Specialty Tours 2016

Hamanasi Specialty tours are popular excursions offered by appointment in addition to our regularly scheduled adventures.

To experience these unique tours, just sign up for Specialty Tours with a Front Desk Associate after arriving at Hamanasi. We can arrange these tours upon request with at least two day’s advance notice, although some tours have a specific day they are offered, and minimum group size may apply. These are noted in the tour description. A cancellation fee of US$50 per person applies for cancellation less than 24 hours prior to trip.

Please Note: Specialty Tours cannot be substituted for Reef & Rainforest package tours. Specialty Tours are available at an additional cost as listed below. To see a list of tours that are included in our package prices, please see the Inland Adventures page and the Reef Adventures page.

Our Adventure Center is looking forward to meeting you to organize and confirm your adventures.

Please keep in mind that we use outside operators for many of our specialty tours. As such, prices are subject to change without notice. Once again, these Specialty Tours are NOT included in any packages, so if you choose a specialty tour you will be charged the cost indicated on the tour description.

Actun Tunich Muknal Cave Tour


Actun Tunichil MuknalDeparts: 7:00 AM
Approximate Return: 5:00 PM
Includes: Park fee, lunch, cookies, juice and water
What to Bring: Shorts and t-shirt are suggested along with a good pair of tennis or hiking shoes or dive booties (no sandals). A pair of socks is required. You will need a change of clothes and towel for after the tour, insect repellant and sunscreen.NO CAMERAS ALLOWED
Degree of Difficulty:  3++ (Challenging) – a good level of physical fitness required. A short distance of swimming into the entrance of the cave is involved. Life jackets provided upon request.

In myths, journeys to the underworld are never easy, and after visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre), you may feel that you have been through your own epic "Indiana Jones" adventure compete with ancient relics, tight squeezes, steep drops offs and course human remains. The ancient Maya believed caves were their portal to the underworld and many of Belize's caves where Maya sacrificial sites. The ATM cave was one of the most heavily used religious ceremonies sites through Belize we know about. NatGeo ranked ATM as the #1 Sacred Cave in the world. This cave is so special Belize guides must be granted permission by the government to guide within the area. But the adventure isn't just inside the cave, getting to the cave is an adventure within its self.

  • After your guide signs in with the park officials you will begin the 45 minute hike to the cave entrance.
  • Within the cave you will be in and out of the water hiking, wading, and swimming underground.
  • The depth ranges from ankle deep to shoulder deep and can be deeper depending on the season and water flow. You will have to swim.
  • You and everything you bring will be wet the entire tour but the cave is a comfortable temperature.
  • There are small tight passages, if you have ANY claustrophobia we do not recommend the tour.
  • Throughout your hike you will pass Maya artifacts and evidence of the Maya's use of the cave while your guide fills in the details.
  • Nearly a mile underground you will reach the resting place of the "crystal maiden" - a complete female skeleton that sparkles from eons of crystal calcification.
  • Pack dry clothes for after the tour, you can leave them and anything else you would like to bring in the van - the guides will provide towels.
Price: US$235 per person
(minimum 2 people)
Price: US$210 per person
(3 People)
Price: US$185 per person
(4+ people)

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Caves BranchDeparts: 7:00 AM
Approximate Return: 5:00 PM
Includes: Park fee, lunch, cookies, juice and water, all necessary equipment
What to Bring: Well-treaded tennis shoes or hiking boots, swimsuit, shorts, T-shirt, insect repellent, towel, change of clothes for after the tour.

Over thousands of years water has been eroding miles and miles of underground passages. Many of these passages are still flowing with underground rivers and every once in a while they break the surface giving us a glimpse of what's hiding below.

The Hamanasi Cave tubing adventure is your opportunity to explore these underground rivers while using your inner tube as your base. See amazing stalactites, stalagmites and unbelievable cave formations as you float through with only your headlamps lighting your path. But don't be fooled, this entire tour is not spend slowly drifting through the caves, we combine a jungle hike, a hike to the Crystal Cave, Maya history, swimming and rock jumping before wrapping up our tour. If you are an adventurer at heart this tour is for you.

  • There are changing facilities at the park so you can change before or after your tube float.
  • Once everyone is ready your guide will gear you up with your helmet, headlamp, life preserver and inner tube.
  • You will start with a 45 minute easy hike to reach the river where the tour begins.
  • During this hike you will walk through and cross the river a couple of times.
  • Once you are floating down the river you will drift in through and out of a several caves while viewing stalactites and stalagmites.
  • During one of these caves you will stop and hike towards the crystal cave.
  • Before finishing the tour your guide will pull over and let everyone swim and play along rocks found in the river.
  • The water is not all flat water and there are some moderate rapids through one of the caves. These rapids change depending upon the river water level.
Price: US$175 per person
(minimum 2 people)
Degree of Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)
Price: US$150 per person
(3 People)
Price: US$125 per person
(4+ people)

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Bocawina Zipline

Jungle Horseback Riding

Departs: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM (Approx. drive time is 45 minutes each way)
Approximate Return: 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Weight limits: Max 250 lbs Min 100 lbs
What to bring: Closed toe shoes, light weight long pants and long sleeves for the bugs.
Includes: Water, juice and entrance fee

It's now tried and tested and the results... SPECTACULAR, INCREDIBLE, A RUSH LIKE NO OTHER!!! Many people may have done a zipline before but this is a great way to explore Belize and see the jungle from a monkey's point of view! The tour starts with a short hike towards the first platform. During your hike you'll find yourself crossing a long suspension bridge as you make your way towards the first line. After a safety briefing you get your first taste of zipping starting with a short span to get you comfortable and after that you will be flying through the jungle canopy! There are a total 8 zip lines of various lengths including the longest zipline in Belize at nearly a half mile long! Throw in a short rappel and amazing scenery and you have the makings for a rad adventure for the whole family. The length of this tour depends on how many people are on the tour, for 2 it takes about an hour and a half, for 6-8 just over 2.5 hours.

  • 45 minute drive from Hamanasi.
  • Get geared up by professional zip line guides with quality equipment.
  • Short 5 minute hike to the first platform. A second short hike in the middle to reach platform 6. It's all downhill along the lines taking advantage of gravity.
  • 8 different zip lines of various height, length and speed including the longest zipline in Belize!
  • Fun for the whole family.
  • Younger kids who don't meet the minimum weight can go with the guide for added safety and fun.
Price: US$120 per person
(minimum 2 people)
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)
Price: US$110 per person
(3 People)
Price: US$100 per person
(4+ people)

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Jungle Horseback Riding

Departs: 8 AM with Approximate Return: 11:30 PM
Departs: 1:00 PM with Approximate Return: 4:30 PM
What to bring: Long pants, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, bathing suit, and towel
Includes: Cookies and water

Seasoned rider or never been on a horse before, we accommodate for all levels of riders!

Your adventure begins just 30 minutes from Hamanasi! At Outback Trails your skilled horse wrangler and their well-kept horses will be waiting to carry you for your ride. These guides are very skilled horse guides and will adapt their tour to your experience level for a unique Belize horseback experience.

You'll start with a short ride through a citrus orchard where hummingbirds feast on the blossoms. Then you will ride through dense jungle with huge cottonwood, gumbo limbo and emery trees which offer homes to a variety of tropical birds. Toucans, Black Face Ant Thrush, Tinamous and Trogons are just a few of the birds often spotted. Enjoy cookies and juice under the cohune palms with leaves as long as 45ft. and cool off in the river (seasonal) with a refreshing swim, so don't forget your swim suit. This excursion on well-kept horses is accompanied by a tour guide and very experienced horse wranglers.

Price: US$85 per person
(minimum 2 people)
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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Caves Branch


Caves Branch

Departs: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 7:15 AM
Approximate Return: 4:30 PM What to Bring: Well-treaded tennis shoes or hiking boots, light long pants, insect repellent, change of clothes for after the tour
Includes: Lunch and water

Looking for adventure? The Black Hole Drop combines the most intense hike offered by Hamanasi with a 300 foot rappel to explore a sink hole in the middle of the Maya Mountains nicknamed The "Mother of all Caves"... Actun Loch Tunich!

This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the jungle until you reach the edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sinkhole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sinkhole basin. Fully trained caving guides then rig a system of rappelling ropes for your decent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline. The next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold. The last100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy. The sinkhole is not actually black, but you can't see the bottom from where you start. Once you're at the bottom, the question is... How do we get you out???

This expedition is not for the faint of heart and all participants must be relatively physically fit.

  • You will hike 1.5 miles along a very steep trail with uneven foot holds and often very slippery.
  • When you reach the edge of the sinkhole your guides will help gear you up with your rappelling equipment for the 300 foot decent into the sinkhole.
  • The first 10 feet you can stand on the side of the wall, after that you're free hanging the to the bottom
  • Be sure to take your time and enjoy the sights, it is stunning!
  • You will then explore around the inside edge of the sinkhole.
  • The path around the sinkhole is difficult and technical. No safety lines, steep drops, slippery and small footholds - but that's half the fun!
  • You hike out the 1.5 mile trail used to hike in.
Price: US$165 per person
(minimum 4 people)
Degree of Difficulty: 3++

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Caves Branch



TikalDeparts: Hamanasi 4:00 AM
Return: 8:30 or 9:00 PM (don't forget to pre-order dinner for your return!)
Includes:Border crossing departure tax, entrance Fee, breakfast, lunch,  cookies, juice and water
What to Bring:Passport and money for shopping

Tikal is the largest archeological and excavated of all the Mayan sites in Meso-America. It is also one of the most spectacular.

Tikal is located in the Peten area of Guatemala, deep in the high canopy jungle about 2 hours from San Ignacio (5 hours from Hamanasi). Tikal at its height, was a dominating and important economic and political power in MesoAmerica, but fell into ruins as did all the other such centers around 800 - 1000 AD. It was eventually consumed by the jungle. The original city covered an area of 35 square miles and although the archaeologists have been excavating here since the1930's, they tell us that there is at least another 100 years of work to be done.

Tikal is not just about the recovered buildings, temples and history. The flora and fauna in this area is almost as breathtaking as the Mayan temples themselves. On this trip you will visit many of the temples at the site, learn fascinating Mayan history and immerse yourself in a spectacular jungle setting teeming with wildlife.

  • You'll meet your Hamanasi driver at 4:00AM (don't forget your pillow).
  • You'll drive to the border town of Benque Viego where you will meet your guide and cross into Guatemala.
  • You guide will provide the payment for the border crossing from Belize into Guatemala.
  • Guatemala accepts US dollars, and smaller bills are easier to exchange.
  • You will then board a Guatemalan van to make the final 2 to 2.5 hour drive to Tikal.
  • Your guide will pay for the entry into Tikal National Park.
  • You'll spend approximately 4 hours touring around Tikal learning about the city and its history.
  • After lunch you will drive back to Hamanasi arriving approximately 9:00 PM.

Price: US$345 per person
(2 people, minimum 2 people)
Degree of Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)
Price: US$295 per person
(3 People)
Price: US$270 per person
(4+ people)

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Jungle Horseback Riding

Departs: 8:00 (Approx drive time is 45 minutes each way)
Approximate Return: 3:00 PM
Weight limits: Max 250 lbs Min 100 lbs – Minimum age 12
What to bring: Well-treaded tennis shoes or hiking boots, light long pants, insect repellent, change of clothes
Includes: Water, juice and entrance fee

Climb to the top of the 1000-foot Antelope Falls. Get ready for the adrenaline rush of your week.

Start with a 30-minute drive to the foothills of the Mayan mountains. Upon arrival there is a safety briefing followed by equipment fitting. Next is a strenuous hike up through the rainforest to the top of Antelope Falls, which takes about an hour.

Once at the top you can cool off by taking a swim in the clear waters of the natural pool while the team sets up the ropes. As soon as the ropes are all set you get down your knee and elbow pads and get ready to rappel down 500 feet of the falls. There are two stages to the rappel, first being the wettest and most slippery, but also the most fun, the second slightly easier. There are 3 guides to help with your descent and fun.

Price: US$215 per person (minimum 2 people)
Price: US$190 per person (3 people)
Price: US$165 per person (4+ people)
Degree of Difficulty 3++
(Strenuous and Challenging - Rocky steep jungle trails and can be very slippery. Descent is slippery with water splashing against you.
Minimum age is 12yrs)

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Caves Branch


Departs: 7:00 AM
Approximate Return: 3:00 PM
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, field guide
Includes: Snack, lunch, water and juice

The Monkey River winds its way through the jungle from the Maya Mountains to the ocean. This is an easy and relaxing tour to see some of the animals who make this unique ecosystem home, including the population of Howler Monkeys that lend their name to this river.

After a one-hour journey from Hamanasi you will meet your guide and boat captain who will take you by small boat through the lagoon and coastal waters to the mouth of the Monkey River. As you travel up the Monkey River watch for Manatees that can be found grazing on the vegetation in the river, crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, even colorful tropical birds like Toucans, or Montezuma Oropendola flying overhead. The highlight of the tour are the Howler Monkeys that usually play in the trees lining the river bank.

  • The boat is a covered boat for rain and sun protection but we still suggest wearing plenty of sunscreen and bug repellant.
  • Look for Manatees, dolphins, rays and more.
  • As you work your way up the river keep on the lookout for more manatees, otters, crocodiles, ant eaters, deer even possible cat sightings.
  • Lunch consists of Chicken, or Fish, Rice and Beans, Coleslaw
  • After lunch if the Monkeys have not been spotted the guide may conduct a short hike to locate the Howler Monkey troop. (Conditions depending)
  • After the hike you will then begin heading back down the river towards the lagoon to return to the dock.
  • This tour typically has many mosquitos since it is in the jungle along the river. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as well as insect repellent.
Price: US$215 per person (minimum 2 people)
Price: US$185 per person (3 people)
Price: US$165 per person (4+ people)
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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Caves Branch


CockscombDeparts: 5:00 or 5:30 PM (depending on sunset)
Approximate Return: 9:00 PM (Don't forget to pre-order dinner for your return!)
Includes: Entrance fee, headlamps, cookies and juice
Bring: Sturdy shoes, camera, insect repellent, flashlight

Visit the natural habitat of some of Belize's nocturnal animals. Your chances are good at seeing some fresh tracks of the elusive jaguar, puma or ocelot Cockscomband you may even be lucky enough to see one of these wild cats. Other animals you are likely to encounter on a night walk are foxes and coatis. There is something magical about walking in the rainforest at night. Listen to the calls of the crickets, frogs and birds. Enjoy the beauty of a moon trying hard to shine all the way through the forest canopy. Let your imagination run wild!

Price: US$100 per person (minimum 2 people) Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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Departs: 9:00 AM
Approximate Return: 2:00 PM
What to bring: Camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and a friendly smile
Includes: Lunch, coconut water and drumming lessons

Our Garifuna Culture has been proclaimed as an intangible heritage of humanity! Join us as we introduce to you the full Garifuna cultural experience from dressing in a Garifuna traditional outfit to exploring the foods through this cooking lesson. Hudut is the popular Garifuna dish which you will learn to cook from scratch. It is comprised of green and ripe mashed plantains called "Fu Fu" and a coconut fish stew. While the food is cooking you will tour a Garifuna Gallery and your host will explain and describe some of the Garinagu artifacts that have been collected throughout these years. In addition to the Garifuna culinary wonders, enjoy the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna Drums. Be one with Belize while learning how to drum, dance and sing with friendly & professional indigenous people. This tour will introduce you to the culture, history and traditions of this unique Garifuna fishing village.

Price: US$60 per person
(minimum 2 persons)
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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Caves Branch


Departs: 8:30 AM or 12:30 PM by Bicycle
Approximate Return: 1:00PM or 5:00 PM
Includes: Tour of chocolate farm, harvesting, roasting and making of chocolate
What to Bring:: Camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and a friendly smile

Price: US$35 per person
(minimum 2 people) Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate... Who doesn't love chocolate??? This half day tour of chocolate making starts from the cacao tree and ends with the Mayan chocolate bar in your hands. You will visit the cacao farm where the farmer gives you a complete history of his organic cacao farm, where you get to touch and taste organic cacao beans from the tree. You then move onto where the actual chocolate bars are made, where you learn how to make your own chocolate in the old traditional Mayan way, on grinding stones just like the Mayan ancestors did.

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Jungle Horseback Riding

Departs: 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM
Approximate Return: 12:00 PM for Half-Day or 4:00 PM for Full-Day
What to bring: Sunscreen, insect repellant, camera & a fishy attitude!
Includes:Fishing gear, cookies, juice and water
(Full-Day also includes lunch)

Hopkins Village began its roots as a sleepy little fishing village. Hamanasi works with several local villagers to provide our guests the opportunity to fish using the techniques their families have been using since Hopkins was first established.

The Belize coastline around Hopkins creates the ideal ecosystem for a wide variety of marine life. The many rivers, mangrove lagoons, and islands serve as nurseries to aquatic species. Having these nurseries all around our coastline leads to an abundance of marine life, and makes Belize's Southern Reef an angler's paradise.

Our local guides may not be world class angling guides with world class equipment; but they usually find a way to put fish on your plate using their expansive knowledge of the local reefs and their long used techniques creating a fun day on the water.

A half day fishing trip will leave at 7:00 am and return back to the resort at about 12:00 pm or 4:00 for a full day. Snacks, lunch and juice are provided on all full day trips and snacks and juice on the half-day trips. Trolling, spinning rods and gear are available.

  • The boat is a 24 ft, open hulled design with no canopy and a 40hp engine.
  • After your boat ride you will start the tour catching bait fish on the islands.
  • Using their knowledge of the area to locate a protected area where the fish may be pooling.
  • Some of the species commonly caught are: Snapper, Jacks, Grouper, and Barracuda.
  • Marine Preserve practices dictate we must fallow sustainable practices and only keep what we will eat. Additional fish will be catch and release.
  • Occasionally the guides may go for Tarpon, Bone Fish or Permits if requested - These are strictly catch and release only.
  • Depending on whether the fish are biting or not you may stay in the same location or move around.

Prices (Maximum 4 people per boat):

1/2 Day US$300
Full DayUS$400
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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Departs: Approximately 5:15 PM (depending on time of sunset)
Approximate Return: 6:30 PM
Includes: Private captain, 1-hour cruise for two, one bottle of champagne or house wine, freshly-cut tropical fruits and finger-food basket

Price: US$300 (for one couple)
Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Enjoy a beautiful Caribbean sunset while cruising along the coastal waters of Hopkins and Sittee River in Hamanasi's comfortable boat. See the local sites from the water's edge and enjoy the skyline full of tropical colors! Have fun trying to spot birds hiding in the mangroves and perhaps a dolphin or manatee!

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Departs: Approximately 4:30 PM, depending on time of sunset
Approximate Return: 8:00 PM (remember to pre-order dinner for your return!)
What to Bring:: All dive equipment (can be rented at Hamanasi), flashlight, back-up light, chemical light stick

Price: US$120 per person (minimum 6 people) Degree of Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Love our daytime diving? Try a night dive on the Barrier Reef! Your nighttime adventure heads out just before sunset. Once underwater, a flashlight illuminates a new world. Shine your light into coral crevices and find brittle starfish, red hermit crabs and shrimp's eyes reflecting back at you. It is not unusual to encounter Parrotfish asleep with a mucous membrane surrounding their bodies to confuse their predators. If you're lucky, you'll see an octopus change colours - to reflect its mood - before your eyes.

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The Specialty Tours tours are popular tours offered in addition to our regularly scheduled tours. Many tours are offered by operators other than Hamanasi. We can arrange these tours upon request with at least one day’s advance notice. Please note that some tours have a specific day they are offered. Minimum numbers and cancellation fees apply.

Specialty Tours are NOT included in any packages and will be charged to your room at an additional cost as indicated on the tour description.

Please sign up for Specialty Tours with Adventure Center staff at least two days prior to your desired tour.

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