Belize Barrier Reef No Longer Endangered
As the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef has officially been removed from UNESCO’s list of endangered world heritage sites, declaring it no longer facing immediate danger. The 200-mile-long reef was initially put on the list due to concerns regarding excessive development, mangrove cutting and oil exploration in the region.
Over the past two years, the Belize government has prohibited oil exploration and implemented legal protections over the coastal mangrove forests. Due to these actions, the reef has rehabilitated itself and is on its way to recovery! As the third country in the world to completely ban offshore exploration, the World Wildlife Fund has recognized Belize as a leader in making a real difference in protecting their ecosystem.
As a holiday destination, English-speaking Belize has much to offer with a wealth of exotic wildlife and natural beauty including rainforest, mountains, waterfalls and white sand beaches. See amazing wildlife including monkeys, wild cats, fantastic birdlife & butterflies. Relax on tropical beaches fringed by a barrier reef offering spectacular diving and snorkelling. Combine all this with the splendour of ancient Mayan ruins, an eclectic cultural mix of Maya, Mestizo, Mennonite, Garifuna & Creole peoples and adrenalin-fuelled adventure such as zip-lining, caving and canyoning.
Warm, crystal clear waters, multiple dive sites, 70 types of coral and around 400 species of fish characterise diving in Belize. Ambergris Caye offers 25 miles of Belize Barrier Reef less than 1km offshore. Great dives include the Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef and the Elbow at Turneffe Atoll. Whale sharks can be sighted in the southern reef at Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Canyon from April to June.
To discover Belize, a holiday destination not to be missed, please take a look at our dedicated Belize Revealed website: www.belizerevealed.co.uk