Written by: Dave Parker, Managing Director of Orvis Travel
The mangrove and reef ecosystem around Ambergris Caye is one of the most productive fly-fishing locations in Belize with vital habitat for bonefish, permit and tarpon. When Ali Flota, owner of the Orvis-endorsed El Pescador Lodge approached Orvis Travel about supporting the Ambergris Caye Eco Challenge to promote conservation and awareness of the complex ecosystem, we donated a $500 gift card. It went to the most Eco-Friendly Team. The winners are Irvin Chacon and Shadany Bradley.
The 42-mile, two-day kayak race, which attracts dozens of participants from across the country, is designed to promote awareness, protection and the conservation of mangroves, lagoons, reefs and the diverse species found in Belize. The race starts on the stunning lagoon side of Ambergris Caye and finishes the next day in San Pedro where a celebration awaits participants, including everything from bar-be-que and ceviche competitions to live music.