Discover a World of Adventure & Exploration
Palm Reef Resort is the perfect basecamp for exploring all the activities and adventures Belize has to offer. North of here takes you to the mainland where you can enjoy a multitude of overland or jungle adventures. South takes you to Placencia village and is the gateway to Belize’s water world of adventures. Welcome to your adventure headquarters.
So get your gear and let’s start you on a path to unique adventures and experiences that only Belize can offer.
Take a guided walk in the jungle or a visit one of the many reserves – if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the elusive Jaguar. For those more adventurous, hike up to Actun Tunichil Muknal and descend into the darkness of a deep cave with only a headlamp to guide you. You will never forget the incredible feeling of entering the ancient ruins of the Mayans who lived here long ago. From there, enjoy the underground cave tube ride that takes you through this surreal and stunning cavern as you meander gently along a unique underground river – an experience not to be forgotten.
Maybe today is your day for catching a grand slam – a Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon. Learn to scuba dive off the reef or snorkel in Shark Ray Alley, while hand feeding the friendly Rays. No matter what you choose, a day on the water here is unlike anywhere else in the world. We simply have more unique and diverse marine environments to explore within two hours of Palm Reef Resort than anywhere. Whether it is a fishing & snorkeling trip with a beach barbecue or spending a day with a world class fishing guide, enjoy this unique water wonderland and meet back at basecamp later to share a beverage and tell stories about the one that got away…
Closer to home, literally in your back yard at Palm Reef Resort, there are hundreds of species of birds in the mangroves of the lagoon. So if spotting birds is your thing, step on out and take your camera, or even better, use one of our recommended guides, as the lagoon abounds with wildlife from manatees to a breeding ground for rays.
Belize is simply spoilt for choice, the list is endless…
Where will you go today?
Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving
Belize Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier reef is one of the top 50 world attractions and one of the top ten dive sites worldwide. At almost 400 km (250 miles) total length it is the largest reef in the western world. And it is the second longest contiguous reef globally, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Dive the Great Blue Hole – a world heritage site and the top of every divers “Bucket List”.
Whale shark migration (Aug-Nov)
The peak times for the Whale shark migration are Aug-Late October. But these amazing creatures, the largest fish in the ocean, can be seen in these waters as early as mid-March and right through into November. Harmless to humans Snorkeling or Diving with the Whale sharks is an experience you will never forget.
Throughout Belize’s coastal waters are hundreds of tiny islands and isolated cayes (keys) here are two Cayes that you have quiet simply have to visit: Laughing Bird Caye, this world heritage site is only 17 km (11 miles) from Placencia village. Ambergris or La Isla Bonita is the “big Island” and was made famous by Madonna’s song La Isla Bonita- a popular tourist hangs out. Caye Calker is smaller and not as far north, it has a small town feel with less tourism and traffic. Exploring these islands and spending a day with a private guide on a deserted island in paradise is an experienced to be savored.
The Great Blue Hole
Farther out is Lighthouse Reef, home of the great blue hole. This undersea cave goes straight down about 40 meters (130+ft) and opens in the middle. Originally explored by Jacques Cousteau, this is an eerie but peaceful dive experience and there is only one in the entire world.
Cockscomb Jaguar reserve
The government has set aside 150 square miles of rain forest in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, which currently provides a protected environment for around 200 jaguars, the largest concentration of wild Jaguars in the world. You probably won’t see one as these creatures are masters of stealth. But you can embark on a wonderful jungle trek through the vast reserve and might catch a glimpse of other animals such as: Jaguarondi’s, Peccary’s, Howler Monkeys, Gibnut’s, Agoutis, Snakes, Coatamundi’s, Ocelots, Margays, Anteaters, Sloths and over 300 unique bird species.
4000 year old Mayan ruins – here are three…
In Belize you are never far from anything, even the past. There are hundreds of Mayan ruin sites and temples to visit in the region.
- Caracol lies in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Going here is one of most scenic drives. The large pyramid is the biggest in Belize and stands 140 feet high. The area is still being discovered, and carved monuments surround the area.
- Altun Ha is just 31 miles from Belize City and a short dirt road to the site itself. The area is rich with wildlife and is a Mayan made water reservoir. It was a trade and ceremonial location in its day and features two main plazas. It also features the “Jade Head” homage to the Mayan sun god Kinich Ahua, and is the largest Mayan Jade carving.
- Xunantunich this drive takes you across the country with many little villages to stop at. North up the Peninsula to Dangria. This one is a full day if you drive but an incredible experience all the same. You will be amazed at the carved astronomical frieze on the palace wall, a reminder of the incredible science and technology these people had about a thousand years before the industrial revolution. Most of the sites were already abandoned even before the Spanish Conquistadors arrived.
Caving- especially ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal)
A trip to western Belize is incomplete without the ATM Cave experience. Because of a rich Karsk landscape caves are plentiful in Belize. Not for the faint or frail however a healthy hike of about 40 minutes gets you to the entrance to the ATM where you will spend hours exploring a Mayan site, swimming, and walking in your socks to prevent damage to the artifact laden area. You’ll need to be okay in tight spaces and able to swim in deep water on occasion.
For more on the incredible adventures that await you in Belize, Palm Reef Activities Center will provide advice, guidance and tailor made arrangements to ensure you experience all the opportunities and adventures that Belize has to offer. We’re here to make sure you don’t miss out on the adventure.