Travel to the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, on this 6-Day/5-Night voyage. Experience the vibrant sea, home to the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere, just recently taken off UNESCO's endangered list.


  • DAY 1: Guatemala City, Guatemala/Puerto Barrios

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

  • DAY 2: Monkey River, Belize/Laughing Caye National Park

    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 diver opportunities abound (additional cost).

  • DAY 3: Belize Barrier Reef

    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, we’ll go ashore for a beach barbecue this afternoon or evening.

  • DAY 4: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary/Manatee or Sittee River

    Spend the morning discovering the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. Join our 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

    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, Guatemala

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

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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