The Barrier Reef : Dive, Snorkel, or Kayak
Belize's coastline is protected from the open sea by the longest barrier reef in the Americas and by an island chain comprised of many small islands (cayes). Sign up for a day of scuba diving the famous Great Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef... or choose a tamer but still thrilling day snorkeling along the reef. Off of the northern Belize coast, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are the two most accessible and developed cayes, from which you can easily take day trips out to the reef.
We spent a day snorkeling amidst stunning tropical fish, sea turtles, and nurse sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and a beautiful coral garden. (We arranged this outing with Carlos Tours, located on the Sandbox Restaurant property, which is just footsteps from the water taxi terminal on Caye Caulker. Carlos Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another day, we rented kayaks on the beach and paddled north through mangrove forests abundant with birds. We spotted green herons, night-crested herons, frigate birds, belted kingfishers, and more. Life is pretty laid back on Caye Caulker, and generally you just walk up to one of the several concessionaires along the beach and reserve a paddle the same day. Most of these outfitters don't have websites, but EZ Boy Tours, which offers kayaking as well as scuba and snorkeling tours, can be reached in advance by telephone at 501-206-0349 or via email at email@example.com.
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