Ecology Tours

Fragments of Hope works closely with fishers and tour guides in an effort to build local capacity and to ensure the sustainability of coral restoration and mangrove reforestation efforts. Booking a tour through Fragments of Hope with the Belize Tourism Board licensed tour operator, Placencia Ecology Tours, ensures that you receive a unique and insightful experience of our marine ecosystems. Let us be a part of your Belize vacation and support our work at the same time, as all net profits will go back into the restoration work.

Kayaking Adventure

We offer two short (three hour) routes and two departure times: 7am and 2pm. The Viva Verde route includes a walking tour of a private nursery established over 15 years ago, accessible only by boat. Your guides will identify local fruit and ornamental trees, and many species of orchids and bromiliads. Countless birds and butterflies can be seen here. This route also includes visiting a bird island with White Ibis and other species. The second route option travels through meandering channels and through “tunnels” of overhanging vegetation until we reach the tranquil waters of the inner lagoon. We will visit isolated small mangrove cayes in the center of the lagoon where many species of birds nest.
Throughout your tour, our guides will share their knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history.  You can set the pace.
Tour Costing

US $65pp

(2 person minimum)

What to bring
  • Your own water and snacks
  • Hat
  • Long sleeve (lycra or lightweight) shirt
  • Water shoes
  • Sunscreen*
  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Waterproof camera (if you have one)
What we provide
  • Kayaks, paddles, life vests
  • Small personal dry bag (5L) for wallet, phone, etc.
  • First Aid kit
  • Emergency plan (plus guides have cellphones)
  • Laminated guides for flora/fauna
  • One set of binoculars
  • One GPS
  • Data sheets for logging flora/fauna sightings
  • One waterproof camera
Contact Information

avelinofranco2013@gmail.com

(501)637-4643 or

via website. Please see medical and liability forms to download below.

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Pooja Choksi
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Pooja Choksi
1 year 3 months ago
I did the kayaking tour this morning and I had a fantastic time. While everyone heads out to the beach, we headed out to the lagoon. Franco and the team took us through some beautiful mangrove “tunnels” (for the lack of another word). They are trails within the mangroves and that’s closest you’ll get to these trees. We went through these trails and reached a part of the lagoon that is home to the ‘bird island’. Never before have I seen so many birds nesting on one small mangrove caye. We were lucky to see some white ibis, egrets, great… Read more »
Dale Newkirk
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Dale Newkirk
1 year 24 days ago

Franco took my son, wife and myself on a four hour kayaking tour through the mangroves and across the lagoon to a garden/farm on the mainland. It was a wonderful day! Franco is fun to be around and he makes the trip interesting. Beautiful water, mangrove tunnels and plants. Bring your sun block, bug spray and I would say that for a three or four hour trip you would need to be fit.

Phillip Vannini
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Phillip Vannini
6 months 1 day ago

Franco and Andrea were wonderful guides for our kayaking tour. We paddled in the lagoon during a quiet and sunny morning, learned about the role played by the mangroves in the local ecology, and marvelled at the dozens of birds flying above our heads. Not only did we have a very enjoyable time, but we also feel good about supporting an organization working hard to ensure the sustainability of this amazing place.

Tiffany Oliver
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Tiffany Oliver
6 months 3 hours ago

Franco guided us on a wonderful 3-hour kayak tour through the mangrove islands in the lagoon. Franco is very funny and fun to be around, and extremely knowledgeable of the area. He took us through mangrove ‘tunnels’ and paths so that we could get close to all the wildlife. and see all the micro-habitats created by the mangroves. I especially loved that the kayaks are clear-bottom so that we could see underneath us, which was particularly great in the shallow areas. I highly recommend it!

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