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Belize Ocean Wildlife Tour

Belize Ocean Wildlife Tour

Trip Details:

Operator:   SEE Turtles
Price From: 1,995 USD
Ideal Age Range:  Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration: 5 days
Trip Dates: 20-07-2019

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About this program

Join SEE Turtles on a unique volunteer tour to beautiful Belize.

You’ll spend five nights on St. George’s Caye, where you’ll participate in research with sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees. In addition, you’ll explore colourful reefs and marine protected areas including the beautiful Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

 

You’ll assist with sea turtle surveys where you’ll conduct in-water surveys to analyze sea turtle populations and diversity at Gallow’s Point. You can also look forward to manatee surveys in which you’ll observe them from a boat, record their sounds, and take images with a drone and camera.

 

Other surveys you’ll take part in include:

  • Dolphin surveys – documenting behavior, abundance, distribution.

  • Conch surveys – studying populations to ensure fishery is not depleting numbers.

An optional 2 night extension offers the opportunity to go cave tubing and rainforest hiking and visit the incomparable Tikal National Park in Guatemala. This trip will be led by marine mammal expert Eric Ramos. Profits from this trip will help to save at least 200 hatchlings at a turtle nesting beach per participant.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive Belize & Travel to St. George's Caye

The group will be picked up and transferred to the EcoMar dive shop where you'll have a chance to rent snorkelling gear. 

You will then transfer to the EcoMar Research Station on St. George's Caye near the Belize Barrier Reef. After arrival, you'll enjoy an orientation of the facility and research, then explore a shallow area to test your gear. 

Dinner is buffet-style. 

Day 2-4 | Ocean Wildlife Surveys & Snorkelling

Each day you'll enjoy being out on or in the water watching for wildlife and snorkelling the coral reefs. Over the next two days, you will do two to three activities each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Enjoy downtime around meal times and in the later afternoon. 

The group may sometimes split up and rotate activities. The activities will depend on the weather, ocean conditions, and group preferences. You can also borrow kayaks during your downtime. 

In the evenings, enjoy talks about ocean wildlife, history of St. George's Caye, and much more. 

(B, L, D)

 

Day 5 | Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Spend the day visiting the famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve, just off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. The reserve was once a depleted fishing area has been able to regenerate and is now a fantastic location for visitors to snorkel and for marine life. 

(B, L, D)

Day 6 | Depart or Extend

After breakfast at the station you'll board a boat back to Belize City. Head to the airport or join the 2-day extension!

Optional Extension:

Cave Tubing & Ziplines

You'll be picked up at the dive shop and then transferred inland to  Nooch Chen Cave. Start with a 45-minute guided jungle walk. Take a dip in the cool clear water and hop on a tube for a ride through two gorgeous caves. Admire the stalactites and views. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the cave and take a bus to Crystal Paradise Resort near the town of San Ignacio. 

Day 7 | Tikal National Park 

After breakfast, head across the border to Guatemala and visit Tikal National Park, one of the most well-known Mayan sites in the world. Spend all day exploring the park with a guide and learning about the culture and history. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch and then return to the resort this afternoon. 

Day 8 | Return Home

Head to the airport after breakfast and return home or to your next destination.

Country Fast Facts

Belize

Flag  Flag_of_Belize.svg
Continent: North America
Official Language(s) English
Capital: Belmopan
Population 368,310 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Humid Subtropical
Major Airport(s): Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Tourism

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