10 Stunning Photos from the Belize Barrier Reef

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Last year we had the pleasure of hosting James, the travel blogger behind the website www.escapingabroad.com. If you visit the about section of his site, you will find out that his favorite country in the world is Belize. We here at Chabil Mar do not blame him for that because we understand and appreciate the beautiful things that Belize offers to its 350,000 inhabitants as well as the thousands of travelers who visit the country each year.

One of those beautiful things in Belize that locals and visitors enjoy is the colorful and Great Barrier Reef.  Even Charles Darwin, the world renowned Naturalist loved it that in 1842, he described it as the “most remarkable reef in the west indies.”The Belize Reef not only provides succulent sea food to our people but is also ideal for snorkeling and diving.

In this blog post, we share ten jaw dropping underwater photos from the Belize Barrier reef. All photos courtesy of www.escapingabroad.com.

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Colorful Reef’s

Diving near the atolls and reefs in the Southern area of Belize are some of the most colorful I’ve seen yet.

See also: Belize Sailing Vacations

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Sneaky Pipefish

Attempting to blend in but I found him anyway

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Mean Green

Moray eels look meaner than they actually are.

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Hovering Grouper

A Nassau grouper hanging out above a large sponge.

See also: Belize Fishing Vacations

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Fangs

Spotted morays are smaller than their green cousins but have just as much attitude!
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Pinocchio

The first batfish I’ve ever seen! Sure are pretty aren’t they?

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Batfish

Had to add in a profile photo.. hard to beat how weird these guys look!

See also: Belize Island Vacations
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Mugshot

That’s one only a mother could love!
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Hide and Seek

This small sharpnose puffer fish tried to hide in a brightly colored sponge to no avail!

See also: Belize Scuba Diving Vacations
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The Little Guys

It’s always fun to watch the little fish hiding close to the coral for protection.

If you are interested in discovering and exploring the great Belize reef, check out these Belize Sea Adventures. And if you have any questions on Belize, feel free to drop us an email reservations@chabilmarvillas.com

A Belize Fishing Trip Should Be on Your Bucket List in 2019

Ever dreamt of completing your own Caribbean Grand Slam? Or maybe enjoying some fly-fishing from the flats of a gorgeous, uninhabited island? Whatever your idea of amazing fishing, there’s no better place to be an angler than Belize.

Here are some great reasons why you should book your 2019 fishing trip to Belize right now:

1 – Fishing Season 

It’s always warm in Belize, and the varying tides up and down the coast and along the reef make for great fishing all year round. All you need is a fishing license ($20 for a week or $50 for a month) which you can purchase online ahead of time. Even on a “bad” day, the fishing is always good or excellent in Belize.

2 – Beautiful Nature 

Tranquil, mangrove-lined lagoons, white sand beaches, verdant flats, sandy atolls, spits of dry land on the reef, and a huge network of freshwater rivers and estuaries mean that Belize is home to a myriad of beautiful spots to enjoy fishing. Lagoons compromise five percent of the mainland, and there are over 400 offshore islands, so you’ll never run out of gorgeous places to fish. And because Belize is so uncrowded, you’ll always be able to find a tranquil spot.

3 – Fantastic Fly-fishing 

Many people consider Belize to be the fly-fishing capital of the world. There’s even an island called Tarpon Caye, which should tell you just how prevalent species like permit, bonefish, snook, and tarpon are in the waters of Belize. Many anglers have achieved the coveted Super Slam (catching all four species in a single day) because the fly-fishing is just that good in Belize.

4 – Deep Sea Fishing 

Not to be outdone, the deeper waters on the outer edge of the reef are home to some really amazing fishing, too. Unlike the overfished waters of Mexico, the reef in Belize is teeming with some truly big specimens of sailfish, mahi-mahi, bonito, wahoo, king mackerel, blackfin tuna, and marlin.

5 – So Many Species 

A partial(!) list of sport fishing species that thrive in Belize include: Jack Crevalle, snook, grouper, snapper, marlin, great barracuda, tarpon, amberjack, snook, permit, bonefish, wahoo, sailfish, and lionfish. So many choices!

If you’d like to enjoy some fishing in Belize, the ideal fishing resort to stay is Chabil Mar. Located steps from the beach on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar has a number of Belize fishing vacation packages perfectly suited to help make your angling dream come true.

Here’s Why You Should Spend Your Spring Break in Belize

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With Spring Break almost here, it’s time to get away and enjoy the sun in the Caribbean! Here are some reasons why you should spend your Spring Break in Belize:

1. The beaches are beyond spectacular with white sand and crystal clear Caribbean water
2. English is the official language
3. It’s not that far from the U.S. – about a two hour flight from Houston or Miami
4. There are some really fantastic Belize all-inclusive resorts offering specials
5. Plenty of fun, relaxation, and adventure, all included in your Belize vacation

One of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private  shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

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Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Carcol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Gladden Spit & Silk Caye Marine Reserve

belize whale shark diving at Gladden Spit in Placencia BelizeExplore the Natural Wonders of Gladden Spit & Silk Caye Marine Reserve 

The waters off of the coast of Placencia in southeastern Belize were declared a marine reserve in 2001 to protect the rich bio-diversity of hundreds of species of sharks and tropical fish that inhabit the area. The lunar cycles of the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve bring enormous schools of fish to the area to spawn, releasing enormous clouds of eggs that attract top predators like whale sharks.

Although fishing is heavily restricted in the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve, visitors to the spectacular blue waters are permitted to engage in one of the most thrilling underwater experiences in Belize – diving with the whale sharks. Being filter feeders, whale sharks pose little danger to humans, allowing divers to interact and play with these beautiful creatures of the deep.

Whale sharks can grow up to 12 meters (41 feet) long, and weigh up to 66,000 pounds, making them the largest-known species of fish on the planet. Feeding on fish eggs, tiny plankton and microscopic shrimp known as krill, whale sharks have no teeth, which is why they can be approached by humans with minimal risk. Whale sharks are curious and playful animals, often approaching and interacting with divers. Because experiencing whale sharks is such a popular attraction, only licensed tour operators can bring divers to the area, arranging tours at specific times to get the best chance of spotting the sharks as they come close to the surface to feed.

Complete Guided Whale Shark Diving Package

If you’d like to swim with the sharks, Chabil Mar is now offering a special whale shark package that includes a guided diving experience with these amazing marine creatures. Located in the beautiful Placencia Village of southeastern Belize, Chabil Mar offer luxury accommodation at affordable prices, with gorgeously-appointed beachfront suites that face the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

For more information about diving with whale sharks in Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge{@}chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@}chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Belize’s Biggest Sporting Event: La Ruta Maya-Belize River Challenge

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La Ruta Maya River Challenge

2019 will mark the 21st anniversary of one of Belize’s most exciting sports competitions. First held in 1998 as a corporate sponsorship event, La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge has blossomed into an exciting international race featuring teams from around Belize and the world as they compete in the grueling four-day canoeing challenge.

This year, more than a 100 teams will set off from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio town for the first leg of the journey. Cheered on by thousands of excited fans, the canoeists are racing to promote awareness of the environment, ecology, and the beauty of Belize as they seek to be the first to cross the finish line in Belize City on the fourth and final day of the event.

Competing teams will be awarded based on eight different racing divisions:

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Mixed Gender
  • Masters
  • Intramural
  • Dory
  • Pleasure Craft
  • Family Adventure Racers

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Teams will set out early in the morning on the first day from San Ignacio Town in western Belize for the first leg of the race, a trip approximately 46 miles long. On day two, teams will begin at Banana Bank for the difficult second leg, a grueling 60 mile course that ends at Double Head Cabbage Village. On the third day, racers will navigate 36 miles of treacherous currents to arrive at Henderson Bank in Burrel Boom. On the fourth and final day, teams will push themselves to the limit to finish the 28-mile long last leg to be the first to arrive in downtown Belize City.

This year, the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge will begin on March 8 and will conclude on March 11.

On behalf of Chabil Mar and its Staff, we wish the best of luck to all the participating teams.