Belize City is more of a town than a city—few of the ramshackle buildings here are taller than a palm tree, and the official population within the city limits is barely over 50,000, though the metro population is near 90,000. Not far beyond the city center, streets give way to two-lane country roads where animals outnumber people. Any dining room downtown could leave the impression that everybody knows everybody else in this town, and certainly among the elite who can afford to dine out, that's probably true. View more
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Enjoy an overview of the city and a look at Almond Hill Lagoon during this half-day tour by coach and airboat.
Meet your tour representative on the tender pier and board an air-conditioned bus for a guided tour of historical Belize. Your tour guide will acquaint you with the rich history of the city from its establishment by shipwrecked British sailors in 1683 to modern day while you pass Saint John's Cathedral (the oldest in Central America).
Following your 40-minute city tour, arrive at the Airboat Outpost situated on a waterway leading to the Almond Hill Lagoon, just past mile post 9 on the George Price Highway.
Upon arrival at our Airboat Outpost guests will received a short orientation and safety briefing before boarding your open 450 horse power airboat for the ride of a lifetime.
This tour takes you via a waterway onto the beautiful Almond Hill Lagoon. As your Captain opens the throttle, feel the breeze tugging at your skin while your boat rips across the lagoon at speeds over 40 miles an hour towards the manatee feeding grounds. Upon reaching your destination, quietly drift keeping a lookout for the docile manatees that frequent this area. With a loud call of "clear" from your captain, you are once again speeding across the lagoon to Indian Creek.
As your captain eases off the throttle you seem to disappear into Indian Creek, straight ahead of you lies your quest; an eye-opening ride on the pristine marsh, an entirely different world of unspoiled beauty protected by the lack of access. Zip along in water only inches deep where only Airboats dare and enjoy the incredible sites. See beautiful water lilies, many colors and varieties of wading birds, turtles and maybe even a wily old crocodile trying to catch dinner as you glide over hundreds of acres of open marshland lined on all sides by mangroves, a natural playground for Mother Nature's wildlife.
All too soon you are speeding back across the Almond Hill Lagoon heading for the Airboat Outpost, where a cool complimentary drink awaits you.
Please note: A signed waiver is required to participate. This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair accessible. The sighting of manatees and other wildlife, although frequent is not guaranteed. The airboat is not covered and it is recommended that guests wear lightweight comfortable clothing, flat shoes and plenty of sun protection.
Enjoy some truly fantastic snorkeling around what is considered one of the best examples of a healthy reef system, home to marine life, virtually, of every hue on the color spectrum.
One of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef is comprised of 70 hard coral species and 36 soft coral species and is home to 500 species of fish, with many more still to be discovered. Charles Darwin described it as "the most remarkable barrier reef in the West Indies" in 1842. A large portion of the reef is protected by the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and offers incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities. It was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996 due to its spectacular beauty, fantastic array of sea life and ecological and biological significance.
Your excursion begins when you board your tour boat for the 30-minute scenic ride to your snorkel at the Barrier Reef. Your snorkel guides will assist your with gearing up as you are outfitted with the best snorkeling equipment.
After your snorkel adventure you'll return as you came on a speedy transfer while enjoying a delicious Tropical Rum Punch back to your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour requires guests to be in good physical condition and able to swim in water too deep to stand. Guests will snorkel off the tour boat therefore must be able to get on and off tour boat without assistance. Guests who are pregnant, those with back/neck injuries, heart/respiratory conditions as well as those with hip or knee injuries may not participate. All safety and snorkel equipment is provided. Guests should wear their swimsuit under a cover-up, water or beach shoes, and bring a towel, sun block and mosquito repellant. Minimum age to participate in this tour is 8 years old accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Your adventure begins the moment you board your air-conditioned coach for the approximately 1hour 20minute ride through quaint Belize City and 37 miles (59.5 kilometres) up the Western Highway accompanied by your entertaining, informative guide.
Marvel at the diversity and expanse of this country as you traverse through mangroves, savannah and small villages then finally divert onto a remote country road that leads you closer to your adventure. At last you arrive at your jungle playground 'Jaguar Jungle Camp' where you are met by your river guide who outfits you with your gear, gives you a safety briefing and leads you on your jungle trek to the clear waters of the Caves Branch River.
Jump into your tube, and float gently into mysterious limestone archways beckoning you into the mouth of centuries old caves, holding untold stories of Mayan rituals. Explore the many awesome formations that decorate these amazing caves and learn about the trees and jungle that surround them. Feel the rush of cool water as you meander into small rapids, letting the currents guide you where they will.
Just relax and lay back on your tube, listen to the sound of falling water as your guide leads you through the currents that continue to carve and shape these natural wonders.
At the end of your adventure, make your way out the river and up to the Bush-camp Café where a local lunch awaits you before heading back to the pier.
Please note: A signed waiver is required to participate. This tour is not for guests with disabilities, heart conditions, back or leg problems. All participants must be in good physical condition and able to walk on a jungle trail for approximately 35 minutes. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate. Duration of tour will vary according to the height and speed of the river. Above stated duration is an average. Guest will be linked together when the river has a higher volume of water. Helmets, lights and life jackets are provided and are mandatory. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection, insect repellent and bring a towel from the ship. Guests should wear water-shoes or they may be rented at the camp for a nominal fee. A change of clothing is optional.
Discover the coastal splendour and wildlife along the Belize River during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion via riverboat.
Belize City and Belize River Cruise
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the dive centre. Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, then embark your semi-covered riverboat and begin your scenic, approximately 100-minute journey along the Belize River.
Mangroves, Manatees, and Exotic Birds, Monkeys and Wildlife
Relax, take photos and soak up the scenery whilst gliding along the Belize River, and a series of small rapids and peaceful waters. Explore Belize City's coastal treasures en route to manatee feeding grounds and mangroves, and look for exotic birds and other wildlife along the way. See gentle, docile manatees, iguanas, spider monkeys, tapirs, crocodiles, and other denizens of the historic Belize River. A refreshing rum punch is served during the short, relaxing ride back to the dive centre. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and bring sun protection and bottled water from the ship. The weight of each guest must not exceed 290 pounds (about 131.5 kilograms) to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife, bird and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, and may be cancelled on short notice. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the spectacular natural beauty of Belize from a unique perspective during this exhilarating, flight-seeing excursion.
Belize City, Flight-Seeing, Barrier Reef and Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Belize Municipal Airstrip. Upon arrival, a comfort stop is made before check-in. Afterward, receive your safety and flight instructions, then board a Cessna for a scenic and exhilarating, approximately 70-minute flight-seeing tour. Leaving Belize City, take in splendid views of the old capital before flying over the Belize Barrier Reef, longest in the Western Hemisphere, and Turneffe Atoll. Upon arrival at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, make several fly-bys over this incredible natural wonder.
Cays, Caves, Atolls, Blue Hole, Booby Bird Sanctuary, and Shipwrecks
Next, follow the reef wall south to historic St. George's Caye. From here, head east over Turneffe Atoll, Half Moon Cay and the Lighthouse Reef Atoll to the Great Blue Hole, then make several passes over this renowned Belizean attraction. Your flight continues over Turneffe Atoll, Glovers Reef, the Booby Bird Sanctuary and shipwrecks. Along the way, look for manatees and other marine life that inhabit the tropical shores and coast of Belize. At the conclusion of your tour, commence the short flight back to the Belize Municipal Airstrip, then re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the Cessna. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to airsickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and bottled water from the ship. This tour operates in a six-passenger Cessna. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, seating is assigned at the pilot's discretion. A window seat is/cannot be guaranteed. Total flight time is approximately 70 minutes; times can vary based on flight conditions. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, and may be cancelled on short notice. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your air-conditioned transportation for a driving tour of Belize City. Belize City, the capital, is the country's only genuine urban area. It is also the commercial and cultural center of the country. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, learn about the business, historic and cultural aspects of Belizean life. View the significant landmarks and beautiful colonial buildings as your guide calls out the various points of interest around town. The city contains both the main seaport and a colorful mix of about a third of the country's population.
Continue on into the country for a visit to the Community Baboon Sanctuary, a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation by the local villagers. See the Black Howler Monkey (known as the baboon in the local Creole dialect) in their natural setting of the rainforest where they can be protected in a sustainable environment.
An American primatologist Dr. Robert Horwich, along with a local landowner named Fallet Young, founded the sanctuary. Started in 1985 with the initial participation of 12 landowners, it has grown and now helps to ensure the protection of not just Black Howler Monkeys, but many species of flora and fauna in the area. Today, the population of the Black Howler Monkey in the sanctuary is thriving with more than 2,000 monkeys in residence.
After your sanctuary tour, transfer to a local favorite called Olde River Tavern for a delicious sit-down meal. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for a memento of your visit, and then board your transportation for the ride back to the ship terminal. Your excursion culminates at the Fort Street Tourism Village where you can shop for souvenirs, apparel, jewelry and more. Or grab a snack at one of the many eateries before returning to your ship.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity. Guests may encounter some unpaved and uneven ground. Guests must be able to walk for extended periods of time without a break. This tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or who utilise a wheelchair. Space is very limited; reserve your tour in advance to ensure your participation.
Explore ancient ruins and natural wonders during this full-day tour.
After tendering to shore, board your comfortable air-conditioned coach for the approximately 75-minute ride up the Northern Highway accompanied by your guide who will share with you, Belize's rich cultural and ecological heritage. Upon arrival at the river outpost, a quick comfort stop will be made before embarking onto your boat.
Anticipation builds as your skilled captain pulls away from the dock to begin the roughly 80-minute (42 km / 26 miles) trip up the meandering New River towards your Maya Ruin destination. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready as crocodiles and iguanas, a variety of bird species and even a troop of howler monkeys are just some of the wild life that might make an appearance for you.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins
On approaching the entrance of the New River Lagoon the ruins of the high temple rises into view welcoming you to the ancient Mayan city challenging you to climb its' peak. But first you enjoy a delicious buffet style Belizean lunch, fueling you for your roughly 1hr 30min ruin expedition. Your guide will give insight into this hidden world still surrounded by pristine jungle, and where elite rulers are buried in magnificent temples and sacred deities are immortalized in stone images.
Following your guided tour of the ruins site, time will be available to shop at the gift shop on site before boarding your boat for the exhilarating nonstop ride back to the outpost and your waiting bus which will take you back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour programme involves an extensive amount of walking in the heat with a variety of uneven surfaces and steps to manage. A signed waiver is required to participate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The optional climb to the top of the ruins involves 96 steep steps and is at your own risk. Climbing on the ruins is forbidden during or after periods of rain due to the increased possibility of slipping. Taking video footage is not permitted inside the ruins site. We recommend wearing lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, walking shoes and plenty of sun protection. The application of insect repellent is also suggested.