Belize

Ultimate Belize Adventure - 8 Days

Experience a taste of Paradise with Coastal Rainforest and Glover's Reef Basecamp

Ultimate Belize Adventure - 8 Days

Experience a taste of Paradise with Coastal Rainforest and Glover's Reef Basecamp

Group Departures: 10 Spots

  • March 1, 2020

Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights
Starts/Finish: Belize City

Join us for a journey that combines pristine tropical rainforest and a secluded island on the Belize Barrier Reef. Experience the seclusion and comfort of Bocawina Rainforest Resort located in a world famous national park, with all of the comforts and amenities you would expect. On the same trip, you will stay at our Adventure Basecamp on Southwest Caye, a 13 acre island within Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Sleep in comfortable, safari style tent cabanas and dine on fresh seafood, tropical fruit, and local favorites. Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive - Bocawina Rainforest

Arrive at the Belize International Airport before 1pm, where you will be met by a FPC representative and transferred overland to Bocawina Rainforest Resort, a jungle lodge and eco-resort in the southern Maya Mountains.  Our location is superb for adventure and is the ideal starting point for the experiences that await us.  Our first evening together starts off with a Welcome Dinner before we head off into the rainforest for a Jungle Night Hike.  A walk in the rainforest is magical at night, exploring the moonlit trails and listening to the calls of the crickets, frogs and birds. You are likely to encounter paca, owls, kinkajou and maybe even see a wildcat!  


Accommodation:  Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Meals:  Dinner is included this night

Day 2: Bocawina Rainforest

The Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Cultural Village Tour travels by van twenty minutes from our jungle lodge to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve.  You will enjoy a guided trail walk and some amazing bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunities.  Cockscomb is home to the world's largest concentrations of jaguars, as well as other endangered animals including ocelot, margay, baird's tapir, and scarlet macaw.  After the hike, you will visit the nearby Maya Center, the Women's Craft Cooperative, and Che-il Cacao - a traditional cacao chocolate maker’s shop.  As you wind your way back to the jungle lodge, you will drive through the tranquil Creole Village of Sittee River and the beachside village of Hopkins.  Hopkins is considered the cultural capital of the Garifuna people in Belize and is a great place to experience the food, music and traditions of the Garifuna people.


Accommodation:  Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Bocawina Rainforest

Rise with the sun and enjoy the first light of day emerging through the jungle mists.  Waking up to the sounds of the tropics is a pure delight, with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead and the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms.  There is no need to venture far to experience the heart of the jungle, finding a quiet spot to sip a coffee with binoculars close at hand is a sure way to soak in the essence of the rainforest.


This day is yours to decide - choose an exhilarating hiking and rappelling expedition to Antelope Falls, a jungle canopy Zipline excursion, or one of the many off-site Maya ruin tours available.


Accommodation:  Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Glover’s Reef Basecamp

We depart early in the morning and drive to the coastal town of Dangriga.  Here we board a charter boat to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye.  Southwest Caye is located on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, we receive an introduction to our new environment before settling into our ocean view tent cabanas. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer.


Accommodation: Glover’s Reef Basecamp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5-7: Glover’s Reef Basecamp

Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, we host informative sessions on a range of topics.  This allows our guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!


Accommodation: Glover’s Reef Basecamp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Departure - Flight to Belize International Airport

Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and enjoy a coffee on the dock for the last time.  Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Your boat charter usually departs around mid-morning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon.  Here we will board a domestic flight to the Belize International Airport where you can connect to your international departing flight.

Accommodations: N/A

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner is NOT included

Additional Details

Arrive – March 1, before 1pm

Depart – March 8, after 3pm

Arrival Day Travel Note:  For those guests arriving before 1pm on Arrival Day, we will be traveling along the scenic Hummingbird Highway for approximately three hours to reach our lodge. For travellers arriving after 1pm we will book a domestic flight ($135 additional).  This short 15 minute flight departs right from the international airport and will land you in the coastal town of Dangriga, where you will be met and transferred overland a short 30 minute drive to our lodge.

Departure Day Travel Note:  International departure flights must depart after 3pm.  For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize, we can assist with hotel arrangements.

Activities:  Sea Kayaking, Sea Kayak Sailing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Snorkeling, Birding, Photography, Natural History Interpretation, Maya & Garifuna Culture, Rainforest Ecology & Wildlife (Optional, cost not included in trip price – Scuba Diving)

Accommodations:  Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Southwest Caye Glover’s Adventure Basecamp

Bocawina Rainforest Resort is an off-the-grid jungle lodge eco-resort in the southern Maya Mountains.  Situated within 7000-acre Mayflower Bocawina National Park and adjacent to the world famous 10000-acre Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve, our location is superb for adventure.  You can choose to journey through the rainforest canopy on Central America’s longest zipline and hike along bush trails to waterfalls and unexcavated Mayan ruins. Or for a quieter thrill, you can opt for hiking, waterfalls, and flora and fauna focused experiences.  This adventure is ideal for guests who would like to explore and stay in a remote tropical rainforest while vacationing in Belize.

Southwest Caye Adventure Basecamp on Glover’s Atoll, a protected marine park and World Heritage Site, thirty-six miles offshore of mainland Belize.  Spend four and a half days in one of the richest marine environments in the Caribbean Sea. You will have an opportunity to paddle, snorkel, kayak sail, fish, and SUP as you explore the turquoise lagoons and thriving coral reefs. Our Basecamp provides comfortable, safari style tent cabanas and delectable cuisine of fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local favorites.  Enjoy a flexible daily schedule on the reef, with activity choices geared to all interests and abilities.
"Basecamping" - sleeping in wall tented cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds, with all bed linen provided.

*Please note all itineraries are subject to change depending on weather or safety considerations.
Flexibility as our guest and as an international traveler is the key to an awesome experience.

Additional Trip Info

INCLUDED IN THE RAINFOREST

  • 3 nights Jungle Eco Lodge
  • Welcome drink & meal plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Free wi-fi access
  • Guided activities/excursions
  • Round trip transfer from Belize International Airport Resort
  • FlashpackerConnect Trip Leader

INCLUDED ON THE REEF

  • 4 nights Glover’s Reef Basecamp (ocean view tent cabanas)
  • All meals
  • World class snorkeling
  • Unlimited use of sea kayaks, snorkel sets & SUPs
  • Round trip boat transfer from Dangriga to Glovers Reef Atol
  • Domestic flight to BZE on last day

*These rates include all services, accommodations, equipment, guiding services, meals, transfers, park & gov fees, as per the attached itinerary, including snorkel gear.

  • International Flight
  • Tips for Guides
  • Scuba Diving (Optional)
  • Personal Spending
  • Costs incurred by flight delays
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Air tickets
  • Favorite snacks for between meals
  • Personal spending and emergency funds
  • 1 pair good quality walking shoes
  • 1 pair watersport sandals or water shoes (Teva’s or Keens are a good choice)
  • 1 or 2 pair lightweight quick-dry long pants
  • Underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of socks
  • 2 pair quick-dry nylon shorts and/or loose skirt or sarong
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 3 t-shirts  
  • 2 long sleeved shirts preferably with a collar (for protection from the sun & bugs).  Silk shirts work well and dry quickly
  • 1 fleece jacket or wool sweater (this will keep you warm even when wet)
  • 1 good quality rain jacket
  • 1 wide brimmed sunhat (to keep the sun off your face and neck)
  • Sunglasses with band (Chums, Croakies, etc.)
  • 1 bandana (handy for sun protection)
  • Spare set of eyeglasses (even if you wear contact lenses) and contact lens solution
  • 1 headlamp and spare batteries
  • Mask, fins, snorkel - if you are bringing your own.
  • Shortie wet suit, especially for kids (not essential but water temperatures in Dec. and Jan. can be cooler)
  • Capilene or polypropylene, or silk long underwear (great for insulation while snorkeling)
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • 1 Beach/Bath Towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medication and prescriptions
  • Small personal first aid kit: i.e. Band-Aids, aspirin/Tylenol, scissors, tweezers, safety pins
  • Sunscreen - We do highly recommend the use of environmental products if you are certain the product does work for you


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