition to basing out of a remote, private island, our huge array of sports gear is rigged and ready to go, right on one of the best beaches in Belize. 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 certified dive courses from PADI Scuba Diver on up.
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 Belize beach hut 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 Belize island 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
TRIP LENGTH: 6 nights (first and last in Belize City, 4 on the island)
PER PERSON: $1675 US
DAYS OF WEEK: Fri – Thu
SEASON: December – April
DEPOSIT: $450 per person
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 4, Maximum 24
Fri – Wed (Thur earliest departure)
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.
To create a seamless, longer Belize trip, visit our Belize Itineraries page.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes prospective guests ask if we have boats that can hold a person of 240 lbs, for example. This is difficult to answer because it depends on the fitness of the individual. In general, persons over 200 lbs will not be able to do every sport we offer, unless they are young and very active already. Here are our best estimates for weight limits for each sport: river kayaks: 225 lbs; sea kayaks: 225 lbs; surf kayaks: 200 lbs; windsurfing: 225 lbs; fishing kayaks: 225 lbs; kitesurfing: 210 lbs, surfing: 200 lbs.
Our gear does not extend to accommodate every single height. We do have 2 sea kayaks for “tall men”, but they do not work for very tall people. We asked Sam Sturman, our tallest guest ever, to write about his experience on the island; here is his explanation of how our program works for very tall people:
“I attended the adventure island trip on February 8, 2013. It was an amazing week. What is unique about my experience is my height: 6’ 9” and weight 235 lbs. and a 36 inch inseam. I wasn’t able to fit into a sea kayak because you have to sit in the seat and then put your legs in and my legs wouldn’t fold up that much. I was able to use one of Slickrock’s fishing kayaks and that worked fine for paddling and going off on snorkeling adventures. I wasn’t able to do surf kayaking because my legs were too long for the kayak and my bent knees interfered with my ability to paddle. I tried using a ‘Versa Board’ that looks much like a paddleboard, but I as unable to ride the waves. I did paddle out and watched the wave surfers. If you are over 6’ 4” you are going to have to understand that your height might be a factor in certain activities.
I went to the island to snorkel, paddleboard, and sea kayak and my expectations were met. In spite of the limitations of my height, the Adventure Island trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I plan on returning.”
ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE OVERVIEW
- 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 Belize 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 Belize 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.”
Outdoor Trips for Active People
(4 Full days):
- We access Belize snorkel spots and other islands at Glover’s Reef using our sea kayaks and paddleboards
- We also surf at the only surf wave in Belize with surf kayaks and surf boards, as well as paddleboards
- You can just wade in to catch some bonefish, 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
- Dreaming of kitesurfing Belize? You can borrow a 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
Related Blog Post: Surfing in Belize
Long Caye at Glover’s Reef
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 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 solar power 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 the only kitesurf center at Glover’s Reef, Belize, and a full service dive shop (the only thing not owned by Slickrock).
There is no maid service, wifi, air conditioning, flush toilets (as a true Belize eco lodge, 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 beach 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.
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, Belize page for more photos and maps of the island.
Related Blog Post: Atoll or Island. What is it?
Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel
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 round trip Belize flights leave 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.