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A Voyage to Belize: Wildlife, Reefs, and Rivers

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Discover the tropical wonders of Belize on a voyage along the country’s remote southern coast. Using the National Geographic Quest as your base for exploration, snorkel the colorful corals of the Belize barrier reef, skirt the shores of white-sand islands by kayak and stand-up paddleboard, and swim in turquoise lagoons teeming with marine life. Head inland to explore lush jungles on foot; and cruise coastal rivers in Zodiacs, seeking out howler monkeys and toucans in the surrounding rainforest canopy. The expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Your itinerary includes Zodiac cruises and easy hikes, with options each day for more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, or biking. Scuba diving is offered at additional cost.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Guatemala City, Guatemala | Puerto Barrios | Embark
Day 2 : Monkey River, Belize | Laughing Caye National Park
Day 3 : Belize Barrier Reef
Day 4 : Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary | Manatee or Sittee River
Day 5 : Lighthouse Reef
Day 6 : Puerto Santo Tomas | Disembark | Guatemala

Highlights

  • Cruise through the Belizean jungle, in search of toucans, green iguanas, and myriad bird species
  • Encounter sea turtles, swirling schools of tropical fish, and harmless nurse sharks
  • Enjoy a festive Garifuna Collective music performance
  • Snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and scuba dive on this adventure

Ship

National Geographic Quest

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Life in an underwater world Kayaking in Belize Jaguar up in the tree Snorkel to find the blacknosed butterflyfish. Toucan in jungle Diving among the reef and marine life

Day 1 Guatemala City, Guatemala | Puerto Barrios | Embark

Arrive in Guatemala City and connect with your charter flight to Puerto Barrios, where you'll embark the National Geographic Quest.

Day 2 Monkey River, Belize | Laughing Caye National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail the southern coast of Belize to the mouth of Monkey River and board Zodiacs to cruise inland through the Belizean jungle, in search of toucans, green iguanas, and myriad bird species. This afternoon, anchor in Laughing Bird Caye National Park, home to idyllic sandy isles and a portion of the Belize barrier reef. Take to the water by snorkel, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. For scuba divers, incredible diving opportunities abound (additional cost).

Day 3 Belize Barrier Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day to further explore the reef, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity. Don a mask and fins and dive into turquoise waters to encounter sea turtles, swirling schools of tropical fish, and harmless nurse sharks. Conditions permitting, Go ashore for a beach barbecue this afternoon or evening.

Day 4 Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary | Manatee or Sittee River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning discovering the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. Join your naturalists for a hike along one of the reserve’s many nature trails to photograph tropical plants, scan the treetops for winged wonders, and spot the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats. Visit a Maya handicraft center, then cruise the mangrove forests of the Manatee or Sittee River. Tonight, an internationally acclaimed drumming group, The Garifuna Collective, joins us on board for a festive music performance.

Day 5 Lighthouse Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Lighthouse Reef and go snorkeling, paddleboarding, diving, or kayaking inside its fringing reef. The shallow lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches that harbor parrotfish, butterflyfish, octopus, and other marine species.

Day 6 Puerto Santo Tomas | Disembark | Guatemala

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Puerto Santo Tomas and catch your charter flight to Guatemala City, where you’ll connect with your flight home.

National Geographic Quest

Per person starting at
$3,970
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Category 1
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 2
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 3
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and a large view window. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 4
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 5
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 
 

Rates Include:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of the expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
 
Rates Exclude:

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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