4 Unbelizeable Adventures in Belize

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4 Unbelizeable Adventures in Belize

1. EXPLORE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SEA HOLE

 

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Why You Should Visit the Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a spectacular submarine formation that took place thousands of years ago — the largest sea hole in the world! It’s located off the coast of Belize. You will not believe your eyes (#unbelizeable).

 

 

How Can I Experience This Mysterious Sinkhole?

There are two ways:

 

1. AERIAL TOUR

You can book a tour to fly over the Great Blue Hole on either a helicopter or on a 3-5 seater plane. The tour will take anywhere from 1-1.5 hours depending on where you’re flying from (1 hour from Caye Caulker and 1.5 hours from Belize City and San Pedro). There’s also a minimum group requirement of 3 people to book the tour. If you are traveling alone, find people who are willing to share the tour with you.
 

Cost

Most Blue Hole aerial tours will cost around $200-$400 USD per person. We booked a package deal of 4 different tours with a company called Tsunami Adventures (Caye Caulker) and were able to get a tremendous discount.
Pros
  • Experience riding on a small aircraft
  • Quick tour (more time for other adventures)
  • Don’t need any certifications
  • Better angles for photography
  • Cheaper
Cons 
  • Can cause motion sickness (take some dramamine)
  • Minimum requirement of people per tour (usually 3)
  • Shorter tour (if that’s a con for you)
  • Don’t get to see marine life

2. SCUBA DIVING TOUR

Unlike the aerial tour, diving in the blue hole is an all day event and will require a scuba certification. Getting certified takes about 4 days, but once you do it, you’ll be certified for life! If you are staying in Caye Caulker, one of the best places to book a tour is with Frenchie’s Diving.
Pros
  • Don’t need to meet a minimum requirement of people
  • Swim amongst marine wildlife
  • If you get certified, you’ll be certified for life
Cons
  • All day tour (if that’s a con for you)
  • Must get certified to dive (takes about 4 days)
  • Can’t capture aerial views (will need a waterproof camera to take pictures underwater)
  • More pricey

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How to prepare for your visit

  • Bring or take motion sickness pills (dramamine)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (waterproof if scuba diving)
  • Extra clothes (if going scuba diving)

2. WANDER THROUGH THE ANCIENT MAYA RUINS

 
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Why You Should Visit the Maya Ruins

The Maya civilization spanned from 1300 BCE – 1200 CE (more than 2,500 years ago) in Mesoamerican history and occupied regions of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. They were known to be an advanced civilization who built monuments meant for their numerous rituals and ceremonies. The Mayan Ruins are the remains of these nicely excavated archeological sites.
 
Learning about the Mayan Culture and their technologically advanced calendar, concept of zero, astronomy, mathematics, etc. is truly remarkable — especially for their lack of resources. It’s quite inspiring.
 

Top Mayan Sites in Belize

There are over 600 ancient Mayan sites remaining in Belize. However, some of them are not accessible because they have not been explored and excavated. However, there are plenty of ancient sites that are worth paying a visit.
 

Top Mayan Sites in Belize to See

 
1. Xunantunich (“Maiden of the Rock”)
2. Altun Ha (“Water on the Rock”)
3. Caracol (“Snail”)
4. Cahal Pech (“Place of Ticks”)
5. Lamanai (“Submerged Crocodile”)
6. Cerros (“Hills”)

 

Which is site is the closest to Belize City?

Xunantunich and Altun Ha are the two closest sites from Belize City.
 
  • Xunantunich is about a 2.5 hour drive from Belize City
  • Altun Ha is about a 1 hour drive from Belize City
 

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Which should I visit?

Altun Ha is the only site we got to visit. We were originally planning to see Xunantunich because it’s the most popular site, but our tour guide recommended Altun Ha because it has a newly-built museum on site. The museum is composed of visual artifacts, including a fiberglass replica of the jade head found in a tomb excavation in 1968. We also did a cave tubing tour which was close by, so naturally we agreed to do Altun Ha.
 
Honestly, I’ve seen pictures of the other Maya Ruins and they all look amazing. it’s really all about preference. I would personally stick to either Xunantunich and Altun Ha because of distance. Otherwise, I’d go with Cerros because it’s overlooks the Chetumal Bay, but it’s about 3 hours from Belize City.
 

Do I need to book a tour?

No. If you are renting a car in Belize, you can drive to the ruins yourself and just pay the entrance fee. Or you can try to take a taxi, but at that point, you might as well pay for a tour.
 
Cost
 

Entrance Fee

  • $10 BZD ($5 USD) If you are going without a tour. Keep in mind you still have to either drive to the site or pay for taxi fees

Tour Fee

  • Anywhere from $30-$100 depending on which site you go to. We booked a combination of cave tubing and maya ruins tour for approximately $100. It included roundtrip water taxi tickets from Caye Caulker, a van ride to Altun Ha from Belize City, and lunch.
 

How to prepare for your visit

There aren’t any crazy hikes or anything, but it would be a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes with traction, especially if you want to climb the temples.
 

3. ENTER THE UNDERWORLD THROUGH CAVE TUBING

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Why You Should Try Cave Tubing

Cave tubing is one of Belize’s most popular adventures. It’s an exciting tube ride as you float through a “lazy river” of caves past underground waterfalls and crystal cathedrals in the heart of the jungle. It’s truly a unique Belize experience!
 

Cost

We did this tour in addition to the Maya Ruins and ended up costing about $100 total.
 

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How to prepare for your visit

  • Bring water shoes (something with a strap so it doesn’t fall off, like crocs). You can also rent some there
  • Clothes to get wet in
  • Clothes to change into after
  • Waterproof camera (optional)

4. SNORKEL WITH SHARKS, STINGRAYS, AND SEA TURTLES

 

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Why You Should Snorkel in Hol Chan

If you could only do one tour in Belize, please make it this one! Hol Chan (Mayan for “little channel”) lies on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye and is the oldest marine reserve in Belize. It stretches across approximately 4,448 acres of coral gardens, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. It’s seriously one of the best places to snorkel in the world. You get to swim up close and personal to some of the most beautiful marine wildlife including friendly nurse sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, tropical fish, corals, and many more!
 

The Tour

The tour will start at 10:30 am and will have 3 stops at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Coral Gardens, and Shark and Ray Alley! They will provide snorkel gear, water, fruits, lunch (fish/vegetarian/chicken), snacks, rum punch, and various drinks. The tour will take about 5 hours from Caye Caulker.
 

What if I can’t swim?

You are going to be in the middle of the deep Caribbean Sea and the water could get rough. It’s probably best if you know how to swim. If not, life vests are provided for everyone. I’m a decent swimmer, but I still felt the need to wear a life vest to keep up with our guide.
 

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Cost

The fee is about $65 USD per person. We were able to negotiate this price down a little with Tsunami Adventures. Definitely worth every penny!
 

What You Need

  • Snorkel gear (provided)
  • Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF). I recommend wearing long sleeves to protect your skin. I got burnt badly even with sunscreen on!
  • Waterproof camera (optional)

Hope you enjoyed these 4 unbelizeable adventures in Belize! Let me know what your favorite activities were in Belize  by commenting below!

 

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