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The Stunning Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Stunning Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) comprises three protected areas in Central America that are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second longest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to incredible biodiversity, beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. The park was established in 1996 by The Belize Audubon Society and has since been expanded from 60 km2 to 688 km2, making it the largest protected area in Central America and one of the largest marine protected areas in the world.

Things to do in San Pedro
There are many things to do in San Pedro. Some of the highlights include exploring the amazing beaches, visiting temples, and interacting with stingrays at Shark Ray Alley.
You might also want to try ziplining through the rainforest, watching dolphins and whales swim by, or taking a day trip to Ambergris Caye. The barrier reef is only accessible by boat tour, so if you’re looking for some snorkeling and diving while you’re here then we recommend booking an excursion with one of our local guides. They can show you all sorts of cool spots not too far from town that aren’t as crowded as some other destinations.

Diving excursions with Advanced Divers Belize
This is one of the largest barrier reefs in the Western Hemisphere, stretching for over 300 miles along the coast of Central America. At least 300 species of coral have been recorded on the reef, with an additional 550 fish species and 200 types of mollusks. And those are just to name a few highlights! The diverse ecosystems within the reserve system also include: sea grass beds, mangrove forests, estuaries, coastal lagoons and atolls. These habitats support more than 350 different animal species and 400 plant varieties (including 50% of all identified bird species in Central America). One third of all marine life found in this region can be found on this incredible reef system.

What makes this reef so special?
Although the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the smallest in the world, it is part of one of the most diverse reef systems in the world. It supports some 34% of all fish species in the Western Hemisphere and it also provides protection for communities that lie on its shores. The reef has some 3,000 species and 500 different types of coral – although tourism affects marine life there are still many incredible sights to see.

Dive Operators on Ambergris Caye
With the expansive Belize barrier reef reserve system, there are many different activities to take part in on land and in the water. Most diving operators will offer you the opportunity to snorkel, scuba dive, or participate in a variety of excursions. You can choose from doing a day trip that includes an adventure out into the world famous blue hole or spend a couple days kayaking and hiking through the ancient Mayan ruins off the coast of mainland Belmopan.

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Things to do off the coast of Ambergris Caye
Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world can be found here. Dive shops on Ambergris Caye, Placencia, and San Pedro offer rentals for tanks and a wide variety of masks, fins, and wet suits. The coastline along the reef features plenty of smaller beaches that are perfect for swimming and relaxation. Sea kayaking is also a popular activity off the coast since it allows visitors to view parts of the reef that can’t be seen by foot or boat.

Things to do in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is a small coastal town in Southern Belize, known for its laid-back atmosphere. Its gorgeous beaches are favorites among travellers looking to take it easy and get off the beaten path. Though the community maintains a traditional Caribbean vibe, it offers quite a few restaurants and accommodations that appeal to a more global audience. A trip to Caye Caulker will surely leave you feeling refreshed and energized!

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