Belize Island Adventure Blog

Live your dreams out in 3D where the water meets the beach. Belize is blessed with rich diversity in its marine habitats, resulting in UNESCO awarding World Heritage Status to the Belize Barrier Reef. The marine attractions are as varied as the natural formations that make up this 185 mile coast wonder.

Explore the barrier reef, atolls and more than 400 islands, white sand beaches, fringing and patch reefs, more than 100 species of coral, hundreds of species of fish and an abundant variety of marine life. To ensure the survival of these delicate ecosystems, miles of the Belize Barrier Reef have been designated as marine reserves.

With the protection of the reef the entire length of Belize, the waters just off the coastline are a sanctuary for water sports enthusiasts. Whether you are an expert or there’s an activity you have always wanted to try but haven’t, Belize has the outfitters and instructors to get you set up.

Choose from a variety of exciting activities, anyone of which will make a great story once you return to the real world.

Scuba Diving in Belize

SCUBA diving near South Water Caye, Belize.

Become a voyager to a fascinating realm where the pace of life is dictated by the tides. With underwater visibility routinely extending to 200 feet, divers of all ages and abilities find their way to Belize. In fact the diving is so extraordinary in Belize, we have visitors who return year after year and do nothing else. Divers are eager to explore the spur and groove coral formations and sheer walls along the length of the reef. Get certified before your visit, or take introductory course within qualified dive instructions in any of Belize’s coastal or island locations. Popular dive sites include the atolls, the world famous Blue Hole, Hole Chan Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve and seasonal whale shark encounters at Gladden spit.

Snorkeling in Belize

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Floating atop the warm, clear, turquoise waters with a mask and snorkel, provides an exciting glimpse into Belize’s underwater glories and is a must see even for the first time snorkeler. Knowledgeable local guides will help you explore the kaleidoscope of color found in hard and soft corals, vibrant sponges and more than 500 species of fish. Swim with the gentle rays and docile nurse sharks in waist deep water or enjoy the view from 20 feet above the water’s surface.

Swimming in Belize

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Inside the reef along the welcoming beaches, young and old can play together all day. Perfect for families with small children, or for the young at heart, Belize’s gradual sandy beaches and gentle surf make swimming easy and fun. You may even find some exotic shells among the sand.

 Fishing in Belize

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No matter what your level of expertise or interest, Belize has world class fishing from Bacalar Chico in the north to Punta Icacos Lagoon in the south. The reef, flats and grass beds around mangrove islands and coastal lagoons throughout the country provide the year round opportunity for fly fishing’s Grand Slam – permit, bonefish, and tarpon in a single day. Belize – especially the northern Savannah flats is the only place outside of South Florida that enables anglers to sight cast for tarpon. The many river mouths are home to snook, tarpon, and jacks. Near the Belize Barrier Reef, spend a day or hour fishing for grouper, barracuda, or snapper. And for the adventurous, go offshore for big game fish, including marlin, wahoo, bonito, and kingfish. To protect our delicate ecosystem, Belize practices catch and release sport fishing.

Kayaking in Belize

Blue Marlin Resort, Belize.

Greet the sun with a short early morning kayak or choose a week long kayak adventure between islands. Gliding along the surface of the water quietly and efficiently is one of the best ways to encounter wildlife. Inside the shallow reef, be on the lookout for fish, rays, and dolphin or explore the intricate mangrove ecoysyem for resident and migratory birds in the branches and the delicate seahorse in the root system.

 

belize snorkeling and divingThere are countless reasons to go scuba diving or snorkeling in Belize. There are also many reasons to visit Belize and stay at the Blue Marlin Beach Resort. Here are some:

1) The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
2) The South Water Caye Marine Reserve boasts many interesting coral reef formations.
3) The South Water Caye Marine Reserve is also the largest marine protected area in Belize.
4) The Blue Marlin Beach Resort has dive sites that are within three to ten minutes off its docks.
5) The Man-O-War Caye Bird Sanctuary is home to many native bird species including brown booby birds, magnificent frigate birds, and pelicans.
6) The endangered West Indian manatee lives at the Tobacco Caye Range.
7) Snorkeling at night lets the visitor see bioluminescent plankton and nocturnal animals like octopi and eels.
8) The Blue Marlin Beach Resort Snorkel Package includes one night time tour, tours of the Belize Barrier Reef, and one Island Adventure Tour.
9) Blue Marlin offers a Belizean breakfast, evening snacks, and a three-course dinner.
10) The various vacation packages at Blue Marlin include unlimited use of kayaks, beach hammocks, snorkel gear, and internet wifi.
11) The South Water Caye provides easy access to some great scuba diving locations including ocean drop-offs and wall dives.
12) The Blue Marlin Beach Resort does let guests customize their vacation packages and pick dive sites.
13) Friendly, playful bottlenose dolphins sometimes turn up at Tobacco Cay.
14) The Blue Marlin Beach Resort runs a full service dive resort. Guests can get their certification from a dive instructor.
15) Blue Marlin offers lessons for scuba divers, from novices up through dive master.
16) The various vacation packages at Blue Marlin do include boat transportation in their pricing.
17) Guests can rent equipment from Blue Marlin.
18) Charles Darwin described the Belize Barrier Reef as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.”

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19) The Belize Barrier Reef is home to 500 species of fish and over 100 species of coral.
20) Belize was the first country in the world to ban bottom trawling, which it did in 2010.
21) 618 resident and migratory bird species live on Belize.
22) Four different species of mangrove grow on Belize: the red mangrove, the white mangrove, the black mangrove and the buttonwood.
23) Blue Marlin offers a Honeymoon & Romance Vacation Package that includes snorkel trips, candlelit dinners, Swedish massage and an Island Adventure Tour.
24) Blue Marlin has a range of accommodations from “igloos” to cottages to rooms in colonial apartments.
25) Blue Marlin offers fishing expeditions. Guests may try their luck at fly fishing, deep-sea fishing, reef trolling, and bottom fishing.
26) Charlie’s Restaurant & Bar, the hotel restaurant, offers fresh, in-season seafood that includes lobster, conch and fish.
27) All of the vacation packages include a meet-and-greet at the airport.
28) Blue Marlin offers all of its guests beach towels, housekeeping service, and a complimentary “welcome” cocktail.
29) Blue Marlin has been a PADI Dive Resort for over 20 years.
30) Whale sharks, which are the world’s biggest fish, visit Belize during the months of March, April, May and June.

While Belize is a small country, it has a lot to offer to visitors. So does Blue Marlin.

The Blue Marlin Beach Resort is offering a special deal for tourists traveling to Belize until February 21, 2015.

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Take advantage of this exciting “last minute deal!”

Pay for 5 nights and get the 6th night FREE. This extraordinary package includes:
• Meeting you/family at Dangriga Airport
• Round-trip boat transfers between the airport and resort
• Welcome cocktails on your arrival
• Your own private beach cottage overlooking the Barrier Reef/Caribbean Sea
• All meals (which include: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, 3-course dinner daily with juice, fruits, coffee or tea
• Your own private veranda with hammock and chairs
• The Resort’s Complimentary personal water canister, beach towels, and toiletries
• Mini-fridge
• Daily housekeeping
• FREE use of kayaks, beach hammocks, Wi-Fi, water tubes, library exchange, snorkel gear, lounge and refills of purified drinking water
• Taxes (9% Hotel Tax and 12.5% Sale Tax)

5 Night Price is $2,800.00 US per couple, but you stay 1 extra night for FREE with Breakfast included!

Take advantage of this SPECIAL OFFER!

The Blue Marlin Resort offers one of the best locations for an all-inclusive resort in all of Belize. Being on your own island alone makes this resort particularly unique! They also offer packages that include: relaxation, snorkel, diving, fishing, honeymoon and romance, and adventure.

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One of the Blue Marlin’s best features is its restaurant, Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar. It offers a casual, yet elegant dining area and a clubhouse in front of their lagoon. The restaurant serves a variety of first-class dishes, such as: fresh conch and lobster (when in season), fish, shrimp, poultry, beef, and pork. The bar also serves beer, wine, and specialty drinks. They will gladly accommodate anyone with special diets.

What people are saying about the Blue Marlin:
The resort provides everything you need to have a tropical paradise vacation
• The resort itself is excellent
• A great adventure in the Caribbean off of Belize. The sound of the waves put us to sleep each night.
• The best dives ever.

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About the Blue Marlin
Located on top OF the Belize Barrier Reef and only 14 miles southeast of Dangriga, this private island is paradise. The Blue Marlin is an eco-friendly resort with energy conservation a big priority. There are several different types of accommodations to stay, such as: your own private cottage, Island igloos, and ocean-view rooms. The staff will be very happy to assist you in deciding which one is best for you.

Their amenities are first-class with the perfect beach just outside your door. The calm waters make it easy to paddle a kayak around the island. The resort offers Land tours which include: Xunantunich & Inland Blue Hole, zipline and waterfall, Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, and cave tubing. Sea tours include: snorkeling, diving, fishing, and an island adventure tour.

Have you packed your bags yet? This offer is only available for a few more days, so take advantage of this FANTASTIC DEALl! Call and book your reservation today while it’s available.

Pool-Maya-Temple in Belize

 

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A water temple complex where archaeologists think a “drought cult” offered sacrifices has been discovered at the Cara Blanca site in Belize. A lodge and two smaller structures had been built near a deep cenote, where the Maya placed pots, jars, and bowls and may have prayed for rain.

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The water temple had been built from the cenote’s tufa stone, and its floors had been covered with broken water jars, teeth, and claws dredged from the sacred pool. “The pilgrims came there to purify themselves and to make offerings,” Lisa Lucero of the University of Illinois told National Geographic News. She and Andrew Kinkella of California’s Moorpark College explored the cenote and found that more offerings to Chaak, the Maya rain god, were placed in the shrine after a widespread drought hit the Maya region.

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Their report on the temple will be published in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

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