Update Jan. 2020: Due to availability of the zoo director, this tour is temporarily unavailable.
Why go to a zoo while in Belize? Because the Belize zoo is like no other! Founded in 1983, to save 17 wild animals that had been “retired” after being used in a documentary film about tropical forests, the zoo has grown to 29 acres of subtropical savannah. The zoo is home to 170 native species that were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. Whenever possible, all wildlife that can be rehabilitated or are able to survive in their natural environment are reintroduced. However, the animals that cannot go back into the environment are maintained in a natural setting at the zoo, where they become ambassadors in educational programs. On this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Belize Zoo led by the award-winning environmentalist, zoo founder and director Sharon Matola, you will have unique personal encounters with charismatic animal ambassadors including:
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This tour is not included in our packages, but may be booked at the listed cost.
Everyday, Hamanasi offers a barrier reef excursion and an inland excursion based on a preset schedule. These scheduled tours are included in package rates. Tours beyond the daily scheduled tours are not included in package rates but can be booked at the listed cost. All tours are accompanied by a licensed Belizean tour guide and include any permits needed. A PADI professional accompanies all dive trips. More information about our tours is available on our rates and policies pages.
Overall, great experience! Staff made you feel extremely welcome and tended to your every need. Tours gave you a taste of Belize and the resort gave you a taste of heaven!
I’ve been to quite a few dive resorts. Hamanasi is hands down, the best so far. Thank you for a wonderful time.
We appreciate that Hamanasi is able to provide exceptional experience for visitors while working to maintain the wonder of Belize.
Room beautifully decorated and clean! The entire staff was extremely helpful & courteous. Food was the best! Tour guides extremely knowledgeable!
Wonderful stay, beautiful surroundings. The staff was unfailingly friendly and accommodating. Adventures were great and well organized!
Hamanasi helped introduce my family to the Garifuna & Maya people of Belize. Everything is so close – the mountains, caves, waterfalls, animals, ruins – this is such a peaceful country with rich culture and a people that cares about the environment. What a hidden gem! Thank you!
Best dive experience we have ever had. Everyone top Notch. Best vacation ever!
Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.
“Golden was an excellent guide for birding, we saw a wide variety of birds”
This is my 6th Belize dive adventure in the past 18 years and my best ALL around experience.
Explore these images taken on our Trip to the Belize Zoo - click any image to expand.
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