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Belize has so much to offer, from jungle mountains, to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, to ancient Mayan temples and more. Come stay with us and let us pamper you with top-rated tours and adventures from licensed professionals. We will work with you before you even arrive to help plan an action packed vacation like no other. Our tour planning service is absolutely free to our guests and we use only the best licensed Tour Operators and Tour Guides to assure you have a great, safe time. Most all of our tours are private and can be customized just for you. Water tours will even pick you up right at your own dock!
ADVENTURES ON YOUR BEACH
Whether you want to just stay around the Villa for your trip or after a long day of adventure, what could be more fun than some entertainment right on your beach? Here are a couple of options that are fully customizable for your group, but sure to be a hit.
Hopkins Garifuna Culture Immersion
Experience the culture of the Garifuna on the privacy of your own beach. This will be a HIGHLIGHT from your Hopkins visit featuring local drummer 'Wawa' and his crew performing original Garifuna hits PLUS a Belizean style home cooked meal prepared for your group buffet style and set up at the bamboo beach bar. Includes one hour of live drumming entertainment and a wonderful meal. *Please inform of any special dietary needs when booking
What could be better than settling in on the beach after sunset with a good movie (or concert, sporting event, etc.)? After a long day in the sun or out on adventure come home and RELAX on the beach with an outdoor movie theater screening. Event includes up to 3 hours of screen time and gourmet popcorn for your group.
Mayan Chocolate Demonstration
Learn about the traditional Maya method of making chocolate, starting with the cocoa bean and continuing all the way to the finished chocolate bar. This event starts with learning how cocoa beans are extracted from the pods, fermented, dried, and then prepared for making chocolate. Participants will then be able to eat and enjoy their creations. A selection of hand made Mayan crafts will also be available for sale.
ESCAPE ROOM GAMES ON-SITE AT YOUR BEACH BAR
(themes/games subject to change)After a long day of adventure, what could be more fun than some entertainment right on your beach? Here are a couple of options that are fully customizable for your group, but sure to be a hit.
Captain Teague’s Treasure Hunt
ARGGH Matey! This is a family fun event with Captain Rufus Teague as you search for clues and help find Teague’s buried treasure with your group. Then enjoy your daily ration of grog at Villa Rising Sun’s Bamboo Bar and have your photo taken with Captain Teague. This event includes a search for clues for buried treasure, a souvenir bottle of Delacroix Estates Spiced Voodoo Rum and photos with Captain Teague.
Notorious pirate Captain Rufus Teague and his crew believe they know the whereabouts of the lost trident of Poseidon. Finding the Trident would allow Teague to rule the Caribbean. When Poseidon learned of this he summoned the Kraken to sink Teague’s ship; however, the crafty buccaneer narrowly escaped Poseidon’s wrath. With his ship’s keel breached Teague, somehow, managed to make landfall near Hopkins. Help Teague best Poseidon by searching for clues as they attempt to locate the trident for control of the seas. This event includes a search for Clues for locating Poseidon’s Trident & a souvenir bottle of Delacroix Estates Spiced Voodoo Rum.
Mayan Temple of Doom
Belize is home to over 600 ancient Mayan sites dating back to 2500 B.C.. Majestic ruins, reclaimed by the jungle, have been hidden for centuries. An expedition led by Jacob Graves sets out in search of the ‘city of gold’. Help Graves unlock the clues leading to the location of a prized artifact. This event includes a search for Clues on the beach and in the jungle as well as a souvenir bottle of Delacroix Estates Spiced Voodoo Rum.
The Coati Claw
The indigenous wildlife of Belize is amazing. Large communal packs of Coati are often seen throughout the area foraging for water, shelter or food. Some say the claws of the Coati possess mystical powers. Explorer Branson Delacroix believes harnessing these powers will bring him the fame and fortune of his birthright but one mis-step may cause a horrible plague to infest his holdings. Help Delacroix solve the mystery that will reveal his riches. This event includes a search for Clues on the beach and in the jungle as well as a souvenir bottle of Delacroix Estates Spiced Voodoo Rum.
Curse of the Monkey Paw
Local legend has it that the Howler Monkey paw can wield great power when in your possession. Explorer and adventurer Branson Delacroix is in search of clues to determine if the legend is real. Solve the puzzle to unlock the myth and help Delacroix find the elusive Monkey Paw. This event includes a search for Clues on the beach and in the jungle as well as a souvenir bottle of Delacroix Estates Spiced Voodoo Rum.
ATM Cave Tour
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is one of the most popular and impressive Maya ceremonial caves ever found.
ATM was in use during the early classic period, which dates to around 300-600AD. The caving part of the tour, takes you through a subterranean river, over (and under) more than a few rocks and into the main chamber.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour
Xunantunich Mayan ruin, also known as the “Maiden of the Rock” is the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize. The largest pyramid, El Castillo stands 130 feet high above the main plaza and offers impressive panoramic view of the Cayo District, Guatemala and the Mopan River.
Caracol Mayan Temples Tour
Situated high on the Vaca Plateau deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the most extensive Mayan site in Belize and was only re-discovered as recently as 1936. The site of Caracol covers over 80 square miles with 30,000 structures, and at its peak supported a population in excess of 150,000.
The Ruins of Tikal
Discover the heart of the Maya World, just a 2 hour drive from Belize’s western border. Covered in thick jungle and discovered in the 1900’s, Tikal represents one of the most fascinating Mayan archaeological sites of the Mundo Maya.
It was considered one of largest and most powerful cities of the Classic Period, until it was suddenly abandoned over 1000 years ago and the jungle outgrew the massive temples and structures there.
Cave Tubing at St. Herman's Cave
This is a combination of cave exploration and cave tubing to explore this incredible river cave system.
Imagine the excitement as you drift downriver, your body tucked in an inflated inner tube, your fingers trailing in the crisp clear river and up head is the vine-draped opening of mysterious cave.
Monkey River/Manatee Watch Tour & Placencia Visit
You will take a 1 hour ride on the Southern Highway to the Village of Placencia where a boat will pick you up for a ride through the lagoon and out to sea and to the mouth of the Monkey River.
You will travel south by boat along the mangroves and up the Monkey River with a Monkey River resident and Licensed Tour Guide leading the walk.
Jungle Zipline Tour at Bocawina
Enjoy the incredible views while soaring 400 feet above a valley in the Maya Mountain foothills.
The panoramic zip line experience consists of 7 lines and 11 decks, and the longest zip line in Belize!
Waterfall Swimming at Maya King
Tired of the beach? Escape to the jungle to experience a one-of-a-kind experience. We will bring you directly to one of the best-kept secret waterfalls in the district.
Discover the hidden falls and swim in the clear water pool at the base nestled in the heart of Belize. We will take care of the hassle of driving on bumpy dirt roads to get there, and you just enjoy the trip!
Cool off in the refreshing waters of the South Stann Creek River while listening to the sounds of the jungle!
For almost 2 miles, you will enjoy the thrills of rushing over small (Class 2) rapids and the relaxation of the slower parts of the river.
Full Day Snorkel with Beach BBQ and Island Hop
8AM pick-up from the Villa Rising Sun dock, then a hop out to the reef for a snorkel. From there a pull up to Blue Marlin on South Water Caye for a juice or beer . Then it is back aboard Miss Tina for another quick snorkel before arriving at Bread & Butter Caye for a BBQ lunch of chicken (maybe a lobster or conch caught on a snorkel) sides, etc. The second snorkel will be right at Bread & Butter. Depending on how the day is going and the group is enjoying themselves we could do another stop close by to Bread & Butter, Hideaway Caye for a cold drink or appetizer. Guests pay for drinks or appetizers on the last stop. Arriving back at the Villa Rising Sun dock around 4PM-ish.
Exclusive King Lewey Island Experience - Villa Rising Suns' exclusive pirate island adventure
AARGH matey…there be PIRATES AHEAD! Join in the FUN on King Lewey Island Resort featuring the BLACK PEARL Restaurant and Bar. Your adventure begins on the Villa Rising Sun dock where your private charter will skim the turquoise waters to a sandy caye in the Caribbean for fun loving families and adventure seekers. Great snorkeling, swimming, food & drinks and the photo ops are plentiful.
The UNESCO listed the Great Belize Barrier Reef as one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world made up of over 100 coral species and home to some 500 species of fish and hundreds of invertebrates.
Our snorkeling tour takes you on a 30-40 minutes boat ride to the Southern Barrier Reef which offers several different snorkeling sites within the reserve for beginners and experienced snorkelers.
Our experienced guides takes you on an underwater adventure. Snorkelers often have close encounters with eagle rays, sea turtles, a wide variety of exotic fish, and even dolphins or friendly nurse sharks! Experience a bit of island life on this snorkel adventure as we normally stop at Bread and Butter Caye for some beach-combing.
Fishing & Snorkeling Tour
Get the most bang for your buck with our fishing and snorkeling combination trip. Start your trip off by catching fresh bait with cast nets near the mangrove formations then spend the morning fishing along the Belize barrier reef.
As the day warms up, stop for a lunch break at Bread & Butter Caye. From here, jump into the water for some world class guided snorkeling. This is a perfect day for those wanting to experience both fishing and snorkeling in one trip.
Fly Fishing Tour
Be prepared to develop a passion for chasing the Grand Slam: permit, bonefish and tarpon.
Belize’s southern barrier reef is crystal clear and one of the best destination for flats fishing. The shallow waters are home to lots of flats perfect for playing catch and release with the elusive permit, bonefish, and tarpon.
Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will transport you to calm turquoise water about 35 minutes away around South water Caye and it features a large sea grass lagoon, teeming with coral shoals and pristine flats. Whether you are an avid, intermediate, or novice fisherman, our local guide is ready to take you on the trip of a lifetime where they can be as hands on or as relaxed as you need.
Huge schools of bonefish spread out over the lagoon. Tailing these large bonefish schools will provide hours of fly rod action at your own pace.
When the tide is just right, your guide will take you to cast on neighboring mangrove flats, home to permit up to ten pounds in size. Try your hand at snook and tarpon. Tarpon often reach 75 pounds in the inner channel of southern Belize.
This tour is seasonal: January – May.
The Sittee River is the gateway to one of nature’s breathtaking phenomena – bioluminescent or “burning wata” as the Belizeans call it. This night tour is seasonal. Conditions have to be just perfect in the Anderson Lagoon and it usually occurs in the driest months like February – April.
Head out on the 5 minute boat ride to Anderson Lagoon on the Sittee River. The night sky is UNBELIEVABLE. Thick with stars all the way down to the tree line.
Go through a tiny cut to get to the lagoon and you will be surrounded by the giant mangroves and then shoot out into the lagoon. It’s pitch black, the guide’s flashlight beam cutting across the lagoon is the only light and then he turns it off. The boat picks up speed and the wake glows. A blue light. As the boat pick up more speed, the tiny algae, which settle in the lagoon during the dry season, get agitated and glow. It’s absolutely unbelievable.
Our guide will stop the boat and you just stare into the water. Schools of fish or any marine life swimming through the lagoon create a phosphorescent trail which can look like a glowing cloud in the water. Hundreds of jelly fish pulsating in the water. They feed on the algae – it’s all along their edges and inside them.
Just moving your hand around in the water is miraculous. You leave aqua blue glowing blue bubbles.
Cook Your Catch
Start off with fishing in the morning (catch) and then we head to bread and butter Caye for an island BBQ with the fish and other seafood the guide may have caught earlier and prepare lunch. After some island time head back out to do some snorkeling and make our way back home. This is a full day activity and it is a private trip
Depart: 8:00 AM Return: 3:00 PM
Jungle Horseback Ride Tour
This adventure ride is ideal for both the experienced and non-experienced rider. The Outback Stables are only 20 minutes away.
Your adventure begins at the stable after a brief training session. Then it’s time to hit the trail – passing through a citrus orchid and then wondering into the mysterious greens of the Tropical Rain Forest.
Allow yourself to be engulfed by nature! Take a plunge into the clear cool water of the Sittee River!
Your path takes you close to the neighboring Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve.
Guided Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve Hike
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized internationally as the world’s first jaguar preserve.
It is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of over 290 species of birds. The tracks of wildcats, tapir, deer, and other wildlife are often seen on hiking trails
Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of over 290 species of birds. The tracks of wildcats, tapir, deer, and other wildlife are often seen on hiking trails. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will see them, but you can spot fresh tracks.
The trip begins with a stop at the traditional village of Maya Center which is at the entrance of the preserve. Here, you will find Mayan arts and crafts are for sale.
The park offers a wide variety of hikes of varying lengths and difficulty, including to Ben’s Bluff, which has a spectacular view of the entire Basin, and to a waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
TOUR COMBO OPTIONS Cockscomb Hike can be combined with River Tubing at Cockscomb (lunch included). Also try our Cockscomb Night Hike leaving at 5PM and returning at 10PM.
Guided Birdwatching Tour
Belize is home to more than 500 identified species of birds, with an average of five new species discovered each year.
With 66% of the country still forested, the species and variety of birds visible to viewers varies.
This tour begins just before daybreak with a drive through Sittee River where the lush vegetation attracts many species of birds in Belize. Be sure to keep your eyes open and your binoculars handy as you are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird’s wings.
Some of the tropical birds often spotted in the area are keel billed toucans, fork tailed flycatchers, tropical kingbirds, and Amazon kingfishers, blue crowed mot-mot and harpy eagle.
Belize Zoo Tour
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
Spice Farm and Botanical Garden Tour
The Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens, located at the foothills of the Maya Mountain in the Toledo District is the result of the inspiration and hard work of Tom and Tessy Mathew.
When vacationing in Belize, the Mathews, originally from Kerala, India, were struck by the fact that the climate and topography of Belize are quite similar to that of Kerala, which is known for its world famous spices, such as Tellicherry Black Pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
So in 1990, they started the Golden Stream Plantation in the Toledo district of Belize to grow cacao and citrus. With the aid of the Belizian Government, they imported seeds and cuttings of spice plants native to their homeland.
The farm is now one of the largest black pepper and vanilla farms in the country and is adorned with beautiful teak, mahogany, rosewood, and sandalwood trees, as well as a variety of other magnificent specimens.
You will never look at your spice rack in the same way again! This tour is perfect for food lovers.
Placencia Day Visit
Relax like you’ve never relaxed before! Belize is famous for its laid-back attitude, and Placencia is the perfect place to celebrate it. Everything on the peninsula is calm and stress-free, from the breeze in the coconut palms to the waves lazily lapping the shore. Placencia’s beaches are often declared the very best on mainland Belize.
Placencia is only an hour away and it has so much to offer such as local art galleries, gift shops, and restaurant
A Fun Fact about Placencia Belize: Placencia’s Main Street sidewalk has earned the distinction as the World’s Narrowest Street in the Guinness Book of World Records!
COMBINATION TOUR OPTIONS (many more available)
Zipline & River Tubing Combo at Mayan Sky
Zipline & Guided Waterfall Hike at Bocawina
Zipline, ATV & Waterfall Swimming
Xunatunich Ruins & Cave Tubing at St. Hermans
Zipline & Antelope Rappel at Bocawina
Jungle Horse Back & Chocolate Making Tour
Cockscomb Guided Hike & Chocolate Making
Spice Farm & Southern Ruins
Guided Cockscomb Hike & River Tubing
SCUBA DIVING & PADI DIVING COURSES
Go diving in the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean and the second largest in the world. We take you to all of the top diving spots in Belize, including dive sites that aren't offered anywhere else!
Don't see the tour you want? Just let us know and we can probably line it up for you!