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 grass beds and 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 consist 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.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for swimmers who want to explore both extended reefs and lagoons in a protected environment, where you can see the sea bottom most of the time. This remote location is ideally situated to discover both exciting swims and unusual wildlife and offers the chance for swimmers to disconnect and enjoy an uninterrupted swimming holiday.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 2.5km. The average daily swim distance is around 5km.
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 (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- All dinners
- Water sport activities (subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please see 'Trip Information' section for trip specific details)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Technique advice & video playback
- 7 nights' accommodation
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased locally
- Marine Fees if additional tour booked privately
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Just swam through paradise with a fun bunch of folks!Gail C, USA - 2022
I was nervous about going on a swim trek by myself, but it was awesome. Turns out people who all love to swim are really nice and interesting and fun to be with. Hanging out with all of them plus swimming a ton in the beauty made for a completely restorative and awesome holiday.Paul M, USA - 2022
The trip, swimming location and lodging were exceptional and exceeded my expectations - thank you!Alex Ross
"Sea-ing is Belize-ing." Our experience was "un-Belize-able."Neale Mulligan
Of the 13 SwimTreks I have been on, Belize was the BEST!Carolyn King
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