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: Belize City

    Arrive in Belize City and transfer to the National Geographic Sea Lion. Settle into your cabin as we set sail on the Caribbean Sea. (D)

  • DAY 2: Belize Barrier Reef

    Awaken in the northern cayes of the Mesoamerican Reef, a barrier reef system that stretches more than 600 miles and harbors incredible marine biodiversity. Edged with mangroves and scattered with idyllic tropical isles, these turquoise waters give us much to explore during our full day here. If weather and conditions permit, visit Half-Moon Caye to see its red-footed booby and magnificent frigatebird colony. Later, we’ll find a calm spot to paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or don a mask and fins to snorkel among sea turtles, swirling schools of tropical fish, and harmless nurse sharks. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Mayflower Bocawina National Park

    Spend the morning discovering the lush rainforests and waterfalls of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. On a variety of hikes with our naturalists, photograph unusual tropical flowers, watch for colorful bird species, and identify the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats. A series of camera traps are set up throughout the park to capture images of the elusive jaguar, so revered in Maya culture. Meet local scientists and researchers to see some of this footage and learn about ongoing studies of jaguar behavior. Tonight, an internationally acclaimed drumming group, The Garifuna Collective, joins us on board to perform their spirited music. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Monkey River/Belize Barrier Reef

    Rise early to board Zodiacs at the mouth of Monkey River and cruise inland through the Belizean jungle, in search of toucans, green iguanas, and myriad bird species. Few experiences rival hearing the first throaty roar of a mantled howler monkey echoing across the canopy. Explore the southern cayes of the Belize Barrier Reef this afternoon, and enjoy more opportunities to kayak and stand-up paddleboard, or go snorkeling amid vibrant corals teeming with tropical fish. For scuba divers, incredible dive opportunities abound (at additional cost). (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Belize Barrier Reef

    Our second straight day on the reef brings us into the central cayes, Here, coral patches dot the shallow coastal lagoon, harboring parrotfish, butterflyfish, octopi, and countless other marine species. We’ll drop anchor nearby and spend the full day within the fringing reef, discovering natural wonders both in the water and out. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Belize City

    Return to Belize City overnight and disembark after breakfast to transfer to the international airport for your flight home. (B)

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

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