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Barrier Reef: Turneffe Island Extension

Snorkeling Belize’s Barrier Reef


Turneffe Island Resort is located on an idyllic private coral atoll right on the Belize Barrier Reef, where unbelievably rich snorkeling is just a 10-minute boat ride from the white-sand beaches. This represents a huge advantage over the mainland resorts, which require at least a two-hour boat ride (each way!) to reach the quality dive or snorkeling sites. A bonus to staying at Turneffe: a dive (or snorkel) at the legendary Blue Hole, an amazing marvel of nature with incredible walls and drop-offs.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Belize City / Turneffe Island Resort

(Note: Trips must begin on a Saturday or Wednesday)
From the Radisson Fort George Hotel Marina, a two-hour boat transfer brings you 30 miles off the coast to Turneffe Island Resort, the only resort on a beautiful 12-acre island in the Turneffe Atoll. The island’s unique location provides snorkelers with easy access to the incredible coral reefs of the 200-mile-long Barrier Reef of Belize, the longest reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Just off the island, the ocean floor plunges over a thousand feet, and this meeting of sheltered lagoon and open ocean results in a diverse marine ecosystem. Underwater visibility is excellent, normally in the 80- to 100-foot range, and on average, water temperatures range from 78ºF to 80ºF. Overnight at Turneffe Island Resort...LD

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Days 2-4
Turneffe Island Resort

A Caribbean paradise, Turneffe Island has endless charms. Enjoy snorkeling, sea kayaking, horseshoes, beach volleyball, or sailing a Sunfish, all included in your stay. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to explore the shallow waters; double and single kayaks are available for your use.

With more than 200 mangrove islands, Turneffe Atoll is a natural nursery for a wide variety of exotic fish, including the rare white spotted toadfish, which is endemic to Belize. Other types of tropical marine life commonly viewed include eagle rays, playful dolphins, turtles, huge green morays, giant jewfish, trunkfish, grouper, snapper, permit, and horse-eye jacks. There are abundant coral formations in the shallow waters surrounding the island and numerous snorkeling sites within minutes of the lodge. Within the pristine waters, you should see star fish, vibrant tropical fish, colorful corals, and barrel sponges. You may even get a glimpse of a stingray or turtle heading back to the ocean after feeding in the surrounding sea grass.

For Snorkelers: Two snorkeling trips are offered each day at snorkel sites just a 5- to 10-minute boat ride from the island in water ranging from 5 to 20 feet deep. The snorkeling trips are generally scheduled around 10 am and 3 pm. You will return to the island between snorkeling excursions. There are no snorkeling trips offered on Saturdays. All snorkeling excursions are weather permitting and may change without notice. The dive shop has a limited supply of rental equipment for snorkeling, but you can request snorkel gear prior to your arrival.

For Divers: If you choose the Dive Upgrade, the lodge provides tanks, air fills, weights, and weight belts. The dive shop has nitrox and rental equipment for diving. The first dive is at 8:15 am, the second is at around 10:30 am, and the afternoon dive is at 3:00 pm. Most of the dive sites are 5 to 10 minutes from the island. You will return to the island between dives. A night dive is scheduled Thursday evenings. All dives are weather permitting and may change without notice. Divers must bring their Dive Certification Card.

The Blue Hole: Each Tuesday, an excursion is scheduled to Lighthouse Reef Atoll on a 48-foot custom dive boat so that guests can experience Belize’s best-known geographical wonder, the Blue Hole, discovered by Jacques Cousteau. Non-divers are free to accompany the divers and enjoy snorkeling in this amazing place. Your day continues with a visit to Half Moon Caye, where you enjoy a picnic lunch at the Red Footed Booby Bird Sanctuary. You can also snorkel the shallow lagoon along the island.

Overnights at Turneffe Island Resort...BLD each day

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Day 5
Belize City

Early morning boat transfer back to the Radisson Fort George Hotel Marina. Transfer to Belize City International Airport for departure on homeward-bound flights...B

Note: You may also request a 4-Day, 3-Night Program, call for details


Length: 5 days
Cost From: $2295  
Arrive: Belize City, Belize
Depart: Belize City, Belize
Lodging: 3 or 4 nights in lodge
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Snorkeling
Trip Level:

Swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, optional diving

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Belize.