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Belize Vacations

Embrace this tiny country on the western coast of the Caribbean Sea. Avid scuba divers and snorkelers will want to discover the wonders of the spectacular offshore barrier reef, Belize's #1 attraction. Choose from moderate to upscale hotels.

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The following options are available when you book your vacation package to Belize:

Ground Transportation

Transfer - Ambergris Caye

If an Ambergris Caye hotel is selected, roundtrip transfers from Belize City International and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will be included via Maya Island Air. A local representative in the destination will meet you upon arrival and provide your boarding pass for onward travel to Ambergris Caye, where a local representative will meet you and coordinate your hotel-provided transfer.

Transfer - Belize Airport/Placencia Airport/Hotel

This convenient transfer option provides air transportation from the Belize City International Airport to the Placencia Airport via Maya Island Air, with onward transportation to your Placencia area hotel.

This transfer option is designed for customers flying into Belize City, but staying in a hotel in Placencia. Maya Island Air flights depart at various times throughout the day and your flight times from Belize City International Airport to Placencia Airport will be coordinated to match arrival and departure flight times in and out of Belize. Upon arrival at the Placencia Airport, a hotel transfer vehicle will take you to your Placencia area hotel.

Return transportation from Placencia to the Belize City International Airport includes a transfer from your Placencia area hotel to the Placencia Airport. You will then board your Maya Island Air flight for return to the Belize City International Airport to connect with your scheduled departure flight.

Note: If you want to book a flight that does not align with your arrival and departure in and out of Belize City, or you would like to book a one-way flight transfer, you may do so by calling one of our Reservations Specialists.

Transfer - Private Car Transfers

Optional one-way shared ride transfers between airport/hotel and hotel/airport are available by contacting our reservation sales agents. Private one-way transfers are also available between the Belize City International Airport and the Hidden Valley Inn, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area. No transfers are available between the Belize City International Airport and Placencia at this time. However, a car rental is recommended for traveling within mainland Belize.

Transfer - Roundtrip between Aiport and Hotels

Save time and money by pre-purchasing roundtrip, shared-ride transportation between the Belize City International Airport and your hotel (available to Belize City and San Ignacio area hotels.) Our local representative in the destination will meet you upon arrival and direct you to your transfer vehicle.

Departure transportation will be coordinated with our local representative based on your flight departure schedule. Our representative will advise you of your return pick-up time and location.

If an Ambergris Caye hotel is selected, roundtrip transfers from Belize City International and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will be included via Maya Island Air. A local representative in the destination will meet you upon arrival and provide your boarding pass for onward travel to Ambergris Caye, where a local representative will meet you and coordinate your hotel-provided transfer.

Optional one-way shared ride transfers between airport/hotel and hotel/airport are available by contacting our reservation sales agents. Private one-way transfers are also available between the Belize City International Airport and the Hidden Valley Inn, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area. No transfers are available between the Belize City International Airport and Placencia at this time. However, a car rental is recommended for traveling within mainland Belize.

Roundtrip Shared-ride Transfer - Belize City International Airport - Cayo District/San Ignacio Hotel

Save money by pre-purchasing roundtrip, shared-ride transportation between the Belize City International Airport and your Cayo District/San Ignacio area hotel. Our local representative in the destination will meet you upon arrival and direct you to your transfer vehicle.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The shared-ride transfers depart Belize City International Airport at 3:30pm. If your flight does not arrive in time to make the 3:30pm transfer, either due to scheduling or a flight delay, you will need to purchase a private transfer or wait until the following day for the next shared-ride transfer. The purchase price of your shared-ride transfer may be applied toward the purchase of a private transfer if booked directly through Discovery Expeditions, Ltd. upon arrival at Belize City International Airport.

Departure transportation from Cayo District/San Ignacio area hotels is scheduled between approximately 9:30am - 10:30am. The arrival time at the Belize City International Airport is approximately 12:30pm. Onward or return flights out of Belize City International Airport should not be scheduled before 2:00pm.

Optional one-way transfers between the Belize City International Airport and Cayo District/San Ignacio hotels are available by contacting one of our Reservation Specialists.

Tours

Dive - 2-Tank Barrier Reef Dive

Belize is renowned as one of the best dive destinations in the world. Multiple local dive sites lie just beyond the reef's crest, a short 5-10 minute boat ride from the dock. The average dive depths range from 60-80 feet. Dive into a vivid terrain of boulder and pillar coral formations, among waving sea fans and sponges. A variety of colorful fish, including large groupers, nurse sharks, gliding eagle rays, and turtles swim alongside as you explore their world.

  • Departs daily from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
  • Pick up time is 9am for morning dive or 2pm for afternoon dive
  • Duration is approximately 4 hours

Tour Includes:
  • Roundtrip transfers from hotel
  • Services of a professional bilingual PADI dive master.
  • Use of air tanks, weights, and belts. Other dive equipment and wet suits are available for rent.
  • Bottled water
What to Bring:
  • Your Scuba Certification Card (C Card) and log book are REQUIRED
  • Bathing suit (wear your bathing suit, as there are no changing facilities), towel, sunscreen, hat, extra t-shirt, camera, and comfortable boat shoes, plus money for tips.
Requirements and General Information:
  • This tour is only for certified Open Water Scuba divers, 10 years of age and older
  • You must present your C Card on day of your scheduled dive.
  • Good health is required. You will be required to sign a liability disclaimer at check-in.
  • Tour operates rain or shine, 365 days a year
  • Gratuities are not included

The dive boats hold 12 divers each and are staffed by 1 boat captain and 1 dive master for every 8 divers. Each boat has a shade cover and both camera and mask rinse buckets.

Dive - Discover Scuba Diving Resort Course

Experience your first breath underwater. You'll watch a short video, learn a few skills in the pool, and then dive at Hol Chan Marine Reserve accompanied by your instructor to a maximum of 30 feet. A personalized certificate is given at the end of the 4-hour course.

Tour Includes:
  • Roundtrip transfers from hotel, pick-up time is at 9:00am from your San Pedro, Ambergris Caye hotel.
  • Services of a professional bilingual PADI dive master.
  • Use of all necessary scuba diving gear. Wet suits are available for rent.
  • Bottled water
What to Bring:
  • Bathing suit (wear your bathing suit, as there are no changing facilities) towel, sunscreen, hat, extra t-shirt, camera, and comfortable boat shoes, plus money for tips or incidentals.
  • Your Scuba Certification Card (C Card) and dive log book are REQUIRED
Requirements and General Information:
  • Good health is required. You will be required to sign a liability disclaimer at check-in.
  • Tour operates rain or shine, 365 days a year.
  • Gratuities are not included.
Tour - Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge Private Tour

Travel to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve for a visit to the famous Mayan site of Caracol (Mayan for "Snail"), the largest Mayan city in Belize. This site rivals, in size, of neighboring Tikal. Caana, the largest and most impressive temple at this site, is still the highest structure in the country. From here one has a panoramic view of a vast empire that once was. On the return drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, you will visit the Rio Frio Cave, with its 65-foot arched entrance, and you will have an opportunity to cool off in the cool waters of the Rio On Pools. This reserve is teaming with hills, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and swimming holes, all surrounded by the majestic beauty of the tropical pine forest; your trip today includes visits to 2 of these natural attractions.

Tour Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel and transportation to/from Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge
  • Entrance fee
  • Box lunch and refreshments included

Other information:
  • 8-hour tour
  • Pickup time is 7:30 – 8:00am from San Ignacio hotels and 8:30am from Mountain Pine Ridge hotels
  • Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Plan to wear sturdy footwear and lightweight clothing
  • Bring sunscreen, bug repellent, and a hat
  • Book for date you choose. Reservations are made ahead of time for passengers. Upon arrival in Belize, passengers confirm their tour and hotel pick-up/drop-off times with the Discovery Expeditions Belize representative, or by calling Discovery Expeditions at the number provided in documents.
Tour - Cave Tubing and Belize Zipride from Caves Branch

Embark on an adventure to Caves Branch Outpost, the "Adventure Capital of Belize". The Outpost is located a few hundred feet from the Caves Branch River and its winding waterway through the ancient caves, once inhabited by the Maya. Become a "zip rider" today as you connect to a series of overhead cables criss-crossing the rainforest canopy. The zipline course features a beginner's zip run of only 150 feet, and six other zip runs ranging between 200 to 600 feet feet in length, passing between treetop platforms, secured in the canopy of tropical hardwood trees. Next you will experience an underground cave system. First, you will hike on a jungle trail where your guide will point out various plants, roots, and herbs once used by the ancient Maya. Upon arrival at the entrance tunnel that heads into the underground cave system your guide hands out individual headlamps and you are ready to float in inflated inner tubes assisted by gentle currents taking you through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the caves and stalagmites and stalactites add to the serene opulence of nature. At the end of these tours you will receive a Belizean Buffet Lunch at Canopy Café.

Tour Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel and transportation to/from Cave Tubing and Aerial Trek.
  • Entrance fees
  • Buffet lunch

Other information:
  • 7-hour tour
  • Pick-up time is 8:30 am
  • Operates daily
  • Minimum age requirement is 12 years of age
  • Bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and shoes. This is a wet tour and not recommended for non-swimmers. Must be 4'10" or taller.
  • Book for date you choose. Reservations are made ahead of time for passengers. Upon arrival in Belize, passengers confirm their tour and hotel pick-up/drop-off times with the Discovery Expeditions Belize representative, or by calling Discovery Expeditions at the number provided in documents.
Tour - Lamanai and The New River Safari

Begin the morning with a drive up the Northern Highway. Once you reach Tower Hill, you will board a riverboat and head up the New River through lagoons and winding creeks. Lots of wildlife can be seen along the way, including native birds and peaceful crocodiles. At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for "submerged crocodile") begin to come into view. Huge stone masks representing former rulers and Gods rise up out the thick rainforest. You will hear the haunting calls of howler monkeys and the chatter of wild birds as your guide points out different varieties of ancient trees. At the end of this full-day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Belize City.

Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel and transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Boxed lunch and refreshments

Other information:
  • 8.5-hour tour
  • Pick-up time is 8:00am
  • Operates daily
  • Wear lightweight clothing, sturdy shoes, a hat or cap
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Book for date you choose. Reservations are made ahead of time for passengers. Upon arrival in Belize, passengers confirm their tour and hotel pick-up/drop-off times with the Discovery Expeditions Belize representative, or by calling Discovery Expeditions at the number provided in documents.
Tour - SNUBA at Mexico Rocks

If you want an underwater adventure without the hassle of becoming a certified diver; then SNUBA is for you. SNUBA diving is the safest and easiest way possible to experience the fascination of Scuba diving with the simplicity of snorkeling. You can SNUBA down to 20 feet with no prior experience. This is a great activity for families too. SNUBA awaits you at Mexico Rocks. Depart from your hotel pier by boat and head north east for a scenic cruise en route to Mexico Rocks. Explore the abundant marine life in shallow crystal clear waters. This site is well known for excellent sightings of grouper, lobster, barracuda, sand sharks, and tiny blue tropical fish.

Tour Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel pier and boat transportation to/from Mexico Rocks
  • All SNUBA gear and fins
  • Purified water on board

Other information:
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • Pick up time is 9:00am or 2:00pm
  • Operates daily
  • Minimum age requirement is 8 years of age
  • Book the tour as an open voucher. Reservations can be made upon arrival in the destination, with the Discovery Expeditions Belize local representative, or by calling the phone number provided in documents.
Tour - Sea Trek at Mexico Rocks

Experience the thrill of walking on the ocean floor, where you can explore the ocean and all its wonders, without giving up precious vacation time for specialized training. Ideal for all ages, Sea Trek is the world's premier underwater helmet diving experience and it's from Sub Sea Systems, the world leader in aquatic resort recreation. Imagine walking in zero gravity while surrounded by incredible aquatic life, that's Sea Trek. No swimming skills are required. 2-hour guided tour.

Tour Includes:
  • Pick up at your hotel pier and boat transportation to/from Mexico Rocks
  • Personal gear (Sea Trek helmet and Crocs) – no other gear required
  • Purified water and fruit on board

Other information:
  • Pick up time 9:00am or 2:00pm
  • Operates Sundays - Fridays
  • Minimum age requirement is 8 years of age and older
  • Book the tour as an open voucher. Reservations can be made upon arrival in the destination with the Discovery Expeditions Belize local representative, or by calling the phone number provided in documents.
Tour - Snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

A snorkel adventure awaits you at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Depart from hotel pier by boat and head south east to Hol Chan (Mayan for "Little Channel"), the first marine reserve established in Central America. Explore the coral reefs as you swim amongst the abundant marine life. Then head to your second snorkel stop, Shark Ray Alley. Friendly reef fish including snappers and jacks dart in and about graceful stingrays, along with inquisitive brown nurse sharks. After your personal encounter with the "friendly critters" you will be transferred back to your hotel pier.

Tour Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel pier and boat transportation to/from Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley.
  • All snorkeling gear and fins
  • Purified water on board

Tour Does Not Include:
  • Gratuities, park fees and items of personal nature
  • Park fee to Hol Chan Marine Reserve is $10.00 US per person

Other information:
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • Pick up time is 9:00am or 2:00pm
  • Operates daily
  • Program is subject to change without notice, and days of tour may vary based on minimum number of people required
  • Minimum age requirement is 8 years of age
  • Book the tour as an open voucher. Reservations can be made upon arrival in the destination, with the Discovery Expeditions Belize local representative, or by calling the phone number provided in documents.
Tour - Tikal by Land

Embark on a journey to see some of the most impressive and amazing Mayan ruins in existence, Tikal (Mayan for Place of Voices). These majestic ruins are nestled in the dense jungles of the Peten region of Guatemala. This site has been extensively excavated and restored and is probably the most recognized and impressive of all the Maya ruins in the Central America region.

Tour Includes:
  • Pickup at your hotel and transportation to/from Tikal
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch and refreshments included

Other information:
  • 10.5 hour tour from San Ignacio area hotels, with pick-up time between 7:00am and– 7:30am
  • 12.5 hour tour from Mountain Pine Ridge area hotels, with pick-up time at 6:00am
  • Operates daily
  • Plan to wear sturdy footwear and lightweight clothing
  • Bring sunscreen, bug repellent, and a hat
  • Book for date you choose. Reservations are made ahead of time for passengers. Upon arrival in Belize, passengers confirm their tour and hotel pick-up/drop-off times with the Discovery Expeditions Belize representative, or by calling Discovery Expeditions at the number provided in documents.
  • Does not include Belize border crossing fee of $18.75 US per person
  • If participant requires a Visa for entry to Belize they will need to purchase a double-entry Visa for return entry to Belize after tour.