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.

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.

Trophies Made Of Human Skulls Highlight The Collapse Of The Maya Civilization

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Much is already known about the ancient Maya civilization that once ruled the Central American nation of Belize. Of course, there are always new and intriguing things to discover – as recently proven by a team of archaeologists from Michigan State University.

Deep in the Belizean jungle, near Pacbitun, the archaeologists uncovered two human skull trophies. These defleshed and painted skulls were found buried with an ancient warrior and are believed to be manufactured from the heads of his defeated enemies. 

Though the discovery of these skulls is exciting in its own right, the location of the finding makes it even more interesting. The archaeologists believe that the discovery of the skulls may hint at the existence of regional conflicts towards the end of Maya civilization. More specifically, they think that it shows conflict between the established ruling class in the south (Belize) and upcoming powers in the north (near the Mexican Yucatan).

The archaeologists arrived at their conclusions because the location of the discovery and the time-period of the warrior are both consistent with the downfall of the Maya civilization. During the warrior’s life, northern cities in the Mexican Yucatan were rising to prominence and creating art and ceramics that were heavily influenced by military battles – often showing killings and decapitations.

The exact cause of the collapse of the Maya civilization in Belize is certainly complex and still relatively unknown. However, the presence of what seems to be a northern warrior (given the similarities between his trophies and the art of the time) in an established Maya city may indicate that war and conflict played a significant role in the events.

The best way to learn more about the ancient Maya civilization and its eventual downfall is by taking a trip to Belize. While here, you will be able to visit historic ruins and caves – taking in everything there is to know about the Maya people in the process.

Rather than figuring out every single detail of your trip on your own, you ought to book the Belize beach and jungle package from Chabil Mar. This package will not only make it easy for you to see the Maya sites but will also allow you to spend time relaxing on Belize’s pristine white sandy beaches. To learn more about the package or to make your booking, you can visit our website.

This is the Belize Resort Where You Should Stay For Your Placencia Vacation

The Best Resort in Placencia

Placencia is one of the top vacation destinations in Belize. Often called “the island you can walk to,” Placencia is just half a mile wide and 16 miles north to south. Located on the beautiful Caribbean coast of southern Belize, Placencia is home to some of the most beautiful golden sand beaches in a country that is chock full of beaches.

When it comes time to choose from amongst all the Belize beach resorts, visitors need to carefully sort through offerings in order to find the best one. With so many Placencia Belize resorts to choose from, though, deciding can be difficult. Luckily, one resort really stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

A perennial TripAdvisor winner and the winner of multiple hospitality awards, Chabil Mar is located right on the beach just a short, five-minute walk from Placencia Village. Chabil Mar has its own private span of beach as well as two freshwater infinity pools, a lush tropical garden, a private sea pier ideal for open-air dining, and an on-site gourmet restaurant.


At Chabil Mar, service and the comfort of guests always comes first. Chabil Mar has luxuriously appointed villas, each with air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet, and a full range of modern amenities, making it an ideal choice for anyone searching for lodging in Placencia, Belize. Although there are several Placencia Belize hotels nearby, only Chabil Mar is a true oasis of comfort and luxury.

Guests of Chabil Mar can also take advantage of free bicycle and Hobie cat (sailboat) rentals. The resort also offers Belize vacation packages that include transportation, lodging, and guided tours to all of the top destinations in the country for one convenient price. The name “Chabil Mar” means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Mayan language and offers guests far more comfort and privacy than nearby Placencia hotels.

The Placencia Peninsula is located close to a lot of great attractions, including hiking through the vast Cockcomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (home to more than 200 jaguars!), ancient Maya ruins, and boat tours along the well-named Monkey River. But there’s also lots to see on Placencia itself, including the “capital,” Placencia Village, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for the smallest “main street,” in reality, a four-foot wide pedestrian-only sidewalk lined with colorful murals, boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes.
For all of your Belize travel needs, book your vacation with Chabil Mar.