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Belize Manatee Watching in the Wild Excursion

Belize, Belize City (Excursion ID S1622)

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    2 hours 30 min
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  • Round-trip transportation from your Belize cruise tender pier!
  • Boat cruise on the Belize River to see the manatees in the wild!
  • English-speaking certified guide!
  • Manatee viewing in the wild!
  • Bottled water!
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Your adventure starts right outside the cruise terminal where your friendly, English-speaking guide will greet you and get on board the transportation. You will be heading outside of Belize City to a mangrove tree zone where the manatees live in peaceful existence. As the transportation passes through Belize City, your guide will point out the sites and give you all kinds of information about the area and the famous manatees.

Your destination is the Belize River which is home to gentle creatures. A short boat ride will take you to where you can see the manatees doing what they do best...grazing on grass and lazily gliding in the water. Known as "sea cows" they get their nickname for the amount of seagrass they consume daily - up to 90 pounds each day!

Manatees are mammals that live in freshwater but breathe air. View the shy manatee as it comes up for air so have your cameras ready! Manatees are gray or brown in color, quite wrinkled, and covered in bristly hairs. They typically live for 50-60 years. Your excursion guide will help point them out and give you lots of information as well as answer questions.

These protected sea mammals are believed to be the "mermaids" many sailors saw and talked about because of their slow and frolicking swimming motion. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see manatees in the wild!

The guide will return you to your Belize cruise tender terminal when the excursion is completed. The actual duration will depend on how long the search for manatees takes - 2.0 to 3.0 hours.

There are several boats used depending on group size for that day - ranging from 23 feet to 38 feet (15 to 35 passengers) but larger boats are available.

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Enjoy a unique excursion that will take you to see manatees in their natural environment. View from your boat with a licensed guide.


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Battle Gound, Washington, USA
Excellent Tour!!!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2022)
Our ship was having issues with tendering that day, so we were late arriving for the excursion. The main boat had already left. We ended up on a private tour instead. The guides were very knowledgeable, provided lots of information about Belize. They pointed out all sorts of wildlife as we searched for Manatees. Even stopped to watch a pod of dolphins play. We finally did find Manatees, but all that could be seen were their snouts when they came up for breaths. The guides said this was very typical and with wild animals you never know what you will get. The boat ride was a lot of fun. We opted to walk back to the terminal afterwards, as it was just an easy 10 minutes away and allowed us to stop at the Belize sign for photos. Would highly recommend this tour. We are a family of 4, kids are 10 and 13. We all thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.
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Springfield, MA
A unique experience
     5/5  (Visited on December 2019)
We loved this excursion, the guide and our time in the excursion was amazing. I took this excursion because I have two kids I wanted them to have a good experience in our cruise trip. Well, I need to tell you that all of us enjoyed and took a great experience and educational information of the Manatees. Thank you for everything.
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Buford GA
Sea puppies!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2018)
We had a wonderful time with Stacey and everyone at (tour operator). We had the guides all to ourselves and since our family was the only one on the manatee watching excursion they even went out of their way to give us a small tour when the excursion was over. The drive to the river was a bit long but Stacey shared many stories about the island. It was nice to see the manatees in their natural habitat. They are so funny and cute to watch! We really enjoyed it. We also learned that Belize is home to the most manatees in the world. This was a great way to explore the outskirts of Belize while enjoying a fun wildlife watching.
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