Belize – Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort 7 night Reef & Rainforest Package

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

Belize

 

Travel tips to Belize

 

Hamanasi Resort is located on a secluded beach just south of Hopkins, Belize.  Nestled between the lush Maya Mountains and the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea, Hamanasi provides the ideal location for exploration on and offshore Belize!  You are a day trip away from Mayan Ruins, caves, jungle rivers, rain forest trekking, local culture, and more!  Not to mention, the incredible Belize Barrier Reef that is just steps from the resort!

Hamanasi is the ideal boutique resort, with typically between 30-50 guests total.  Hamanasi Resort offers guests spacious, casual accommodations, with gorgeous Belizean hardwood furniture.  All rooms also have air conditioning and private porches.  Guests can choose from 4 different room types; Beachfront rooms, Beachfront Deluxe rooms, Treehouses, and Deluxe Treehouses.  Beachfront rooms offer beautiful ocean views and a private porch.  You will find either a King or 1 Queen bed, each crafted from Belizean hardwoods.  If you are traveling with children, the Beachfront Deluxe may be the best choice for you as you will find a King in one room and 2 Twins in a separate bedroom.  The Treehouses are the most popular rooms as these spacious individual cabanas provide the utmost in privacy.  Each treehouse is raised 12 feet and is nestled by a variety of trees, orchids, and birds.  The private porches all feature a hammock, the perfect place to watch the sunrise or sunset!  Hamanasi’s newest unit, the Deluxe Treehouse, features a spacious living room, a kitchenette with a dining table, stocked mini bar, coffee maker, and bottled water, plus a wrap-around veranda with a private Jacuzzi!

Room Amenities:

  • King or double Queen beds with comfortable mattresses and plush linens
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Private porches
  • Mexican tiles bathrooms

Resort Amenities:

  • Continental breakfast from 6:30 – 9:30
  • Evening turndown service
  • Kayaks and bikes for use in the local area
  • Flight Confirmation
  • Give and Take Bookshelf
  • Laundry service
  • Phone, fax, and internet service through the Front Desk
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting

Excite your taste buds at the restaurant located on site at Hamanasi.  Every effort is made to bring in the freshest ingredients, serving the highest quality international cuisine with a Caribbean twist.  Enjoy dining on the veranda, surrounded by nature’s best, or inside the Great House.  Along with exceptional food, the staff at Hamanasi show you cultural entertainment, with traditional Garifuna dancers and drummers often performing.

One of the main attractions of Belize is the vast amount of activities, both above and below the water.  Mayan ruins, virgin rainforests, caves, and exotic plants and animals are just a few of the wonders Belize has to offer topside.  Hamanasi offers a large selection of guided tours, ranging from moderate to rigorous skill levels.  By participating in these tours, you have the opportunity to hike to cascading waterfalls, go tropical bird watching, or canoeing through a jungle river.  A highlight is the Magical Mayan History Tour, as this is a must for anyone who wants to learn a lot about the Maya that once lived here.  On this tour, you have the chance to explore Cahal Pech, which was the royal family’s residence.  This Maya center comprises 34 structures in an area covering just over 2 acres.  You will see 7 plazas, 2 ball courts, and temple pyramids.  Plus, this site offers the second oldest structure in the Mayan world.  Cahal Pech was first developed during the Preclassic period (1000 BC to AD 200) and was abandoned around 800 AD!

Exploring Belize beneath the water is a must for any dive enthusiast!  The Belize Barrier Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemispheres and runs the length of this Central American country – roughly 180 miles!  The reef is home to hundreds of species of fish, corals, anemones, and other beautiful sea creatures!  Farther offshore, there are three atolls which provide hundreds of miles of additional reef.  Dive Hamanasi, a PADI 5 Star Gold Dive Center, is located on site.  Their professional staff with help you explore miles of this pristine reef – you will have the chance to visit the Southern Barrier Reef, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Turneffe Islands Atoll, the Elbow, Lighthouse Reef, the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, and more!  Seasonally, you can dive with the largest fish of the sea – whale sharks!

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Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort – 7 night Reef & Rainforest Package

Create your own adventure at the beautiful Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Belize!

From $2449 per person based on double occupancy for travel January 5, 2020 – February 14, 2020; April 18, 2020 – July 27, 2020; November 21, 2020 – November 27, 2020

From $2108 per person based on double occupancy for travel July 28 – November 20, 2019; November 28, 2020 – December 18, 2020

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Continental breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • 5 trips/adventures from the list below
  • Roundtrip air transfers from Belize International airport to Dangriga.
  • Roundtrip ground transfers from Dangriga to Hamanasi.
  • Welcome drink upon arrival.
  • Service charge, hotel & sales tax included. Belize departure tax is not included.
  • Tanks, weights and belts included with diving.

Guests may choose from the following each of which equal one trip/adventure:

  • Barrier Reef Diving – 2 tanks Daily Tour – Easy (certified divers only)
  • Barrier Reef Snorkeling – Daily Tour – Easy
  • Mayflower Jungle & Waterfall Hike – Monday Tour – Very Challenging
  • Tropical Birding – Tuesday Tour – Easy
  • Jungle River Canoeing Tuesday Tour – AM & PM (PM leaves Hamanasi at 3:30 pm) – Moderate
  • Cave and Jungle Adventure – Wednesday Tour – Very Challenging
  • Magical Mayan History Tour (Thursday & Sunday tour) – Easy
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve – Friday Tour – AM & PM (PM Tour leaves Hamanasi at 5:00 pm – Moderate

The following adventures can be offered on Saturday or Sunday upon request and availability with a minimum of 2 people:

  • Mayflower Jungle & Waterfall Hike – Very Challenging
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve – Moderate
  • Tropical Birding – Easy
  • Jungle River Canoeing (Tour leaves Hamanasi at 3:30 pm) – Moderate Specialty

Upgrades and add-on’s available including Blue Hole, Turneffe and Lionfish dives, Blue Hole snorkel, cave tubing, Cockscomb night hike and much more

Other lengths of stay, room upgrades and more available.

Contact our Belize vacation specialists to create your personalized adventure vacation!

Hamanasi will be closed September 5, 2020 – September 25, 2020

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Introduction to Belize

Presenting an adventurer's paradise, Belize: Mayan temples tower above rainforest canopies while an incredibly colorful array of marine wildlife find protection in Belize's Great Barrier Reef. Discover Belize!

No more than two hours from three gateways in the United States, and just a short hop from Mexico, getting to Belize is painless. With the right planning and preparation your visits, tours and excursions around the country can be just as simple.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. You might say that Belize is the outdoors. You will find diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, and exploring nature at its best.

Every destination in Belize has its share of archaeological and national parks, marine and nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries. Each of these protected areas is packed with opportunities for adventure.

While the country of Belize is divided into six districts, you'll find it easier to plan your visit by looking at the nine tourism destinations:

Northern Belize Covering the two districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, the north is a Belizean bonanza of natural wealth and archaeological wonder. Spectacular ancient cities, highlighted by the temples at Lamanai, evidence the ancient Maya's affinity for the area. With jungles, rainforests, coastal lagoons, and rivers, the region is home to an amazing array of animal and plant life that includes the jaguar and the manatee. Culturally the north is primarily Mayan and Spanish with the Mennonite farmers adding their old world flavor to the mix.

Belize District The district is dominated by Belize City and offers a host of attractions including several sanctuaries, the world class Belize Zoo, a new museum, historic government buildings, churches and the incredible Maya site at Altun Ha. The city is a great place to spend a day or two learning about Belize's history and its multi-cultural heritage while mingling with the amiable, laid back Belizeans who greet you with a smile. It's also the perfect place to plan and begin your discovery of Belize and offers all kinds of access to any destination in the country.

Ambergris Caye The largest of all the cayes, Ambergris Caye is renowned for its beaches and proximity to the coral reef. From here, you can indulge any wet adventure you can dream up; Sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and manatee watching are among the most popular. San Pedro, the caye's hub, offers any variety of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightlife. For a change of pace and scenery, the bay side of the caye is a great place to get acquainted with Belizean bird life.

Caye Caulker Just south of Ambergris is the relaxed and slow-paced Caye Caulker where you can indulge your island fantasies on a quiet beach and get to know the Mestizo and Creole culture, customs and traditions. Offering budget accommodations and excursions with a full range of services, Caulker is also well known for its friendly, easygoing people who make it difficult for you to leave this sunny, sleepy little island.

Cayo Located in the western interior of Belize, Cayo is a 1500 square mile district that encompasses a good portion of the Maya Mountains and has more than its fair share of ancient Maya sites to visit and explore. To the east is the capital city of Belmopan and to the far west, visitor friendly San Ignacio, the main city of the district. Between the two lie a world of forests teeming with wildlife and immaculately beautiful tropical watersheds catered to by a variety of jungle and river lodges to suit any style, budget and adventure.

Stann Creek The journey in by road on the Hummingbird Highway, with breathtaking vistas of the rainforests and the Maya Mountains, takes you all the way into culture rich Dangriga, historic home of the Garifuna people. Opportunity for marine adventure abounds with the nearby coral reef, cayes and coastal villages, while the Cockscomb Basin bears witness to Belize's lush broadleaf tropical forests that are home to countless species of plants and animals. Stann Creek is ideal for its accessibility to a huge variety of Belizean discovery destinations both inland and out in the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean.

Placencia White sand beaches, brilliant blue waters and a hundred ways to enjoy the coastal treasures of Belize await you at Placencia. Spend your days in the water diving, fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach, and your nights at the many interesting restaurants and watering holes that feature local food, culture and live music.

Southern Belize Nearly 1700 square miles of prime opportunity for the adventure minded and the adrenaline addicted is the Toledo district of Belize. A cultural lean towards the Mopan and Kekchi Maya is evident and homestays will give you an inside look at how the Maya have balanced tradition with the demands of a modern world. The ancient Maya cities, intricate cave systems and pristine rainforests headline a long list of attractions accessible from the coastal city of Punta Gorda, including lagoons, rivers, creeks and cayes. Wildlife, birds, trees and plants in astounding variety make Toledo a nature lover's paradise.

Belize - "Top Side" Activites and Adventures

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Belize. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL:

Actun Tunichil Muknal "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize, who first began to use the entrance during the early classic period (300-600AD). It was not until the late terminal classic period (700-900AD) that the Mayas traveled deeper into the Cave to conduct their ceremonies.

The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Here you will be exposed to the individuals sacrificed to the gods of the underworld. Visitors to this cave have the opportunity to travel into the Maya past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context.

ALTUN HA MAYAN TEMPLE:

Belize offers the opportunity to visit a number of Mayan Ruins. Altun Ha, the most extensively excavated Maya site in Belize, was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. The site consists of two main plazas with some thirteen temple and residential structures.

The "Jade Head," representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, was the most significant find during Dr. David Pendergast's excavations. At approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three-quarter pounds, it is still to this day the largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area.

BIRD WATCHING:

The species and variety of birds visible to viewers varies is contingent on the natural habitat in which a person is looking. With 66% of the country still forested, Belize is home to more than 600 identified species of birds, with an average of five new species discovered each year. As viewers often spot 50 species in a single outing, be sure to keep your eyes open and your binoculars in hand. Whether on a remote island, along the coast, on a jungle walk, or in the backyard of a hotel, visitors are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird's wings.

BLACK HOLE DROP CAVING AND ABSEILING:

The “Mother of all Caves” Actun Loch Tunich ! This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sinkhole basin. Fully trained caving guides rig a system of rappelling ropes for your decent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, and the last 100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy.

CAHAL PECH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Cahal Pech is located on the southern outskirts of San Ignacio Town in the upper Belize Valley region of the Cayo District, Belize. The site center sits on the crest of a steep hill on the west bank of the Macal River. The central acropolis, approximately 900 feet above sea level, provides a commanding view of the Maya Mountains to the south and the fertile valleys of the Belize River to the northeast.

Cahal Pech is a site with an unpropitious Maya name meaning "Place of the Ticks." This ceremonial center includes pyramid temples, palaces, and a ball court. Five stelae and an altar show presence of the stela cult. Some major buildings were roofed with the Maya vault, some apparently not. There was a gradual architectural growth, the occupation probably running through the entire Classic Period.

CANOPY TOURS:

Belize Zip Line and Aerial Canopy Tour is a first class high Adventure Trip for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers in the heart of the Belizean Wilderness. The Canopy Tour involves traversing from Tree Platform to Tree Platform, 80’ above the Forest Floor dangling only from a steel cable.

CAVING:

It is estimated that there are thousands of caves in Belize. This is due to the fact that much of Belize's land surface is underlined by limestone. This creates extensive underground cave networks and sinkholes. Therein lay many relics of Belize's rich ancient Mayan past. Many caves prove a challenge to the experienced spelunker, but there are a few which beginners can access and enjoy.

CAVE TUBING AT JUNGLE DOME:

Tubing along underground waterways, cave walls glistening, showing off their crystal formations. The Mayans used these caves a thousand years ago and fascinating artifacts remain. Beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and the very immensity of the cave itself will take your breath away.

KAYAKING OR CANOEING:

Though Belize is a relatively small country, with very low-lying land, it receives plenty of rain during the winter season, and supports 20 major river systems and smaller streams. These many waterways are potential outdoor adventures for the kayak and canoe lovers. This is an excellent way to bird watch and view wildlife along the banks. You will also experience the flow of human life in Belize as the rivers of the country are still major gathering places for fishing, cleaning and transportation. Sea Kayaking in Belize is also available around the cayes.

SAN PEDRO LAGOON:

Accessible by boat ride or kayak, this lagoon, the largest on the island offers visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse of a crocodile, raccoons which inhabit mangroves, and countless magnificent bird species. Take a ferry boat ride to the north of the island past the river and have lunch at one of the quaint restaurants in the area. The atmosphere of the north differs because of the littoral forests with its associated plants and animals. Iguanas and Wish Willies are common to this area. Also visit the Zaak Ba Ajo Lagoon in the San Juan Area. Great place to snorkel, go kayaking or bird watching.

TIKAL MAYAN TEMPLE:

Tikal in its heyday ca 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala’s premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travelers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers.

Should you select a guided tour, you will receive personal assistance with the Belize/Guatemalan border and be accompanied by an English speaking guide the entire day, who will share fascinating information as he/she leads you through the 5 major temples built 1300 years ago.

XUNANTUNICH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Xunantunich means "stone woman" in Mayan. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period (300-900 A.D.) with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The tallest is the 130 foot "El Castillo," which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded by the Caana pyramid at Caracol.

The center of Xunantunich occupies an area less than a square mile. The center is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The large pyramid, El Castillo, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple.

WINDSURFING:

For water enthusiasts, the Cayes have it all, flat water created by the reef and the constant onshore/side-shore winds that provide an ideal location for the beginner to try a first lesson or take a course. For the intermediate, the conditions enable the excitement of blasting and chop hopping. Runs of 10 miles plus are possible on either tack; perfect for practicing waterstarts and carve gybes. The water below is so clear that you can see fish and stingrays and it is not unusual to see dolphins as you pass. For more experienced windsurfers, there are several wave sites, and of course, access to the swells of the big blue.


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