WHY THIS TRIP
Many trips visit the cayes of Belize, and some even explore Mayan ruins, caves, and wildlife on the mainland. But very few trips do all of that plus focus on the incredible living culture of Belize that is best seen in the southern part of the country. The Maya, Whale Sharks, and SUP Adventures in Southern Belize trip does it all in one fantastic week in Belize.
This innovative trip to explore Southern Belize starts with three days at the Lodge at Big Falls on the southern Belize mainland where you learn the ways of the Maya and Garifuna peoples, while also exploring Mayan ruins, beautiful waterfalls, and fantastic birdlife.
After leaving the Lodge at Big Falls, you will enjoy an amazing day of viewing crocodiles, howler monkeys, and other wildlife on a boat trip up the Monkey River before leaving the mainland and heading to idyllic Hatchet Caye off the coast of Placencia and in the middle of the world’s second largest barrier reef.
At Hatchet Caye you will have to relax on the beach and play in the crystal-clear sea right in front of your cabana, but you will also snorkel and SUP at Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, where you are almost certain to see loggerhead turtles, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays and gentle nurse sharks.
The final full day at Hatchet Caye you will head to Glovers Reef for a SUP and snorkel adventure, including the chance to snorkel with Whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea. Whale sharks, which can grow to 40 feet long, congregate in the area after the full moon in April, May, and June, and swimming with such large, curious, gentle creatures is a thrill that won’t quickly be forgotten.
This trip is offered outside of whale shark season as well, and it is still an amazing journey to Belize, with time spent paddling and snorkeling with turtles, rays, and nurse sharks instead of whale sharks.
LOCAL OPERATOR: THE LODGE AT BIG FALLS & HATCHET CAYE