All of our kayak trips begin in beautiful Placencia in the Stann Creek District of Belize. This quaint fishing village is a little more than a three hour drive or a mere 35 minute hopper flight from the Philip SW Goldson International Airport. Most kayaking adventures require a pre-departure meeting at our Placencia base the day before your trip begins. During this meeting, your equipment will be inspected, safety procedures reviewed, and a float plan will be finalized based on current site and sea conditions. Every trip is customized to suit your ability and needs, and so the packages shown below are merely suggestions. We will work with you to adjust packages so that you get the adventure you want.
Package prices below are quoted in USD per person (assuming single kayak) and do not include camping site fees, which would be determined upon finalization of a float plan (generally, $5 USD per person per night). All packages can be customized to include camping equipment and double kayaks (refer to price list for additional services). We generally recommend a shuttle to take you and your equipment out to the cayes, but experienced kayakers can certainly paddle back to Placencia. A shuttle is $150 each way for not more than two kayakers and their equipment.
Three-Day Caye Kayaking & Base Camp (guided or self-guided available)
Depending on the time of year and water conditions, several options exist for setting up camp on one caye and kayaking out and back from that camp base.
Seven miles southeast of Placencia in the Lark Range is the uninhabited island of Saddle Caye South. The island’s mangrove trees with their arching aerial roots dominate the seascape and the surrounding waters teeming with marine life and wildlife. At Saddle Caye South, snorkel and explore areas of vigorous reef growth that occurs in shallow water only 30 feet from shore, or steep drop offs in the mangrove root with its own diversity. When paddling to the barrier reef, Saddle Caye South with its small natural beach, its camp shelters and comfort station is a convenient and comfortable stay.
Alternatively, the Silk Cayes on the Southern Shelf Lagoon lie directly behind the protection of the barrier reef, about 25 miles out from Placencia. Plenty of patch reefs and expansive shallow water surround the islands to give spectacular snorkeling and paddling. The uninhabited Silk Cayes offer perfect camping in a magical playground! (Note: because the Silk Cayes are in a protected area, a local licensed guide must accompany visitors.)
Guided: $105 per person + $300 per group for guide + camping fees
Self-guided: $105 per person + camping fees
Five- to Seven- Day Expedition Kayaking (guided or self-guided available)
We provide maps and recommended routes as well as suggestions on islands to pitch camp for the night. Other islands along the routes are identified for refreshments breaks or meals and maybe spending a night in an island cabana. Islands are about 5 miles apart and the next one is usually visible from the island where you are standing. Kayak sails are also available for efficient travel between cayes (not included in package price). With our services such as land and water shuttles, we can accommodate drop-off and pick-up points of your choosing, and routes can be customized to suit your budget, interests, and requirements. Additionally, a support boat can travel with you to transport equipment and tired kayakers!
- A popular route includes a water shuttle drop off at the Silk Cayes. Start from the Silks and paddle a straight line route south to Ranguana Caye or on to the Sappodilla Cayes as ending points.
- An economical, circular route begins out of Placencia, lasts 5-7 days, and heads southeast to paddle through the protected area of Lark Range. Several mangrove cayes including our island, Saddle Caye South, are situated in the range and are ideal for a stopover. The next paddle continues to the barrier reef and the stunning Silk Cayes–not to be missed!
Five day: $175 per person + $500 per group (for guided expeditions, optional)
Seven day: $245 per person + $700 per group (for guided expeditions, optional)
Appealing to the adventurous at heart, kayakbelize.com mixes the eco-sports of kayaking and sailing. Our kayaks can be rigged with simple sails that push paddlers along with the wind and wave at their backs for quick returns from the barrier reef. Kayak sailing also helps paddlers achieve the longer routes from Silks to the Sapodillas within shorter time frames and greater ease. The dependable wind of the barrier reef is ideally suited to kayak sailing and wind paddling.
Fly fish on the renown flats for bone-fish, tarpon, and snook or deep-sea fish snapper, grouper, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, king mackerel, and marlin. The Belize Barrier Reef has it all. Let kayakbelize.com hook you up with some of the most experienced capable fishermen guides of Belize.
Surfing without waves? The calm waters among the reef islands are ideal for the fast-growing sport of stand-up paddle boarding! Paddle boarding is a fun and easy way to play on the water.