Below you will find overviews of your top activity choices. You can still choose to participate in any other activities available, some of of which were included in the original activity guide you received from us. This list just represents the most popular for our group based on the responses we received. If you would like to book an activity for your small group, please visit the Parrot Cove Lodge reception area.
The only activities that have been pre-booked for the group are fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and the sunset cruise. If you have been included in the reservation for these activities, your name is listed below. If you want to join and your name is not listed, let Kate know. Likewise, if you are listed but don't want to participate, let Kate know.
SNORKELING IS SCHEDULED FOR
TUESDAY, JULY 30:
7:30AM DEPARTURE FROM HOPKINS MARINA; 12:00PM RETURN
$75 PER PERSON
Snacks and water are provided. Snorkel gear is complimentary.
FISHING IS SCHEDULED FOR
SUNDAY, JULY 28:
8:00AM DEPARTURE FROM SITTEE RIVER, ADVENTURE CHARTERS BELIZE DOCK; 12:00PM RETURN
$125 PER PERSON
Enjoy a half or full day of Belize fishing. You will be picked up at the villa and will be fishing within half an hour. You will catch dinner fish such as barracuda, grouper, snapper, and more. And depending on the season, you may have the chance to dive for lobster or conch. Your catch can be filleted for you so it is ready to be grilled that evenin
THE SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE 3-TANK DIVE IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JULY 29:
7:00AM DEPARTURE FROM PARROT COVE LODGE; 12:00PM RETURN
$190 PER PERSON CREDIT
$180 PER PERSON CASH
South Water Caye Marine Reserve is the largest reserve in the country, with 18 different dive sites. The surface intervals are spent on the island. Considered one of the most biodiverse marine areas in all of Belize, the marine reserve consists of pristine reefs, mangroves, palm-fringed islands, turquoise waters, and seagrass beds that provide a home to tropical reef fish, rays, seabirds, manatees, and crocodiles.
SUNSET CRUISE IS SCHEDULED FOR
TUESDAY, JULY 30:
3:00PM DEPARTURE FROM HOPKINS MARINA; 7:00PM RETURN
$75 PER PERSON
Your day begins with a 2.5 hour drive from the villa up the Hummingbird & Western Highways into Belize’s western district. On your journey you will pass many small villages as well as the nation’s capital, Belmopan, and the bustling market town of San Ignacio which sits high above the Macal River. The tour stops here to view the ruins of Cahal Pech which are partially restored and provide an excellent example of classic period structures left by the Maya.
You will enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the way and then continue west bringing you within a mile of the Guatemalan border. Here you will cross the Macal River on a fascinating, hand-cranked ferry to access the large Mayan site known as Xunantunich. This stunning ruin has several plazas and a large selection of classic period structures. Those ambitious enough to hike to the top of El Castillo, the tallest structure on the site, will be rewarded with panoramic views of both Belize and Guatemala.
Spend the day on the tranquil island of Thatch Caye, located along the barrier reef. It’s just 20 minutes away from the villa and is a great way to get a taste of the island life. You will take a 20 minute ride on a dive boat and be greeted at Thatch Caye’s private island resort with a welcome drink. Spend most of the day (9:30 am to 2:30 pm) enjoying Thatch Caye’s facilities and amenities such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boards, or just relax on the beach with a refreshing cocktail. Explore the surrounding waters in a kayak, relax in a hammock and enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch, it’s all included. The Activities Staff is happy to assist you if you’d like to upgrade your stay with additional services such as fly fishing classes or a massage.
A group is planning to practice yoga 3-4 mornings during the week at Villa Verano. Bring your own yoga mat if you'd like to join.
One of the unique aspects of the Belize Zoo is the fact that it set within the natural habitat of the animals. The zoo houses 45 native species which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated, or donated by other zoos around the world.
You’ll get a fantastic view of everything Belize: fields, streams, caves, and jungle, as your guides lead you on your own all terrain vehicle. Great for families and even better on a rainy day.
You’ll take a tour by foot into the dense tropical rainforest of the Cockscomb Basin which has a total protected area of over 100,000 acres. An Education Center details the topography, geology, plant, and animal life that make up this incredible jungle. The preserve is believed to have the world’s highest density of jaguars as well as several other cat species. Although Cockscomb is famous for its cat species, it is also a good place to see other mammals. Black Howler monkeys have recently been reintroduced to the preserve and are sighted from time to time along the forest trails. With many established trails to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics, you
may choose to visit one of the stunning waterfalls (a great place to take a cooling swim), or, less taxing, borrow an inner tube to float the south Sittee River, a true tropical wonder.
Departing after breakfast, you will pass through Hopkins Village and connect with the Southern
Highway, heading toward the Maya Mountains which are visible in the distance. After a short drive, you arrive at Mayflower Bocawina National Park where your guide will lead you briefly through an uncovered Mayan ruins site, which has several ceremonial mounds as well as an ancient ball court. The hike to Antelope Falls is rigorous but truly worth the effort. The waterfalls drop some 100 feet
from above your head and cascade down a massive rock face, forming small pools ideal for
swimming. A steep trail leads to the top of the falls and from this vantage point the breathtaking views include the jungle and even the Caribbean Sea! Here you will find yet another beautiful pool and you are invited to take a long and refreshing dip.
Leaving the villa, the drive is just over an hour to Caves Branch River, where your guide will lead you to the mouth of an extraordinary series of caves. This tour combines cave tubing and cave exploration. These caves are mind boggling in their scope of well preserved artifacts with ancient Maya ceremonial centers, pottery, alters, obsidian blood letting blades, jade, and the actual footprints of the Shaman and Priests, dated to 400 A.D., a living museum where the past can still be experienced in its natural location. Spectacular crystal formations over five million years old cast eerie shadows into the black abyss as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya. Massive cathedral sized chambers dwarf you as you pass through by foot and on inner tubes. Subject to high water levels during rainy season.