Travel plans/Winter 2017 Belize
This page is for planning our trip to Belize.
- Feb 5-12 (7 nights).
- confirmed: Lucy, Will, Mako, Mika, Bryan, Colin
- wikivoyage info
Places to stay
- Airbnb set to Feb 5-9, entire home, 4+. Has 4 bikes
- Airbnb for Feb 9-11. 3 bedrooms, 5 beds, near restaurants etc.
- hotel Feb 11-12. 2 2-bed rooms.
Things to bring
- Diver ID
- bathing suit
- clothing and bags appropriate for the ATM tour
- ?mosquito repellent?
- ?travel insurance? we used Travelex for India. may want to visit the travel clinic if convenient.
Dive shop info
1 Belize Underwater SCUBA in Hopkins
- we get either 10% or 30% off. Olivia is the person in charge of taking care of the guests of the Blue Parrot House.
- Smaller shop
- ?1 boat
- Belize Barrier Reef ($135/2 tanks); GLOVER'S ATOLL($235/3 tanks); TURNEFFE ISLANDS ($235/3 tanks)
- Equipment rental is $40
2 Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins
- Great reviews
- >1 boats
- PADI Open Water Referral ($300/person); PADI Open Water Certifcation ($500/person)
- Barrier Reef diving ($115/2 tanks/half-day); Turneffe Islands Atoll ($185/3 tanks/full-day); Glover’s Reef Atoll ($195/3 tanks/full-day); Night Dive on the Belize Barrier Reef ($99/1 tank/1 evening); The Ultimate Reef Adventure ($270/3 tanks/full-day)
- Tanks, weights, belts, entry fees, juice and cookies are included in rates. Lunch is included on atoll trips.
- Equipment rental is $25/day
- we'll figure out at the end who owes who how much; mako has a program for this.
- Things to enter (there may be more):
exit fees at Belize/Guatemala border, tour guide fees ($40/person + tip), dinners in Hopkins, grocery in Hopkins/Belize City, diving on Wed, tips for diving on all days
- Removed: Mika: CANCELED $237.50 : this was charged but I expect full refund., Pacz ATM tour (50% deposit: all of us)
|Mika||253.34||Marie Sharp Cooking class (Mako paid deposit)||All|
|Mika||24.37||Mexican fast food eatery on Church St in San Ignazio||Lucy, Will, Colin, Mako, Mika|
|Mika||1230.62||Airbnb Hopkins: 1096.22+134.40 (tax)=$1230.62||All|
|Mika||325.96||Airbnb San Ignacio||All|
|Mika||560||Hamanasi (Barrier Reef on Fri)||Bryan, Lucy, Mako, Mika|
|Mika||20||Hamanasi tip1||Bryan, Lucy, Mako, Mika|
|Mika||40.75||Fi We Mart Grocery: (grocery minus 1 gallon hot sauce)||All|
|Mika||30.26||Marie Sharp Factory Tour||All|
|Mika||625.44||Belize Underwater (Great Barriers on Tue) total minus $110 cost for snorkling||Mako, Mika, Bryan, Colin|
|Mika||40||Belize Underwater Oscar tips on Tue and Wed ($20 each)||Mako, Mika, Bryan, Colin|
|Mika||110.00||Belize Underwater (Great Barriers on Tue)||Will|
|Mika||55||Sungarden Airport restaurant||Mako, Mika, Will, Colin|
|Will||41.15||Belize City Groceries||All|
|Will||122.44||Tikal Admission (900GTQ)||All|
|Will||149.64||Driver partial payment 1100GTQ||All|
|Will||120||Belize City Hotel ($240BZD)||Will, Mako, Lucy, Colin|
|Lucy||100||Tikal driver partial payment||All|
|Lucy||75||Rum tasting||Lucy, Mako, Mika, Colin, Will|
|Lucy||20||Breaking fast: Belize City||Lucy, Mako, Colin, Will|
|Mako||100||Exit fees at the Belize/Guatemala boarder ($100/$120)||All|
|Bryan||20||Exit fees at the Belize/Guatemala boarder ($20/120)||All|
|Mako||25.50||Drinks/snacks at Hanamasi post-dive||All|
|Mako||21.43||Drinks/snacks at Sun garden on way out||Mako, Lucy|
|Bryan||80||Dinner Hopkins Monday night||All|
|Bryan||80||Dinner Hopkins Tuesday night||All|
|Bryan||20||Hanamasi monster tip (partial)||Bryan, Lucy, Mako, Mika|
|Colin||635.56||Second day diving||Colin, Bryan, Mako, Mika|
|Colin||25||Hamanasi tip (partial)||Bryan, Lucy, Mako, Mika|
|Colin||25||Gas in San Ignacio||All|
|Colin||10||Food, final night||Colin, Lucy, Mako, Will|
Ideas for things to do
- definite: Meet Ms. Marie Sharp and do the factory tour (M-F only). Some info here.
- Possibly do this as a day trip to Dangriga to meet Ms. Marie Sharp.
- maybe: Stay in Hopkins for 3-4 days to dive. An experienced diver friend told us that many areas are overfished, so dive only in marine reserve areas.
- hamanasi is a few houses down from our airbnb and offers dive packages.
- maybe: Stay in the forest area for a few days and see Actun Tunichil Muknal. Mika asked Pacz Tour how much it costs and if they are available on Feb 10.
- maybe: Stay in Belmopan, the smallest capital city in the americas, as a gateway to ruins.
- maybe: Stay in Belize City on the last day to see the city.