It's size! The population is just under 330,000, which means no over-development and no hectic hustle. Belizeans are warm, friendly and extremely relaxed. In two weeks you can see and do most of the country, allowing for a rich and diverse experience.
Neill, Original Diver
Formerly British Honduras, Belize is a country defined by various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups including descendants of the Mayans, whose civilisation dominated this region for centuries. Mayan links are evident in well-preserved remains such as Xunantunich, with its plazas and temples, and Caracol's 138ft tall Sky Palace Pyramid.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The world-famous Blue Hole is high on many divers' bucket list. It's a great dive.
- You have a great chance of whale shark sightings at Gladden Spit at the right time of year.
- The cayes offer white sands, blue seas and some world-class hotels.
- Inland there is much to explore both in terms of culture and wildlife making this a great all-round destination.
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Our Guide to Belize Diving Holidays
Aside from Mayan ruins, Belize's attractions include rich flora and fauna, and 40% of the country is dedicated to conservation. The lush rainforests are still home to jaguar, puma and various species of monkey, as well as the beautiful, brilliantly plumed quetzal. Finally, there's the diving in Belize, the 174-mile coastline fringed with numerous atolls, known as Cayes, and the second greatest barrier reef in the world.
Our Latin America team have stayed in all the best lodges throughout the Belize and work with the top guides for cultural and wildlife excursions. We only use the finest dive operators and can arrange dive trips to see whale sharks in this, one of the few places on the planet where marine biologists know when, why and where they congregate. The last Original Diving consultant to dive in Belize saw eight whale sharks on his solitary dive. Not a bad return.
Belize has come late to tourism. A British colony until 1981 with a disputed Guatemalan border, the country only really achieved political stability in 1998. As a consequence, much of it is still untouched: there are jaguars and rainforests in the hinterland, and you'll find virgin reefs off the coast. Thankfully the government has committed to protecting these natural resources, linking up with privately-funded conservation groups.