Welcome to Northern Cays

If you imagined stringing up a hammock on a deserted beach, there is an outer atoll with your name on it. Pining to be pampered? You can choose from an ever-growing glut of ritzy resorts on Ambergris Caye. San Pedro is prime for dancing the night away to a reggae beat, while Caye Caulker moves at a slower pace.

But the islands are only the beginning: only a few miles offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef flourishes for 190 awe-inspiring miles, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore canyons and coral, to come mask to snout with nurse sharks and stingrays, and to swim with schools of fish painted every color of the palette.

Top experiences in Northern Cays

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Northern Cays activities

$107 Water Sports

Belize Snuba Adventure Tour from Ambergris Caye

Your tour starts with a short ride to a designated SNUBA site – either Mexico Rocks or Hol Chan Marine Reserve (your choice). Once you arrive, learn how to SNUBA with a 15-minute safety and orientation session from your expert guide. You don’t need lengthy training or diving certification to enjoy this experience! Simply breathe through a regulator attached to a tank above the water by a long hose. When you’re ready, descend to a maximum depth of 20 feet (6 meters) while breathing easily underwater. You’ll be amazed by the pristine surroundings as you discover an abundance of marine life in the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean! If you’re at Mexico Rocks, located midway between Ambergris Caye and its barrier reef, you’ll explore a shallow area of colorful patch reefs and sea grass beds. Or, at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, discover a small channel and protected coral reef with a plentiful variety of tropical reef fish such as snappers, jacks and groupers. Your tour ends with boat transport back to your hotel (additional fuel surcharges may apply).

$60 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley Tour from San Pedro

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize CayesGuided Snorkel in the Hot Chan Marine Reserve with sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks and living coral reef.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye, Belize CayesFeed the nurse sharks and stingrays and snorkel with them or enjoy from the boat.Duration: 45 minutes

$66.99 Water Sports

Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour

Step aboard a motorboat for a 4-mile (6.4-kilometer), 15-minute ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Maya for ‘Little Channel’), the first marine reserve established in Central America.Explore the shallow reef of this channel as you snorkel the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Since the area has protected status and three ecological zones, you’ll find healthy coral and sea-grass beds supporting 160 different species of fish, including large schools of reef fish like groupers, jacks and snappers.Next, head south to your second snorkel stop, Shark Ray Alley, where you’ll see stingrays softly fanning the water with their 2- to 4-foot (.6- to 1.2-meter) wingspans. Watch the curious but gentle brown nurse sharks swim below! After your encounter with these amazing creatures of the sea, you’ll hop back aboard the boat and return to your hotel.

$110 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Hol Chan Marine Park, Shark Ray Alley, and Caye Caulker Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize CayesEnjoy a guided snorkel at Hot Chan Reserve and swim with sea turtles, sting rays, schools of tropical fish and living coral reef.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye, Belize CayesFeed the nurse sharks and sting rays and enjoy watching from the boat or snorkel along side.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Caye Caulker, Caye Caulker, Belize CayesEnjoy 2 Hours exploring, shopping and having lunch in the quaint island town on Caye Caulker.Duration: 2 hours

$299.40 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

New River and Lamanai Maya Ruins Air Tour from Ambergris Caye

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lamanai Archaeological ReserveExplore the temples of the ancient Maya city of Lamanai on a guided tour. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$284.40 Outdoor Activities

Zipline and Caves Branch River Tubing from Ambergris Caye

Begin your full-day adventure with a 15-minute flight to Belize City from the San Pedro Ambergris Caye Airstrip! Then, relax on a 1-hour drive along Belize’s Western Highway to Caves Branch Outpost, located in the Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve. When you arrive, prepare for your zipline and cave-tubing adventure!First, get an instructional safety briefing from an expert guide and try on your equipment – including harness and hardhat. Then, climb up to your first zipline, secured to a platform high up in a hardwood tree, and look out across the tropical forest canopy. Your spectacular view includes palm fronds and a scenic backdrop of karst limestone cliffs.When you feel ready, take a thrilling leap and propel yourself by the overhead cable across the first 150 feet (46 meters)! When you arrive at the next platform, you’ll be excited to take off again and continue gliding gracefully between treetops. With six more ziplines to go, each ranging in length from 200 to 600 feet (61 to 182 meters), you’ll feel like you’re flying!After the final stretch, exchange your zipline gear for cave-tubing equipment, including a hardhat with headlamp, and follow your guide down a nature trail. Along the way, learn about the herbs, roots and medicinal plants the Maya used for ancient remedies. Your guide will point out the sounds and sightings of various bird species as well.You’ll arrive at the entrance tunnel to an ancient, underground cave system. Here, the Caves Branch River winds through caverns the Maya once occupied, called Xibalba – the underworld – in Mayan mythology. After a safety briefing and instructions on proper cave exploration from your guide, you’ll be ready to float along the gentle currents.Sit back on your own inflated inner tube and enjoy drifting through the beautiful caves, where stalagmites and stalactites and other crystal-like formations have developed over time. You’ll surface into the sunlight before submerging into another cave; your cave journey ends in the open river with the rest of your group floating on their tubes.Your adventure at Caves Branch Outpost ends with a buffet lunch at the Canopy Café (including juice or iced tea), before transport back to Belize City for your return flight to Ambergris Caye.