Join This 9 Day Snorkeling Adventure Based in Turneffe Atoll
February 16-24, 2024
February 23 – March 2, 2024
This Belize resort snorkeling trip is a great opportunity to experience some of the best snorkel reefs in the Caribbean. You will based at the beautiful Turneffe Island Resort, which is located on remote Turneffe Atoll. Turneffe Atoll has been a protected marine reserve since 2012, and is located on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Two times each day your snorkeling group will venture out by boat to explore the abundant coral reefs and sea life that surround this area, and one day you will take a trip to the famous Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Also included will be a day tour of a Mayan archeological site on the mainland.
This trip is being run by our partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts at running amazing snorkel excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world. A guide from Ben’s team will be with your 16 person group for the duration of your trip (see note below for the February 23, 2024 departure). Your guide is also a photo pro that will be offering casual photography workshops during the trip for anyone who is interested. This snorkeling trip was a great success in 2022.
Where Is Turneffe Atoll and the Resort?
Belize is on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America, just south of Mexico, with Guatemala neighboring to the west.
You will fly to Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City. Many airlines run direct flights from east and west coast hubs in the USA. From Europe you would need to fly first to the USA, Mexico, or Guatemala. Canadians near Toronto can fly direct.
You will be met at the airport in Belize City. You will be transferred to the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City for one night and a day tour of the ancient Mayan archeological site, Altun Ha (pictured below) the next day. After your tour, you will be transferred by boat to Turneffe Island Resort on Turneffe Atoll, about 20 miles east of Belize City. (Note: For the February 23, 2024 departure, your guide from Ben’s team will already be at Turneffe Resort. Your Altun Ha tour will be led by a wonderful local guide.)
You will spend seven nights at the resort, each day venturing out by boat to close-by snorkeling spots. One of those days, weather permitting, you will visit the Great Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
After your stay on Turneffe Atoll, you be transferred back to Belize City. You will be taken to the airport for your trip home, or the Radisson to wait for your flight. You may also extend your stay in Belize, with the help of Ben and his team if you desire.
What Is the Snorkeling on Turneffe Atoll Like?
Turneffe Atoll is surrounded by deep oceanic waters. It is the largest atoll in Belize and is considered to have the most biologically diverse reef there. The land and seascape consist of a network of reef flats, creeks, and lagoons dotted by more than 150 mangrove islands and higher cayes.
Large expanses of seagrass habitat in the shallows provide important refuge for reef fish, critters, and a variety of marine life.
The reefs are adorned with hard and soft corals in abundance – huge gorgonian fans and elephant ear sponges sway in gentle currents, fish life ranges from large groupers, tarpons, jacks, and reef sharks to schools of colorful angel and butterfly fish.
Twice a day you will venture out by smaller boat to visit close-by reefs. After a short 5-15 minute boat ride you will snorkel for 60 to 90 minutes. You will return for lunch between snorkeling adventures.
And for the longer day trip out to the Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef Atoll you will be in a larger covered boat. You will snorkel the Blue Hole, stop for lunch at Half Moon Caye, have another snorkel, and then stop at Long Caye for a third snorkeling opportunity. A very full day!
Nearly all of the snorkeling is in depths of 3-10 feet, which is ideal to get up and close with reef life, and to take some pictures. The reefs are adorned with gorgonian fans, enormous sponges, and healthy soft and hard corals – providing a perfect backdrop for the myriad of marine life on offer in the Caribbean Sea.
All the boats have comfortable ladders to make getting back in the boat easy.
What Is Turneffe Island Resort Like?
Turneffe Island Resort is located on the south end of Turneffe Atoll, on its own private island. It is ideally located for exploring what is arguably one of the best snorkeling areas in the Caribbean. And when you are not out on the water the resort is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy fantastic food, get a massage, and to watch sunsets from. There is a wide beach, a pool, a bar for evening cocktails, and a day spa.
The deluxe and superior rooms and private villas offer direct beach access and private screened porches. The rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans. The bathrooms have both private screened outdoor showers and normal indoor ones.
Tasty food is going to be part of this great experience, thanks to Turneffe Island Resort’s five-star culinary experience. Their skilled chefs can handle most all dietary requirements.
Optional Land Exploration Extensions
This trip does include a day adventure exploring a Mayan ruin. But Ben and his team can also help you extend your adventure by booking a land extension to see more of what Belize has to offer topside. They can arrange tours of the cities, excursions to different Mayan ruins, visits to the Actun Tunichil Muknalthe Cave, tubing rides through the jungle, or a canopy tour through the treetops. If you prefer a helicopter ride over the famous Blue Hole or wish to spend time in the Cockscomb Basin looking for jaguars and other wildlife, just let them know. The range of extension options includes accommodation and transfers.
Trip Details and How to Sign Up
This is a small group charter and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
February 16-24, 2024 – Available.
February 23 – March 2, 2024 – Available.
$4645 US per person (twin/double share) in a Deluxe Room
$4895 US per person (twin/double share) in a Superior Room
$5395 US per person (twin/double share) in a Private Villa
Single Supplement – $1895 US
The initial deposit for this trip is $400 US per person. At six months before departure there is a $1000 US per person interim deposit. The final balance will be due three months before departure. A few payment options are available including debit and credit cards.
Individual travelers – Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with. If he cannot find you someone, no single supplement surcharge will apply.
- Round-trip airport and resort transfers
- 1 night stay at Radisson Fort George Hotel Belize City with full board
- Belize Mainland Mayan Tour
- 7 nights accommodation and full board (all meals) at the Turneffe Island Resort
- 12 snorkel boat sessions at Turneffe Atoll
- 1 day snorkel trip to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Atoll
- Complimentary activities include kayaks, paddle boards, pool and Hobie Cat
- Complimentary WiFi (satellite-based, slow, depends on the weather)
- Guide from Ben’s Team
- Mask, snorkel, fin rental
- International flights
- Travel and health insurance
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, laundry and general sundries
- Spa services
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from TropicalSnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben’s team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
More About Ben and Our Partnership
Ben (pictured with Nicole) is our friend and snorkeling trips partner. He and his team are based in the U.K. and have over 20 years of experience guiding in Asia and beyond. He has been running his own business since 2010 and is primarily offering guided snorkeling trips, but he started with diving. He began offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
From our experience going on one of his snorkeling trips we found it very well organized, the guides were fantastic and very helpful, and the underwater experiences were exceptional. Snorkeling groups really get the benefit of all of Ben and his guides’ years of experience in the water, and with different resorts and liveaboards.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. Barring extreme circumstances they do not cancel trips, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.
Learn More About the Resort
Turneffe Island Resort Website
Completed Trip Dates
February 26 – March 6
February 24 – March 4