Activities & Adventures
The Caribbean's largest barrier reef lies just offshore from the Ellysian, offering divers a magnificent diversity of coral and marine life to explore. In addition, a number of easily accessible cayes (tiny islands) have their own reefs and underwater ecosystems, cementing Belize's reputation as one of the world's great scuba destinations.
We are dedicated to providing you with the best diving experience possible, regardless of skill level. In addition to our selection of tours, we also offer a wide range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification courses. Visit our front desk for a complete list of dive classes..
Highlights of Scuba Diving Tours
2-Tank Reef Dive
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
2-Tank Whale Shark Dive
April-June on full moon cycle (inquire for specific dates)
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Only a few dive destinations on the planet can boast about the return of the largest fish in the ocean year after year. During the full moon weeks of April, May, and June, whale sharks glide through our waters, giving divers and snorkelers the unmatched opportunity to share the ocean with them in close quarters. Documented to reach lengths of up to sixty feet, the whale shark will amaze any adventurer and may end up being the most beautiful and graceful creature you will ever see. (Please note whale shark sightings cannot be guaranteed.)
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Lionfish are known for their striking appearance, their delicious taste, and, unfortunately, for their attempts to destruct the barrier reef. You may opt to participate in an underwater experience that allows you to help protect an ecosystem and to dine on your own catch that evening. The dive includes the use of a trident and all necessary gear.
Clear, calm waters combined with an abundance of fascinating coral and fish make Placencia a premier spot for snorkeling in Belize. Spend a full or half day exploring exotic coral species and keep an eye out for the dazzling stoplight parrotfish, queen angelfish, squirrelfish, and the great barracuda.
Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Half-Day Snorkeling | Off-Shore Cayes (Tiny Islands)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Designed for families and those that would like a short introduction to snorkeling. Snorkeling activities will take place in the vicinity of cayes located just off-shore from Placencia.
Whale Shark Snorkeling
Time: April to June on full moon cycle. (Inquire for specific dates and times)
Only a few dive destinations on the planet can boast about the return of the largest fish in the ocean year after year. During the full moon weeks of April, May, and June, whale sharks glide through our waters, giving divers and snorkelers the unmatched opportunity to share the ocean with them in close quarters. Documented to reach lengths of up to sixty feet, the whale shark will amaze any adventurer and may end up being the most beautiful and graceful creature you will ever see. (Please note whale shark sightings cannot be guaranteed.). Snorkelers must be 12+ years
Snorkel tours will be scheduled subject to a minimum of six guests participating, your first date/time request may not be available
Trolling the Reef
Troll, spin-cast, or drop-fish in some of the most populated waters of the Caribbean. Barracuda, king mackerel, snapper, grouper, tuna, and snook are among the many species that thrive here. Tour includes all necessary fishing gear. (Please note this is not 'blue water' fishing for pelagic species.)
Salt Water Fly Fishing
The productive sand and coral flats off Placencia combine to offer the chance of salt-water fly fishing’s grand slam: permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook. Our waters provide some of the best fishing in the Caribbean and we offer experienced and professional local guides. Select fly fishing gear is available to loan from our tackle shop.
The sunset over the distant Maya Mountains is nothing short of spectacular and there is no better place to see it than from the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon. The cruise generally lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and includes hors d'oeuvres and wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Stay on the lookout for dolphins and manatees that are often visible from the deck of the boat!
Minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people
Miss Emma of Emma's Gardens is a warm and welcoming farmer, originally from the Philippines, who has been planting fruit trees, vegetables, orchids, and flowers for the last 25 years, in her garden covering over 2000 acres. A picnic basket can be packed for you (complete with a bottle of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery) or Miss Emma can cook lunch for you in her kitchen. This is a wonderful, authentic Belize Farm experience that even includes all the fruit you can carry.
The transfer to the farm takes about an hour and you will return right after lunch. Fruits are seasonal, but a visit is worthwhile year round.
ORGANIC FARM VISIT
Bocawina Adventures boasts the longest zip-line in Belize and is the hotspot for waterfall rappelling. We offer day or night zip-lining with 12 platforms, and one of the longest zip-line runs is 2,300 feet long!
Located in the saw-toothed Maya Mountains in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest, the park is outside of Silk Grass Village on the Southern Highway, and takes about 75 minutes to reach from the Ellysian. We also highly recommend this as a stopover when coming from or going to the Ellysian.
NIM LI PUNIT MAYA SITE AND BLUE CREEK CAVE
Located in the beautiful rainforest of the Toledo District in Southern Belize, an hour’s scenic drive from the Ellysian leads you to the late-classic ceremonial site of Nim Li Punit. After a fascinating guided tour of the ruins and small but informative museum, we’ll quickly drive to Indian Creek Village for a short demonstration of traditional corn tortilla making. Following an authentic Maya lunch, there will be a demonstration of traditional Maya weaving using a back-strap loom.
LUBAANTUN MAYA SITE AND RIO BLANCO WATERFALLS
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Excavated Maya ruins looming above the subtropical jungle, Lubaantun (Place of the Falling Stones), is a spectacle to behold. With three plazas and rounded walls made in the distinctive Maya style, you can enjoy a picnic lunch and then venture to the Rio Blanco Waterfalls where water cascades 20 feet from a cliff into a large blue-green pool below, making it perfect for an afternoon swim.