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About Belize

No wonder the people of Belize are always smiling.

A historical Old Town, tropical beaches, mangroves, rainforests and Mayan ruins (and that's just for starters); it's an easy place to love. Add a warm year-round climate, a seamless blend of cultures and a laidback welcome and you'll be wishing you could spend longer in this small but perfectly formed country.

 

With Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and miles of Caribbean coastline, Belize is a riot of colour. Sink your toes into sugary soft sands and turquoise sea. Snorkelling is the best way to watch the rainbow of gaudy fish flitting the reefs. Go deeper with a dive expert to explore the limestone caverns within its complex caves. Inland there's a kaleidoscope of tropical wildlife within the sanctuaries and conservation parks. Listen out for the howler monkeys, Belize's national animal the tapir, and if you're really lucky, the camera-shy keel-billed Toucan.

 

Shore excursions in Belize

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Airboat Adventure and Belize City Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Combine the thrill of a high-speed airboat ride. with a historical overview of the Central American jewel of Belize City.

Embark on a fascinating insight into the historical beauty of Belize. With your local guide, you’ll hear about the city’s rich history and catch a glimpse of the stunning colonial architecture.

Then, you’ll head off to the Airboat Adventure Outpost. Following a short safety briefing and orientation you’ll board the 450-horsepower airboat. There truly is no better way to explore hundreds of acres of open marshland lined on all sides by mangroves. Experience the wind in your hair as your boat zips across the water. At Almond Hill Lagoon the engine will be cut and you’ll quietly drift for a chance to glimpse the manatees as they feed. Then, you’ll whizz across the lagoon to Indian Creek, where you can admire the beautiful water lilies, the wading birds and turtles.

Back at the adventure outpost, there’s plenty of adventure filled fun facts about birds, manatees, and crocodiles.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and airboat. Please note airboat engines are very loud and ear defenders will be supplied and must be worn. Pregnant women and children under the age of 5 are not permitted. The tour is not suitable for passengers with back and neck problems or heart conditions. Wildlife sighting cannot be guaranteed. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Altun Ha and Belize

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Delve into the country’s colonial past and present and discover the mystery of the Mayan civilisation at the Altun Ha settlement.

Sit back and relax, as you drive through the city of Belize, passing by the beautiful landmarks and old British colonial buildings mixed with modern architecture. Then, you’ll head along the Northern Highway to the Altun Ha ruins.

Three plazas and 13 structures mark the epicentre of this significant ceremonial site, known as the Maya of Mesoamerica. Altun Ha was said to have been a key trade and religious centre in the ancient world, believed to have accommodated about 10,000 people.

The most extensively excavated of all the Mayan sites in Belize, Altun Ha is located just 7 miles from the sea and surrounded by primary broadleaf rainforest. Visit the incredible temples and tombs where many interesting and unique artefacts have been uncovered. Possibly the most famous of all Altun Ha’s finds was a 9½ pound jade head of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, found in the tomb of a royal priest within the main temple.

Stone steps allow you to climb to the top of three of the main temples, where these ancient vantage points afford magnificent views over the surrounding forests and Mayan plazas.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 1 hour of walking over flat and slightly inclined terrain, which may be uneven in places. The climb to the top of the temple steps is optional and may not be permitted in inclement weather, for safety reasons.

Barrier Reef Snorkel and Starfish Island Getaway

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Set sail for a snorkelling adventure, followed by free time at Starfish Island.

Start your snorkelling adventure on board a catamaran or snorkelling boat. Travel through crystal- clear waters to your snorkelling destination, the barrier reef. Your guides will assist you with your gear and show you a few simple techniques to make your snorkelling adventure fun and exciting. Discover the rich, pristine waters teeming with an abundance of reef life and coral formations.

Once back on board, sit back and enjoy a signature rum punch while you travel to a private island getaway for some relaxation. Enjoy some free time to soak up the sun, swim and enjoy the music and the amenities of the island.

A full bar is available, where you can purchase your favourite mixed drink, cocktail or local beer.

Essential information

Participants must be competent swimmers. Please wear your swimwear, sunscreen and take a towel. You will be required to remove shoes whilst on board the catamaran. Reef coral formation should not be touched. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Drinks are not included and can be purchased locally using US dollars. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Barrier Reef Snorkel and Starfish Island Getaway

Belize Beach Park Express

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

This is the ideal option if you want to spend a few hours relaxing at a private beach park.

Upon arrival, enjoy a refreshing complimentary drink and then simply sit back and enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation. At your private beach resort, you can soak up the sun, on your beach chair and bathe in the crystal-clear waters.

Essential information

This tour is inclusive of transfers and beach chair. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. US Dollars are accepted for purchases of food and beverages. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Belize Beach Park Express

Belize Cave Tubing

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Float on a meandering current as it takes you under limestone arches through centuries old caverns and down small rapids.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic drive to the jungle. Along the way, your guide will share a brief history of Belize, its people and culture on an approximately 1½ hour drive through savannas and quaint villages to your destination at the Jaguar Jungle Camp.

Upon arrival, your river guides will kit you out with a helmet, headlight and life jacket. Following a safety briefing there’s a 35 minute hike down to the clear waters of the Caves Branch River. Jump into your river tube and feel the excitement as you float into mysterious limestone archways beckoning you into the mouth of centuries old caves that hold untold stories of Mayan rituals. Explore the many awe-inspiring formations that adorn these caves and learn about the flora and fauna that surrounds them. Enjoy the refreshing cool water as it takes you down small rapids, letting the meandering currents guide you where they will. Just relax and sit back in your tube, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the jungle, and let go as your guide leads you through the currents that continue to carve and shape these natural wonders.

Exhilarated and energised from your adventure, make your way out the river and up to the Bushcamp Café where you can purchase snacks and drinks, change into dry clothes or shop for souvenirs.

Essential information

Please wear swimwear under clothes, take a towel and sunscreen. Comfortable non-slip shoes that can get wet or water shoes are advisable. This tour is not suitable for those who suffering from claustrophobia or with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. Participants must be competent swimmers and life jackets must be worn at all times during the tubing. A change of clothes is recommended and changing rooms are available for use after the tubing. Each coach will have a locker at the facility to store belongings. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Belize Cave Tubing
 

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