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With no major urban centers, Belize is a natural choice for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Belize Tourism - Belize Sights and Activities

An Outdoor Lover’s Paradise

With no major urban centers, Belize is a natural choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether on the water or solid land, this tiny country has more than its share of adventure opportunities.

  • Snorkeling and scuba diving- Second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Belize’s underwater world has the edge when you factor in its world-class atolls and excellent visibility. Considered one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in the world, Belize has opportunities for every ability level. Amateurs enjoy the easy access, and seasoned divers and snorkelers embrace the challenges of the outer atolls. Only the brave venture to Gladden Spit to swim with the giant whale sharks. While die-hard divers might opt to lodge on a dive boat, there are several dive resorts and dedicated hotels for those who prefer to sleep in luxury.
  • Spelunking- If venturing underwater doesn’t float your boat, don’t miss the underground wonders of Belize. With one of the most accessible and extensive cave systems on earth, Belize is a spelunker’s dream. The Caves Branch region is great for beginners, while experienced cavers will want to test their skills with the challenging Actun Tunichil Muknal. Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch offers a wide variety of cave tours and lodging in a jungle setting.
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  • Bottlenose Dolphins- While watching dolphins leap from the ocean is exciting, imagine swimming right beside them. The Oceanic Society offers a rare opportunity to bond with the local dolphins – in the name of research, of course. As long as you know how to swim, you could be recruited to get up close and personal while helping researchers conduct their fieldwork.
  • Fishing- Whether you want to fly-fish for tarpon, cruise the rivers for snook or head to the open ocean to land a marlin, Belize won’t disappoint. One of the top fishing destinations in the world, these waters are full of fish and relatively crowd-free. The sport is so popular in Belize, you can take your pick of fishing lodges or even buy travel packages based on your favorite catch.

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