Happy World Oceans Day! Today, we celebrate and honor the ocean, which covers over 70% of our planet and is home to countless species of marine life. Being in Belize, we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by the sea with the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef at our doorstep.
Belize has a lot of amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The Belize Barrier Reef, stretches for 185 miles across the coast of Belize. As part of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, seven key marine protected areas have been identified as the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS), which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Act Now for World Oceans Day 2023
Through the UN World Oceans Day 2023 theme Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing, We will discover how Earth is more than it may seem, and generate a new wave of excitement towards cherishing and protecting the ocean and the entirety of our blue planet.
Building on this theme, Belize’s sea and coastline are known for their stunning natural beauty and biodiversity. Protecting the sea and our coastal surroundings is crucial to maintaining the health of our planet and ensuring a sustainable future. Here are some ways we can all help to protect the sea when on vacation in Belize.
Reduce plastic waste:
Plastic pollution is a major threat to the ocean and its inhabitants. We can all do our part by reducing our use of single-use plastics such as straws, bags, and water bottles. Instead, opt for reusable alternatives. Pack your water bottle when going out on tours.
Support sustainable seafood:
Overfishing and destructive fishing practices can harm marine ecosystems. By choosing sustainably sourced seafood, we can help to protect the ocean and its inhabitants. Belize has a Fish Right, Eat Right program that highlights establishments sourcing seafood responsibly; enabling consumers to make correct choices that ensure the health of our oceans. The brand is being developed via a collaborative process involving all partners including the private sector. Participating restaurants a walk away from the hotel include Elvis kitchen, Estel’s by the Sea and our sister hotels restaurant Blue Water Grill.
Responsible Snorkeling practices:
When snorkeling, we explore environments with biodiversity that is as exceptional as it is fragile. To limit the impact on the marine environment you can consider a few easy rules. No touching of corals or harassing marine life and do not feed fish and other reef creatures.
The ocean is connected to our freshwater resources, and conserving water can help to reduce the amount of pollution and waste that ends up in the ocean.
By taking these actions, we can all play a role in protecting the sea and ensure a healthy future for our planet. As you do your part to protect the sea we invite your to enjoy all the Belize Barrier Reef has to offer. We encourage you to explore and appreciate the ocean and its seas.
Top marine adventures to pencil in during your SunBreeze Stay.
Snorkeling: The second-largest barrier reef system in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef, is a sight to behold. It is home to over 500 species of fish and 100 species of coral, which makes for a lively and extraordinary underwater experience. With crystal clear blue waters, snorkel among sea fans, colorful tropical fish, and impressive corals. Top sights to visit from the island include Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Mexico Rocks.
Diving: The brilliant underwater beauty of the Caribbean is just a stone’s throw from shore, only a short 5-10 minute cruise from the SunBreeze pier takes you to multiple dive sites just beyond the reef crest. Spend the day exploring the reef by tank. Choose from 1 to 3 tank dives experiencing depths of 60-80 feet.