#4 Dive the Blue Hole
If you’re a scuba diver and happen to be in Belize, you can’t miss out on diving the Blue Hole. Jacques-Cousteau made the place famous by declaring it to be one of the best diving spots in the world; many divers have since trekked out to Belize for a chance to dive in the Blue Hole, and once you hear about it, you’ll know why.
The Blue Hole is an almost perfect circle that is over 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. Reefs surround the hole, which is a great snorkeling experience for those who aren’t experienced divers. If diving is your thing, you will want to go down into the hole – and you’re able to do just that. You can dive down to about 130 feet though at about 120 feet you can see the stalactites and other rock formations, which were created when the cave wasn’t buried under water. Seriously, how amazing would that be?
#5 Explore the Lost World Cave
The history of Belize will astound you, and the fact that you can get up close and personal with ancient relics will simply blow you away. While Cancun is better known for its Mayan history, Belize has its fair share of relics as well – many of them found within the caves that are also beautiful to tour in their own right.
In the Lost World cave, you not only get to hike through the jungle and explore a stunning cave, you also get to see actual ceremonial sites of the ancient Mayas including fire pits, pottery, bowls, relics, alters, wall carvings, glyph writings, and actual skeletons of sacrificial victims – all of which are more than 2,000 years old. If one cave isn’t enough for you, don’t worry because there are many more.
Another great cave with Mayan artifacts inside is the Actun Tunichil Muknal. Be prepared to wade through some deep water and lose your shoes inside the caves (to protect the artifacts) for this one, but trust us, it’s worth it.
#6 Drop Down into a Black Hole
The Black Hole Drop is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you won’t want to miss this. The drop is exactly what it sounds like: It starts out with a vigorous hike to the mouth of the “Mother of all Caves,” Actun Loch Tunish. Once you’re there, you head to the edge of a giant sink hole that sits 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rain forest canopy.
While the hole itself isn’t really black, it appears that way from where you stand and that’s exactly where you’re going to drop. Using rappelling lines, you descend down into the basin below. According to one site, the first 10 feet provides the initial adrenaline rush, the next 200 feet provide for some amazing views, and the last 100 or so feet take you down through the rain forest canopy. You better leave your fear of heights at home for this adventure!