Mahogany Bay Resort places you close to the best things to do on Ambergris Caye, offering endless ways to explore our culture and experience the local community. Just offshore lies the second largest barrier reef in the world, and the welcoming village of San Pedro is only 15 minutes away. From outdoor activities to water sports to day trips, something new and exciting to do is always within reach. 

6 of the Best Things to Do on Ambergris Caye

1. Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Only a 15-minute boat ride away lies one of the most popular diving and snorkeling sites in all of Belize. A small piece of the Belize Barrier Reef (the largest living barrier reef in the world) Hol Chan has become a rich habitat thriving with diverse varieties of marine life. Roam hills of coral to find lobsters hiding out in tunnels and large schools of circling jacks, grunts, and snappers. Snorkelers often see sea turtles, and on the luckiest days, you might spot dolphins and the occasional lazy manatee!

2. Lamanai

Also, 90 minutes from the resort, you’ll find incredible Maya Ruins, including the Jaguar Temple. This Mesoamerican archaeological site was once a major city of the widespread Maya civilization. The pre-Columbian name recorded by early Spanish missionaries was originally Lam’an’ain in ancient Mayan.

3. Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley, just 20 minutes by boat from the resort, has been named one of the seven best animal dives in the Caribbean. Experience the true novelty of gliding through the sea alongside neighborly nurse sharks and southern stingrays.

4. Great Blue Hole

Hop on a boat and ride for 90 minutes to the top diving site in Belize. The Blue Hole is the largest marine sinkhole in the world at 318 meters (1,043 feet) across and 124 meters (407 feet) deep. Expert divers can explore thousands of stalactites and stalagmites formed when the site was an above-ground series of caverns. This memorable trip includes a lunch stop at the picturesque and uninhabited Half Moon Caye.

5. Cave Tubing

Another exciting way to explore Belize is on a cave tubing adventure just 120 minutes from the resort. After a 45-minute hike through the beautiful Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, highlighted by local flora and fauna, you’ll enjoy a gentle tube float through a vast, ancient cave system with crystal formations, beautiful waterfalls and a river winding through the jungle back to where you began.

6. San Pedro Town

Last but not least, visiting San Pedro Town is one of the best things to do on Ambergris Caye. Only a 15-minute golf cart ride from Mahogany Bay lies the main town on Ambergris Caye. San Pedro is the perfect place to meet, eat, shop, and more. Its colorful downtown area is home to barefoot strollers, adventurous fishers, and clusters of family-owned businesses, which openly invite newcomers to experience the real essence of Belize.

To learn more about how you can explore our beautiful island, take a look at our Adventure page!