Things to Do in Belize on the Coast
This country is small but there are but it will keep you busy with things to do. Belize is probably best known for its scuba diving and snorkeling. The largest coral reef in the Americas, 300 km (185 miles) long, is found just off the coast. Belize has recently taken steps to protect this natural wonder so that visitors will be able to enjoy it for years to come. The country is home to the Great Blue Hole, the world’s largest underwater sinkhole. Divers are drawn to the hole for its crystal blue waters which create unusually high visibility.
With its lovely beaches and natural wonders, beach bums and underwater explorers will find plenty of things to do in Belize.
- Belize Marine Reserves
Belize's most famous dive spot is the Blue Hole. Once an underwater cave, the Blue Hole collapsed about 10,000 years ago. It left a nearly perfect circular hole about 300 m (1000 ft) across and over 121 meters (400 ft) deep. The beautiful sapphire blue spot is visible from space. It is located
There are various opportunities to explore the reef out from Placencia and in general, the further out you go, the better it is. The inner reef trip to Laughing Bird Caye may be popular, but much of the coral is dead there, although it does provide the chance to see many juvenile fish and possibly s
- Whale Shark Swim
If you time it right, Placencia offers one of the best opportunities to swim with these giants of the sea, the biggest fish in the world. It may be pricey, but if you get a good encounter, it is well worth it as this is a truly unforgettable experience. A long ride takes you right out to the bounda
- Caye Caulker Reserve
This is a cheaper option if you cannot afford to splash out on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Most trips come with an in-sea guide and visit three sites, but you get what you pay for and because the coral here is higher in the water, it is more damaged by the waves and less vibrant in colour. The Shar
- Lamanai Ruins
Getting to Lamanai is all part of the fun on this trip, as it involves a one and a half hour safari-style boat ride along a forested river. Guides will keep their eyes out for animals-you can find herons, vultures, kingfishers and crocodiles-and also spot some of the local dungaree-wearing Mennonite
- Hol Chan Marine Park
This trip offers some of the best and most varied snorkelling on the entire East coast of Central America. Most tours, which include an in-sea guide, covering three sites-the Coral Gardens off Caye Caulker, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Shark and Ray Alley. Coral Gardens offers a huge variety
These trips follow the same routes as the snorkel routes and are usually combined with them, with divers lining up to one guide and snorkelers to another. Dive sites differ from snorkel sites, however, as many operators take divers to quality walls to explore deeper locations. Glover's reef is much
The beautiful surrounding of the two lagoons here are so pleasant that spending some time on the water is essential, so a birdwatching trip is a good way to see the area and its wildlife. Herons are plentiful and ther are many other attractive birds to be found.
Tours organised by Ray Gentle at Gen
- Cave Tour
This trip takes you across the lake to the western part of Southern Lagoon where a short walk will bring you to the cave entrance. Don a head torch (you have to bring your own) to illuminate your way and you can explore a good cave system which ends at a hole in the ground above that allows light to
The cayes around Placencia offer the perfect chance to put up sail and exlpore. These all-inclusive trips allow you to pretend you own a yacht for a day. Deals include kayaks, lunch, drinks and snorkeling equipment and allow you to get away from the crowds and do as little, or as much, as you wish.
Simply hiring a kayak by yourself and setting off may be a little unrewarding, but it does come with a sense of peacefulness as you paddle and potter through the water. There are two choices: heading out to sea or cruising in the lagoon. Toadal Adventure (www.toadaladventure.com) can offer ideas and
- Cockscombe Jaguar Reserve
This may be home to the famed jaguar, but do not go there expecting it to cross your path as you amble through the trees, as it is rarely sighted. Instead, you will enjoy many different forest vistas and a variety of bird and animal species that make up a vital part of its habitat. Placencia is one
- Night Snorkel
The reef is one thing in the day but it is a different world at night as different creatures come out to play. While the colourful reef fish drop off to sleep, the parrot fish cover themselves in protective bubble the lobsters and shrimps head out from their hiding places to feed. This is is pricey
- Turneffe Islands
If you want to get away from the crowds, then you want to go to Turneffe Islands. This trip takes you outside the reef that surrounds Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye and out into the blue. Beware the choppy water as you cruise the long ride to the Turneffe Atoll, but then marvel at the vibrant cora
- Manatee Tour
The main reason people come out here is because it offers a great chance to see the gentle giants that live here, the West Indian Manatees. There is a large resident population of these lovable "sea cows" that swim in the Southern Lagoon and they are generally easy to spot. Don't expect a thrilling
- Belize's Mayan Sites
The largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize is Caracol (Snail), one of the most important cities of the Mayan classical period. The impressive Canaa pyramid stands 143 feet tall, which makes it the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize! Caracol is still under excavation and res
- Manatee Watching
Belize is one of the best places to find these massive, lovable, but timid "sea cow" creatures, but even then you don't get to see much of them. They are more numerous in the Southern Lagoon at Gales Point, but if you cannot get down there, then this trip gives you a chance to glimpse one in its nat