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The Belize Barrier Reef

The world is a huge and amazing place. With so many different countries, cities, and cultures, it’s impossible to know about all of them. One of the places that most people have heard of but don’t know a lot about is Belize. For instance, did you know that Belize was once the heartland of the Mayan empire and there are Mayan ruins that you can visit all over the country? One of the other fun facts that people are often shocked to find out on their Belize vacation package is that Belize is the home to the second largest barrier reef in the world.



The Great Mayan Reef is a marine region that stretches over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Of this marine region, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to 30% of the reef system. Since 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its important marine habitat and global natural resource. This coral reef has made a living for many locals, not only because of the fishing, but because it’s a tourist attraction.


Since these waters are protected, it means that tourists and locals are able to enjoy the coral reef, while also following guidelines to make sure the reef is protected. The advantage of this is that resources will be saved and we will be able to enjoy it’s beauty for many years to come. One of the best activities to do here is go scuba diving. When you do, you’ll get to enjoy the diverse marine life that lives in the coral reef.


The great thing about scuba diving in Belize is that both beginner and experienced divers can enjoy these waters. If you’re an experienced diver, you may have your sights on the Great Blue Hole. This is a giant marine sinkhole that’s 407 feet deep. On this excursion, divers can see cave formations while being surrounded by Caribbean Reef Sharks.


If you want to see the second largest coral reef in the world, you should consider a Belize vacation package. For more information, contact us at Arik Travel.

If you’re considering our Belize vacation package for your next holiday, or if you’re looking for travel vacations or vacation packages, we have the best deals for you. If you want to make your vacations unforgettable, give Arik Travel a call now at 916 688 3700. What are you waiting for?

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