Embark on an exhilarating journey to a private island within Glover’s Reef Atoll, and make the most of your time in this pristine paradise with Slickrock’s 8-Night Package. The all-inclusive adventure vacation goes beyond a simple Belize kayak tour, offering an immersive week-long experience with 10 different watersport activities. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a first-time adventurer, expert guides will teach you it all.
This itinerary is flexible and entirely dependent on the weather. The exact day-by-day activity schedule can vary from week to week, but all 8-night vacations begin on Saturday and end the following Sunday. From kayaking in Belize to snorkeling several of the over 700 nearby coral reefs, the itinerary below accurately describes how a typical 8-night vacation at Slickrock Belize Adventures will unfold.
Day 1: Saturday
Arrive in Belize → Initial Trip Meeting → Overnight in Dangriga
You will fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, which provides excellent signage to help travelers get through customs and transfer to the in-country flight. Catch a connecting flight to Dangriga Airport with Maya Island Air. You will meet your guide at Pelican Beach Resort by 5pm on Saturday for 6:30pm orientation, dinner, and lodging. Attendance this evening is required, so please ensure your flights allow you to arrive on time. Visit the Getting Here page or FAQ for more information.
Day 2: Sunday
Boat Ride to Island → Move Into Cabanas → Snorkel Orientation
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the island. The boat leaves around 10:30am, arriving at the island just before lunch. Depending on the weather, it takes about 1.5 hours to get to Long Caye, crossing the Belize Barrier Reef just south of Tobacco Caye.
Once on the island, we begin with a complete tour of the private island facility. Lunch will be waiting for you, and afterward, settle into your beachfront cabana. By 1:30pm or 2pm, you will meet for the first sport orientation: snorkeling. Everyone participates in this session and the sea kayak orientation the following day, as these sessions are only offered once.
We start the snorkeling orientation by reviewing gear and snorkel safety specific to the area. We then break into smaller groups, each with their own guide, and swim to the closest snorkel spot for your first snorkel at Glover’s Reef Atoll.
From then on, everyone can snorkel as much as they like, as long as you run your snorkel plan by us and have a buddy to join you. Group snorkel excursions are scheduled throughout the week, usually daily. Visit the snorkel page for more information and the list of creatures we often see.
Day 3: Monday
Sea Kayak Orientation → First Kayak/Snorkel Expedition → Windsurf Orientation → Kayak Fishing
This morning you will attend the sea kayaking orientation, which starts on the beach, followed by a practice session in the water. We cover paddle strokes, entering and exiting the kayak (so you can snorkel out of the kayak), and rescue techniques. Guides demonstrate the T-rescue, which everyone practices in the water right after this beach session. The sea kayak orientation session is the last mandatory activity.
From now on, you can pick and choose, and if you don’t want to do a sport, you simply enjoy something else when that orientation session is offered. After lunch, one guide takes a group paddling to a nearby patch reef to snorkel from the kayaks, while another offers windsurfing instruction. Certified SCUBA divers and those seeking SCUBA certification may begin diving this afternoon; fishermen can fish anytime. We pay for your fishing license so you can start fishing right away. We also have fishing kayaks for fishing inside the atoll.
Day 4: Tuesday
Paddle Around the Island → Kayak Snorkeling → Surf Kayak Orientation
Enjoy a morning paddle around the island, which means you paddle outside the atoll. Others may snorkel offshore with their buddy, or a guide will take another group kayak snorkeling if there is interest. As with every day, you’ll stay energized with a fresh Belizean breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
In the afternoon, the windsurfing orientation can be offered again for those who missed it the day before, and if the surf is up, the kayak surfing orientation will 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 the shore.
Day 5: Wednesday
Paddle to the Next Island for Snorkeling or Fishing
Paddle five miles round-trip to Middle Caye to tour the Marine Research Center, a home base for visiting marine biologists. Once you arrive, guides take the group snorkeling at an excellent patch reef right by this island. Fishermen will want to bring their gear because there are large bonefish flats here.
If you don’t want to join this longer paddle, you may choose to stay on the island. You can practice any of the sports you already have learned with a buddy or take a day off in your hammock.
Day 6: Thursday
Kayak Rolling Lessons → Snorkel Around the Island → Paddleboard Orientation → Kayak Snorkeling → Surfing
Begin with a kayak rolling lesson followed by a long snorkel around the island, spending a lot of time at Long Caye Wall, a world-famous dive site. During this hour-and-a-half snorkel, you pass through several different underwater ecosystems.
In the afternoon, practice your windsurfing or kayak surfing, or learn a new sport: paddleboarding. We have three different styles of paddleboards: beginner, for surfing, and long distances. Another guide leads a paddleboard and kayak excursion to “The Channel,” a beautiful, deep snorkel spot between Long Caye and the next island over.
Day 7: Friday
Surfing → Kayak Surfing → Low Tide Walk
We paddle a half-mile to snorkel at “The Aquarium,” one of our favorite snorkel sites. Windsurfing, paddleboarding, rolling, and kayak surfing orientations are given to any guests who want them. The kayak surfers keep us entertained as we spend hours watching them from the surf dock. Experienced board surfers will be satisfied as the surfboards provide excellent action.
All surfers start with kayaks, then move up through paddleboard surfing, and finally, board surfing. Because the wave breaks on coral rubble rather than soft sand, it is not a beginner surf wave. Kayak surfers have no problems whatsoever; even first-time surfers catch waves within the hour. Late afternoon finds us along the shore, exploring the low tide pools to find a myriad of starfish, sea urchins, and octopus.
Day 8: Saturday
Final Day on Island → Do Everything or Nothing At All
The final full day is always the best. Snorkel to “Lobster Rocks,” a nearby, shallow patch reef. Go paddling, surfing, or whichever activity you want to experience just one more time. The island’s Belizean cooks prepare fantastic feasts for us, which we enjoy between this wide array of activities.
Day 9: Sunday
Boat Ride to Dangriga → Fly to Belize City
Enjoy the final glimpse of the private island you called home for the past week, and take in all your incredible adventures! We leave at 6:30am for Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga for an 8am breakfast. From there, you will catch your flight back to Belize City for your international flight back home.