Home to the longest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere, Belize is without a doubt one of the most sought after snorkeling destinations in the region. Belize City not only has easy access to this reef, but there are several other atolls and designated marine sites that allow snorkeling and encourage visitors to explore what lies beneath the surface of the sea.
Although it is possible to rent equipment and go alone, for snorkeling in Belize City a guided tour with a knowledgeable local is recommended. This not only ensures you see the top sites, but it saves you money over hiring a boat charter to get you to the barrier reef and includes the cost of your snorkeling equipment.
Wherever it is you choose to snorkel, you can expect to see coral, of course, but also sponges, urchins, sea grass, sea cucumbers, sting rays, manta rays, barracuda, snapper, sea turtles, and even sharks on occasion.
If you looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Goff's Caye Beach and Snorkeling Excursions. Your tour begins when your guide meats you at the Belize Cruise Shop Terminal and takes you by power boat to Goff's Caye. The trip takes about 30 minutes, then lets you off on the private island for snorkeling the magnificent reef, lying on the beach, swimming, and relaxing. They are found in southern Belize City.
Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Ecological Tours & Services. Considering doing some snorkeling when you visit Belize by cruise ship? Get in touch with this tour guide, an operation that specializes in offering shore excursions for cruise ship passengers -- and snorkeling is one of the most popular options.
A few details concerning a couple of companies that provide snorkeling services are summarized down below.
|Ecological Tours & Services||(501) 223-4874||Downtown Belize City|
|Goff's Caye Beach and Snorkeling Excursions||--||Downtown Belize City|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Being so close to the Great Belize Barrier Reef, it is hard to imagine anyone would overlook a snorkeling trip during their time in Belize City. Don't miss out on your chance to experience one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
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