A Beginner’s Guide to Water Activities in Belize  

by Larry Waight
underwater girl snorkelling

If your idea of a perfect vacation includes lots of time spent on or around the water, Belize should be at the top of your list. In addition to miles of gorgeous Caribbean beachfront, Belize has hundreds of waterways including rivers, lakes, lagoons, and bays. Here are some top and popular water-based activities you can do in Belize.


coppola belize family vacation

Photo by the Family Coppola Hideaways

Snorkeling is an easy, enjoyable activity that anyone can do. If you want a close look at the spectacular sea life of the Caribbean, head to the Belize Barrier Reef. The waters around the reef or the offshore Cayes are teeming with colorful fish, coral and sea mammals. Snorkeling lets you explore this underwater world while swimming with sea turtles, manatees, and tropical fish.

Scuba Diving

Diving with Ramon’s Village.

Go deeper into the waters around the reef and the offshore Cayes. Belize offers some of the best scuba diving experiences in the world. You can explore underwater mountains and caves while swimming with whale sharks, nurse sharks, and barracudas. If you’re an experienced diver looking for adventure, make plans to dive the famous Blue Hole of Belize.

River Cruises

Belize has many inland rivers. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the clear, sparkling waters of the Mopan River, Belize River or Macal River. Belize’s rivers are wild, unspoiled and filled with colorful animals. Watch for wildlife in and out of the water including crocodiles, lizards, iguanas, howler monkeys, deer, foxes, tapirs, and toucans.

monkey river

Cave Tubing

Cave tubing is a popular adventure that’s only available in Belize. Use a professional inner tube to glide down a river. Your river guide then takes you through a series of caves. You’ll use headlamps to explore the dark cave regions as you float through them. These caves were sacred to the ancient Maya who once inhabited Belize, and they are filled with history.

cave tubing


With an abundance of islands, rivers, and protected marine areas, Belize is a great fishing destination. There is plenty of fish everywhere, thanks to the incredible ecosystem, small crowds, and strict environmental regulations. Go deep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna, dorado, and wahoo. Fish close to the barrier reef for snapper, barracuda, grouper, and jacks. If you enjoy fly fishing, you’ll find it easy to catch bonefish, tarpon, and permits.

fly fishing

Photo courtesy: Pablo Garcia

Boat Charters

Boat tours can take you swimming, snorkeling or fishing among tarpons, reef fish, manatees, sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, and seahorses. If you’re cruising into protected areas, you must use a charter service with a special government license.

Enjoy Warm Days on the Water in Belize

Belize’s warm, sunny weather makes a water adventure a great way to spend the day. Explore our amazing Caribbean waters, rivers, lakes, and streams. While renting is great for short-term visits, it’s always best to invest in your own water sport equipment. That way, you can enjoy the Belizean blues over and over again. From kneeboards to wakeboard to ocean kayaks and spearfishing masks, get it all at Globo Surf. Talk about time (and money) well spent. 

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