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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.

Altun Ha Mayan Site and River Ride

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Experience a clash of cultures from ancient ruins to modern day city life.

Embark on a short transfer to the city dock, where you’ll board your powerboat for an exhilarating 2 hour river ride along the Rio Wallace. Your captain will expertly manoeuvre along the waterway as your guide points out the interesting highlights within the lush tropical foliage and emerald water. Have your camera at the ready, as you're likely to see crocodiles, howler monkeys, iguanas, and a wide variety of birds.

Upon arrival at the Black Orchid Resort, you’ll have some free time to shop for souvenirs or purchase a refreshment, before continuing on to the amazing Mayan ruins of Altun Ha.

The Altun Ha site is set in a lush rainforest. Once a thriving city and trade centre, you’ll walk amongst the 13 structures that surround 3 plazas and its 60-foot Temple of the Sun God. For a panoramic vantage point and photo opportunities, climb up the steps to the tops of 3 main temples on the site and capture the views of the surrounding countryside.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, powerboat and on foot. Passengers are advised to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat, as the powerboats do not offer any shade. Pregnant women and children under 4 years of age are not permitted. The tour is not recommended for guests who have neck or back problems. Refreshments are not included; passengers are recommended to have a hearty breakfast.

Altun Ha Mayan Site and River Ride

Barrier Reef Snorkel and Starfish Island Getaway

Activity mediumRefreshments included

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

This excursion will operate by catamaran or snorkelling boat. 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.

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, relax and soak up the sun, on your beach chair.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus or coaster. This service is non-guided tour, coaches depart the beach on an hourly basis; passengers can choose when to return to the ship. The tour is inclusive of transfers and beach chair. The beach is manmade, swimming is in a manmade salt water swimming area. 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.

Belize Beach Park Express
 

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