Adventure Island Itinerary
Our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef First Half package is the first half of our full week private island trip, and always starts on a Friday. You stay the first and last night in Belize City, with 4 nights on the island. We meet late in the day on Day 1, many participants are able to fly to Belize from their home in one day. However, we recommend you come one day early if you can (to avoid potential delays to your Belize arrival causing you to miss the boat to the island on Saturday.) This is fully explained on Our Hints for a Better Vacation page.
Our daily schedule is flexible and dependent on weather conditions. The exact itinerary varies from week to week. This description is how a typical trip might unfold.
[photo credit at top of page: Keith Fialcowitz]
ARRIVE BELIZE – INITIAL TRIP MEETING – OVERNIGHT BELIZE CITY
Fly to Belize City. Take a taxi to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel for a 5:30 p.m. meeting, followed by dinner and overnight. Your guide will wait for everyone before starting the orientation, and attendance this evening is required.
TRANSPORT TO ISLAND – MOVE INTO CABANAS – SNORKEL ORIENTATION
After an early breakfast we walk to our dock two blocks while our luggage is driven. The boat leaves between 8 and 9 a.m., arriving just before lunch. It is a 3 – 3.5 hour ride (65 miles); we cross the Belize Barrier Reef at Tobacco Caye. More information about the private boat charter gives further details about this open sea crossing.
On Long Caye we start with a complete tour of our facility. Lunch will be ready after the tour, and then you settle into your cabana. By 1:30 or 2:00 we get back together for our first sport orientation: snorkeling! Everyone participates in this session, as well as the sea kayak orientation the next morning. After that all other sport orientations can be offered multiple times.
We start the snorkeling orientation with a review of gear and snorkel safety specific to our area. We then break into smaller groups, and swim to our closest snorkel spot for your first underwater experience at Glover’s Reef!
From now on everyone can snorkel as much as they like, as long as you run your snorkel plan by us first, and have a buddy to join you. Group snorkel excursions are scheduled throughout the week, usually daily. Visit our Glover Reef snorkeling page for more more information on the snorkeling mecca of Belize. View our map of our Belize snorkeling sites to see just how close the snorkeling is to our caye.
SEA KAYAK ORIENTATION – FIRST KAYAK/SNORKEL EXPEDITION – SURF KAYAK ORIENTATION – CERTIFIED DIVES – KAYAK FISHING
This morning we complete the sea kayak orientation, which starts off on land, followed by a practice session in the water. We cover paddle strokes, getting in and out of the kayak without tipping over (so you can snorkel from your kayak), and we teach everyone how to rescue each other so you can paddle on your own with a buddy.
This session is the last mandatory activity. From now on you can choose what you want to do, no other sport orientation is required.
After lunch, one guide takes a group paddling to a nearby patch reef to try out what we just learned, while another guide offers surf kayaking instruction. All surfers start with kayaks, then move up through paddleboard surfing and finally board surfing. Experienced board surfers will not be disappointed as our surf boards provide great action.
Certified divers may also begin diving this afternoon, and fishermen can fish anytime. We pay for your fishing license so you can begin fishing right away. Independent kiteboarders can also kitesurf whenever conditions are good.
DISCOVER SCUBA CLASSES – PADDLE AROUND THE ISLAND – KAYAK SNORKELING – WINDSURFING ORIENTATION
Scuba diving classes! The first Discover Scuba course is offered this morning. This class allows beginners to learn to dive without becoming certified. More advanced classes are also available. Others go paddling around the island, which means you are paddling outside the atoll… exciting!
At anytime guests may snorkel with their buddy, or a guide will take a group kayak snorkeling if there is interest.
In the afternoon windsurfing orientation will be be offered, and surf kayaking can be offered again for those who missed it the day before. Paddleboarding orientation can also be offered. Once you complete each orientation you may continue to practice these sports with or without a guide for the rest of the week. We have a near-constant breeze and a perfect set of waves breaking just off our shore, as well as a calm lagoon perfect for learning new sports.
PADDLE TO THE NEXT ISLAND FOR SNORKELING OR FISHING – KITESURFING LESSONS
Paddle five miles round-trip to Middle Caye to tour the Marine Research Center, a home base for visiting marine biologists. Once there we can tour the island, or go snorkeling at a really interesting patch reef right by this island. Fishermen will want bring their gear to fish the large bonefish flats that surround the island. We get back in time for a late lunch.
If you don’t want to paddle to Middle Caye, you can always just stay on the island. With a buddy you can do any of the sports you have already learned, or just read a book in your hammock.
KAYAK/SNORKEL – SURF KAYAKING – BOAT RIDE TO BELIZE CITY – CHECK INTO BELIZE CITY HOTEL
One group paddles to “Conch Central”, a nearby, shallow patch reef. If the surf is up, another group will be out riding the waves. The kayak surfers are very entertaining… yet another group spends the morning watching them from the surf dock.
Other options not yet mentioned include a downwind paddleboard trip to Southwest Caye 6 miles away, night snorkeling, full-moon paddling, and beginners learning the basics of kiteboarding with our trainer kites.
After lunch we return to Belize City.
Our arrival time cannot be predicted since it depends on factors we cannot control. Therefore, guests should not make other plans for Saturday night, and our last night’s lodging is included in the trip price. You will not get back in time to catch an international flight. After checking into the Biltmore, guests are on their own for dinner.