Belize’s Great Barrier Reef—second largest in the world—and protected aquatic reserves, an intensely diverse marine ecosystem is right offshore.
Dive Deeper—Offshore The Great Blue Hole is exactly what you would picture with a name like that, but this natural wonder holds more than meets the name. From the sky it’s an ominous indigo abyss with no bottom in sight. Under the waves, it’s one of the mostsought after dive sites in the world. This sinkhole was formed during the Ice Age before the sea levels rose, and a system of massive stalactites still stands tall today. Few have reached the bottom at 407 feet, and maneuvering through narrow caverns and sharing space with hammerhead sharks might seem daunting. But Jacques Cousteau named it one of his top ten dive sites, and experienced divers are just itching to scratch it off their own bucket lists.
BELIZE IN SEVEN DAYS Where to Start: Fly into Belize City and take a transfer to the Cayo District and San Ignacio.
Grab Your Fins—Offshore
Days 1-3: Stay at the serene Ka'ana Boutique Resort, and explore the Mayan ruins and surrounding forest while wandering through the rustic and friendly town.
For those who aren’t certified divers, snorkeling is just as rewarding. Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s 13,000 acres of protected waters offer snorkelers of all skill levels the chance to swim through four different zones. The coral reef, seagrass beds, mangroves, and Shark Ray Alley are the home of hundreds of fish, sea turtles, friendly rays, and nurse sharks.
Days 4-6: Transfer back to the Belize City Airport to catch a short flight to Ambergis Caye. Transfer to the hotel. Stay three nights at the beachfront Victoria House Resort, and dive in the waters around the reefs. Be sure to stroll through San Pedro.
Belize is all about balance. Talk to your local travel agent about seeing all this fascinating country has to offer visitors.
Day 7: Fly from San Pedro Back to Belize City to catch a flight home.