Summary : Discover the tropical wonders of Belize on a voyage along the country’s coastline and reef system. Using the National Geographic Quest as your base for exploration, snorkel the colorful corals of the Belize barrier reef, skirt the shores of white-sand islands by kayak and stand up paddleboard, and swim in turquoise lagoons teeming with marine life. Head inland to explore lush jungles on foot; and cruise coastal rivers in Zodiacs, seeking out howler monkeys and toucans in the surrounding rain forest canopy. Join a naturalist for a hike in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. Enjoy a festive drumming performance from the internationally acclaimed Garifuna Collective.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Free round-trip air Miami/Guatemala City
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$3,970 to $6,220
Arrive in Guatemala City and connect to your charter flight to Puerto Barrios. Transfer to Puerto Santo Tomas, where you’ll embark National Geographic Quest.
Awake anchored in the northern cayes of the Mesoamerican Reef System, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity. Enjoy a full day to further explore this dynamic ecosystem. Take to the water by kayak, or stand up paddleboard, or don a mask and fins and dive into turquoise waters to encounter sea turtles, swirling schools of tropical fish, and harmless nurse sharks. For scuba divers, incredible dive opportunities abound (additional cost).
At dawn, sail to the mouth of a coastal river and board Zodiacs to cruise inland through the Belizean jungle, in search of toucans, green iguanas, and myriad bird species. This afternoon, anchor near the center of the Belize Barrier Reef, home to idyllic sandy isles and vibrant corals, and enjoy more opportunities to explore by snorkel, kayak, and stand up paddleboard.
Spend the morning discovering the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. Join your naturalists for a hike along one of the reserve’s many nature trails to photograph tropical plants, scan the treetops for winged wonders, and spot the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats. Learn about ongoing research into the behaviors of Belize's jaguars, then visit a Maya handicraft center.
Tonight, an internationally acclaimed drumming group, The Garifuna Collective, joins us on board for a festive music performance.
Anchor close to the reef's southern cayes and go snorkeling, paddleboarding, diving (additional cost), or kayaking inside its fringing reef. The shallow lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches that harbor parrotfish, butterflyfish, octopus, and other marine species.
Disembark in Puerto Santo Tomas and catch your charter flight to Guatemala City, where you’ll connect with your flight home.
NOTE: This trip is part of a longer 9-day voyage. Therefore, other guests may be continuing on as you are departing.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Please not, this trip is part of a longer 9-day voyage. Therefore, other guests may be continuing on as you are departing.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Belize is not a destination for novice or inexperienced divers. This option is available to intermediate to advanced open water divers. All divers must have an open water certification by an internationally recognized dive association (i.e. PADI, NAUI) and have proof of certification with them in Belize. In addition, all divers must have logged 25 lifetime dives (preferably 30+). If you have not logged a dive within the last year, a refresher course is mandatory. Guests will be diving with a third-party operator, and will not dive from the Quest. Mask, snorkels, fins, and shorty wetsuits will be provided for all guests. Guests will complete a Dive Form to sign up in advance. If you are over 55 years of age and have any of the health problems detailed in the SCUBA Diving Form, and have not dived within the last six months, you will be required to provide a medical certificate. Please inquire for more information. All details are subject to change without notice.
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Antigua, Guatemala
Explore the picturesque historic city of Antigua, Guatemala, with its stunning backdrop of Volcán Pacaya. Spend two nights at the beautiful Camino Real Antigua Hotel. Visit a Guatemalan coffee plantation. Peruse the exhibits of one of Guatemala’s finest museums. From $790 per person (2 Days). Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding; video chronicle of your trip; gear on loan (snorkeling gear and wetsuit); all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; individual transfers; extensions; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, internet, etc.; scuba diving and gear rental; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Lindblad Expeditions, Michael S. Nolan