Ever wonder why Jacques Cousteau preferred serenity he found under the sea to activities on land? It's because the sea nourished both his head and body in more ways than you might imagine.
What happens the moment you don scuba or diving gear and venture into the ocean? Feelings wash over the body that is both physical and mental. In addition to the feast for the eye that awaits everyone engaged in these activities, a single dive or snorkel has the ability to:
- Give your muscles an effortless workout
- Burn between 250 and 300 calories in an hour
- Increase your heart rate and lung capacity, so you fight off cardiovascular diseases
- Lower high blood pressure and reduce high cholesterol numbers
- Help people with joint and mobility issues get gravity-free exercise
- Stress disappears, and anxiety is relieved, say Mayo Clinic experts
- Both trigger endorphin rushes that make you happier and increase self-confidence.
But why the reef?
When last did you have an opportunity to dive or snorkel around what's considered one of the world's most magnificent natural wonders? The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Did you know that if it weren't for Belize, this reef would not be classified as "a barrier reef"? Notes, The Scuba Page, the online magazine for Scuba Dive lovers around the world?
There's more that distinguishes the Belize Barrier Reef from all other reefs. It's only one of six reefs on the planet that meets the definition of "a double barrier reef," and despite debates to the contrary, the Belize Barrier Reef can be seen from space. No wonder this amazing destination was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996!
Convinced a visit is in your best interest?
You should be. Not only is a snorkeling/diving vacation of benefit to your health, but you'll also see why the reef is beloved by divers around the world. Where to stay? At Ray Caye Island Resort, the private island that gives you complete access to the reef. This lush island offers a respite from noise, crowds, and stress. Suites, cabanas, and villa rooms are decorated and outfitted with everything a traveler seeks in luxury accommodations.
Best of all, it's peaceful, tranquil and a place you can feel safe.
Find the all inclusive package you seek on the Ray Caye website packages page. Every detail of your trip, except for your plane ticket, is included. That means gourmet dining at the Lionfish Grill, access to fishing expeditions, water sport toys like kayaks, and Ray Caye will get you from mainland Belize to the island as part of your package.
Why not make it a group trip since island rentals for 40 people are also available? Your friends or family are likely to need a respite as much as you do, so contact the Reservations team for available dates. The island and the reef are the ultimate getaways when you probably need an escape more than ever.
** Please note that discounts will be reflected at check-out**