Where to Snorkel in Belize?
Though Belieze is not a massive country by any means, knowing where to find the best snorkeling could still be a bit of a tricky thing. Lucky for you, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time snorkeling the country and know just where to go to get the best safari. Belize just happens to have the second largest barrier reef in the world and sits off the east coast of the country. I suppose it won’t come as a big surprise when I tell you this is where our snorkel safari will be taking place. To maximize time in the water along with the best snorkeling sites in the one-hundred and ninety mile long barrier reef, we concentrate our time in the Turneffe Atoll and Glover’s Reef which offer the areas best snorkeling sites.
Upon arrival in Belize City, we will make the quick transfer to the Belize Aggressor III—our floating home for the next 7 days. The boat will be all ours! Meaning, we have chartered the whole vessel so no need to worry about other groups joining us.
The beauty of traveling by luxury livaboard in comparison to day trips, is that all the time in between snorkel sessions is not spent huddled in the one bit of shade the small day boats offer. Instead, we can lounge around in the conferrable sofas drinking tea and coffee while perusing through the beautiful photos you just took on your last snorkel session. Not to mention with a liveaboard we can comfortably reach the more remote reefs!
What Will We See?
The Belize Barrier Reef is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which protects it from destructive fishing methods and excess tourism, allowing the area to maintain it’s incredible marine biodiversity. With over 65 different species of coral and 500 species of fish, Belize offers something for every snorkeler. As snorkelers we should expect to encounter endless shallow reefs made up of hard and soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. Where larger marine life is concerned, schools of jack fish, reef sharks, turtles, sting rays, and of course lots and lots of beautiful reef fish.