Adventure Island Belize – Second Half
PICTURE YOURSELF ON A BELIZE PRIVATE ISLAND on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, forgotten by the world. No text messages, no schedules, no worries. It sounds impossible in this day and age, but you too can experience the best of Belize adventure travel on Long Caye at Glover’s Reef. If you have only 5 days in Belize, this is the perfect trip for you.
Each day we introduce several new sport activities. We begin with snorkeling on your first afternoon. Next we cover sea kayaking so that everyone can paddle to nearby coral reefs for snorkeling. Another day finds us windsurfing just off our shore, or kayak surfing our private wave. At night we enjoy homemade Belizean food.
Slickrock spares no effort or expense to guarantee that eco-lodge is one of the best resorts in Belize. In addition to basing out of a remote, protected atoll, our huge collection of 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 Belize 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.
Our guides are experienced and a lot of fun to be with, read our Belize travel reviews to hear what past guests say about us. Our facilities are simple, private, and quite comfortable; each thatch-roofed cabana is located on the windy side of the island. We drink purified rainwater, our showers are air temperature (about 80 degrees), and we use ecologically-friendly composting toilets (we flush nothing into the sea). Our menu is extremely popular, our beer and soda are cold, and available at all times at no additional charge. Our private boat transport leaves directly out of Belize City less than 24 hours from when you first arrive.
This half-week package is the second half of our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Full Week trip.
No Experience Needed
This vacation package is designed for those looking for an active vacation, and no experience is required. Each sport is instructed and guided by expert local guides, and most are suitable for a complete beginner in decent shape. Hundreds have told us that this was the best vacation of their lives. Come see for yourself why so many of our guests come back, sometimes year after year!
[photo credit at top of page: Vladimir Breznia]
PRIVATE ISLAND ADVENTURE OVERVIEW
Adventure Island 2nd Half
TRIP LENGTH: 5 nights (first and last in Belize City, 3 on the island)
PER PERSON: $1525 US
DAYS OF WEEK: Tue – Sun
SEASON: December – April
DEPOSIT: $450 per person
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 4, Maximum 24
Tue – Sat (Sun earliest departure)
Dec. 4, 11, 18
2019: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar. 5, 12
Apr. 9*, 16*, 23*, 30*
*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.
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.
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.
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 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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“I had an amazing time on my trip; from Lucy’s help and guidance to pick the trip right through to MJ and the team during the time on the island, everything beat my expectations. I thought the organization was excellent and the island was stunning. It’s a perfect match of activities and relaxation. Thanks for a great holiday.”
Outdoor Trips for Active People
(3 full days):
- You can take private kitesurf lessons or borrow our kitesurf boards if you brought the rest of your gear and don’t need instruction
- You can just wade in to fish, or anchor right off shore with a fishing kayak
- We access snorkel spots and other islands at Glover’s Reef using our sea kayaks and paddleboards
- Surf Belize! We have the only surf wave in the country – surf kayaking, board surfing, and paddleboard surfing
- 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
- Dive courses and certified dives are at an additional cost; dive boat rides are 15 minutes or less!
Related Blog Post: Top Ten Tips for Beginner Snorkeling and Diving
Long Caye at Glover’s Reef
Our private island in Belize water sports center is unique not only in Belize, but in the entire Caribbean. We started out by kayaking island to island, based from Placencia. Several years later we moved out to Glover’s Reef when we got our own island. Our goal was to create a Belize vacation destination for people like us, who preferred the island in as natural a state as possible. Obviously if you build a building, that is some level of development. But throughout the region there are few places that remain rustic by design, where the grounds are natural and the facilities are ecological, using solar and wind power.
Our facility on Long Caye offers sixteen cabanas, a solar and wind-powered kitchen, hammock, surf, 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 complete kitesurf center, a full service dive shop (the only thing not owned by Slickrock), and one of the best beaches in Belize!
There is no maid service, air conditioning, wifi, flush toilets (we don’t want to flush anything into the sea), or television. The breeze keeps temperatures well below what they are on the mainland. But we do have the important things in life: coolers permanently loaded with Fantas and Belikin beer, and cabanas perched right above the waves. It’s the best in adventure travel — right down to the Belizean guides who kayak with you all day and then sit down with you to dine.
Depending on your own experience, our island will either be the most cushy camp or the most rustic resort you have ever been to. It’s more like Gilligan’s Island than Club Med. Every cabana has single or double beds, solar-powered lighting, and a hammock and lounge chairs on the porch (see the Belize cabanas page for more photos and information).
We drink purified rainwater, and we bathe with well water pumped by the sun (not heated, the showers are about 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 island. Best of all, you can stay active as much as you want, or hang in your hammock all day. See our island amenities page for more information.
Every Adventure Island experience includes a Digital Detox. No wifi or 24/7 news cycle! Wake to the sounds of chirping gekkos. You will experience a wonderful thing: Island Time.
To see where our island is located, download our free map of Belize.
Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel
We meet on the first night at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. We also stay there at the end after coming off of the island. Guests are responsible for getting themselves there the late afternoon of Day 1, where we conduct our first trip meeting. Both the first and last night at the Biltmore are included in the trip price.
The Biltmore is a full-service modern hotel located outside 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 an extra day.