The Belize Barrier Reef sits just miles off the coast of Belize and is part of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Home to hundreds of species of coral and fish, it is a hot spot for divers, snorkelers and biologists from all over the world.
The largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere
For 185 miles, explore all that the reef has to offer, including swimming with whale sharks near the Placencia coast, diving deep into the Great Blue Hole and snorkeling off more than 400 white sandy islands that surround the reef.
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Belize Barrier Reef provides a crucial balance within the surrounding marine system. Help us preserve this reef when you visit by wearing reef-safe sunscreen, avoiding contact with the coral, and picking up trash and recyclables on the beach.
The Great Blue Hole
Dive into one of the world’s greatest geological wonders, just 43 miles off the coast of Belize City.
Don’t worry, they’re gentle. While they can be spotted year-round, book a trip in November for an up-close-and-personal dive with whale sharks at Gladden Spit just off the Placencia coast.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Swim peacefully with nurse sharks and stingrays in this protected area, voted one of the top animal dives in the Caribbean.
Don't just see the wonder of Belize, Experience it.
Get to know our feathered friends.
Over 500 species of feathered friends call Belize home from time to time. Some of the best places to see migrant and resident water birds are Crooked Tree and the seashores of Belize.
Discover what's happening beneath...
Even if you’ve never snorkeled before, our knowledgeable local guides will help you explore the kaleidoscope of colors found in hard and soft corals, sponges, and over 500 species of fish and marine...
Grab your oar and get out there.
Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing or really know your way around a boat, we have the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some...
Put these sites on your list, you won't regret it.
George Price Center
Want to learn about our founding father? Head to the George Price Center for Peace and Development to explore how Belize became Belize. It has a museum, library and cultural center.
Rio Blanco National Park
Take a short hike to Rio Blanco waterfall for a look at one of our largest waterfalls in the area. Once you’re there, take a dip in the deep limestone pool to cool off and get a better view of the...
Southwater Caye Marine Reserve
A lesser-known gem in Belize, 15-acre South Water Caye is our version of an off-the-beaten-path destination (though most places are here) for diving and snorkeling, not to mention relaxing on one of...
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