5 Best Places to Snorkel in Belize

03/09/15 9:00 AM

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When planning a trip to Belize, you will not want to miss the opportunity to go snorkeling in the warm, deep waters around this country and its islands. Not only does Belize have its own well-protected reef, just about any spot is liable to provide you with colorful fish and interesting underwater plants. Belize snorkeling simply does not get any better than these five spots:

  1. Shark Ray Alley – This is by far one of the most popular places to snorkel and scuba dive in the country, but you’re not likely to feel that’s crowded. With 30 meters of water to explore and a colony of nurse sharks and rays that live around the coral reef growing here, you’ll be mesmerized by the wildlife and by the rich vibrant blue of the water. 
  1. Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve – This reserve is actually a World Heritage Site and it earns that title amply. It is also one of the best places to snorkel that is also close to our resort. You can simply walk out into the water and find yourself surrounded by thousands of different species of fish and underwater sea life. Most snorkelers catch a glimpse of an octopus and it’s not uncommon for a sea turtle to stop by.
  1. The Great Blue Hole – If you’ve never seen a blue hole (or even if you have), you’ll love the rich blueness of the water and the sheer depths that this sinkhole, just off the cost of Belize, has to offer. The reef that surrounds the hole is an ideal place to get to know some of Belize’s natural sea life. Those interested in scuba diving will enjoy exploring the natural wonder of the hole itself. 
  1. Turneffe Island – The waters around Turneffe Atoll are a favorite of those who come to Belize to fish, but they are also great for snorkelers. The white sand flats around the beach host a stunning array of underwater species.
  1. Gladden Spit – Anyone who has ever snorkeled here will tell you of its beauty and how incredible it is to be surrounded by whale sharks. Though not every snorkeler gets to see a whale shark, sightings are extremely common, as this is their favorite place to feed.
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