Discover a World of Adventure & Exploration
Palm Reef Resort is the perfect base camp for exploring all the activities and adventures Belize has to offer. Go north and you’re in the mainland where you can enjoy a multitude of overland or jungle adventures. Go south and you’re in Placencia village – a gateway to Belize’s water world of adventures.
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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. It’s also the second longest contiguous reef globally, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Whale Shark Migration
The peak times for the whale shark migration are August through late October. Although these amazing creatures, the largest fish in the ocean, can also be seen as early as mid-March. Harmless to humans, snorkeling or diving with the whale sharks is an experience you will never forget.
Shark Ray Alley
Located in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, this is a popular dive spot to see harmless nurse sharks and smaller rays. The sharks gather here because fisherman started feeding them their scraps years ago. These days they keep feeding them so the sharks are around for divers to see.
Closer to home, literally in your back yard at Palm Reef Resort, there are hundreds of species of birds in the mangroves. Step on out, take your camera and allow one of our guides to direct you to the best spots, where the lagoon abounds with wildlife from manatees to a breeding ground for rays.
Throughout Belize’s coastal waters are hundreds of tiny islands and small, isolated, low islands called cayes – pronounced keys.
There are two Cayes that are a must to visit. Laughing Bird Caye is a world heritage site only 17 km from Placencia village. Caye Calker is smaller but has a small town feel with less tourism and traffic.
The Great Blue Hole
Located on Lighthouse Reef, 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 that’s on every diver’s bucket list.
Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve
This preserve contains 150 square miles of rain forest set aside by the government. This protected environment is home for around 200 jaguars – the largest concentration of wild Jaguars in the world. Here in the preserve you can embark on a wonderful jungle trek. Though you probably won’t catch sight of a jaguar – these creatures are masters of stealth – you might catch a glimpse of other animals such as Jaguarondis, Peccarys, Howler Monkeys, Gibnuts, Agoutis, Snakes, Coatamundis, Ocelots, Margays, Anteaters, Sloths and over 300 unique bird species.
4000 year old Mayan ruins
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. Here’s three to place on the top of your list.
- Caracol lies in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Its 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. 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 – the largest Mayan Jade carving in the world.
- Xunantunich is an incredible experience that will amaze you with its carved astronomical frieze on the palace wall. This artifact is a reminder of the high level of science and technology these people had about a thousand years before the industrial revolution.
Caving – ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal)
No trip to Belize is complete without experiencing the ATM Cave. After a healthy 40 minute hike you enter 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 activities that await you in Belize, the Palm Reef Activities Center will provide advice, guidance and tailor made arrangements to ensure you experience all the adventures Belize has to offer.