Meet Our Guides

At Hamanasi our guides love what they do and it shows. They have a lifetime of experience and knowledge and they are eager to share their knowledge and their love of Belize with each new group of guests. All guides are trained and certified in the tours they lead so no matter which adventures you choose you are sure to learn a lot and we think you’ll enjoy getting to know your guides as much as they’ll enjoy getting to know you!

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Inland Guides

Anastacio Bol

After 16 years of guiding, Anastacio still enjoys leading tours to Mayan sites and birding. As a guide, he finds great satisfaction teaching new things to people. When he’s home in San Ignacio, he enjoys spending time with his three kids and reading. Ask him about his jaguar sighting!

Antonio Rash

Don’t let his quiet nature fool you! He has a wealth of knowledge, which he loves sharing with guests. On his days off he loves spending time near his home in the Toledo District swimming, fishing, camping and relaxing by the Temash River.

Arne Guerra

Be sure to say hello to Arne as he loves meeting new people from around the world! He also gets a thrill each time he identifies a new bird. A native of Cristo Rey Layo in the Cayo District, he enjoys socializing with family and friends.

Axel Jimenez

When he’s not leading his favorite tour, Cave Tubing, he loves playing football (soccer), birding and freshwater spear fishing in Cayo. One of his most amazing experiences guiding was when a Long-billed Hermit flew around mid-air one foot away from and through his guests for over 15 seconds!

Bernabe "Bern" Quintanilla Jr.Hamanasi Belize Resort Guide Bern Quintanillo Jr.

Bern loves meeting people from all over the world and sharing his love for Belize. His favorite tour to lead is favorite tour to lead is the Maya tour, and in his spare time you’ll find him birding, reading, or spending time with his family.

Emiliano "Ems" Sho

From the Stann Creek District, Ems has been guiding for 13 years. When he’s not guiding you may find him reading and listening to music. Ask him to sing the Belizean national anthem!

Hartfield Drysdale

Hartfield started his guiding career with Hamanasi 7 years ago and loves being an ambassador for his country. From the Stann Creek District, he has 7 kids and loves reading and listening to music. Ask him about the giant anteater!

Jose Elias HernandezHamanasi Belize Tour guide Jose Elias Hernandez

Jose is from the Cayo district of Belize, and loves spending time with his family. Try to get him for Cave Tubing, it’s his favorite tour to lead. On his days off his favorite tour to take is a hike in Cockscomb Wildlife preserve where he has a chance to see a jaguar, mountain lion or puma.

Lorenzo Coc

During his 17 years of guiding, his most memorable moment was when a Jaguar walked out on the trail only a few feet away from his group during a night hike. No one moved or took a photo! He loves spending time with his wife and 5 children in the Toledo District.

Marine Guides

Dale Nunez

Got a problem with a boat engine? “Mr. Fix It” is your man! He’s also been a great captain for 11 years.

Darren Nazario

If you can, get Darren on your boat for a whale shark dive – he loves the biggest fish of the sea! One of his most exciting experiences during an adventure was seeing a sperm whale. Like a true Garinagu, you’ll find him fishing on his days off!

Evan Martinez

Evan’s favorite tour to guide is Light House Reef snorkeling, but for fun he likes to visit Mayan sites. He enjoys dinner with friends and family and catching some Zzzzzs.

Rodrick "Garif" Castillo

Have an idea for Hopkins, your Village Council member loves community projects! He would gladly lead you on his favorite adventure, Lion Fish hunting!

Joe Nazario

Have you ever seen a hammerhead shark chasing an eagle ray? If not, ask Joe as he has! The favorite tour to lead of this father of one is snorkeling at the Blue Hole. Like Darren, he’s keen on fishing!

John Ariola

For John, being a guide and captain is fun and he enjoys meeting people. When he is not a snorkel guide you might find him snorkeling for pleasure – or playing with his 4 kids!

Martin Carr

This “home boy” loves listening to music, reading and spending time with his 5 kids. He also enjoys teaching diving and shooting lionfish, which is good after doing it for 15 years!

Neal Ariola

With Hamanasi since the beginning, Neal knows all about driving our boats and being a snorkel guide. He keeps busy at home playing volleyball, cooking, fishing and being a father of 4.

Sam Noralez

“Sam-I-Am” is Hamanasi’s first employee and started off raking the beach and now is a Dive Instructor! The best part of his job is educating people about diving and leading whale shark dives. On his down time, he enjoys playing music.

Terrill Castillo

From beach raker to Dive Instructor to Assistant Adventures Manager, Terrill can answer almost any tour and dive questions for you! A native of Hopkins, Terill has worked at Hamanasi for 14 years and been guiding for 13 of those years. He takes great pride in hosting and sharing with guests what beautiful Belize has to offer, especially diving on Half Moon Caye wall or Lionfish spearfishing. Some of the most amazing experiences he’s had on a tour include seeing 120+ reef squids, a gam of 5 whale sharks, both a sperm and pilot whale and 28 eagle rays gliding in formation. When he’s kicking back he’s usually watching Nat. Geo.