Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize

Help protect the world's second largest barrier reef!



Get a PADI qualification, Become a diver and help protect the world’s second largest reef system. Staying on an idyllic tropical island, in the middle of the Caribbean you will be diving 12 times a week taking part in valuable and exciting Marine conservation initiatives.  The perfect place to disconnect from the world and live life to its fullest.


Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize: Trip Highlights


Release your inner predator! Join us in the hunt to remove the invasive Lionfish and save the reef from this invasive species while learning about marine conservation in Belize. Earn your PADI Open Water certification or further your diving certification while staying on a private island in the Caribbean. You will be spearing the invasive lionfish and participating in our other conservation dives and making a difference!

 

Based on a private island in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve Park in the Caribbean, this award-winning marine conservation project has worked on issues affecting the world’s second largest coral reef, the Belize Barrier Reef. You will spend each day diving on the reef – generally 12 dives per week – carrying out the following activities:

 

  • Lionfish removal: using spearfishing techniques.
  • Lobster surveying: locating and measuring lobsters, establishing gender and looking for eggs.
  • Conch monitoring: identifying, registering and tagging giant conch.
  • Reef check: part of a global survey on reef health, including coral bleaching.
  • Whale shark identification: for those lucky enough to see a whale shark, photographing and identifying it for entry onto a global database looking at the species and its migration.
  • Conservation data collection (dissections, and surveys)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore stunning Belize and the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
  • Learn to scuba dive and become a certified PADI Open Water or further your dive qualifications.
  • Dive 12 times a week and discover new addiction in an underwater paradise.
  • Disconnect from reality and stay in paradise on an idyllic private island in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Live on an unspoiled island, contributing to marine conservation
  • Hunt these evil invasive Lionfish Critters. The other native fish will thank you for it.
  • Get involved with marine conservation efforts from other species such as lobster, conch and whale sharks
  • Contribute to the global coral watch and reef check initiative
  • Cut your dive teeth in the dark with a night dive.  This will completely change your perspective of the underwater environment.
  • Let loose at the weekends on the mainland with some incredible extreme adventure activities!

Imagine living on a tropical island helping protect the reefs by day and seeing 1 million tropical stars by night.  Learn to dive, get involved in conservation efforts and have the time of your life with the group of fellow Xtreme Marines! Beautiful beaches with white sand that will spoil you. Turquoise waters that will take your breath away. So let’s check out what happens on this program.

 

We have lots to offer on the island when not diving!

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Volleyball/Badminton
  • Great food
  • Lots of hammock time
  • Further your dive course training with us

 


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Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize: Full Details


Why Choose This Project?

 

It’s a fun and extremely exciting experience!!  The program has been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects and sharing our passion for marine conservation with volunteers from around the world for over 13 years. Our volunteer trips are a unique opportunity to learn about the marine environment and to help protect and conserve this precious resource while having a fun vacation/holiday. Volunteering on the Marine Conservation in Belize with PADI Certification project is a great way to see marine scientists at work while developing your own diving skills.  We encourage everyone to become a part of the community of people who care about the future of our planet’s oceans.  Our mission is to preserve and manage the Belize Barrier Reef for generations to come by inspiring, educating, and encouraging change via our volunteer citizen-scientists. Our volunteers are the change they wish to see in the world and our program makes that possible!

Our island is a small picture-perfect Caribbean gem and our maximum number of volunteers our island can hold per week is 18.  Our groups are always small, friendly, and of like-minded people who love the ocean and conservation.  But space is limited and we often reach capacity, especially during the busy season of March – August, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.  You will be able to contribute to ongoing marine conservation efforts as well as gain an international diving certificate that you can use the world over.  Everyone contributes regardless of his or her background and experience. Don’t worry if you are a non-diver or novice diver. The PADI Open Water course is included (a small admin fee applies). In addition, we only take small groups which allows us to focus on individual diving skills. Our volunteers help make meaningful environmental contributions towards the reef and go home much happier and better divers.


Itinerary


: ARRIVAL INFO

ARRIVAL INFO

Please ensure your flight arrives on Sunday and you will need to arrange your own arrival into Placencia in Belize. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Placencia. If you would like help booking the flight from Placencia to Belize let us know and we can help you book it at a better rate.

Recommended method of getting there:

There are no direct flights from the UK to Belize. Our recommendation is to combine this program with a stop off in Mexico flying via Cancun and spend a week in Mexico.

Xtreme Gap Year owns a hostel in Playa del Carmen where you can stop off on the route. You then have the option to fly on to Belize or take an overland bus. You can also then take the advantage of completing a free diving course in Mexico should you wish which will come in handy on this program. Please ask us the details.

Other routes for getting to Belize are to fly from London Gatwick to Cancun in Mexico and hop on a safe and comfortable first-class overnight bus service into Belize City and then travel onwards to Placencia (using one of the methods listed above). Buses depart Cancun at around 10pm and arrive in Belize City before 8am (approx cost USD47).

An alternative is to fly via the US:

Then take a connecting flight onwards to Belize International Airport (BZE).

Please note that most connecting flights will require you to make a stopover overnight in the USA so you allow for this extra time when booking flights. Accommodation is not included for any USA stopovers so please factor this into your flight planning. Once you have arrived at Belize International Airport you then have two options to travel onwards to Placencia:

Internal Shuttle Flight:

If you wish to fly directly from Belize International Airport to the airstrip at Placencia our partner company in Belize can book these flights for you (but at your own cost). The internal shuttle flight takes around 1 hour and costs approximately £100 one-way or £175 for a round trip.

Please note that there are only around 5 internal flights per day so you will need to factor this in when planning your previous flight times. You will then be met at the Placencia airstrip by a representative and taken to your local accommodation.

 

End of the programme:

Friday is the last day of the programme and accommodation for this final night is included.

Day 1: Typical itinerary for Monday

An Xtreme Gap representative or a taxi will meet you at Placencia airstrip and take you to your  accommodation. Sunday night we suggest that all of our gappers get together and meet at a local  restaurant for dinner.

  • 8.30am – Monday morning – meet, greet and breakfast at the snack shack.
  • 9am – Monday morning – transfer from mainland to the island (expect a 2 hour boat ride).
  • 11am – Island briefing, accommodation allocation and equipment allocation.
  • 12.30pm – Lunch.
  • 1.30pm – Dive briefing.
  • 2.30pm – First dive, boat fun dive or refresher dive.
  • 6pm – PowerPoint presentation about the programme and the marine environment.
  • 7pm – Dinner.
  • Relaxation
DAY 2,3: Typical itinerary Tuesday and Wednesday

Day 1: Typical itinerary for Monday

An Xtreme Gap representative or a taxi will meet you at Placencia airstrip and take you to your accommodation. Sunday night we suggest that all of our gappers get together and meet at a local restaurant for dinner.

 

  • 9:30am – Monday morning – transfer from mainland to the island (expect a 1 hour boat ride).
  • 11am – Island briefing, accommodation allocation and equipment allocation.
  • 30pm – Lunch.
  • 30pm – Dive briefing.
  • 30pm – First dive, boat fun dive or refresher dive.
  • 6pm – PowerPoint presentation about the programme and the marine environment.
  • 7pm – Dinner.
  • Relaxation
DAY 4: Typical itinerary Thursday

DAY 4:

  • 6am – Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit available
  • 7am – Dive briefing
  • 30am – Dive 1 – Conch or Lobster survey and Lionfish hunting
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • 30am – Briefing for ReefCI check survey
  • 30am – Dive 2 – ReefCI check survey
  • 30pm – Lunch
  • Relaxation 3.30pm – Guided free dive to spear Lionfish and look for Lobster and/or Conch (seasonal) for dinner!
  • 7pm – Dinner
  • Relaxation
DAY 5: Typical itinerary Friday
  • 6am – Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit available.
  • 7am – Dive briefing
  • 7.30am – Dive 1 – Conch or Lobster survey and Lionfish hunting
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • 10.30am – Leave island to return to the mainland

There is one night dive per week planned to fit into the above itinerary.
The above itinerary is subject to change and weather conditions. The survey participation is dependent upon the length of the trip. For example, week 1 will be mostly learning species, doing Lobster and Conch surveys and Lionfish hunting.

Week 2 will be actual Commercial fish surveys and Coral watch surveys.

Weekend Tours:

The following are optional and require a local payment.

Mayan Ruins

Nim Li Punit (the big hat) sits atop a hill with amazing views of the surrounding forests and mountains. It is easily accessible by bus from Placencia, and quite often our guests are the only visitors. Lubantuun is about 45 minutes drive from PG and is the largest Mayan site in Southern Belize. The famous yet controversial crystal skulls was supposedly found at this site back in 1926.

Mayan Villages and Homestays

You can step back in time and visit the picturesque Maya villages of Southern Belize .  Surrounded by beautiful jungle and countryside you can experience how life is for the  indigenous communities of Belize. The experience can include Mayan home stays, local  story telling, dance, eating the local food and even having a lesson how to prepare  homemade corn tortillas.

Garifuna drumming lessons – www.warasadrumschool.com

Warasa Garifuna Drum School is a locally owned business that offers hands-on interactive experiences in Garifuna culture, including drumming, drum-making and  dancing. You can sit back and relax under our traditional thatch while watching our professional drummers and dancers to all the hard work (and when you see how fast the hands drum and how fast the hips shake, you’ll see it really is hard work!), or you
can try it yourself. Lessons in are available one-to-one or for groups of up to 20, and service comes with a very big white smile from our Director the one and only Ronald Raymond McDonald (yes, that is his name!).

Adventure tours

For those who like climbing, jumping off cliffs, exploring, getting dirty, going fast and getting wet an adventure tour in Southern Belize is meant for you! A short trip from Placencia you will find yourself surrounded by dense jungle, unusual creatures, stunning waterfalls, zip lining, tubing through the jungle and unexplored caves!

Rio Blanco Waterfalls

A tiny reserve, Rio Blanco National Park is as remote as it is beautiful! The nearby villages of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz organised the Rio Blanco Mayan Association in 1994 to protect the waterfall and 104 adjacent acres of sub-tropical forest. Jaguar, ocelot, margay, river otter and many species of birds and fish live in the part. Men from Santa Elena and Santa Cruz rotate ranger duties at the small visitors centre and local
women will open the craft co-operative shop when tourists arrive.  It is only a 15-minute walk on a gentle gravel trail to the falls. Benches provides spectacular views and a photographic opportunities. Thrill seekers can step out to the 20’ cliffs and jump into the swimming hole (if they dare!) Limestone pools above and
below the falls are perfect for swimming and wading. A great place to cool off!

San Antonio Waterfalls

Tucked away in the hilly Mayan village of San Antonio are the beautiful San Antonio falls. Smaller than Rio Blanco, you can wade or swim and those that want to challenge themselves may climb the boulders around the falls to the pools at the top and maybe even jump off the ledges here.

Blue Creek Caves

This trip is one of our ‘must do’ trips for our guests. Towering karst limestone hills, offering challenging hiking, surrounds the village of Blue Creek and a network of dry and wet caves. The Mayan name for Blue Creek Cave is Hokeb Ha, or where the water enters the earth!

To reach the cave, you’ll hike approximately twenty minutes over mostly easy terrain through the jungle and upstream along the banks of the green-blue river. As you approach the cave, the river breaks into small waterfalls and beautiful clear pools for swimming. The last 100 yards of the journey are the most challenging, climbing over roots and rocks.

You will be provided headlamps, life jackets and a trained guide to assist you as you step into the water and swim upstream towards the cave’s interior and the river’s source.  After you turn the first corner, all natural light disappears! You will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock formations as you swim and hike upstream.

Tiger cave

The ancient Maya believed that the caves of Toledo marked entrances to Xibalba – the Mayan underworld! Caves were amongst the most sacred places and used for rituals, sacrifices and communication with the spirits. When you enter Tiger cave, it is easy to imagine the ancient Maya holding their  ceremonies here. The entrance chamber is strewn with shards of broken pottery other  evidence of Maya presence. As you explore the cave, you will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock  formations. The cave has topography of narrow passageways, huge chambers and  underground rivers. Each turn a new challenge. The final chamber, more than a mile  into the cave, is filled with spectacular rock formations and well worth the effort.

This excursion is only recommended for people who are very physically fit. From the  road to the cave, visitors must navigate a steep drop down a dirt path. Inside the cave,  expect to walk on slick cave floors, climb boulders and navigate loose gravel slopes.  Also available are Chocolate tours, Zip-lining and tubing, River and sea kayaking.  Guests also have the chance to visit neighboring Guatemala or go to the beach town of Placencia.


Accommodation


Living on a tropical island is pretty idyllic but you do have to make some sacrifices. Accommodation is basic but very clean and comfortable.  As for the location, it would make someone a five-star resort envious.  Programme participants stay in individual cabanas with shared bathrooms or twin shared rooms with bath. Couples are guaranteed their own room with bathroom.

Quirky, stone, individual cabanas surround the island. Every cabana has incredible views of the Caribbean! Imagine waking up to the sound of waves lapping against the shore and a spectacular Belizean sunrise! Guests staying in cabanas use the shared bathrooms.
For groups, friends and couples, there are twin, family and double en-suite rooms in  the main building. We never have more than 3 people in one room.  Hammocks are scattered around for that chill out moment with a cold rum cocktail.

During weekends accommodation is hostel style.  If you wish to upgrade, you can do so but will have to pay the difference in price locally.

Price

1 Week - 

USD 1229

2 Week - 

USD 2109

3 Week - 

USD 2759

4 Week - 

USD 3759




What's Included?


  • Incredible tropical island accommodation with Caribbean sea views.
  • Tasty and fresh island meals
  • Xtreme Marine conservation activities guidance and training
  • All diving, typically 12 dives a week, subject to weather conditions and including at least one night dive
  • Diving equipment: BCD, regulator, fins, weights and tanks (you must bring your own wetsuit, booties, and mask)
  • As many lionfish as you can spear
  • 3-5 days PADI Open water course. * $100USD admin fee applies to be paid cash in country upon completion.
  • 1 week trip: weekend accommodation includes:
  • Sunday and Friday night prior to departure.
  • 2 + weeks trip: weekend accommodation includes:
  • Sunday, weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Friday night prior to departure.

What's Excluded?


  • Mainland meals
  • Mainland activities and tours
  • Internal flights with Tropic air – $186.25 USD one way, $264.25 USD round trip
  • Marine Park fees – $25 USD per week, $75 USD per month
  • Beers, sodas, rum drinks – typical price:
  • Beer: $2.50 USD
  • Mixed rum drink: $5 USD

Frequently Asked Questions



  • Simply put they kill the other fish.  And they breed so successfully and so quickly they hijack the native habitats of other fish. The Lionfish is also an invasive species, originally from the Indian and Western Pacific oceans. It was brought into Florida as an aquarium fish, and after a hurricane broke some of the aquariums containing the fish, they started to appear around the lower coast of Florida. They have now spread all the way up to Long Island, New York and throughout The Central American continent.

    When scientists do dives to study the lionfish, sometimes they capture one, and trace it’s DNA. The odd thing lately, is that all the fish trace back to an original six or seven Lionfish from the ocean in which they came.


  • As you will be living on an island everything has to be imported so we take care of your meals.  You will eat well!

    TYPICAL MENU:

    • Breakfast: Flour tortilla or Fried jacks, bacon, eggs and refried beans
    • Lunch: Island chicken pasta salad
    • Dinner: Fresh fish filets baked in coconut milk, garlic, lime and cilantro with carrot
    • salad and yellow ginger rice.
    • Homemade chocolate rum cake with rum butter sauce
    • Purified water and fresh juices

  • We will do our best to complete further education courses such as PADI Rescue and Speciality courses Should you wish to participate in these (local payment).  However please be aware that the Xtreme Marine Hero Programme is primarily a conservation initiative.

    We can guarantee the PADI Open water and mostly you should be fine for the Advanced Open water.

    PADI Dive Courses Offered on the Island

    Our trips are for both non-experienced and experienced divers.  Not certified?  No worries, we can certify you as a PADI Open Water diver in 3 days.  Many of our volunteers come to the island to learn to dive. It is a wonderful place to learn with calm clear waters and little current. We swap the usual chlorine filled swimming pool for the Caribbean Sea and the classroom for a hammock under a palm tree!  Your PADI Open Water Certification is recognized worldwide and allows you to dive anywhere in the world.

    We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba skills while on the island volunteering with us.  Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island.

    • PADI Open Water Certification – $100 USD (3 days)
    • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $150 USD (1 week)
    • PADI Rescue Diver Certification – $200 USD (1 week)
    • PADI Dive Master Certification – $400 USD (4 week minimum stay)
    • PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver – $100 USD (3 days)
    • PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification – $100 USD (3 days)

    PADI Course Certification Options

    Volunteers have two options when taking a PADI certification courses with us.

    Option 1

    We recommend using PADI’s online eLearning. PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization that governs and regulates scuba standards and diver certifications. You can get started immediately with the classroom/knowledge portion of your certification course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning system at home. With this convenient online study option, you will complete the classroom/theory portion and theory exam of your course before your arrival.  Once on the island, we will finish off the appropriate in-water diver portion of the course. At the end of the eLearning program, you must print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to the island. PADI charges $185 USD for the eLearning option and the cost is paid to PADI.  Our program receives no monetary value for the eLearning but we find our volunteers like to avoid the book work and theory portion while on the island and this provides the best option to get in the water immediately upon arrival to our island.   Don’t forget to print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to the island.

    Option 2

     

    This is the more traditional option in which you must purchase the relevant PADI certification course manual. These are relatively inexpensive on Amazon ($60 USD).  You will be required to complete the knowledge reviews in the PADI certification course manual before you arrive to the island.  You must bring your completed knowledge reviews in the PADI manual with you to the island.  While on the island, our instructors will review some important classroom and theory aspects about diving and then you will complete the theory/classroom exam.  Next, we will finish off the appropriate diver portion of the course. This option is good for those on a budget or who are with us for multiple weeks.  You must complete the knowledge reviews in the PADI manual prior to your arrival and bring the manual with you to the island.

    We are happy to do either option; however, we recommend the PADI eLearning (option 1).  The big difference between the two options is that the eLearning option enables you to start your certification dives upon arrival to the island; whereas, option 2 requires you to take the exam on the island and for our instructors to review some important classroom/ theory before you start your certification dives. Regardless of the option you choose above, ReefCI charges an additional fee (see prices at the top of page 1) to complete your PADI certification course on the island.

    Frequently Asked Diving Questions

    Dive Equipment – What Should I Bring?

    All dive equipment is included EXCEPT mask with snorkel, booties, and wetsuits.  You must bring your own mask with snorkel, booties, and wetsuit. These items are size specific to each individual -especially wetsuits and booties for your feet.

    We provide the rest of your gear at no charge  – BCD’s, tanks, regulators, fins, weights, etc.. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own dive gear if you prefer.  We do not provide dive computers; however, it is not necessary or mandatory to bring one.  We do keep well within safety limits.  Anyone wishing to participate in night dives MUST bring their own dive light/torch.  These can be purchased for as little as 10 USD on Amazon.

    Wetsuits – Full, Short, or None at All?

    Do I need a full or short wetsuit in Belize and what thickness?  Or do I need one at all?   That is a tough question as it varies from person to person.  The water temperature is consistently around 80F/26C so a 3mm wetsuit is normally more than sufficient.  However, it just depends on how much you feel the cold; some do dive without one while others prefer a wetsuit. During the months of November through March, the water temperature is a degree or two cooler and most choose to wear wetsuits during these months. I recommend bringing a wetsuit regardless of the time of year; being cold while diving is no fun at all.  It is reassuring to know you have one in case you need it.

    Number of Dives Per Week

    We typically do around 12 dives each week.  Two on Monday (first dive is a check-out dive), three dives on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  In addition, we do at least one night dive per week.  On Friday’s, we do a pre-breakfast dive, have breakfast then debrief and return to the mainland anywhere from 11am to 1pm   We only take small groups and our instructors are great at concentrating on helping individual divers and techniques.

    Minimum Age to Dive

    For PADI certification, the minimum age is 10 years old. Divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15.

    PADI Course Descriptions 

    PADI Open Water Diver Certification

    If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. At the first level, Open Water Diver, divers gain basic knowledge of skills, equipment use, and theory for diving to a recommended depth of about 18 meters/60 feet. Once certified as an Open Water Diver, you will receive a PADI Open Water Certification Card/License which is recognized worldwide and you can dive anywhere in the world!

    PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification

    You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.

    Your five Adventure Dives will include the following:

    • Deep Dive
    • Peak Performance Buoyancy
    • Night Dive
    • Underwater Navigation
    • Fish-ID

    You get to try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.  The AOWD also allows the diver to explore a broader variety of diving to a maximum depth of 40 meters/130 feet.

    PADI Rescue Diver Certification

    The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills.  The course covers the following topics in seven scenarios:

    • Self-rescue and diver stress
    • Emergency management
    • Panicked diver response
    • In-water rescue breathing protocols
    • Egress (exits)
    • Dive accident scenarios
    • CPR/First Aid

    Please note that the CPR /First AID (EFR) should be completed by a third party (Red Cross or other similar organization) before or after your arrival.  Rescue Diver Certification can be completed in one week regardless of the option you choose above.

    PADI Dive Master Certification

    The Dive Master Certification (DM) rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than 2% of divers ever achieve this rating.  The course will develop leadership skills and deepen your knowledge of diving.   Prerequisite certifications include the PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced, and PADI Rescue (or equivalent certification from another training organization).  First aid and CPR training from another organization is also required prerequisite – which can be done in a ½ day with the Red Cross or similar organization.  The PADI Dive Master Certification takes a minimum of 4 weeks.

    PADI Specialty Course – Deep Diver

    The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 meters/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

    • Specialized deep diving equipment
    • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control
    • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations

    Prerequisite:  Advanced Open Water Certified and be at least 15 years old.

     

    PADI Specialty Course – Fish Identification

     

    “What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.  During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

    • Identify characteristics of local fish families and species
    • Fish survey techniques and strategies
    • Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

     


  • WEEKEND ACTIVITIES.

    Mayan Ruins

    Nim Li Punit (the big hat) sits atop a hill with amazing views of the surrounding forests and mountains. It is easily accessible by bus from Placencia, and quite often our guests are the only visitors. Lubantuun is about 45 minutes drive from PG and is the largest Mayan site in Southern Belize. The famous yet controversial crystal skulls was supposedly found at this site back in 1926.

    Mayan Villages and Homestays

    You can step back in time and visit the picturesque Maya villages of Southern Belize .  Surrounded by beautiful jungle and countryside you can experience how life is for the  indigenous communities of Belize. The experience can include Mayan home stays, local  story telling, dance, eating the local food and even having a lesson how to prepare  homemade corn tortillas.

    Garifuna drumming lessons – www.warasadrumschool.com

    Warasa Garifuna Drum School is a locally owned business that offers hands-on interactive experiences in Garifuna culture, including drumming, drum-making and  dancing. You can sit back and relax under our traditional thatch while watching our professional drummers and dancers to all the hard work (and when you see how fast the hands drum and how fast the hips shake, you’ll see it really is hard work!), or you
    can try it yourself. Lessons in are available one-to-one or for groups of up to 20, and service comes with a very big white smile from our Director the one and only Ronald Raymond McDonald (yes, that is his name!).

    Adventure tours

    For those who like climbing, jumping off cliffs, exploring, getting dirty, going fast and getting wet an adventure tour in Southern Belize is meant for you! A short trip from Placencia you will find yourself surrounded by dense jungle, unusual creatures, stunning waterfalls, zip lining, tubing through the jungle and unexplored caves!

    Rio Blanco Waterfalls

    A tiny reserve, Rio Blanco National Park is as remote as it is beautiful! The nearby villages of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz organised the Rio Blanco Mayan Association in 1994 to protect the waterfall and 104 adjacent acres of sub-tropical forest. Jaguar, ocelot, margay, river otter and many species of birds and fish live in the part. Men from Santa Elena and Santa Cruz rotate ranger duties at the small visitors centre and local
    women will open the craft co-operative shop when tourists arrive.  It is only a 15-minute walk on a gentle gravel trail to the falls. Benches provides spectacular views and a photographic opportunities. Thrill seekers can step out to the 20’ cliffs and jump into the swimming hole (if they dare!) Limestone pools above and
    below the falls are perfect for swimming and wading. A great place to cool off!

    San Antonio Waterfalls

    Tucked away in the hilly Mayan village of San Antonio are the beautiful San Antonio falls. Smaller than Rio Blanco, you can wade or swim and those that want to challenge themselves may climb the boulders around the falls to the pools at the top and maybe even jump off the ledges here.

    Blue Creek Caves

    This trip is one of our ‘must do’ trips for our guests. Towering karst limestone hills, offering challenging hiking, surrounds the village of Blue Creek and a network of dry and wet caves. The Mayan name for Blue Creek Cave is Hokeb Ha, or where the water enters the earth!

    To reach the cave, you’ll hike approximately twenty minutes over mostly easy terrain through the jungle and upstream along the banks of the green-blue river. As you approach the cave, the river breaks into small waterfalls and beautiful clear pools for swimming. The last 100 yards of the journey are the most challenging, climbing over roots and rocks.

    You will be provided headlamps, life jackets and a trained guide to assist you as you step into the water and swim upstream towards the cave’s interior and the river’s source.  After you turn the first corner, all natural light disappears! You will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock formations as you swim and hike upstream.

    Tiger cave

    The ancient Maya believed that the caves of Toledo marked entrances to Xibalba – the Mayan underworld! Caves were amongst the most sacred places and used for rituals, sacrifices and communication with the spirits. When you enter Tiger cave, it is easy to imagine the ancient Maya holding their  ceremonies here. The entrance chamber is strewn with shards of broken pottery other  evidence of Maya presence. As you explore the cave, you will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock  formations. The cave has topography of narrow passageways, huge chambers and  underground rivers. Each turn a new challenge. The final chamber, more than a mile  into the cave, is filled with spectacular rock formations and well worth the effort.

    This excursion is only recommended for people who are very physically fit. From the  road to the cave, visitors must navigate a steep drop down a dirt path. Inside the cave,  expect to walk on slick cave floors, climb boulders and navigate loose gravel slopes.  Also available are Chocolate tours, Zip-lining and tubing, River and sea kayaking.  Guests also have the chance to visit neighboring Guatemala or go to the beach town of Placencia.


  • Aeromexico’s new route from MEX – BZE, now offers a same-day connection from London Heathrow to Belize through Mexico City.

    Aeromexico has announced the start of a seasonal twice a week, non-stop flight to Belize from Mexico City starting on 17th November 2018 to 28th April 2019. This new route now provides UK travelers with a same-day connection to Belize, with a four-hour transit time in Mexico City from Heathrow. Not only does this significantly reduce travel time, it also means that British travelers can opt to avoid an overnight stopover via other transit locations, such as the United States. Economy flights from Heathrow – Belize City cost from £998 return. For more information, or to book, visit: www.aeromexico.com.


Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize Trip Dates


You can start any Sunday through out the year. Check availability with us.

Closed in September each year.
The following dates are currently full:
Sunday 26th March.
Sunday 21st May.
Sunday 25th June.
Sunday 2nd July.
Sunday 16th July.
Sunday 23rd July.

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