The great blue hole is without question one of the greatest natural wonders you will ever see. A large submarine sinkhole, it lies near the centre of Lighthouse Reef, around 70 km from the mainland. Measuring 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep, it contains giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and columns, not to mention some fascinating marine life that has enchanted divers the world over. The stories go that some divers have been lost forever to the blue hole, but surely that’s just tittle tattle…
2 – Chillax on The Split
With the Caribbean sea lapping at your feet, the smells of Belizean tamales infusing your senses and the sounds of reggae easing away your daily worries, you’ll soon understand why Belize’s motto is ‘go slow’. Spend your day maxing and relaxing on The Split, a narrow channel that splits Caye Caulker into two distinct islands and is always full of easy going travellers and super friendly locals.
3 – Snorkel with Whale Sharks (seasonal)
Head to Belize in March, April, May and June around the full moon and you could be lucky enough to dive or snorkel with these gentle giants of the sea. Swimming in the turquoise clear waters of Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve near the Placencia Peninsular, the whale sharks feed off the eggs of tropical fishes such as cubera, mutton and dog snappers. Despite their size and obvious strength, these magnificent creatures pose no threat to human life, so take the opportunity while it’s there!
4 – Visit Xunantunich
One of the most popular Mayan ruins in Belize, the Xunantunich is a classic Maya ceremonial centre located in Western Belize. Home to the fascinating El Castillo Pyramid, one of the tallest buildings in the country at 130ft, the Xunantunich offers a mesmerizing insight into Mayan cultures and traditions and is a must for any archaeology hungry travellers.
5 – Get your kayak on
With its crystal clear waters, tepid sunshine and balmy Caribbean breezes, kayaking in Belize is little more than an absolute dream. Explore the mangroves, untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches and abundant marine wildlife as you paddle along, dipping in and out of the numerous caves that are just begging to be explored.
Contiki are now running trips to the tropical paradise of Belize. Explore your options here and start planning your Caribbean adventure today!