15 Best Belize Tours

With its stunningly diverse natural beauty and exotic locations, Belize has long been a favorite for international travelers looking to escape the center of a westernized city on most itineraries.

Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, Belize has some of the region’s most pristine beaches, mountains and tropical forests, most of which are filled with caves, wildlife and rivers.

Although once a British colony, the country is now independent. It has been growing and diversifying its tourism industry over the years, which means offering a wide range of options at very competitive prices.

Here are 15 of the best tours in Belize.

1. 8-Hour Actun Tunichil Muknal Tour from San Ignacio

Actun Tunichil Muknal Entrance

If you live in San Ignacio and are eager to see the Actun Tunichil Muknal, this tour deserves the top spot on your itinerary.

This stunning location is filled with majestic geological formations unique to the region. You will be able to reach them with a short swim through the stunningly clear blue waters.

Underwater caves were revered in Mayan legend. Your guide will tell you some fascinating historical stories, many of which happened centuries ago.

It’s even purportedly a site of human sacrifice, so don’t be surprised if you see a tormented spirit or two lingering nearby.

Everything is included except tip.

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2. Belize Cave Tubing and Zipper Liners

Belize Cave Tubing and Zipline

If you are the type of person who likes to get out into nature, do some physical activity and get dirty, then visiting Belize is a no-brainer.

This tubing and zipline tour will give you and your travel companion a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent natural scenery and ancient Mayan ruins.

Part of the tour includes a walk where you may spot some of the jungle animals that call this part of Central America home.

The tour lasts about six hours. You can even enter several dark caves wearing miner-style headlamps, which are guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing.

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3. Caye Caulker Marine Reserve 3 ½ hour tour

Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

Belize’s Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is one of the best destinations in the region for those wanting to commune with nature. Here you can spot some amazing marine wildlife such as eels, sharks, stingrays and the odd parrot fish.

The tour lasts about 3 ½ hours and is a great way to spend half the day while leaving the other half open for another adventure.

You’ll visit several different areas of the reserve, which are known for different fish species, including barracuda and tarpon, which are nearly as long as adult men.

The tour includes all the equipment and training you will need.

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4. San Ignacio and Wanda Mine Tour

San Ignacio and Wanda Mine Tour

In years past, San Ignacio was home to Jesuit missionaries who tried to convert natives in Central America to Christianity. Not surprisingly, their conversion rate is very low.

The site was discovered in the late 19th century and has since been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved types anywhere in the surrounding area.

The nearby Wanda Mine is a labyrinth of tunnels that once housed gems mined by Spanish settlers and the area’s Guaraní Indians.

Although the cost of a guided tour is included, admission to the site is not included.

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5. Traditional Garifuna Drum Lessons in Punta Gorda

Authentic Garifuna Drum Lessons

This fun 75-minute tour is a great way to spend an hour or two. It’s always a hit, especially with little kids.

Wheelchair accessible, this tour gives guests an insight into the local cultural heritage.

The Garifuna people are descended from African slaves who were shipwrecked off the coast of Central America hundreds of years ago, giving them a unique heritage in the region.

While you won’t be an expert Garifuna drummer by the end of the course, you’ll have a lot of fun and you won’t soon forget it.

The cost of the guide is not included in the tour price.

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6. Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubes at Johns Hopkins University

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Belize

Offering a unique mix of history and the great outdoors, this tour is a great option for those looking to get the most out of their hard-earned travel expenses.

The Xunantunich Mayan ruins are the main attraction of this tour, which you will visit with a knowledgeable local guide.

Tours begin at Hopkins and include door-to-door transportation to and from your hotel.

After visiting the Mayan ruins, the tour will shift gears and you’ll explore some of the area’s fascinating caves floating on big inner tubes.

It’s a great way to stay cool and enjoy some amazing sights.

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7. Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

Belize is known regionally for its incredible scenery, crystal clear waters, and the many unique and colorful marine animals that make its coastline home.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is Belize’s best preserved coral reef. It is home to sharks, moray eels and fish of almost every size, shape and color.

Half-day tours are available, including a trip to Caye Caulker.

If you’d rather lie back with an umbrella and watch the world go by, there are cocktails on board.

This tour conveniently includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or hostel in or near Belize City.

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8. Altun Ha and Zoo Tour with Lunch

Altun Ha, Belize

Much of Belize is covered by tropical rainforests, which have one of the most diverse collections of plants and animals found anywhere in the world.

While many animals are reclusive and hard to see in the wild, the Belize Zoo is the perfect way to experience these amazing flora and fauna without having to travel through the jungle.

This four-hour tour includes a nifty skip-the-line feature, so waiting won’t be an issue.

The zoo covers nearly 30 acres and is full of plants and animals. There’s also an interactive area called the Tropical Education Center, which is probably where you’ll learn the most.

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9. Belize History Tour

Belize City

Belize is more than just natural beauty. This tour is a great place to start if you want to take the time to understand its historical background.

Belize City was once the colonial capital of this British territory; it is full of British-influenced buildings, including a huge mechanized bridge that spans the river that runs through the town.

Although short, it includes trips to many of the city’s most historic sites, such as the Anglican Cathedral, Baron Bliss Lighthouse, and Memorial Park.

Great value for money, leaving plenty of time for other adventures.

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10. Bar hopping cruise

Beach bar hopping with boat and captain

Belize does have some reputation as a party hotspot. If you’re a little ready, this bar-hopping cruise should be just that.

You’ll take a boat ride to some local pubs, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery you could possibly see on your trip.

These tours can be a little crazy, so they’re a great opportunity to relax.

Afternoon and afternoon tours are offered. While some drinks are included, it’s a good idea to bring some cash if you’re in the mood for a bite to eat or something high-priced.

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11. Howler Monkey Adventure Tour

howler monkey

Named for their shrill calls as a warning, howler monkeys can travel for kilometers over the jungle canopy.

The Howler Monkey Sanctuary, an hour northwest of the capital, includes nearly 20 square miles of land that has been reserved as a safe habitat for these endangered bushmen.

The drive from the city includes some notable historical sites, which you will pass by before heading to the main road leading to the temple.

It’s a short walk from the bus to the sanctuary; you’ll hear the monkeys screeching long before you see them.

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12. Private Helicopter Great Blue Hole Tour

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Belize’s Great Blue Hole is one of the most stunning and most visited attractions in the country and should really be seen on your trip.

Datiankeng is a UNESCO World Heritage Site not far from the mainland, especially if you travel by helicopter.

Your flight will fly over some other famous sites such as Ambergris Caye and Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, which is home to an amazing array of aquatic species.

The flight will take 60-90 minutes depending on the weather. The vistas you see will be second to none – you won’t forget.

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13. Harvest Caye Waterfall Swim from Placencia

Swimming at Harvest Caye Falls

The falls are great places to visit because of their natural beauty; the falls at Harvest Caye are so remote that you may not encounter crowds.

It’s a great place to take in the beauty of nature, enjoy a swim, or just relax with a picnic lunch and a good book.

The tour starts from Placencia. If you want to add other activities like hiking, tubing or ziplining, you can tailor the tour to your interests.

Drinks are served, but no food, so consider eating some fruit or some sandwiches in case you get hungry.

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14. Goff’s Caye Snorkeling Day Trip

Gough Island Snorkeling Day Trip

There really is no better way to experience and enjoy Belize’s tropical waters than with a snorkeling excursion.

Goff’s Caye is less than an hour by boat from Belize City. It’s filled with amazing marine life and you’ll feel like you’re further away from civilization than you actually are.

Caye is made up of islands of various sizes, all of which are tropical wonderland worth seeing.

In addition to snorkeling, you have some free time to explore the island, swim, or just relax and catch a few rays.

Cocktails are served on board, which is a great way to end the boat ride home.

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15. Horseback Riding Tour of the Mayan Ruins

Xu Nantunic

The Mayan ruins of Xunantunich are one of the must-see attractions in the country. Visiting them on a guided horseback riding tour is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating ways to explore them.

Your trail follows a river through a local farm and stops at an archaeological site. You’ll have plenty of time to learn about it all and learn about the history of the area from your guide.

Morning and afternoon tours are offered; morning tours include a traditional but hearty local lunch.

Tours are limited to 15 people, so you’ll get an intimate and personalized experience.

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