Picture yourself gliding through aquamarine waters, hovering over dramatic coral heads; pausing to watch a giant manta ray swoop by. Island Expeditions of Belize will have you experiencing Sea Kayaking (Paddling & Sailing), Snorkeling, Fishing, Birding, Photography, and Natural History Interpretation as you paddle from one idyllic cay to the next. Hundreds of picturesque cays stretch along a shallow offshore reef system in Belize, forming the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. This rich marine habitat is second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
I read about this adventure recently in the National Geographic’s list of best new adventure tours of 2009 and it really captured my imagination. No mountain climbing, no running the rapids, no dare devil challenges, just peaceful days of kayaking from one coconut palm island to the next. All along the way, guests are pampered in rustic island lodges, where Belizian guides prepare delicious meals and share tales of native life. The snorkeling and diving of course are spectacular. Two to three Belizian guides and North American leaders accompany every group of 6 to 12 adventurers as they learn to maneuver and sail their kayaks, snorkel, fish and dive. The company also offers a variety of paddling adventures exploring inland rivers, the Mayan underworld caves, and rain forest habitat.
If you’re ready to leave your designer togs at home, grab a t-shirt and bathing suit and head off for a eco adventure of a lifetime, visit the Island Expeditions website to read all about their wonderful adventure offerings.