The Belize Barrier Reef

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Aquatic Wonder, Barrier Reef
District/Region
Caribbean Sea
Description
Highlights
  • Second Largest Barrier Reef in the World
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Largest Reef in the Northern Hemisphere

About Location
As the largest and most intact reef system within the Northern Hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef System comprises seven (7) key marine reserve zones, over four hundred cayes (islands) and three (3) atolls. The reef’s crystal blue waters are a haven for its marine community and an enticing exploratory region for SCUBA divers and snorkelers.

The seven protected areas are (1) Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, (2) Blue Hole Natural Monument, (3) Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, (4) South Water Caye Marine Reserve, (5) Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, (6) Laughing Bird Caye National Park, and (7) Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve.

Discover the over five hundred species of fish, seventy hard coral and thirty six soft coral species among the plenty of aesthetic views both above and below water. In 1996, this reef was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant habitats and natural development. Add the cultural appeal of Belize and skilled guides, and you’ve got yourself the dive trip of a lifetime.
 
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Available Listings
$
125
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$
180
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Take a relaxing 30-minute ride out to the world’s second largest barrier reef to snorkel in magnificent aqua blue waters with its myriad of fish, corals and stingrays! Your captain ... morewill take you to his favorite spot for your chance at catching Snapper, Grouper, and Barracuda. After, your guide will whisk you away to a beautiful island where your fresh catch is prepared!
$
50
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$
85
/ Person
$
250
/ Group
Departs From:
Hopkins
The closest of our snorkeling destinations. Go snorkeling along the world's largest coral reef system. Our snorkeling tour takes you on a 30-40 minutes boat ride to the Southern Barrier ... moreReef which offers several different snorkeling sites within the reserve for beginners and experienced snorkelers.
Our experienced guides takes you on an underwater adventure. Snorkelers often have close encounters with eagle rays, sea turtles, a wide variety of exotic fish, and even dolphins or friendly nurse sharks! Experience a bit of island life on this snorkel adventure as we normally stop at South Water Caye for some beach-combing.
$
100
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$
125
/ Person
$
250
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$
300
/ Group
Departs From:
Hopkins
Travel with an experienced guide as you journey to the worlds largest living barrier reef. Belize’s Southern Reef is an angler’s paradise with an abundance of marine life. ... moreWhether reef trolling or perfecting your skills on the flats, you will have unforgettable fishing experience.
Reef Fishing is all about getting some fish on the line! We will take you east from Hopkins Village to the second longest barrier reef in the world! There you have the option of trolling for Barracuda, casting lures in the lagoons, or hand lining for hungry fish off the bottom.
$
86
25
/ Adult
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Provider:
This is a great tour for every level of snorkelers( GROUPS of 6 and MORE). The Water at the shark and ray location is approximately 5 feet deep. The second snorkel stop is the south ... morechannel. If you don't want to get in the water there are the seahorse and tarpon viewing stops. There is something for everyone to enjoy. On this adventure, you see sharks, rays, eels, corals, seahorse, tarpon.
Departure time is 9:00- 9:30 am or 10:00 - 10:30 am
from Caye Caulker (depending on the last tender back to your cruise ship)
**in order to meet the departure time you must catch the 8:00 or 9:00 am a ferry from Belize City (The ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker is 1 hour). This will allow the 3 hours needed for the tour. The ferry back to Belize City leaves at 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm.

**Price of the ferry from Belize City to tour starting point can be a lot less if guests opt for us to purchase the ferry tickets for them.**
$
95
/ Adult
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Provider:
Hol Chan is one of the oldest marine reserves in Belize. The marine life is healthy and abundant. You will be surrounded by numerous colorful fish and corals, eagle rays, turtles, ... moreeels, barracuda and many more.

We also stop to explore ( Belize's own version of the Titanic) the sunken barge. Nearby when the water temperature is just right you can swim just 10 feet away from a manatee. Stare in amazement as these gentle giants come up for air and look into your eyes with curiosity. 

Once back at Caye Caulker we visit the seahorses and the tarpons that reside on the west side of the island. We also visit an extra surprise resident, but you have to be there to know what it is.

**Price of the ferry from Belize City or San Pedro to tour starting point can be a lot less if guests opt for us to purchase the ferry tickets for them.**
$
230
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Enjoy Belize's magnificent waterways to explore the turquoise waters of the largest living barrier in the world. Snorkeling through the refreshing waters witnessing an endless array ... moreof aquatic flora and fauna. Then go home to take a break before we head on an otherworldly adventure through the bioluminescent Fresh Water Creek Lagoon. Hold the stars in your hand as the water glitters of your skin, while aquatic fauna dart passes you with a green glow. All this at an amazing combo deal that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
Dangriga
In this tour, you'll get to visit two islands, South Water Caye and Bird Island. You will also get the opportunity to snorkel in Belize's Barrier Reef and swim with the manatees.
$
50
/ Person
Departs From:
Dangriga
Bird Island is a protected island near Tobacco Caye. This island is home to a variety of birds and is surrounded by crystal clear water. In this tour, you'll be taken to see Bird Island, ... moreswim with the Manatees, & snorkel around the island.
$
30
/ Person
Departs From:
Dangriga
Explore the Belize Barrier Reef with our Double Snorkel Tour.
$
210
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Wake up to sunrise and join us at 9 am, or Sleep in, have lunch and join us for this awesome 1 tank dive at 2 pm. All we know is you will be happy you did, especially after our PADI ... morecertified Divemaster’s lead you through an epic swim through’s and point out magnificent Eels, nurse sharks and if your lucky dolphins.

Our group sizes are always kept for 8 or less.
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