For such a tiny country, Belize is jam-packed with things to make your jaw-drop. From world-class snorkelling and diving, lush green jungle and rolling hills, Caribbean white powdered beaches and an entire Maya civilisation to uncover - Belize has a lot to offer. Crowd free and wildlife filled, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy. So much so the Latin America guys have narrowed down the top 5 reasons why you should give it a chance…
Belize is home to the second longest barrier reef in the world, spanning the country’s entire coastline. With over 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, over 400 species of fish, and the occasional hammerhead or whale shark, this underwater world is one of the best places on the planet to go snorkelling or diving. With 185 miles of reef, 450 small islands and atolls, knowing where to start is tricky! Therefore our guys on the Latin America team have narrowed down the top 5 dives sites they think is worth a mention.
This all-encompassing itinerary offers a perfect blend of culture, adventure and beach, allowing you to explore the absolute highlights of this beautiful and little-explored country.
This itinerary combines a jungle adventure with sailing to the northern cayes and outer atolls on a chartered catamaran. Discover your own slice of paradise on a deserted tropical island and explore the second largest barrier reef in the world.
For a tiny Central American country, Belize is big on adventure. Its awe-inspiring 185-mile long reef is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, whilst its coral-encrusted Blue Hole is an iconic dive site. Revered for its natural beauty, this less-visited land is loaded with treasures; from ancient Mayan ruins, cave systems, lush rainforests, remote reefs and white sands.
Your underwater odyssey starts at the coral-encrusted 400-foot-deep Blue Hole, the largest ocean sinkhole in the world. Appearing as a dark blue circle in the turquoise sea, this iconic dive site is best experienced in two ways: from overhead on a helicopter ride, or by plunging to its depths for exhilarating fish and shark action.
Another bucket-list thrill for divers and snorkellers is the 185-mile long Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. Here you can encounter 70 types of hard corals, 400 species of fish, and the occasional hammerhead or whale shark.
Around 450 cayes (islands) and atolls stud Belize’s coastline, tempting with palm-fringed white sands. Head to the narrow strip of land known as the Placencia peninsula to visit three distinct areas: Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village. Here you can relax on the Caribbean beachfront to the east, visit the protected lagoon to the west, savour great seafood, and enjoy limitless watersports.
Further delights await in Caracol, the extensive Mayan site in Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Discover over 30,000 structures, climb the huge pyramid of Caana (Sky Palace) for panoramic views of the jungle, and see archaeologists at work.
Also unmissable is Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, a sacred cave packed with skeletons, stoneware, ceramics, and other ceremonial remains used by the Mayan for sacrifices to the gods. Spend several hours climbing, swimming, and exploring the inner chambers. The highlight here is the ‘Crystal Maiden’ - a crystallised female skeleton that actually sparkles.
For back-to-nature pleasures, Chan Chich Lodge in the north-west is arguably the country’s most luxurious. Set in a private nature reserve on the site of an ancient Mayan city, this jungle gem assures excellent wildlife viewing opportunities; from exotic birds and butterflies to elusive jaguars.
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