Belize’s Caribbean Coast is ripe with opportunities to spot playful marine mammals. Marine reserves in Belize offer a safe habitat for West Indian manatees. Manatees are currently endangered, due to hunting and the danger posed by boat propellers. Visitors can’t swim with manatees, but you can observe them from a safe distance. Slow-moving manatees often share their habitat with several species of dolphin. At certain times of the year, you can see whale sharks near Belize's cayes. A wide variety of sharks, sea turtles, and endangered sea turtles call these Caribbean waters their home.
11 Things to Do
Experience the wonder of Belize’s incredible reefs around the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef. This tour is for intermediate divers, with the option for wall dives, canyon dives, and faro dives. No matter what you choose, this tour includes two tank dives.
6 hrsFrom $231
Travel to Glover’s Atoll, where you can explore an abundance for hard coral formations and marine life. This is a diving trip for people who want to explore Belize’s best-formed coral just a short distance south of Placencia. It’s suited to intermediate divers.
6 hrsFrom $285
This is a family-friendly tour of the clear, Caribbean waters that surround Ambergris Caye. On this glass-bottom boat tour you’ll visit two hotpots for marine wildlife—Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour, both of which depart from the dock at Ramon’s Village.
5 hrsFrom $56
The Belize Barrier Reef, at 186 miles in length is the second largest coral formation in the world. The Barrier Reef is made up of a mixture of hard and soft corals, with the hard corals mainly at deeper depths and the soft corals nearer the surface. Commonly seen are Brain and Staghorn Corals, Sponges, Seafans, Finger and Angular Corals.
4 hrsFrom $57
Snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a sure-fire way to experience Belize’s diversity of marine life up-close. Animals at Hol Chan are used to getting fed by people on boats, so they’re relatively bold around snorkelers. This spot gets a lot of marine traffic, and every minute you spend underwater you’ll get to see something new.
3 hrsFrom $54
Visit the Coral Gardens in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve to see one of the prettiest underwater landscapes in Belize. This snorkeling tour is a fun excursion for the whole family, for visitors of any level of snorkeling expertise.
3 hrsFrom $45
Whale sharks congregate in the waters off the coast of Belize in March, April, May, and June. If your visit during these months, take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife viewing experience. This is an advanced, two-tank dive that takes place off the coast of Placencia. Participants should be prepared to dive to a depth of 80 feet .
- Elliot H.
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