Sacred Earth Travel - Sustainable Nature and Adventure Travel


Paradise Island - Lodge based sea-kayaking adventure

Explore Southwater Caye Marine Reserve on Belize’s Southern Barrier Reef, a United Nations’ designated world heritage site.

Days will be spent exploring lesser traveled areas of the reef by sea kayak and snorkel, with nights at family-run island cabanas enjoying fresh seafood and local cuisine and a comfortable bed and shower. This trip is Ideal for those seeking the adventure of a guided paddling journey combined with the comforts of family-run island lodges.  No previous paddling experience required.


If you're looking for the adventure and excitement of a sea kayak and SUP journey with the comforts of a lodge, our Belize Paradise Islands is a great trip choice

Paradise Islands is a classic kayaking and snorkeling journey between island lodges on Belize’s renowned Barrier Reef. Discover this pristine, protected area as you paddle, snorkel, kayak sail and Stand Up Paddleboard through the turquoise waters and sheltered lagoons of Southwater Caye Marine Reserve. After dusk, your time will be spent in small, family style island lodges. You will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh Belizean fare, a comfortable bed and shower, and breathtaking sunsets from the hammock on your deck. This itinerary also includes an inland overnight adventure to the Tropical Education Center and an optional specially-arranged night tour of the Belize Zoo. This night tour is offered on a donation basis and is a great introduction to native wildlife and Belizean ecology.

itinerary Caribbean Sunset

Day 0:

You arrive at the Belize International Airport where an Island Expeditions’ representative will meet you and welcome you to the country. You will be taken to the Tropical Education Centre which is adjacent to the Belize Zoo. The accommodations are forest cabanas situated in the midst of idyllic tropical pine forest. There is a network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms at your doorstep. The Tropical Education Centre has an Interpretive Center where you can explore the diverse ecology of Belize, and is the ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits you. After checking into your accommodations you will enjoy a ‘Welcome to Belize Dinner’ with your fellow travelers and our Belizean guide team. As the evening unfolds, you can participate in the optional nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. This is a great introduction to the jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and other animals native to Belize.

Accommodation: Tropical Education Center
Meals: Dinner is included on this day

Day 1:

Waking up to the sounds of the tropics is a pure delight with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead, the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms and the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day ahead. After breakfast we travel the Hummingbird Route through the Maya Mountains to meet up with our motor charter waiting to take us to our first island, Tobacco Caye, on the southern Barrier Reef. We'll introduce you to safety in a tropical marine environment and then begin with teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, including safety, group and self rescues and touring techniques. Enjoy a swim, explore the island shoreline and then after a tasty Belizean lunch we begin our journey paddling over top submerged coral reef , turtle grass beds and through narrow mangrove channels.

Accommodation: Lodge at Tobacco Caye
Meals: B,L,D

Day 2:

Situated on the Barrier Reef in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve you will be ideally positioned to explore the surrounding reefs and cayes. Starting with a steaming mug of coffee and fresh tropical fruits you can enjoy an early morning swim or paddle before breakfast. The focus for the morning will be snorkeling and kayaking. Your first snorkeling session begins with a thorough demonstration as well as beginner to advanced instruction on the Tobacco Caye cut and at the outer reef walls. While we are based at Tobacco Caye you also have the option to use Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPS) instead of kayaks. In the afternoon you’ll paddle to nearby cayes to explore the sheltered lagoons and mangrove channels. After an exciting day of exploration and learning, you’ll return for an evening on Tobacco Caye.

Accommodation: Lodge at Tobacco Caye
Meals: B,L,D

Snorkeling in Belize

Day 3:

Start your morning quietly kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Gazing south (following the line of breaking waves along the Barrier Reef crest), you will be able to see the next island you’ll be traveling to today – Southwater Caye. After packing the kayaks with your personal gear bag and wishing fond farewells to your hosts you’ll start your day on the water with an introduction to kayak sailing. You’ll paddle and sail your kayaks along one of the most beautiful sections of the Belizean reef system. The waters are shallow and clear and you’ll see a tremendous variety of marine life, including southern stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, nurse sharks, and more. As you make your way to Southwater Caye, and its swaying coconut palms, this is a day you’ll wish would never end. You’ll land your kayaks on the beach, check into your accommodations, enjoy an ice cold drink, and explore the island before a delicious dinner. Later, you can maybe try a little bone fishing on a fly rod or even a night time snorkel session on Southwater cut.

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye
Meals: B,L,D

Day 4:

You’ll have plenty of time to kayak, snorkel, fish, and enjoy the scenery and marine life of Belize. You’ll explore different regions of the Barrier reef including the inner and outer walls, patch and fringing reefs, mangrove ranges, and protected lagoons. For diving enthusiasts or those who’d like to try diving for a first time, we can arrange Discover Scuba courses or diving sessions with advance notice. As you explore by kayak, it is not uncommon for the routes to cross those of the fishermen who make their living from the sea. These candid interactions with the locals can be fun and provide us with extraordinary insight into a way of life very different from our own.

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye
Meals: B,L,D

Day 5:

Your last day on the cayes will be spent paddling to Billy Hawk Caye (in the Blue Ground Range). This is a Garifuna fishing camp where you will have lunch and enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling.

Accommodation: Lodge at Southwater Caye
Meals: B,L,D

Day 6 (fly-home day):

After an early breakfast your water taxi will carry you back to the mainland town of Dangriga where the trip finishes. Any extra luggage that you have stored at our Operations Base will be returned to you. Taxis can be arranged to the Dangriga airport for your connecting flight to the Belize International Airport, or to local bus stations to continue exploring Belize on your own. 

Meals: Breakfast


On day 0, we overnight in our forest cabanas at the Tropical Education Center (TEC). Here we are able to experience first-hand the wondrous tropical wildlife of Belize at the Belize Zoo and at the TEC there is also a fantastic interpretative center with a network of trails and wildlife viewing platforms, perfect for exploring the pine savannah setting.

While out on the cays we will be kayaking from cay to cay along the southern barrier reef and staying in small Belizean owned lodges on the cays. We stay two nights at each lodge on Tobacco Cay and Southwater Cay. Facilites include hot and cold running water and fully serviced bathrooms. As we are paddling our kayaks to each lodge we stay at we will be carrying our personal equipment and clothe in water tight hatches in the kayaks. We will also provide waterproof bags for your use.

On the final night we will be staying in Hopkins, a small Garifuna Village. Our accommodation is at a sea side, Belizean-style hotel on the edge of town. A great place to end your trip, and stay for a few extra days.

Travel note:

For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 6, international connections out of the country require a departure after 11:30am. To connect with Friday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport - our office can confirm pricing and book your domestic flight.

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.


Price per Person
US Dollar US$1714.00 + US$265 Taxes & Fees

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

Day '0'
Start Day End Day
earliest departure date
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 19, 2017 Nov 24, 2017
Nov 25, 2017 Nov 26, 2017 Dec 01, 2017
Dec 02, 2017 Dec 03, 2017 Dec, 08, 2017
Dec 09, 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Dec 15, 2017
Dec 16, 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Dec 22, 2017
Dec 23, 2017 Dec 24, 2017 Dec 29, 2017
Jan 06, 2018 Jan 07, 2018 Jan 12, 2018
Jan 13, 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Jan 19, 2018
Jan 20, 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Jan 26, 2018
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 11, 2018 Feb 16, 2018
Feb 17, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Feb 23, 2018
Feb 24, 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Mar 02, 2018
Mar 10, 2018 Mar 11, 2018 Mar 16, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 18, 2018 Mar 23, 2018
Mar 24, 2018 Mar 25, 2018 Mar 30, 2018
Mar 31, 2018 Apr 01, 2018 Apr 06, 2018
Apr 14, 2018 Apr 15, 2018 Apr 20, 2018
Apr 21, 2018 Apr 22, 2018 Apr 27, 2018

What's Included...What's Not Included...
  • Comprehensive pre-trip information package
  • All meals & accommodation
  • All transfers described in the tour
  • Unlimited use of our equipment
  • Use of waterproof dry bags
  • Lodge accommodations on 'Day 0',
  • Professional Guiding Services
  • Transportation back to Belize City after the trip
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing License
  • Scuba Diving
  • International Flights and Airport Departure Tax
  • Personal Equipment
  • Extra costs due to late Arrivals, lost luggage and other circumstances beyond our control

Tours run between November and April (dry season).

For further information or booking inquiries please contact Sacred Earth