In honor of World Nature Conservation Day and ahead of World Snorkeling Day, Turneffe Island Resort, located on the southern elbow of the Turneffe Atoll, serves as the perfect retreat for those seeking an eco-friendly yet adventurous escape. The 14-acre private island Belizean oasis recognizes the importance of preserving the planet’s natural resources and offers snorkeling excursions that aim to conserve the surrounding seas.
With two skilled snorkeling guides and an impressive roster of 25 captivating snorkeling sites, guests can embark on two guided excursions daily, all within mere minutes of the guestrooms and villas by boat. Swim in the underwater world where schools of fish, Gargantuan Sea Turtles, and rays pass by, creating an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean Sea’s sapphire and turquoise shallows. For a truly remarkable adventure, Tuesdays offer a special treat with a day trip to the legendary Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, and Long Caye, where turquoise water, tropical fish, and vibrant coral await.
Embracing the ethos of conservation, guides actively hunt lionfish during the snorkeling excursions, which is considered an invasive species as these predators eat the fish that maintain the coral reefs. The team uses this as an educational opportunity for guests who are interested in participating in the hunt by showing them how to control the lionfish population responsibly. The culinary team then prepares fish fingers, ceviche, burgers, and many other dishes with the lionfish catch of the day for that evening’s meal.
Located on a 14-acre private island off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Island Resort is a beautiful destination for travelers looking to balance relaxation with adventure this summer. After spending a day with fins or fishing rods in hand, guests can seek respite in the resort’s new Sunset Villas (debuted December 2022) featuring luxurious private plunge pools, personal outdoor showers, expansive screened porches, idyllic views of the Caribbean, and direct beach access. Adventure-seeking travelers will thrive at Turneffe, where they can experience the scuba diving, snorkeling, and fly-fishing the Turneffe Atoll is renowned for, including excursions to the Great Blue Hole, Sayonara Wreck, and the Elbow, as well as six fishing flats where guests can stake their claim at a grand slam – catching a bonefish, tarpon, and permit, all in one day. After a day of exploration, escape to Serenity Spa and indulge in a treatment utilizing local ingredients, leaving guests feeling reinvigorated and hydrated.