My buddy and I have been planning a trip to Glovers for a long time. We read all the reviews and made notes. Now that we are back in the US I want to emphasize a few mistakes we made.
First, we thought we could spin or fly fish from the kayaks. However, it was not very practical. In fact it was tough for us oldsters just to paddle against the wind and current. We did not find many close by places to get in and out of kayak for fishing. We rented weekly kayaks on the mainland. Better to rent out on the atoll. Check out the kayaks before renting. See if you can control and paddle.
Another issue we did not consider was weather. Two out of our five days had what is called a screaming norther, with gale force northwest winds and rough seas. We were basically shut down for the entire two days...and it was very chilly with the wind whistling through the huts. They protect against the sun, but not the wind and somewhat poorly against the rain.
Raingear and extra fleece shirts and pants are much appreciated here. If you book during the gale season in winter, be prepared to wait a couple of days to return to the mainland. Perhaps allow three days at the end of your journey before your flight out.
It would be better to book two weeks instead of one since the effort and expense to get to the Sittee River and then out the atoll is considerable. If you book for one week, you only get 5 full days of beach time. Two weeks would get you 12 days! Some stayed for 4 weeks since the fourth week is free, but that seemed like a long time to rough it.
We ate in the restaurant three times and cooked ourselves the rest of the time. A highlight was the $22 lobster dinner with pretty much all you could eat. Other meals were good, but not worthy of note. French bread twice a week was good when hot, but deteriorated fast. The banana bread was very good. It is difficult to get fruits and veggies before you leave so be sure you plan enough time. No ice was available when we left, so those that bought beer were out of luck. As others have noted there is no refrigeration or electricity available, by wi-fi worked most of the time.
Lots of coconuts on the atoll so rum and coconut was very popular. Wine is pretty expensive--you can buy rum much cheaper. Crystal water in 5 gallon jugs was for sale at $12.50. For a couple two should last a week.
We went fishing with Warren three times with good success. Cost is $125 per 3 hours plus gas. Warren is the only one that goes out so book early. We missed a day of fishing because the boat was sent to the mainland for bottled gas. When we were there only one outboard was working so diving, logistics and fishing had to share. The catamaran ride was good, but the weather was calm both ways. It does not leave if the seas are too rough. Took about 4 hours on the way out and 2 1/2 hours back.
Things for cooking: bring olive oil, garlic, rice, instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, coffee, canned beans and milk, bread, granola bars, aluminum foil, paper towels, paper plates, coffee mug, cereal bowls. An inexpensive frying pan is good--most are pretty beat up. A machette can help open green coconuts, favored for rum drinks.
We did not go snorkeling, but one can go near the island with limited results or go with the dive boat to outside the atoll ($10).
US dollars are standard here. Euros will cost you quite a bit on exchange. Credit cards about 5% added. Cash is preferred. No problems with thieves on the atoll while we were there.
We took a pre-arranged taxi from the Belize city airport to Sittee river ($175 US each way for two of us.) Took about 4 hours and was interesting in the daylight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a Lodge, a Private island lodge located on Glover's Reef.We also have over the water cabins, thatch beach cabins, dorms and camping. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glover`s Atoll Hotel Glovers Reef Atoll
- Glovers Atoll Hotel
- Glovers Atoll Belize City