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Marie Therrien

Originally from the UK, I've been in the travel industry for over 18 years. Belize is one of the most incredible, unique destinations, I have traveled to. I love its vibrant culture and exploring the exotic environments from the Belize Barrier Reef to the lush inland rainforests. It's a privilege to work with Island Expeditions and the fantastic team of local guides. Let us show you Belize...

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in small guided trips in Belize since 1987. Our trips visit stunning locations, from jungle lodges in national parks to Adventure Basecamps on Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef Atolls. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, zip-lining, rappelling, caving, archaeology, birding, and white-water rafting.

Committed to responsible tourism, Island Expeditions provides unique travel experiences with a conservation, community or volunteer focus. We actively support the Belize Zoo, the Belize Audubon Society, several local schools and other local conservation initiatives. 

How did you get involved in travel?

"After finishing University in the UK in 2001, I took a one-year working visa in Whistler, BC, Canada. This began the path of my passion for adventure, travel and the outdoors.

Summers were spent hiking, paddling, camping, and winters on the slopes while working in the travel industry. Today, I am excited to share my love of adventure and the outdoors with guests looking to experience the incredible tropical destination of Belize."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Waking up to the sound of the waves crashing on the Belize Barrier Reef from the over the water cabanas on the tiny caye of Tobacco Caye. Then enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, sitting on the cabana deck and thinking of all of the great adventures the day would bring! "

Marie is part of the following groups: Belize Travel Agents
Seak kayaking on Glover's Reef
Discover Belize: Rainforests, Ruins, & Reefs - 10 Days

Spend 10 days discovering Belize’s greatest outdoor gems. Start out at a lodge in the heart of a rainforest. Then, spend some time in a Mayan village, followed by a few days paddling and camping along the Moho River. Next, visit the jungle, tour the Mayan ruins of Lubaantun, and take a tour of a chocolate farm. The trip concludes with several days of free time to explore Glover’s Reef Atoll to paddle, kayak, and snorkel at your leisure.

Tobacco Caye
Rainforest & Reef Exploration in Belize - 7 Days

Spend one week discovering two different sides of Belize. Check in to your eco-lodge within Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and enjoy a few days adventuring in the rainforest—go ziplining, birdwatching, rappelling, and more. Then, head to Tobacco Caye, part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, and enjoy some time on the pristine beaches. Laze in a hammock on your over-the-water deck, go snorkeling around the Southern Barrier Reef, and spend some time paddling and kayaking surrounded by the fresh ocean breeze.

Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef
Belize Wildlife, Mayan Ruins, & Reef Tour - 9 Days

Spend nine days exploring some of the best of Belize. Upon arrival, head to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary to do some birding and view the native wildlife, along with exploring two, different Mayan ruins. Next, take a water taxi to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, and spend the next few days snorkeling, paddling, and relaxing beachside. Then, enjoy a final night on the town in Belize City.

Sunset in South Water Caye
Islands of Belize: Tobacco Caye & South Water Caye - 7 Days

On this seven-day tour of Belize’s best islands, you’ll spend time discovering underwater marine life, while enjoying the pristine beaches. Begin at the Tropical Education Centre, where you’ll embark on a nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. Then, head to Tobacco Caye to start exploring the mangroves and coral reefs. The trip continues to South Water Caye, where you can swim, snorkel, paddleboard, and dive your way through the Southern Barrier Reef.

Mayan ruins in Xunantunich
Experience Belize: Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - 7 Days

This seven-day adventure combines the best elements of Belize—the inland exploration of Mayan ruins and rainforest caves, along with several days to discover the remote coral atoll of Glover’s Reef. Perfect for active families and couples of all skill levels, this itinerary offers the flexibility to relax, paddle, snorkel, dive, and sea kayak, depending on your preference.

Half Moon Caye
Belize Lighthouse Reef Adventure - 7 Days

The seven-day adventure begins with an overnight at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, then heads out by boat to Lighthouse Reef. You’ll explore the Lighthouse Reef atoll—a tropical marine park and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—via various snorkeling and paddling opportunities. Spend five nights at your Half Moon Caye Basecamp, which offers both guided and independent excursions, and end your trip with a night in Belize City.