Snorkeling in Belize

Bright Reefs and a Big Blue Hole

You will run out of daylight before you run out of reef. The coast of Belize offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean, and also some of the most diverse. Colorful coral heads crop up close to shore and within the sheltered interiors of offshore atolls. Often, it is just a few fin strokes from these oases of life to more expansive reef systems, where ledges, undercuts and slopes are home to hundreds of species of tropical fish and corals. Schools of fish swarm steep outer reefs, juveniles hide among mangrove roots in shallow lagoons, and a dramatic circular hole in the ocean plunges to unseen depths.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier from January to June
  • Weather: Belize enjoys a sub-tropical climate moderated by Caribbean sea breezes. Winter temperatures occasionally dip below 70 during northerlies, while summers may reach into the 90s, with increased humidity and rain showers after June

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Belize Information

Snorkeling in Belize Overview

The coast of Belize is flanked by the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Between this reef and the mainland, dozens of small islands known as Cayes are starting points for local snorkel trips. Offshore of the mainland, a trio of coral atolls enclose thousands of acres of mangrove islands and coral gardens suitable for snorkelers. Trips on the steep outer walls of the atolls provide the chance for big fish sightings.

Snorkeling in Belize Tips

Snorkeling is most enjoyable when you can see what's there. Mask fogging is a very common problem, but one that can be easily remedied. Start by making sure the inner face plate of the mask is clean and free of residue, and just before entering the water, apply a light coating of anti-fog solution (most snorkel boats will provide this) and then give the mask a single light rinse in fresh water before putting it on.

Best Places to Snorkel in Belize

Turneffe Atoll provides a wide range of snorkeling environments, from mangrove lagoons to shallow reefs and steep walls, all teeming with fish life. A swim to the edge of the Blue Hole is a bucket list favorite. Reefs begin within sight of the beach at Ambergris Caye, and it is a short boat ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and famous Shark-Ray Alley, where snorkels are immersed in a feeding crowd of turtle, rays and nurse sharks.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Belize

Use an inexpensive mesh tote bag to keep your snorkel gear and accessories organized during travel and while aboard tour boats. Include a secure waterproof case for storing wallets, keys and personal electronics. Wear a form-fitting water shirt to protect your back from sunburn.

Specials

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of beachfront or treehouse options, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, air/ground transportation from Belize International airport to resort, hotel tax, service charges and a welcome cocktail.

Guests may choose 5 of the following adventures: Barrier reef diving (certified divers only), barrier reef snorkeling, Mayflower jungle & waterfall hike, Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, cave and jungle adventure, tropical birding, jungle river canoeing or the magical Mayan history tour.

Valid for travel 7/17/21-11/19/21 & 11/27/21-12/17/21.
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Packages

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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

BELIZE - DISCOVERY PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of beachfront or treehouse options, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, air/ground transportation from Belize International airport to resort, hotel tax, service charges and a welcome cocktail.

Guests may choose 5 of the following adventures: Barrier reef diving (certified divers only), barrier reef snorkeling, Mayflower jungle & waterfall hike, Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, cave and jungle adventure, tropical birding, jungle river canoeing or the magical Mayan history tour.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE PACKAGE Includes 7 nights in your choice of room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected including Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Off-roading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zip-lining Excursions.

Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for additional information.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of room accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charge.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected including Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Off-roading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zip-lining Excursions.

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Turneffe Island Resort

TURNEFFE ISLAND - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes accommodations in your choice of Deluxe, Superior or Private Villa including all Belize taxes. Guided snorkel trips by boat, water depths range from 5 to 15 foot, scheduled daily at 10:00 am or 3:00 pm except Saturdays, full-day trip on Tuesdays to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including basic beverages plus daily hors d’ oeuvres (excluding alcohol). Complimentary activities include kayaks, shore snorkeling, pool, hobie kat, paddle boards, horseshoes, and volleyball. Complimentary airport transfers on Wednesday and Saturdays.
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Resorts

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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - Located on the southern edge of the friendly town of San Pedro in the heart of Ambergris Caye, convenient seaside resort catering to divers with pool, restaurant and massage studio. Custom boats with state-of-the-art equipment. Daily barrier reef dives, Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atoll dives, and PADI courses available. SunBreeze’s Latin-Caribbean architectural design forms a wide crescent that embraces the waterfront as well as its own private white sand beach and palm and tropical garden complete with a fresh water pool.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE Comprised of twenty comfortable one bedroom vacation suites overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Each comes with a private balconies from where you can enjoy breathtaking sunrises, refreshing cool sea-breezes and romantic moonlight nights. It is within walking distance to grocery stores, entertainment centers, local and gourmet restaurants, banks, fruit shops, cafes, and Belizean art galleries.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - Hamanasi is a boutique hotel on the southern coast of the Belize mainland offering spacious treehouse, beachfront room and honeymoon suite accommodations with handcrafted hardwood furnishings, air conditioning and private porches. From scuba diving Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and Belize's three atolls to climbing Mayan pyramids, hiking through rainforests in search of hidden caves, to birdwatching, Hamanasi resort offers it all at one comfortable, convenient location.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - Authentic palm-thatched cabanas. Full service beachfront resort nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora. Dive the Belize Barrier Reef, Turneffe North, and the Blue. Hole/Lighthouse Atoll. PADI 5-Star IDC Resort.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Roberts Grove Beach Resort

PLACENCIA - Robert’s Grove is a beautifully appointed Hacienda-style Belize beach resort nestled on 22 acres of the finest white sand beach in Placencia Belize. Its ideal location allows guests to be surrounded by Belize’s best attractions- the Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest & Mayan Ruins. This unique position makes it easy for guests and especially families to choose from a vast array of Belize’s most sought after activities, including diving tours, fly fishing trips, and many more exciting adventures.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A current passport, valid through your departure date, is required for entry into Belize. Your passport needs to have at least 1 blank page for the entry stamp. Proof of onward or return flights may be required at entry as well. No visa is required for stays less than 30 days. Upon departure from Belize, there is a departure tax of approximately $40.00 U.S. which should be included on your international ticket.

Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no required immunizations for entry into Belize, although you should check with your doctor and reference the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations.

Culture and Customs

Belize is a true melting pot of cultures, stretching back to the stone cities of the ancient Maya, and the Arawak roots of the Garfunkel dialect that are still heard through the country. British settlers arrived in the 1600s, and English remains the nation's official language. But Spanish influences are equally prevalent, and Mennonite, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese, and East Indian immigrants have all left their mark on the collective consciousness. Today, they are all just Belizeans, and everyone gets along in a society that places a high value on civility and inclusion. This is a country that doesn't need an excuse to dance and throw a party. Weekends are reason enough for celebration, and dozens of festivals, carnivals and concerts are staged throughout the year. Head up to the country into the rainforest and wooded mountains of the interior and you are in the land of Indiana Jones where thatch-roofed eco lodges serve as base camps for jungle hikes and inner tube drifts through river caves. Head offshore and island times takes over when you land on the offshore cayes. On Ambergris Caye a flipflop and tank top vibe permeates the beach town of San Pedro, where beach bikes are the preferred mode of transportation, and packed-sand streets are fronted by colorfully painted wooden shops and taverns.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Belize electricity is 110 Volt/60 cycles and uses the same plug types as the U.S., so no converters are required.

Belize has a standardized seven-digit phone numbering system and a country code of 501.

Many hotels offer WiFi. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if International plans are available for phone and data usage while in Belize.

Water Quality

Bottled water is recommended in Belize and readily available for purchase and also supplied by some resorts.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but Spanish is widely spoken. Other languages spoken are Maya, Garifuna, and Creole.

The BelizeDdollar (BZD) is pegged to the US dollar at 2:1 - always verify whether you are paying U.S. or Belize Dollars. It's easy to change U.S. dollars just about anywhere.

ATMs are available in many cities and accept major cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, although cash will be dispensed in Belize Dollars.

Most businesses will accept U.S. cash without question. They usually give change in Belizean Dollars, though they may return U.S. change if you ask.

Time

Belize is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Belize does not observe daylight saving time.

Location, Size and Population

Belize is located on the Eastern coast of Central America, along the Caribbean Coast. Its capital city is Belmopan.

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South, and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174-mile coastline to the East.

Belize has an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

The population of Belize is 367,177 (2016), while the island of Ambergris caye has an estimated 22,000, the area of Placencia approximately 1,500 and the area of Dangriga close to 10,000.