Belize Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Belize offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the Caribbean. Chabil Mar is located within just 20 miles by boat from the second largest barrier reef in the world, where wall dives start at 35 feet and drops plunge nearly 300 feet. These dives are up to 100 feet in depth and recommended for advanced divers. Canyon diving is ideal for sighting nurse sharks and string rays. Some of the canyons begin at a depth of about 20 feet and gradually slope to about 80 feet. Shark Hole is a sinkhole inside the main reef 38 miles from Placencia.
During the three migration periods of March, April and May each year, Whale Sharks are observed at the Gladden Split Area. These dates change each year though each month usually guarantees ten to fourteen days of very good sightings. It should be noted that only the highly experienced divers should attempt diving for whale shark viewing due to the required deep-water depths and ocean diving. A variety of Southern Belize dive packages and vacations have been created for your pleasure, or contact the Chabil Mar Resort concierge to customize your Southern BELIZE scuba diving vacation. While snorkeling can be done from the pier at Chabil Mar, most visitors go offshore at one of many islands visible from the mainland. Laughing Bird Caye, a Belizean National Park, is a popular destination for both novice and experienced snorkelers alike.
World–Class Belize Fishing
The offshore waters from Chabil Mar are home to some of the best fishing imaginable. Be it tarpon, bonefish, snook, the prize permit or a grand–slam that anglers from around the globe come to Belize in search of, your guide will ensure that your day of sport fishing will be second to none. Whether your preference is a fly rod or a spin reel or trolling for your catch of the day, from barracuda to snapper to king mackerel to grouper, the waters directly offshore from Chabil Mar are arguably some the finest fishing grounds in the Caribbean Sea.
Fishing Vacation Package Options:
- Is a one day fishing adventure to your liking
- A week long vacation testing all of the waters of southern Belize?
- Perhaps you would like to fish while your family basks at the beach or pools at Chabil Mar, lounging on our pier or exploring Placencia Village?
- Click here to view the combination Turneffe Flats and Placencia Fishing Package
- Customize Your Belize Fishing Vacation!
There’s nothing quite like having a great morning of fishing, setting anchor at one of the many cayes and falling back into a hammock while your captain prepares your catch for you!
Placencia lies in the heart of the world-renowned cruising waters of Belize. Its local culture is rich in seafaring history and, in the not too distant past, sailing was the main form of transportation along its coastal waters. In the 17th century, pirates scoured Belize’s vast network of small coastal cayes (pronounced “keys”) for that ever–elusive Spanish galleon gold. Today, the country’s nearly 200–mile–long, reef–sheltered coastline offers a different kind of bounty: clear, calm waters, steady winds, and an endless maze of cayes, coves, and atolls–conditions that make Belize the most alluring sailing destination in Central America.
Its popularity is further enhanced by the coastline’s prized asset: the Belize Reef, the longest coral reef system in the Western hemisphere, which attracts legions of scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts.
Sailing has become largely recreational. It is a great eco–friendly way to access the area’s numerous cayes and abundant coral reefs. There is nothing more natural than cruising with the wind in silence, comfort and safety. Chabil Mar offers sailing opportunities for all budgets and activity levels.
Local skippers offer day sailing and overnights in a variety of crafts. Fully crewed luxury sailing yachts are also available. Some vessels offer dinner cruises or moonlight sailing on request. You can even learn to sail.
So while visiting Chabil Mar and Placencia, be sure to include sailing, a sunset cruise, island exploration or a Belize Sailing Vacation Package on your list of fun and exciting things to do. For more information about sailing while in Placencia, Inquire at Chabil Mar Concierge Services.
Kayak the mangroves in our tranquil lagoon and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the manatees that live here. And if you are one of the many adventure travelers who come to Placencia, you can do the cayes by kayak, camping along the way on the unspoiled islands that dot the horizon from there to the reef and back again.
Overnight kayaking tours are available. Click her to contact our Reservations Office to discuss your Belize vacation options
In addition, for the casual kayaker, Chabil Mar Resort offers complimentary kayaks for your daily use.
Sail off into the tropical sunset! Experience sheltered water sailing for all to enjoy with cool drinks and snacks. Watch the sun melt over the Maya Mountains while listening to great music and perhaps grab a glimpse of an elusive manatee to round off your perfect Placencia afternoon. Back in time for dinner ashore, soothed and relaxed from your sail.
Explore the Islands (Cayes) of Belize
Private day sailing and cruises are available, to explore the many cayes just offshore of the Placencia Peninsula.
Ideal for annual corporate events, staff outings, birthdays, wedding parties or any other special occasion. Maybe because it is just romantic!