Monkey River Boat & Jungle Adventure Tour

Monkey River winds its way through the jungle from the Maya Mountains to the sea. Teeming with birds, fish and the howler monkeys that gave name to the river, this is an easy way to see some of the bounty of this unique ecosystem. On the one hour trip from Hamanasi to Independence Town you will pass through large banana plantations and several small traditional Mayan villages. Near Independence you will board a small boat that will take you through a lagoon and coastal waters where you may spot manatees, dolphins and other sea life.
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As you make your way up Monkey River you will have the opportunity to watch manatees that often lazily graze on the vegetation in the river, while crocodiles sun themselves on the riverbanks and colorful tropical birds fly overhead. Toucans, King Fishers and Montezuma Oropendula are just a few of the birds in the area, as well as nesting sites for Cormorant and White Herons.  Up river, you will take a short hike in the jungle in hope of seeing Howler Monkeys up close.  You also may spot a tarantula, small bats or even a secretive jaguar!  The highlight of the tour is the howler monkeys that usually play in the trees overhead and feed on the abundance of fruit of the indigenous trees that line the river.  Afterwards, enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant in Monkey River Town at the delta of this magnificent river.

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  • Price Price: US $285
    per person
  • Intensity Intensity:
  • people Minimum: 2
  • Depart Depart: 6:45 am
  • Return Return: 3:00 pm


  • Lunch

  • Cookies

  • Juice

  • Water

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Sturdy Shoes or Boots

  • Insect Repellent

  • Binoculars

  • Field guide

Other Information:

This tour is not included in our packages – package but may be booked at the listed cost.

Intensity Key:

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  • Moderate
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[More general information about our tours]

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.

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Wonderful warm staff, excellent guides, variety of inland tours, very comfortable rooms

This was the perfect getaway and reunion with best friends. The access to both Diving and Tours cannot be matched

This is my 6th Belize dive adventure in the past 18 years and my best ALL around experience.

Room beautifully decorated and clean! The entire staff was extremely helpful & courteous. Food was the best! Tour guides extremely knowledgeable!

We appreciate that Hamanasi is able to provide exceptional experience for visitors while working to maintain the wonder of Belize.

Everything here is perfect for honeymooners and active travelers! Beautiful grounds, tons of interesting tours and good food & drinks to help you relax and enjoy yourself

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!

“Golden was an excellent guide for birding, we saw a wide variety of birds”

Just keep doing what you’re doing… The Mayan tour history was incredible; the guide was extremely knowledgeable and profoundly connected to his heritage.

Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.

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