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Day 1: Arrive in Placencia Village. An Adventure Life representative will meet you at the small airstrip and transfer you to your hotel. Upon arrival you'll be given a tour questionnaire that will give us information on your paddling ability and experience level.

In the evening we'll meet for a trip briefing and give you a nautical map so you know exactly where the trip will take you, and a sky chart for star gazing during your nights on the islands. Here you will meet your guide for the next 4 days. After the briefing, your guide will give a slide presentation about the Belize Barrier Reef. Before returning to your hotel, you will also receive dry bags to pack your belongings into for the tour.

Day 2: Breakfast is on your own. At 9:45 AM one of our representatives will meet you at the hotel, and at 10:00 AM we depart by power boat for a 45 minute to 1 hour ride out to the Barrier Reef and Silk/Queen Cayes where we'll spend the next 2 nights. The Silk Cayes are 3 small isolated islands right on the barrier reef. The islands are right out of a dream - white sand beaches, palm trees and clear, turquoise blue water!

Upon arrival you'll have a chance to snorkel around the Silk Caye and view the magnificent fish and corals that surround the island. Blue Tangs, Butterfly fish, Parrot fish, and Angel fish are just a handful of the tropical fish you can observe here. Your guide will point out fish, corals and other sea creatures. Back on dry land we'll lunch on Conch or lobster fritters (depending on season), fresh fruits and pasta salad. All of the seafood is caught daily during your trip. After our meal you will have some time to rest and relax.

In the afternoon, it's finally time to kayak! In the calm waters around the island your guide will go over basic paddling and rescue techniques that will have you paddling like a pro in no time. We then paddle around to a neighboring caye (island) for about an hour, giving you a chance to practice your paddling techniques and get a feel for your boat. Dinner this evening will be Conch steak or fish, split peas with rice, steamed vegetables and fresh tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple, and more!). This evening on the island you can do a night snorkel and observe the reef's nocturnal creatures, or just relax and stargaze!

Day 3: Breakfast this morning is tropical fruits, banana bread, cheese and oatmeal. We then paddle to a nearby sand spit for about 1 1/2 hours. Snorkeling here you'll see more colorful reef fish and both hard and soft corals: stag horn, brain, elk horn, sea plumes, sea fans, and others. From here we paddle about another hour to Hatchet Caye. Once on the caye, you can enjoy a pack lunch of bread, cheese, fruits, peanuts and cookies. After lunch you'll have another chance to snorkel and relax on the beach (stress? what's that?!!).

Each island has its own unique habitat so you will be seeing new fish and sea creatures at each new stop. In the afternoon we paddle for an hour, returning to Silk Caye. While your dinner is being prepared you might want to relax in a hammock or explore the island. Dinner tonight is barbecue fish, rice and beans, steamed vegetables. Again, the evening is open for a night snorkel, stargazing or conversing.

Day 4: Breakfast this morning is creole eggs, fruit, cheese, and banana bread. After breakfast we break camp and pack our boats in preparation for our journey to a new island. This morning we paddle 2 1/2 - 3 hours to Moho Caye. Lunch today is conch/lobster burritos and carrot raisin salad with pasta. Professional Sea Kayaking Instruction with Adventure Life

After lunch you will have the opportunity to snorkel around this island, relax in the hammocks or do some beach combing. In the afternoon we paddle 1 - 1 1/2 hour to Whipray Caye, where we'll be overnighting. We set up camp and you can relax or explore the island. Dinner will be fish stew Belizean style w/ potatoes, cassava, and coco yam, along with carrot salad and fruits. Tonight you will have the opportunity to do more stargazing with your guide.

Day 5: Breakfast of fry jacks, eggs, fruits and cheese. We break camp and begin paddling toward Placencia. Along the way we will stop off at Lark Caye for a snorkel and lunch of fish patties, rice, and fruits. We continue our paddle through this range of islands, reaching the beaches of Placencia after a total of 3 - 3 1/2 hours of paddling for the day. This concludes your kayak adventure. Spend the night in Placencia and return home through Belize City the following day.

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