Belize Bonanza! Island Expeditions Ups Offerings, Including First Lodge-to-Lodge SUP Journey and Other Year-Round Adventures


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If you’ve ever wanted to paddle Belize, either by SUP or kayak, you’ve picked a good time, mon’. Longtime outfitter Island Expeditions is expanding its year-round offerings with a new Jungle Beach Explorer package, a rainforest eco-lodge in Mayflower Bocawina National Park, a new island lodge on Tobacco Caye and more…

The company is also introducing its new Coral Islands SUP journey, and will be offering SUP guided instruction on all of their 2016 reef trips.

“The Coral Islands SUP trip is the only guided lodge-to-lodge SUP journey in Belize,” says the company’s Trish Brown of its newest SUP offering. “The sheltered lagoons and protected turquoise waters of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve are ideal conditions for exploring by SUP.

Here’s a quick PL rundown of what they’re offering:

New Coral Islands SUP
Due to the success of their inaugural trip featuring SUP expert Norm Hann, Island Expeditions is now also offering scheduled departures in January, February and March 2016. Want proof of how sweet it is? The six-night trip was awarded Best New Trips 2015 by Outside Magazine.

More SUP Trips
In addition to its unique Coral Islands SUP lodge to lodge journey, SUP is now offered on all of Island Expeditions’ reef trips. SUP equipment and guided instruction will be available at their Lighthouse Reef and Glover’s Reef Basecamps, as well as at their island lodges on Tobacco Caye and Southwater Caye. “Standing up on the board completely changes the perspective of the water and is a great way to glide over Belize’s sheltered lagoons and clear turquoise water,” says Brown.

More Year-round Adventures
Since 1987, Island Expeditions has been offering a wide range of guided adventures during their November through May trip season. New for 2016, they will be expanding the variety of adventure options available year-round. In addition to their popular 3 day/2 night Maya World Adventure and Rainforest Canopy Adventure, Bocawina Rainforest Resort and Adventures, Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge and their new Jungle and Beach Explorer packages will be available year-round.

New: The Jungle and Beach Explorer
This new lodge-based adventure combines the beautiful rainforests of Southern Belize with some quality beach-time in either Hopkins or Placencia. Guests stay four nights at Bocawina Rainforest Resort with the option to choose four guided adventures including hiking, zip-lining, cave tubing or waterfall rappelling. After exploring the rainforest it’s off to Hopkins or Placencia to relax by the pool and enjoy time in one of these laid back seaside villages.

New: Bocawina Rainforest Resort and Adventures
Bocawina Rainforest Resort is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, 7100 acres of lush jungle, refreshing waterfalls and unexcavated Mayan sites. The resort runs on alternative energy and provides a true off-the-grid experience. There is a wide range of adventure, cultural and wildlife tours on-site, in the park and around Belize. It is home to the longest zip-line course in the region and a rappel from the top of two spectacular waterfalls (Antelope Falls and Bocawina Falls). For birders, more than 230 species of birds have been identified in the park.

New: Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge
This laid-back lodge has always been a favorite location for guests on Island Expeditions’ Paradise Islands and Ultimate Adventure trips. Now, Island Expeditions will offer accommodations and packages at Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge year-round. This small lodge offers six private “over the water” beach cabanas. Each cabana has its own private deck with a hammock perched over the turquoise tropical waters, overlooking the central Belize barrier reef. This idyllic setting is the perfect place to relax, unplug and explore Southwater Caye Marine Reserve.

About Island Expeditions
Island Expeditions has been operating Belize’s widest selection of adventure, educational and cultural travel programs since 1987. Committed to responsible tourism, Island Expeditions provides unique travel experiences with a conservation, community or volunteer focus. They actively support the Belize Zoo, the Belize Audubon Society, several local schools and other local conservation initiatives. Their trips visit stunning locations, from jungle lodges in national parks to Adventure Basecamps on Lighthouse and Glover’s Reef Atolls. Activities include snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, SUP, zip-lining, rappelling, caving, archaeology and whitewater rafting and more. Info:

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