Often regarded as the undiscovered gem of Central America, Belize is a center for tourists looking for nature-related adventures. Explore ancient Mayan cities settled in pristine rainforest home to teeming tropical birds and wildlife, or enjoy activity and relaxing on picturesque beaches and the world-famous barrier reef. We’ve made a list for the top adventure tours in Belize to keep you busy on your stop at port.
Diving/Snorkeling Tour – Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are two fishing villages located to the east of Belize. These quiet little coral limestone islands are popular for their rich underwater resources. Explore the Belize Barrier Reef east of Ambergis Caye and swim with colorful sponges, blue-and-yellow queen angel fish, Christmas tree worms, star coral, redband parrotfish, yellow gorgonians and more. You can also find similar sights at the portion of the reef that runs off to Caye Caulker, which is known as Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
To top off your experience, you can go to the Great Blue Hole inside the Lighthouse Reef about 50 meters east of both islands. Just hovering on top of the big blue hole with a charter boat is an otherworldly experience itself. If you’re looking to dive, hope for a clear water day to get a clear glimpse of rich and diverse under water wild life.
Manatee Watching Tour – Belize’s large barrier reef and vast mangrove systems attract large variety sea animals, including the adorable manatees. Watch the friendly creatures do about their day to day activities with a manatee watching tour. There are packages to choose from to suit your type of adventure. You can either choose the northern lagoon offshore tours which take you to Swallow Caye Marine Reserve and with snorkeling stops at Caye Caulker, or opt for the southern lagoon tours with trips to Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary or Placencia Lagoon further south.
Mayan Ruins Tour – Inside the jungles of Belize lays remnants of temples and edifices built by an ancient race that once ruled most parts of Southern and Central America, the Mayans. Marvel at the architectural achievements of this ancient civilization as you venture into the ruins’ courtyards, plazas, temples and pyramids. Some of the most popular ruins are Altun Ha and Lamanai in the northern district, Xunantunich, El Pilar, Caracol in Cayo District and Western Belize.
Cave Tubing Tour – Hike along the jungles of Belize passing through limestone crevices, smaller cave systems and parts of the river until you get to the river bank adjacent to the entrance of a large cave. This is where the second part of the adventure begins. Toss your inner tube, lie and paddle softly and let the water guide you through the river. Marvel at the huge cave systems as you pass underneath them and feel the rush as you go through the rapids.
With the many fun-filled destinations Belize has to offer, it’s very easy to find activities to fill your day with excitement. Exploring the jungles, ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches and the world-famous barrier reef are some of the adventure tours in Belize you should consider.