Top Marine Activities in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

The Belize Barrier Reef has plenty of 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.

SNORKELING | INTENSITY: EASY

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. One of the most accessible from San Pedro and Caye Caulker is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the countries first established marine reserve. On your snorkel, you will spot an array of tropical fish and beautiful corals that paint a vibrant underwater scene. For those brave enough to jump into the water at Shark Ray Alley, you can experience the thrill of swimming with rays and sharks.

SEA KAYAKING | INTENSITY: MODERATE

Sea Kayaking is a great way to see the Belize Barrier Reef. The shallow inshore waters at Belize’s 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. Base camps on Lighthouse Reef and Glovers Reef are popular locations for your kayak adventure.

KITESURFING | INTENSITY: MODERATE

Adrenaline fueled but surprisingly relaxing, you’d be among the masses if you immediately jump to the conclusion that kitesurfing is for the younger generation. However, you’d be entirely wrong as an increasing number of more mature kite-surfers are appearing on the scene and realizing that it is a completely exhilarating sport.

DIVING THE GREAT BLUE HOLE | INTENSITY: ADVANCED

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.

FLY FISHING | INTENSITY: EASY

It’s no secret Belize is certainly a top-notch fishing destination. 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.

SAILING | INTENSITY: EASY

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.

SKY-DIVING | INTENSITY: ADVANCED

Amp up your Belize vacation with Skydive San Pedro! Experience the thrill of jumping from 13,000 feet above memorizing views of Ambergris Caye and surrounding the Caribbean Sea. This seasonal adventure is offered between the months of November and March. Safely jump with highly experienced USPA certified instructors and enjoy “the best views money can buy”.

PARASAILING | INTENSITY: MODERATE

Lastly, fly above the crystal blue waters of Belize on a parachute as a speed boat pulls you across the sea. Fly solo or with another friend; you may even spot dolphins, sea turtles, or other colorful tropical birds. Book your tour with any parasailing company found on the islands. Sit back and enjoy a fun ride with an awe-inspiring view.

The Belize Barrier Reef has plenty of 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.

Written by CC+L editorial team
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