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Belize Dive Ambergris

Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island is known for its sea based activities, scuba diving and Caribbean beaches. Along Ambergris Caye’s eastern shoreline, the Belize Barrier Reef runs for the entire length of the island. It also provides easy accessibility to the dive sites, such as Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Islands, as well as the 124m-deep Great Blue Hole. Off the southern tip is the popular Hol Chan Marine Reserve, perfect for snorkelling. 

Begin in Belize City and travel to Cayo District to see archaeological sites; Caracol ruins, the largest archaeological site in Belize, Actun Tunichil Muknal cave or El Castillo at Xunantunich. Nearby, the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, is known for bird-watching and wild fauna. Transfer to Ambergris Caye for three-night stay. Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Shark Ray Alley, one of the hottest marine attractions in the Caribbean. Activities include kayaking, sailing, or diving in the legendary Blue Hole!

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY BELIZE AMBERGRIS ADVENTURE…
And, visit Caracol ruins, the largest archaeological site in Belize.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • This program includes Cayo District, Rio Pools and Ambergris Caye
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and may include land and water activities.
  • The Actun cave on Day 3 requires a certain level of physical fitness. 
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

The Cayo District is the Belizean frontier with meandering rivers, lush jungles, green hillsides, thundering waterfalls, huge cave systems, two of the most important Mayan ruins, and a mountain pine ridge forest just waiting for you to explore and experience. It’s rich with wildlife and a favoured destination for eco tourists and activity junkies. The grand Maya city of Xunantunich, which means “Maiden of the Rock” towers 130 feet tall, eight miles west of San Ignacio. Activities in the region include riding, kayaking, caving, tubing and zipline.
 
Rio Pools & Frio cave: Rio Pools are a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders. Many of the pools are connected by small waterfalls. The Rio Frio cave is the most easily accessible of Belize's river caves. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. A stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave's formations during daylight hours. 
 
Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island, is known for its Caribbean beaches, water sports and scuba diving. Off the eastern shore, the Belize Barrier Reef features famed snorkelling and dive sites like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, with an abundance of sea life, and the 124m-deep Great Blue Hole. The town of San Pedro is the island's gateway and a centre for sailing and reef exploration.
Getting There

Most flight to Belize from the UK are routed via the US. Gateway cities include Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Newark. Flying via Miami is the shortest flying time, approx. 9 hours from Heathrow and approx. 2 hours onward flight from Miami to Belize City. Flights can vary considerably in price, depending on route, airline and availability. Best flight options departing UK are from London Heathrow and Manchester.

There are also daily flights from Cancun (Mexico) and several times a week from Merida to Belize City on Tropic Air (internal Belizean Airline). These are usually operated in Cessna 14 seater propeller planes and the flight takes approx. 90 mins.

 

 
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Belize Dive Ambergris

Cayo District & San Pedro
(7 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive & Transfer
Belize City Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to (2 hrs) to the Cayo District, located in the western part of the country for your three-night stay. Stay in comfortable thatched cabanas that overlooks the forest canopy and creek below.
Overnight: Pook’s Hill

Day 2 – Tour Caracol Ruins
Mountain Pine Ridge Take a full-day private tour to the Caracol Ruins. Travel through the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge National Park on your way to the Mayan ruins at Caracol.

Caracol, located in the Cayo district and just 2.5 hours from San Ignacio is the largest archaeological site in Belize. This Classic Period complex covers 30-square miles of thick, high-canopy jungle and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings that have been identified. The loftiest among them, a massive pyramid (Caana) capped by three temples rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor. Located deep within the Chiquibil Forest Reserve, it is great for bird-watching and wild fauna. Later in the afternoon visit the Rio Frio caves and pools, located near the Pine Forest Headquarters in Augustine.
Overnight: Pook’s Hill (B, L)

Day 3 – Explore
San Ignacio Enjoy a full day private tour. Choose from either Actun Tunichil Muknal or Xunantunich.

Option #1: One of the most impressive caves in the Maya lowland, Actun Tunichil Muknal is a real adventure and requires a certain level of physical fitness.

Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize. The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place.

You will first trek through the rainforest (45 minutes) to the mouth of the cave, and from here are outfitted in the necessary equipment. Afterwards, swim and wade certain sections before climbing up onto the higher platforms to view the ancient Maya ritual sites where both pottery and human remains can be seen.

Option #2: Xunantunich means “stone woman” The partially-excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view of the Belize's Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. El Castillo is known for its frieze, a banded stucco decoration that at one time extended around the entire pyramid.
Overnight: Pook’s Hill (B, L)

Day 4 – Transfer
Ambergris Caye This morning take a private transfer to Belize City. En route stop at the famous Jaguar Paw River Cave for a tubing experience. Take a short walk along a jungle path to the caves then put on your headlamp and float your way through the cave system on individual inner tubes.

Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Ambergris Caye for your three-night stay. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax on the beach or explore San Pedro.
Overnight: Ramon’s Village Resort

Day 5 – Beach Island
Ambergris Caye Today, you will enjoy a half day non-exclusive tour off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, Belize's oldest marine reserve: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, locally known as the 'little channel." The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Visit Shark Ray Alley, located to the south and to the inside of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, this site is becoming one of the hottest marine attractions in the Caribbean. Here, snorkelers can witness dozens of Southern Stingrays and Nurse Sharks swirl and dance gracefully while being orchestrated by your local guide.

While resting on a sandy bottom in about ten-feet of water, snorkelers can take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch and photograph an awesome display of grace and beauty as only Mother Nature can provide.

Return to the main island and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Ramon’s Village Resort

Day 6 – Beach Island
Ambergris Caye Enjoy the day at leisure. Laze on the beach or plan a local sightseeing excursion. Some ideas include: kayaking out to the reef, snorkelling, sport fishing, sailing, or dive Jacques Cousteau’s legendary Blue Hole!
Overnight: Ramon’s Village Resort

Day 7 – Depart
Belize City Transfer to the San Pedro airport for your domestic return flight to Belize International Airport.
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199
     

When to go Belize enjoys a subtropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons.

November through April (Dry): This is the best time to visit Belize when the days and nights are cooler. In the tropics it is not unusual to have rain in the dry season - it just falls in shorter spurts. Water temperatures along the barrier reef range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. The driest months are February and March. Out on the Cayes you'll enjoy tropical breezes wafting through the palm trees, providing you with natural air conditioning!

April and May (Dry): These months could be your second choice to visit Belize, as it's drier and water visibility is excellent.

June through November (Wet): During these months there are sporadic downpours that occur without warning. Belize lies in the hurricane belt and these have often come later in the season, between August and the end of October.

Visas Citizens of the US, European Union and Commonwealth countries do not require visas if they have a passport and return ticket. Most other nationalities require a visa.

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Belize. On arrival, you’ll be allowed to enter for a limited period. Any extension to remain in the country will incur a fee.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Belize.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk