Belize Whale Shark Diving

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Make 2020 the Year You Dive with Belize Whale Sharks

If you’ve heard enough jokes referring to bottom-feeding lawyers nicknamed sharks, it’s time to give these magnificent ocean creatures the respect they deserve by preparing yourself to undertake the challenge of a lifetime in 2020. How? By going whale shark diving in Belize.

Scared? A little bit of fear is a healthy reaction, but keep this in mind: Belize is home to a thriving aqua-tourism industry offering snorkeling and diving experiences to visitors from around the globe. Would these ventures be as popular, heavily booked and safe if divers didn’t return home with all body parts intact?

How can you be part of the great whale shark swim adventure? By grabbing your calendar right now and checking to see when you can get away during Belize’s shark season: during full moon spans of spring and early summer that, in 2020, run from March 23rd to April 3rd; April 22nd to May 3rd; May 21st to June 1st and from June 20th to July 1st.

What can you expect if you travel to Belize to indulge your inner Cousteau by participating in an exciting shark dive? Frankly, it could come down to where you decide to stay because these seasonal excursions can book up early, and you might need an “in,” courtesy of your host resort. That’s why we recommend Chabil Mar Villas where all of your arrangements can be made at the time you book your rooms.

Chabil Mar will delight you, even if your primary purpose for staying there is to cavort with those whale sharks: Villas are beautifully appointed, private verandas lush and romantic and you don’t have to leave the resort for anything other than your shark diving excursions because Chabil Mar’s onsite restaurant, pool, spa services and beaches are guaranteed to delight all of your senses.

If you want to see more of Belize while you’re here, your Chabil Mar host is happy to send you off on hiking trails, to nature preserves, Mayan ruins treks and cave exploring and you won’t have to lift a finger to make arrangements if you choose the resort’s Whale Shark Dive Package.

This adventure package consists of three whale shark dives, two Belize Barrier Reef dives and accommodations for seven nights. On the days you don’t dive, soak up sun and breezes on the beach or partake of the vast menu of land-based tours available throughout Belize.

If this all sounds heavenly, we urge you to act now. Given short windows of time when these gentle giants are in the waters off Belize—and the likelihood that more and more repeat visitors will return in 2021 to relive their previous shark diving experiences—you risk disappointment if you don’t secure your place.

Once that’s done, be prepared to immerse yourself in the rarified environs of the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve where the whale sharks gather. Your visit is likely to change the way you view the natural order of things beneath the sea and the excitement you feel when you meet these creatures can’t be compared to any other experience you have in your lifetime.

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

Exploring Southern Belize

Because the international airport is located in the northern part of the country, many visitors overlook the majestic beauty and exciting attractions in southern Belize.

Belize is a small country, so the southern region can be reached in just a short drive of two to three hours. Whether it’s gorgeous Caribbean beaches, vast wildlife refuges, fragrant citrus plantations, or the softly rolling slopes of the Maya Mountains, southern Belize has a lot to offer.

Some of the top southern Belize attractions include the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). Just a short distance from the Placencia Peninsula, the CBWS measures more than 150 square miles (400 square km) of trackless wilderness, including mountains, jungles, savannahs, beaches, and waterfalls. Although rarely spotted in the daytime, the CWBS is also home to hundreds of jaguars which are continuously monitored by conservation scientists.

Other attractions in southern Belize include boat tours along the very well-named Monkey River. Heading upstream from the coast, the Monkey River passes through some of the wildest, most unspoiled jungle terrain in Belize, a great place to see exotic birds and animals in their native habitats, including, of course, troops of black howler monkeys.

And not to be outdone are the world-class scuba diving and snorkeling sites located on the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Americas. There are several protected marine areas in the reef, making it an ideal place to see huge schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, sharks, manatees, and even dolphins.

If you’re interested in touring southern Belize, you should definitely stay at Chabil Mar. An oasis of luxury, this southern Belize resort features elegant villas fully equipped with all modern conveniences, two freshwater infinity swimming pools, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant.

Chabil Mar is located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, often called “the island you can drive to” because of its golden sand beaches and narrow connection to the mainland. In the Mayan tongue, “Chabil Mar” means “Beautiful Sea,” a very apt description for the turquoise Caribbean Sea that borders Placencia’s eastern shore.

Chabil Mar regularly organizes tours to top activities in the region, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef, expeditions to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey River, visits to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and explorations of ancient Maya sites like Nim Li Punit and Lubaantum.

On your vacation to southern Belize, stay at Chabil Mar.

Planning a Belize Fishing Vacation

Whether you’re an amateur angler or an experienced pro wanting to earn your Grand Slam, Belize is an ideal place to enjoy a fishing vacation.

Thanks to its year-round balmy climate, there is always a large variety of fish to be found in the waters of Belize, including tarpon, jack crevalle, permit, bonefish, barracuda, cubera, marlin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, bonito, mahi-mahi, king mackerel, swordfish, snook, and snapper. Whether it’s deep sea fishing, fishing in lagoons, or fly fishing from the flats, there is truly an abundance of great species to fish in Belize.

In order to protect the health of the environment and protect the valuable fish stocks in the country, all fishing in Belize must be done with a license from the government’s Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. The cost is 100 BZD for a one-year license, 50 BZD for a one-week license, or 20 BZD for a one-day license (2 BZD = $1 U.S. dollar). Licenses can be purchased online here.

The law in Belize requires that bonefish, tarpon, and permit fish are all catch-and-release. There are some fish species that you are allowed to keep, but in general, most fish are also catch-and-release as well. If you’re interested in catching some fish for a tasty meal, be sure to ask your guide which species you are permitted to keep.

Note: The government strongly encourages fishing for lion fish, an invasive species, which you are definitely allowed to keep (and eat).

Here are a few of the top fishing spots in Belize:

Ambergris Caye – the lagoon on the western side of the island is a good place to find bonefish, permit, and tarpon.

Caye Caulker – the lagoons on the western side are also a great place to find bonefish and tarpon.

Turneffe Atoll – Ideal for fly-fishing amongst the mangrove islands or saltwater flats. Tarpon and bonefish are found in abundance in this area.

Punta Gorda – The coastal flats are a great place to find some permit fish.

Placencia – This area on the southeastern coast is also a great place to enjoy some fly fishing for permit fish.

Dangriga – A popular choice with local and foreign anglers alike, Dangriga’s shallow flats are loaded with bonefish. And a nearby island called Tarpon Caye is well named indeed.

If you’d like to enjoy a fantastic fishing vacation in Belize, Chabil Mar Resort offers a number of Belize fishing vacations. Chabil Mar is a luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize.

Visit our website for more information about fishing in Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning your Belize vacation.

15 Instagram Photos of Placencia Belize Everyone Needs to See

“The Placencia peninsula is fast becoming one of the major visitor destinations in Belize, one that may eventually rival Ambergris Caye as the most popular resort area in the country. It’s one 16-mile- (26-km-) long peninsula, with three different but complementary areas: Northern Peninsula/Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and Placencia Village” reads the profile of Placencia Belize on Fodors Travel website.

As you will see in these 15 Instagram photos, the Placencia Peninsula is not only a great vacation destination but also a fabulous place to snap amazing travel photos.

Placencia is a top Belizean gem

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Placencia has approximately 16 miles of sandy beaches

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Placencia has long enjoyed a reputation as ‘the caye you can drive to

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Belize is famous for its laid-back attitude, and Placencia beach is the perfect place for travelers to celebrate it

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Whale Sharks, the largest living fish, congregate near Gladden Spit off Placencia, Belize to feed on plankton and other spawning fish

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Placencia isn’t only known for it’s nice beaches and great bars, it also has superb food spots

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If you’re looking for somwhere to plan the perfect beach wedding, then look no further than Placencia Belize

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Everything in Placencia is calm and stress-free, from the breeze in the coconut palms to the waves lazily lapping the shore

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The Diving in Placencia is world class

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The average temperature in sub-tropical Placencia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average humidity is 83%placencia belize sunrise

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Placencia is a popular destination for visitors wanting to dive, fish and swim around the atolls and reefs teeming with some of the highest marine diversity in the world.

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Placencia was primarily a fishing village but it has now become a major tourism destination

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There are many places to stay in Placencia – from low-cost lodging to all inclusive Belize Resorts

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Placencia is simply Paradise

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Laughing Bird Caye is a beautiful Belizean isle that can be explored from Placencia

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For more information about the traveling to Belize or Placencia, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Discover Maya King Waterfalls in Southern Belize

Maya King Waterfall in Southern Belize

Swimming in a waterfall is the ultimate jungle adventure. In Belize, you can enjoy this experience at the Maya King waterfalls. These waterfalls are located in a privately-owned park and are about a 45-minute drive from Chabil Mar.

Belize has the tallest waterfalls in Central America and the Maya King Waterfalls are just one example of these magnificent cascades of pure, untouched water. 

The Maya King waterfalls are a hidden gem that will take your breath away with its spectacular surroundings. The waterfalls end in a large, natural pool filled with cold mountain water. You can swim, stand under the rushing waters or simply sit on the natural rock sides and enjoy the scenery. 

This is an easy, relaxing tour that’s fun for both locals and travelers alike. There is no hiking or climbing involved. You simply take transportation directly to the waterfall. Then you just climb out of the vehicle and step into the clear, cool waters of the natural pool. You will spend two hours at the waterfalls and then head back to Placencia. It’s a great excursion if you want just a touch of jungle adventure. 

If you do want to add some adventure to your tour, add zip-lining to your visit. Spend the morning flying through the jungle treetops, then cool off and relax at the waterfalls. As you traverse the jungle, you’ll be joined by tropical birds flying through the trees beside you. 

You can also add river tubing to this excursion. Get ready to ride a river that’s shaded on both sides by leafy jungle trees filled with colorful flora and fauna. You’ll be guided by an expert guide who can point out the key sights and sounds along the way. Finish your river adventure with a refreshing dip in the Maya King Waterfalls.

The Chabil Mar Difference 

Your Belize vacation starts at Chabil Mar Villas. Our award-winning luxury resort is the perfect haven to return after a day of adventures. 

The resort staff will arrange all your tours, excursions and transportation. All you have to do is relax and enjoy every minute of your perfect Belize holiday.

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