5 Ways to Enjoy the Belize Barrier Reef

by McNab Editorial Team

The Belize Barrier Reef has plenty marine adventures to offer! Enjoy swimming in clear turquoise waters or go snorkeling and be mesmerized by the healthy aquatic life of the Belize Barrier Reef. For avid divers don’t miss out on the opportunity to dive the Great Blue Hole. Apart from diving and snorkelling try your hand at some fishing. 

Here are our top 5 marine adventures to add to your bucket list when in Belize. 


Belize is home to the second-largest Barrier Reef in the world, making a snorkel trip a must-do adventure when in Belize. There are plenty of snorkel spots, sure to be a great day out for individuals of all ages. On your snorkel, you will spot an array of tropical fish and beautiful corals that paint a vibrant underwater scene. Check out our top snorkel spots HERE.

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Sea Kayaking is a great way to see the Belize Barrier Reef. The shallow inshore waters at around Belizes island and atolls make it the perfect place to kayak. It requires some energy, however, you can go at your own pace. Learn the basic strokes and you will be on your way! Spend the day paddling and stopping at different snorkel spots along the way to enjoy the Belize Barrier Reef’s abundant marine life.  Blue Marlin Lodge Resort at South Water Caye is a popular locations for your kayak adventure.

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Kayaking South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Photo courtesy Blue Marlin Lodge


©MLowen via Splash Dive Center

Belize, home to the magnificent Great Blue Hole, makes it a sought after divers’ paradise. Located at the center of Lighthouse Reef, roughly 62 miles from the mainland, you start your adventure with a scenic boat ride across Belize’s turquoise waters until you arrive at the spectacular sinkhole which measures 1000 ft across and is more than 400 ft deep. Suitable for recreational diving with a limit of 130 ft, you start your descent along the edge of a limestone wall. Diving this natural wonder is like no other experience as you glide through stalactite formations. Diving this marine treasure is a full day trip with many tour operators offering three dives – the Blue Hole and two other wonderful dive spots in the area such as the Half Moon Caye Wall and the Long Caye Wall. Book your dive adventure with Splash Dive Centre. 


Photo Courtesy: DuarteDellarole @Ray Caye

It’s no secret Belize is certainly a top-notch fishing destination. With the Belize Barrier Reef stretching across the coast of Belize, it is a fantastic destination for sports fishing. In Belize you can enjoy  deep sea fishing, inner reef fishing, spearfishing, or fly fishing. The variety of fishing that we have to offer and the numbers of chances you can get per day at some of the most difficult catches can only be matched in a few other places in the world. Private Island Lodges’s such as Blue Horizon Lodge and Ray Caye are perfectly situated for your to enjoy exceptional fishing adventures. 


The best part of sailing is the ability to stop for a swim or snorkel whenever you please. Belize is home to over 300 species of fish and 100 soft and hard coral and sea life.  Sailing in Belize’s waters can be done aboard your own vessel or on a rented vessel from many local boat charters available. If you would like to sit back and relax, book yourself on a guided tour or hire a skipper to join your crew. The local skippers and guides, know the coastline like the back of their hand and will be able to guide you to some of the most spectacular shores and hidden gems to catch lunch or dinner. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s set sail in Belize. Visit Xsite Sailing for more information on day and overnight sailing holidays. 

Overall, the Belize Barrier Reef has plenty of marine adventures to offer! 

Discover other Belize adventures – Check out BELIZE BUCKETLIST 

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