Activities at Orchid Bay
Orchid Bay is home to a natural exotic environment where you can enjoy a number of water activities including some of the best sport fishing in the world. The surrounding jungle is an explorer’s dream, rich with vegetation, Mayan history, and wildlife. With Belize as your backyard playground, there’s always something to do.
Orchid Bay is sheltered from the large swells of the open ocean, so the water is generally quite calm and perfect for paddle boarding. Once complete, the canal systems at Orchid Bay will allow for travel throughout the community.
Belize is known for fishing year round and is home to hundreds of species including bonefish, barracuda, cobia, grouper, rainbow runners, tarpon and triggerfish. Enjoy fly fishing or explore into deep sea to find Marlin, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Bonito, and Mahi Mahi.
Take a kayak journey that few others have a chance to experience — through the jungles and rainforests of Belize. Kayaking at Orchid Bay is world class with calm waters of the bay that connect to remote cays and rivers as well as the Caribbean Sea for both river and sea kayaking adventures.
Boating and Sailing
The Bay of Chetumal stands out for its multicolor splendor, one of the main attractions of the region, and is becoming popular for boating and sailing. With access to the Caribbean Sea, you can easily travel to any of the hundreds of islands and three major offshore atolls in Belize.
From shallow, clear reefs to spectacular drop offs, Belize offers a range of diving for any level of experience. Explore mangrove cayes, coral reefs, seagrass beds and lagoons, all offering something different. Belize is one of the world’s top destinations for scuba diving.
Belize has the second longest barrier reef in the world; nearly the entire length of the country. The underwater clarity is better in the north, which hosts Hol Chan and Shark-Ray Alley, one of Belize’s most popular dive and snorkel spots.
Beneath the surface of beautiful Belize, lies the Maya underworld. Explore the ancient past by cave tubing, hiking, or canoeing through the majestic cave systems in Belize.
With over 500 species of birds, Belize is a birdwatcher’s dream. The ecosystem creates a rich and varied bird population so you will see beautiful birds almost anywhere you go. There are also several bird watching sites throughout Belize.
Marine and Wildlife Reserve
Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve offers the beauty and natural wonders of a remote World Heritage Site. Get a glimpse of an astonishing range of habitats and a diverse array of creatures. See fossilized remains of an ancient barrier reef to the remnants of Maya settlements.
Belize lies in the ancient Maya heartland and is a treasure trove of temples, towns and cities, only a few of which have been uncovered. Just a short distance from Orchid Bay are three local Maya sites: Santa Rita, Cerros, and Nohmul.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary contains a mosaic of wetland and terrestrial habitats including lagoons, creeks, logwood swamps, broadleaf forest and pine savanna. The Sanctuary protects globally endangered species including the Central American River Turtle, Mexican Black Howler Monkey, and Yellow-headed Parrot.
Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is located just 60 miles off the coast of Belize. It’s an underwater sinkhole and world-class destination for recreational scuba divers. You can see a plethora of marine life including tropical fish and spectacular coral formations in crystal clear water.