From Reef to Ruins to Rain Forest, Explore the Heart & History of This Caribbean Paradise
Belize may be one of the world's smallest countries, but it's huge when it comes to natural riches. A wealth of wonders is tucked within its compact borders—and that's just ashore. Belize also boasts the planet’s second-longest barrier reef beneath turquoise seas dotted with dreamy cayes
. Beyond the palms and powder-sand beaches, snorkeling reveals colorful corals and myriad tropical fish. In the lush rain forest
, the screech of parrots and howler monkeys rings out across the canopy, while jaguars and ocelots slink secretly through a tangle of bromeliads and orchids. Beneath the verdant surface lies a maze of limestone caves and underground rivers. And when we're done exploring each day, the pleasures of the finest ecolodges
in Belize await.
Explore More of Belize—Away from Crowds—When You Travel with Nat Hab
The tiny country of Belize is a popular tourist destination—big cruise ships alone bring some 850,000 people here every year. But most of those passengers never see the real beauty of Belize, flocking in large groups only to the closest, best-known points of interest. Our handcrafted itinerary is an impressive contrast, designed to show our small groups the best of wild Belize that others miss.
- Our Small Group Won’t Exceed 8!
With just eight or fewer travelers, you’ll experience a private and personalized journey into the country’s varied landscapes. And because our groups are so small, we can access places and look for wildlife in areas that big cruise ship crowds can’t get to.
- Explore a Greater Diversity of Ecosystems
You won’t find a more comprehensive immersion in Belize’s varied natural habitats. From the barrier reef to interior jungles, rain forest-draped mountains and subterranean limestone caves, we experience as many sides of this small country as there are to discover.
- Varied Activities Offer Multiple Perspectives on Nature
We’re not content to merely drive you around Belize or settle for a few forest walks. Our grand safari includes snorkeling, hiking, ocean kayak excursions, canoeing in Barton Creek Cave, a butterfly walk, and a private motorboat cruise to a remote islet on the barrier reef where the Smithsonian conducts research on this important marine ecosystem and its environs.
- Guided Snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef
The spectacular 185-mile-long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of species of tropical fish, anemones, corals, sea fans, sponges, sea urchins and more. Most visitors spend an hour or so in the water, hardly time to absorb the wonders. We, however, explore this world-class marine realm on multiple fully guided snorkeling excursions, with instruction for beginners.
- Our Nature Adventure is a Cultural Odyssey, Too
Though nature is front and center on any Nat Hab trip, we don't shortchange culture in a country that's as rich in history and ethnically diverse as Belize. We’ll spend special time with the local Garifuna residents, whose heritage includes indigenous and Afro-Caribbean roots. And we discover the wonders of ancient Mayan civilization at the dramatic ruins at Xunantunich, with its intricately carved stone temples and pyramid.
- Enjoy Outstanding Ecolodges in Natural Areas
Our chosen accommodations immerse you in the heart of the Belize’s most captivating natural realm. Remote Chan Chich is located in the largest contiguous rain forest north of the Amazon, set amid incredible bird life and habitat for all five Latin American cats: jaguar, jaguarundi, margay, ocelot and puma. The elusive jaguar is spotted here about once a week, a record unmatched anywhere else in Central America. And the private island resort on Thatch Caye may be the Caribbean's most idyllic escape, with powdery white sand, aquamarine water and an inviting hammock to survey the scenery from your private rooftop patio.
- Our Naturalist Expedition Leader is a Belizean Native
Nat Hab has a well-deserved international reputation for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. On this trip, your Expedition Leader is Fermin Tzib, a native Belizean of Mayan descent and an avid birder with more than a decade of experience leading natural history tours in his home country. He also has a passion for Mayan history. When you travel with Fermin, you’ll become personally acquainted with the Belize he intimately knows and loves—an opportunity that other travelers certainly miss. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- We Put Our Quality-Value Guarantee Behind Your Belize Safari
Nat Hab offers an exclusive guarantee that clearly states we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering the impact of our planet’s warming temperatures on wildlife and their native habitats.
- Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!