When I heard that Belize is home to the second largest coral reef in the world, I knew I needed to snorkel it. Especially since I already snorkeled the largest one – the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia. Belize’s reef stretches to be just shy of 200 miles and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During my trip to Belize, my friends and I took a tour from Belize City to visit a coral reef about 45 minutes away. The coral reef in Belize did not disappoint. spotted starfish, rays, eels, living conch and varieties of vibrant fish. Even on our way there a dolphin curiously hitched a ride in the boat’s wake. I was relieved to see that the coral at our snorkeling site was still colorful and healthy.
During my snorkeling experience, I learned that there are over 500 different types of fish at this coral reef.
After snorkeling for a little over an hour, our boat stopped at the quaint, but privately owned “Starfish Island”. The island very touristy, but relaxing in a hammock merely steps away from the Caribbean water was the perfect way to end the day. The island has plenty of lounge chairs, a swing-set in the water, playground, hammocks, a bar, restaurant, and also rentable floats and kayaks.
You can learn more about traveling Belize and seeing it’s Coral Reef here.