Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)

Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)

Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)
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seetheworld600
va424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I had the opportunity to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef three times on excursions from Coco Plum Resort. Each time, we went to a different part of the reef and our guide Rojo made sure we didn't miss anything. He even took pictures with guests GoPros of some of the harder aquatic animals to see. I've never seen so many different species of fish or coral. Having snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, this was a totally different experience. I now know why it is the second largest reef and the largest in the Northern and Western Hemispheres.
Written 14 April 2019
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Honest Review
278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went to 8 different spots to snorkle the reef and it did not dissapoint. Lots of large fish and colorful reef. Id have loved to stay longer.
Written 3 February 2019
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Daphnie P
Poynette, WI53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I had the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia so I was very excited to explore the Barrier Reef in Belize. It was awesome to see the depth change so quickly with views of beautful coral and fish. A once in a lifetime experience!
Written 3 February 2019
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KeukaLake1013
Penn Yan, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
Belize is my personal favorite place to visit. Warm ocean,coral reefs,tropical fish and friendly happy people.
Written 4 February 2018
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debkami
Oakland, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The reef is off-shore, so taking a boat is mandatory for good snorkeling. We solved the issue by sailing 5 days with Belize Sailing Vacations who took us to Glovers Reef, Goffs Caye, Tobacco Caye, and a bunch of other places. Captain Danny and Chef Sarah knew a ton of spots. The coral is huge, healthy and colorful. The fish variety is astounding. Barracuda, conch, lobster, parrotfish, nemos, loggerhead turtle, rays, those blue ones, etc etc.

The trash described by another reviewer in Sapodilla Bay, was pretty unique to that location. We used S'Bay as a protected moorage on a stormy night. It's got some facilities and an ambitious-but-perpetually-stalled development: the Reserve (fka Sanctuary).
Written 23 September 2017
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DBLT2
West Chiltington, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Having visited Belize City from a cruise (don't bother!) my wife returned to the ship whilst me and my twin sons (10 yrs old) paid for a small open boat trip to the little island near the reef by a local guy selling this trip at the quayside. I thought the island would be close, but the boat went out to sea and just kept going for miles. The boat arrived and around fifteen of us went into the sea, floating on life jackets. There was nobody else there and we had around 1 1/2 hours snorkelling over the reef on our own. The couple of crew showed us everything they could, the Sting Rays were superb. The boat forgot to bring a ladder so it was quite a job getting back on-board!
After a short break on the island we sailed back to Belize City, it was a bit worrying whether we would return in time for the ship to sail, but just about made it. Rather than a cruise line organised trip for the masses this local option is well worth trying. One of life's great memories!
Written 4 April 2015
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Ben G
Sint-Martens-Latem37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
We choose this destination to be away from crowded anchor places and yes, you are more or less alone. The combination wind without waves and the challenging scattered reefs and cays makes it a challenging and wonderful sailing destination. However, do not go there when you expect lonely white and virgin postcard beached. 99% of the islands are mangroves and, although it is unique on itself, they are all the same. Some mangrove cays are cut and filled with sand to allow early stages of tourist development... It's a shame. Most beaches are in the south and some are over-exploited by one-day tourism, even from Guatemala! If I was to revisit the country, I would charter a catamaran from Placencia and not from San Pedro in order to reach more quickly some of the less visited beaches, Most of them were "tour guide only" but we were not bothered, however check directly with the local charter operator the latest developments. In all cases, you'll enjoy being alone, sometimes zigzagging coral heads, next to the reef plateau where you'll enjoy the most amazing blue shades you have ever experienced!
Written 30 August 2014
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roadieplanner
Torrington, CT275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
We have snorkled in Belize on two different trips. Tobacco Cay had amazingly clear water. On Tobacco Cay we had AC as our guide. the wind had shifted and we were able to snorkle outside the barrier reef. The Coral seems to be perpendicular to the main reef and is in ridges. So you snorkle up and down the ridges. We saw eagle rays, tarpon many, many beautifully colored reef fish.
Written 5 May 2013
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PeripateticCanuck
Nanaimo, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
I spent five days at the Sapodilla Keys last January and thought I was in heaven until I went snorkelling. There is a steady stream of plastic garbage flowing across the fascinating underwater life. I even watched our crew throwing plastic wrappings from fishing lures in the water. It is very sad to see such a gorgeous area being despoiled by man!

The weather was perfect ,the seafood was delicious, and the islands were largely unspoiled but not enough to make up for the garbage!
Written 23 January 2013
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Seanessy G
Arcata, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
I have never experienced such a beautiful underwater world. Snorkeling off Caye Caulker, Tobacco Caye, and from the edge of a sailboat, you can see dozens of aquatic species such as eagle rays, nautilus, incredible tropical fish, nurse sharks, and more. Taking the Ragamuffin sailboat tours out into the Reef was an amazing opportunity to have unforgettable experiences and make life long friends. The two times I visited Belize last spring, I lived in the magical underwater world countless hours each day, and I'd go back in a heart beat. Just DON'T STEP ON THE REEF so we can preserve it for other generations to experience too!
Written 5 November 2011
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