Creole Cultural Experience: Mystic Caves & Manatee Hunting

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Adventure
Cave Expedition
Cultural | Educational
Inland
Marine
Departs From
Hopkins
Intensity Level
Moderate
$
197
75
/ Adult
Trusted Provider
  • Secure¬†Online Payment
  • No Booking¬†Fees
Belize CA T
Response rate: 
88%
Response time:
several hours
Location Information
Departure:
Palmento Grove Lodge
About Listing
Features:
Cave System
Highlights
  • Wonder through the underground cave system of the locals
  • Take boat ride in the emerald Green waters of the Gales Point lagoon and go manatee spotting
  • Freshly prepared traditional Creole dinner
Description
This tour will take you to the charming village of Gales Point. Easily visible on a map as a long finger stretching out from the mainland, Gales Point is one of the most beautiful spots in Belize. The local Creole villagers in Gales Point are the guardians for the protected feeding and nesting grounds of two of Belize's most endangered animals: the Caribbean Manatee and the Hawksbill Turtle.On this tour, you will visit an inland cave where you will see manatees and afterwards you will experience the unique Creole culture in the form of music and food. Amongst the most popular styles of music created by Creole musicians is brukdown. Some of the basic food of the Creole consists of rice, beans, bread, chicken and fish. Creole dishes are not only exotic in flavor but very delicious and some of the most popular dishes are rice-and-beans, cowfoot soup, crab soup, stew fish, boil-up, and conch soup.
  • INCLUDES:
  1. Cave Hike
  2. Manantee Watch
  3. Cultural Cooking
 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Lunch
  • Boat Ride
  • Transportation
  • Local Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Repellent
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Comfortable Clothing and Footwear
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
10 people
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Adult
$
197
75
Activities
Caving, Cooking, Sightseeing
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
A/C Minivan
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily8:00 AM8-9 hours
Provider
Located on the north side of Hopkins Village in southeastern Belize, Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute consists of both a private island retreat and an inland ... moreTour & Travel Services Business designed to reflect the authenticity of a traditional Garifuna village. Owned and operated by local Garifuna people, an Afro-Caribbean culture indigenous to Belize, Palmento Grove is one of the best places to experience authentic local culture in Belize.

For more than 10 years, Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute has served as a sustainable tourism business and a cultural preservation center. Situated amongst beautiful mangrove bushes on the edge of Fresh Water Creek Lagoon where it meets the Caribbean Sea, Palmento Grove feels like a world away. Specializing in authentic Garifuna cuisine and cultural activities, the institute serves as an outstanding introduction to Garifuna history and culture.

Guests of Palmento Grove can wander the footpaths on this isolated strip of island or head out with local fishermen to try your luck at catching some of the many abundant species of fish and seafood that thrive in the area. Guests can use fresh-caught fish mixed with fresh vegetables from the gardens to learn how to cook mouthwatering traditional dishes like hudut, a Garifuna fish stew made with coconuts and plantains, all accompanied by the sounds of traditional Garifuna drumming.

Designed to promote holistic healing and rejuvenation, Palmento Grove is a true sanctuary where guests are surrounded on all sides by fresh air and delightful scenery. Rooms at Palmento Grove are cozy and comfortable, furnished in the traditional Garifuna style, and with magnificent views looking out at the pristine garden & water view.

Palmento Grove is an environmental and socially conscious business that is dedicated to empowering people through the promotion and preservation of traditional cultural knowledge, history, and way of life. Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute is also the organizer of the Belize Paranda MusicFest, which promotes and protects traditional Garifuna Music in Belize as well as sponsoring an annual cultural and entrepreneurial summer camp for local youths.

If you're looking for an oasis away from the stresses and strains of modern life, then Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute is exactly the place that you've been looking for. Palmento also organizes tours to nearby attractions on the reef and mainland, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and trips to ancient Maya cities. The Institute can be reached from Belize City in about two and a half hours and is located in the historic Commerce Bight area on the north side of Hopkins Village in Stann Creek District.

For a truly authentic Belizean experience, choose Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural and Fishing Institute.
Tagline:
Belize Adventure with a natively younique exotic Garifuna Experience
Tour Operator License:
05-105
Hotel License:
1459
Account Type:
Company
Languages:
Creole, English, Garifuna
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Strict
  • Cancellations made 90 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before will be refunded 25% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
 
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