If you believe that the sport of snorkeling wasn’t “invented” until recently, you’re in for a surprise. The idea took root around 350 BC when philosopher Aristotle observed an elephant submerged in water that used its trunk to breathe. It’s a fanciful supposition and one that can’t be proven, but evidence exists that rudimentary helmets attached to reed tubes were common in the 15th century, used by fishermen to spot underwater prey.
Those reeds and helmets had to be replaced often – until a stroke of genius by an unknown inventor paired leather and metal plus air supplied by compressors onboard boats that allowed divers to spend more time underwater. Over time, snorkel gear became lighter and simpler, a boon for folks who love peeking beneath the surface.
Today’s snorkel equipment is so sophisticated, even kids can master the sport, but no matter your age, there’s only one destination capable of delivering the quintessential snorkeling experience: Belize. Home to the second-longest barrier reef in the world, this is mecca. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, choose the resort that prioritizes snorkeling excursions: Laru Beya Resort on the Placencia peninsula for the aquatic experience of a lifetime.
Laru Beya is a snorkeler’s paradise
Placencia offers sports aficionados two coasts to explore and since the peninsula is just 16 miles long, guests can snorkel the nearby reef on the ocean side or enjoy a more tranquil experience in the Placencia lagoon where spotting shy manatees is one of the most exciting experiences visitors can have.
Laru Beya offers travelers more than a choice of coasts. The resort’s oceanfront and ocean view lodgings are beautifully appointed and resort perks include sugar-white beaches, a freshwater infinity swimming pool, kayaks, bicycles, and a Hobi cat reserved for guests only plus golf cart rentals and Wi-fi.
The resort’s Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour should top your “must-do” list. Explore underwater canyons and cruise waters around popular cayes where swimming with turtles and interacting with nurse sharks (in season) are but a few of the wonders you’ll enjoy. The reef is home to fish so unusual and colorful, you are likely to be beguiled by these dazzling aquatic creatures.
More than your opportunity to snorkel
Laru Beya prides itself on offering a wide variety of tours guaranteed to appeal to guests who may not want to spend the entirety of their vacations wearing snorkel gear. From Mayan ruins to caving and zip-lining opportunities, add nature and jungle tours to your itinerary. Visit nearby towns if you like to shop, eat, and see cultural sites that don’t require swim fins!
How would you like to save money, too? Book your Laru Beya holiday no later than January 15th for a stay any time before May 30, 2023, and you could take advantage of rare Belize travel deals. Can one Placencia resort have it all? According to guests who wouldn’t stay elsewhere, the answer is yes. Find out for yourself, either above or below the water!