Kayaking – Stand Up Paddle boarding
Kayaking in Belize is world class. The silent mobility of the kayak enables paddlers to intimately explore Belize’s remote cayes, untouched coral reefs and abundant marine life. Your kayak journey can take you to places that few other people have a chance to experience. You can expect crystal clear waters, thousands of coral reefs, extremely abundant and varied marine life and balmy evenings under the stars. The water temperatures in Belize range from 78f – 80f during the months of December and January, warming to 80f – 82f in February through August.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of North America’s hottest new sports, and the sheltered lagoons and turquoise waters of the Southern Barrier Reef are ideal for both novice and experienced paddlers.
Zipline and River Tubing
Enjoy the incredible views while soaring above a valley in the Maya Mountain foothills. Scared of heights? There’s nothing to fear, the staff will walk you through all of the safety precautions and be at your side every step of the way.
Cool off in the refreshing waters of the South Stann Creek River while listening to the sounds of the jungle! For almost 2 miles, you will enjoy the thrills of rushing over small (Class 2) rapids and the relaxation of the slower parts of the river. Knowledgeable guides can point out hard-to-spot birds and identify their calls while you sit back and enjoy the ride. All participants will be provided a life jacket and helmet.
Snorkeling / Scuba Diving / Fishing
The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries.
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize. It is continuous from Cancún on the north-eastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya and up to Honduras, making it the third largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is Belize’s top tourist destination, popular for scuba diving and snorkeling.
South Water Caye Marine Reserve is situated about 30 minutes away from Seiri del Mar. In 1996, South Water Caye was added to a list of protected sites of “universal value to humanity,” by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They cited the reef ecosystems remarkable biological diversity and beauty, calling it an area “of great scientific value”.
Belize is also blessed to have 3 Atolls that offer incredible diving and snorkeling: Glover’s Atoll, Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef – home the world-famous Blue Hole.
Belize is a mecca for those interested in fishing. All kinds of fishing – spinning, fly, trolling – can be experienced all year long, and the abundance of game fish guarantees excellent sport. You may also like to traditional hand line fishing. The estuaries, inlets and mouths to the many rivers are known for their tarpon, snook and jacks. The lagoons and grass flats are known for the bonefish, permit and barracuda. The coral reefs support grouper, snapper, jacks and barracuda while the deeper waters off the drop off are home to sailfish, marlin, bonito and pompano.
Visit a spice farm where you can see how nutmeg, black pepper and cinnamon grows.
Loose yourself in a banana farm
Get tasting the world famous Marie Sharp hot sauce
There is no end to the food discoveries you can make in Belize
Hiking, Rapeling and Bird Watching
Mayflower Bocawina National Park and the Cockcomb Basin Jaguar Preserve are right on our doorsteps and offer endless hiking and bird watching possibilities. On you own as with a guide, get out there and enjoy !
This private island is only 30 minutes away from Seiri del Mar.
Offering a beautiful day escape on a beautiful island. Transportation by boat, leaving right from Hopkins is easily arranged.
Whether in the daytime to spot wildlife or at night for an unforgettable luminescence show, river tours can be the highlight of your visit to Belize.
As you head up the river you will see beautiful flora and fauna, and your guide will point out various birds like, toucan, heron, tanager and more. You are likely to see iguanas diving into the water, troops of howler monkeys racing through the trees and crocodile’s lazing along the banks of the river. Stop for a hike through the jungle, were your guide will point out local plants used in herbal medicines, tarantulas, snakes and monkeys. If you have never seen a howler monkey before, this is the place to go!
The Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo is located about 2 hours away from Seiri del Mar. It was opened in 1983 and is home to animals that have been orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center exhibits over 175 animals, representing over 45 native species. A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.
Xunantunich Maya Ruins are located about 2 hours and 50 minutes away from Seiri del Mar.
Xunantunich lies directly on the tourist route for those leaving Belize for Tikal in Guatemala or vice versa and is easily accessible from the Western Highway. A small hand-cranked ferry carries visitors across between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm and can be reached by bus or taxi. The distance from the ferry is under a mile and suitable for hiking for those in excellent physical condition, the narrow road is well paved but rising and hilly. Most visitors will prefer to take a taxi or their tourist bus to the visitor centre and from there stroll to the site complex.
Xunantunich was first explored in the 1800’s by Dr. Thomas Gann a British medical officer. In comparison to other neighboring sites, the history of the Maya at Xunantunich is relatively short. Early Belize Maya settlers may have established a small village at the site during the Middle ,Preclassic (600-300 BC) period, but the ancient city, as we know it, rose to prominence and declined between AD 700 to 1000. This rather late development is unusual because it indicates that while most other cities in the region were waning during the troubled Terminal Classic period (AD 800-900), the fortunes of Xunantunich were on the rise.
Be sure to climb to the top of “El Castillo” for espectacular views of both Belize and Guatemala!
There are different tour operators and hotels in Hopkins that can arrange a tour or you can drive and ask for a guide at the site.