Discover Belize’s barrier reef, where seasonal visitors include whale sharks, with a few days exploring the country's mystical and magical interior. A great adventure.
Spend time exploring the dive sites of the barrier reef off the coast of Belize's largest and most popular island, Ambergris Caye. Here you'll have the chance to dive Hol Chan (the Cut) and Shark Ray Alley.
Alternatively, head to southern Belize for your diving fix. Attracted by the spawning aggregation sites for several species of snapper, whale sharks are known to be seasonal visitors to the area.
Post diving experiences, it's back to the mainland to enjoy the natural history and rich culture of the Mayan civilisation, plus rainforest adventures and wildlife encounters.
We recommend a week diving on the barrier reef from Ambergris Caye followed by a few nights discovering the culture and jungle wildlife on the mainland.
Day1: Depart the UK for Belize (via the USA)
Due to flight schedules, your journey normally requires an overnight stay in the USA (on the outward journey only). It is likely this will be in Houston, but may vary depending on flight schedule and route.
Day2: Arrive Belize & transfer to resort
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation, where you will spend the next seven nights. Your dive package here includes 5 days/10 boat dives. We recommend a stay at the beachfront Mata Rocks Resort.
Days3-8: Discover Belize diving Ambergris Caye
Belize has the second longest barrier reef in the world and three of the four atolls in the western hemisphere. The diving is fairly easy and has an interesting topography with plenty of marine life. Large colourful sponges and fans dominate the seabed. Expect to see lobster, crabs, nurse sharks, stingrays, grouper, angel fish, turtles and dolphin often swim alongside the boats enroute to the dive sites.
Days9-11: Belizean jungle adventure!
Today you transfer back to the mainland and onto your next accommodation. Spend a further three nights in a jungle lodge, with time to explore some of the many natural highlights of Belize, including Mayan ruins, outstanding wildlife, caving and adventure sports.
Day12: Depart Belize
Today you will transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 daysfrom £2,295 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
11 nights accommodation
Meal plan dependent on choice of resorts
10 boat dives
Tanks and weights
Transfers & local flights
Located less than a kilometre from the barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is developed for tourism yet is decidedly relaxed. It offers plenty of diving and snorkelling sites, with colourful reefs, exceptional visibility and opportunities for encounters with turtles, eagle rays and sharks.
Ideal for viewing: southern stingray, nurse shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray
Excellent for: Reef diving
The south of Belize is the least populated region of the country, and is characterised by pristine rainforest dotted with intruiging Mayan ruins, paradise tropical islands, beautiful beaches and idyllic cayes surrounded by pristine coral reefs.
Ideal for viewing: whale shark, bull shark, common dolphin, green turtle
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure
Central Belize is the country’s adventure capital, with a wealth of exceptional jungle lodges offering activities such as cave exploration, visits to Mayan ruins, iconic wildlife encounters, zip-lining, horse-riding and cave tubing.
Excellent for: Activity & adventure
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Resting on the banks of the Old Belize River, the Black Orchid Resort is just 20 minutes from the international airport – and yet a world away. It makes an ideal base at the beginning or the end of your dive adventure.
Located south of San Pedro, this intimate resort is a great value option for those looking to dive Ambergris Caye and the Blue Hole. Its rooms and suites all offer ocean view and are uniquely decorated in Caribbean colours.
On a steep bank of the beautiful Macal River, the intimate eco-friendly Mystic River Resort is a wonderful hideaway, surrounded by the soothing sounds of birds, rustling trees and soft breezes.
Victoria House is a charming resort, set in an old plantation on the outskirts of San Pedro, next to a white sandy beach. The ambience is informal and laid-back, and you can be as relaxed or active as you wish