|15 Jan - 22 Jan, 2022||
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Stay on Turneffe Atoll, one of only three atolls inside the Belize Barrier Reef
Swim in areas with incredible underwater vistas that are home to a variety of marine life, including turtles, dolphins and tropical reef fish
Enjoy inviting warm and clear waters around the atoll, where you will often see the bottom of the sandy sea beds
Relax after a great days swimming in the beautiful Turneffe Flats resorts, where you'll enjoy views over the Caribbean Sea and all meals are included
Crystal clear seas, shallow reefs and a variety of wildlife both below and above the water make this an idyllic swimmer’s playground. If you enjoy swimming over coral reefs, you’re in the right place. Belize is home to the second largest coral reef in the world with over 500 species of fish and 100 species of coral. We are based at Turneffe Atoll, which at 50km long and 10km wide is the largest in Belize. It’s also regarded as the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the hemisphere.
The land and seascape consists of a network of more than 150 islands and cayes that is made up of savanna and littoral forest. Here is home to many types of species of fish, lobster, conch and other invertebrates. In addition, at least three known important fish spawning aggregation sites have been identified around the atoll, which is surrounded by open sea. From swimming along the exterior of the atoll adjacent to pristine reefs to crossing lagoons in the interior at the atoll, this trip offers an incredibly rich swimming experience. You can expect to see tropical reef fishes, rays, sea turtles, lobsters, dolphins and possibly manatees.
Our accommodation for the week is at the Turneffe Flats Resort, which is located towards the north of the atoll and has long been recognized as Belize's premier marine eco-tourism destination. When we’re not swimming, there’s time to relax at the resort which includes an oceanfront swimming pool, sea kayaks, beach and bar.
COVID UPDATE: We'd also like to notify you that as part of our ongoing review and update of COVID-19 protocols and procedures we are asking that all travellers on our Belize Barrier Reef trips are 100% fully vaccinated against Covid-19, at least 2 weeks prior to departure. This is now a requirement for all guests travelling to Turneffe Flats Resort, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for those who are not eligible for a vaccination. We are asking all guests to take a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) prior to travelling to Turneffe Flats, and to only travel if you receive a negative result. Testing, along with vaccination, and any additional measures required by local law, are intended to minimise the risk of transmission and so protect all of our guests, guides, local partners and the wider community in Belize. For that reason we hope you will understand and agree to this requirement. By joining the trip you agree to make your SwimTrek guides aware if you test positive for Covid-19 or show symptoms at any point whilst on the trip.
Who is this trip for?
With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize is full of atolls, islands, adventure and culture. It borders Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the southwest and the Caribbean Sea lies off its east coast. Due to the nature of the location we have the luxury here of returning to base after every swim to shower off, lunch, nap and re-energise before getting back to the water and continuing our swims in the afternoon.
Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in the Turneffe Atoll, Belize.
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Technique Advice & Video Playback
- 7 nights accommodation
- Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Optional Tipping for Lodge Staff
- Alcoholic Beverages
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
As this was my first SwimTrek experience I set no expectations and I'm so glad because I couldn't have imagined how phenomenal this experience was going to be. It exceed everything I could have imagined. The SwimTrek team was phenomenal. The customer service was so information and friendly. The accommodations were top notch. Marlys and Reggie could not have been more welcoming and supportive of each and every one of us. That talent in addition to their planning made this the best trip ever.Ellen W, USA - 2019
I will definitely do the Belize trip again. It was fantastic! Every swim was packed with amazing underwater sights - coral, starfish, stingray, tropical fish, and dolphins!!Beth H, USA - 2019
One of the most wonderful vacations ever. Given that I'm almost 67 years old, that covers a lot of ground.Peter W, USA - 2019
Best SwimTrek Vacation I have had.Cathy M, 2019 - USA
Amazing warm, clear waters in a truly unique and isolated part of the world.Anonymous, USA - 2019
SwimTrek is a bit of an oxymoron because it's an amazing way to combine physical activity with relaxation and a mental break from your every day life. My friends don't understand why I go on swimming holidays, until I come back tan, refreshed, and looking forward to the next one!Anonymous, USA - 2019
I've never been so happy as I was this past week. I love being in the Sea!Susan H, USA - 2019