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Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Trail

Accessible right from our main campus, this 1.2 mile guided nature trail transects 5 distinct vegetation and habitat types. Beginning in tropical pine savanna, then transitioning through broken ridge, cohune ridge, tropical moist broadleaf forest and leading up to the climax tree species of the riperian gallery forest at the Sibun River – a great place for a refreshing swim! Experience these natural systems and witness signs or catch sight of some of the wildlife present; Yellow-head parrots, Aplomado Falcon, Roadside Hawk, Grey fox, Nine-banded armadillo, Coatimundi, Peccari, Jaguarondi, Jaguar, Tapir and Brockett deer are all possible companions on your path.  Your Guide enriches your experience of the land by sharing knowledge of medicinal plants, birds, animals, local culture and more!

Guided Nature Trail Hike:  US$25.00 (BZ$50.00) per group of 1-4 persons

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Sibun River Canoeing

The Sibun River borders the sanctuary's 1060 acres of protected land and is the source of our namesake: Monkey 'Bay.'  Back in the day, when Belize was still called "British Honduras", the Sibun River -along with many other waterways -was used to transport goods and people from the inland areas to the Caribbean Sea and back.  Areas of the river were often named according to a prominent feature or occurrence.  Since Black Howler monkeys were often spotted at the bend in the river (or 'Bay' as the Brits called it), our particular spot along this waterway came to be known as Monkey Bay.  

Canoeing the Sibun River offers guests incredible exposure to the biodiversity of the river and riparian edge of the forest.  Bird fauna of all kinds, freshwater fish, Green Iguana, cave bats, and Black Howler Monkeys are often seen.  Very lucky guests may see the Central American River Otter or even catch a rare glimpse of the shy Tapir or Jaguar.

As you paddle, learn about life on the river and how Belizean people and their cultures are connected to the watershed.  

We'll stop for a picnic lunch on a riverside sandbar to soak in the experience and cool off with a swim.

Full instruction on water safety is provided along with lifejackets.

Sibun River Canoeing:  US$55.00 (BZ$110) per person (includes lunch).

To learn more about booking this tour, please complete the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Tiger Sandy Bay Caves and Orange Orchard

Spectacular limestone caves are ready for exploration next door to Monkey Bay at Tiger Sandy Bay Farms.  The Tiger Cave System is a series of interconnected caverns with large cathedral passageways and pottery artifacts once used by the Ancient Maya.  After exploring the Maya underworld of 'Xibalba,' taste the local fruits of oranges and grapefruits while filling a crocus bag of fruit to make fresh squeezed OJ.  In addition to citrus and cacao production activities, the farm property conserves hundreds of acres of limestone karst terrain and jungle forest habitat. 

Caving at Tiger Sandy Bay Caves:   US$65.00 (BZ$130.00) per person  

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The Belize Zoo, Monkey Bay's neighbor!

Visit The Belize Zoo for a guided educational tour to observe and interact with Belize's unique fauna and flora in their natural environment.  This little zoo displays only animals indigenous to Belize.  The Zoo's primary purpose is to teach the importance of wildlife conservation through environmental education.  We arrange local guides and provide transportation for either a Daytime Tour or a special after hours Night Tour - bring your flashlights!  Many tropical species are nocturnal, and the Night Tour offers unique opportunities to view the animals when they are at their most active.  Plan to sped about two hours for either tour.  Zoo keepers are available for special animal interactions with species such as Jaguar, Boa Constrictor, Toucan and Scarlet Macaw.

The Monkey Bay Guided Daytime Tour for 4 persons ($120 US) Includes Monkey Bay Shuttle transportation, a Monkey Bay Tour Guide and entrance fee to the zoo.

The Monkey Bay Guided Daytime Tour for 4 persons + Jaguar Encounter ($170 US) Includes Monkey Bay Shuttle transportation, a Monkey Bay Tour Guide and entrance fee to the zoo and close encounter with a Jaguar!

The Belize Zoo Nocturnal Tour for 4 persons (US $165) Includes Monkey Bay Shuttle Transport, Monkey Bay Tour Guide, Zoo Entrance Fee & Belize Zoo Keeper/Guide.  We will make arrangements with the zoo for reservations and transport you to and from the zoo.  A Monkey Bay guide will accompany you for the duration of the Tour.  Flashlights available for rent from Monkey Bay should you forget your own.

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Cox Lagoon Crocodile Sanctuary

Cox Lagoon Crocodile Sanctuary is a forest wetland private reserve located within thirty thousand acres of wild lands.  The diverse habitat supports a natural diversity of animal and bird life with opportunities to observe Laughing Falcon, Jabiru Stork, 14 species of reptiles - including an abundance of Morelett's Crocodiles - Black Howler Monkeys, Baird's Tapir and the elusive Jaguar.  Since these creatures are best observed from the canoe at night, visitors paddle from Cox Creek into the wide lagoon surrounded by swamp forest, marshland and mud flats. The trip departs mid afternoon and returns by 9pm.  A pack dinner is served in the field at Tapir Camp while the sun sets.  Best wildlife viewing opportunity in Belize!  

Canoeing at Cox Lagoon:   US $85 per person + US $75 Transportation fee for 1-4 persons from Monkey Bay to Cox Lagoon and back.  Includes pack dinner.

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The Stone Lady - Xunantunich Maya Ruins

A guided tour of the Maya Ceremonial Center of Xunantunich is a half-day excursion to Western Belize. Excavations of temples, ball court and residential complex reveal the life and culture of Ancient Maya civilization. Opportunities are available to purchase locally-produced pottery and handicrafts. Cross the Belize River via hand-cranked ferry to access ceremonial center and museum. Our guides host your visit and provide an interesting account of the Ancient Maya History and Culture from the early days. Then, climb to the top of El Castillo, a stone temple rising 90 meters above ground level for a long vista over the Belize River Valley into the neighboring country of Guatemala. 

Guided Tour of Xunantunich:   US $45 per person + US $75 Transportation fee for 1-4 persons from Monkey Bay to Xunantunich and back. (Includes entrance fee to the site.)
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