Ah, Belize. The country of known beaches and hundreds of cayes, islands and of course, the world-renowned barrier reef. For those fellow travelers who wished they could enjoy the underwater marvels that our country offers but can’t – or prefer not to – swim, there are still many ways to make the most of water-based activities. Here are three water thrills that won’t have you anxiously doggie-paddling to spot that brain coral underneath you.
- Cave Tubing. Though technically not the Caribbean Sea, this is still considered water-based when visiting the Nohoch Che’en Caves in Western Belize. A river runs through these caves, whose depth varies depending on the time of the year. To glide through the dark, Mayan cave, you will be provided with large sturdy tubes to sit in, which are attached to five others, occupied by other adventurers. All you have to do is sit back, admire the bats on the cave ceiling (admire is subjective here, of course) and shine your headlamp through the dark walls, no swimming required. A guide is present at all times, carefully guiding you through Xibalba, or the ‘Maya Underworld.’
- Big Rock Falls. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall-induced massage? At Big Rock located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, you will receive the ultimate spa from Mother Nature herself. The colossal waterfall gushing cascades is worth the many stairs it takes to get there. The water flows into two pools, where many visitors can take a dip to get refreshed. But a bit further down, there are ample jutting rocks perfect for sunbathing or having a picnic. Mark your spot at one of these surprisingly comfortable rocks and lower yourself into the cool water. Many remain here for long periods of time enjoying the fresh water from the waterfall. Believe us, you’ll never want to leave.
- Sailboat tour. You can still enjoy the Caribbean Sea from atop a luxurious sailboat. We recommend taking the sunset sailboat tour, offered at either Caye Caulker or San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The tour takes as long as you wish, gently bobbing along the crystallized waters of the Caribbean. The sunset paints a phenomenal backdrop against the sky, plus the captain doubles as chef as he cooks up some fresh ceviche and (rum) punch. Some seagulls might stop by, and their cries only compliment the feeling of relaxation as you sail quite literally into the sunset.
These are just some of the activities you can enjoy in Belize if you’re not a swimmer. For more information on activities do in Belize, feel free to call us at 1-800-824-0686 or email us at [email protected].