After breakfast you will meet your guide either at Villa Verano or the marina and the adventures will begin with a tour through the Belize Cayes – a chain of islands just offshore of Belize’s coast and proceed through the cayes to the barrier reef.
In the million square miles that the Caribbean Sea covers, there are only 4 coral atolls (sea mounts) and 3 of these atolls are in Belize’s waters: Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Turneffe Island Atoll and Glover’s Reef Atoll. This last atoll is located just south of Dangriga town and is in close proximity to Villa Verano (about 30 miles offshore).
Glover’s Reef, about 30 miles offshore of Hopkins, is a World Heritage Site. If visibility is good, the guides like to dive a site called “the Pinnacles” which has big coral heads rising up 40 feet or more from the sea floor. Second and third dives are on the east side of the atoll where the water depth quickly drops off to more than 2,000 feet and visibility is usually over 100 feet.
This three tank trip heads northeast cruising past remote fishing camps and idyllic cayes before punching out of the protective Barrier Reef for a short crossing to Turneffe Islands Atoll. Our first dive is one of Belize’s most famous dive sites, “The Elbow”. This has a convergence of several ocean currents passing by canyon-type formations.
We start this trip bright and early and head 50 miles offshore to the Great Blue Hole, which takes approximately 2.5 hours. Once there you can go down 130 feet to view the largest underwater dripstones on the planet! We have two Blue Hole dive profiles. Only experienced, comfortable divers will be permitted to dive to 130 feet. Other divers will enjoy a comfortable, 60-foot Blue Hole dive.
On the Southern Barrier reef, just over one hour from Hopkins, is Gladden Spit where the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks, come during the week of the full moon in April, May and June. This special place has a steep sandy bank pushing out into very deep waters.
Enjoy a half or full day of Belize fishing. You and your buddies will be picked up at the beach or marina and will be fishing within half an hour! You will catch dinner fish such as barracuda, grouper, snapper and more. And depending on the season, you may have the chance to dive for lobster or conch! Your catch can be filleted for you so it is ready to be grilled that evening.
Enjoy some of the best Permit fly fishing in the world! We take you to an area known as “Permit Alley” and once you are there, you will understand why people are obsessed with Belize fishing trips. Five to twelve quality shots at permit per day are the norm. There are also tarpon, bonefish, jack, tuna, mackerel and barracuda. Half and full day trips are available.
From the Sittee River Marina, you will take a boat up the river enjoying the scenic view of mangroves and marine ecosystems, sometimes spotting crocodiles, en route to Anderson Lagoon. It’s well-sheltered on more windy days and your catch may include tarpon, snook, and jack fish. Casting or spin rod fishing is available.
Explore the beautiful Sittee River on a kayak! The Sittee River is one of the largest rivers in Belize and is filled with great opportunities to view wildlife. Our sharp-eyed tour guide, will identify multitudes of indigenous animals including manatees, crocodiles (small and harmless!), turtles, iguanas and hundreds of species of birds.
Leaving from Sittee River Marina just before sunset, this is a mystical adventure. Your guide, will take you up river looking for crocodiles and tapir before quietly motoring through the mangroves to Anderson Lagoon. Here on special nights, the phosphorescence sparkling over the dark waters truly allows one to feel magical!
Spend the day on the tranquil island of Thatch Caye, located along the barrier reef. It’s just 20 minutes away from Villa Verano and is a great way to get a taste of the island life!