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 snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can 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 located in southern Belize City.
A second company catering to snorkelers is Fab Tours. Don't limit your tour of Belize to land. There are so many sites to see below the surface of the sea that a snorkeling trip most certainly should be considered. Fortunately, this tour operator offers both, sometimes within one single tour option.
A third option 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. They're located in southern Belize City.
Some key facts about 3 places that provide snorkeling related services are provided in the table below.
|Ecological Tours & Services||(501) 223-4874||Downtown Belize City|
|Fab Tours||(501) 223-5798||Downtown Belize City|
|Goff's Caye Beach and Snorkeling Excursions||--||Downtown Belize City|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our detailed Caribbean snorkeling page.
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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