The full day tour to the Ancient Mayan Ruin “Lamanai” on the Belize Mainland is one of the most popular mainland activities that one can easily arrange through the Victoria House Dive Shop. This full day adventure starts form the hotel’s dock where you are picked up by boat for the 1 hour ride to the mainland, just outside of Belize City. Along the way, you can relax and take in the scenery while enjoying a continental breakfast of fruit and johnny cakes.
Upon docking on the mainland there is a short break in order to stretch your legs and use the facilities. From here you will depart by air conditioned van for the approximately 45 minute ride to the New River where you will board another boat for the ride down the New River until you reach Lamanai. Along the way, be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as manatees, crocodiles and various birds.
Upon arriving at Lamani, you and your guide will explore some of the grounds and temples of this 3,000 year old civilization that was home to 35,000 inhabitants. Lamanani is one of the most picturesque ruins in Belize and features 3 pyramids and various plazas. For those a bit more adventurous, you can climb the largest temple and see amazing views of the jungle and New River as the largest temple is 108 feet high. While exploring the area, you will hear the black howler monkeys that call this area home. Lamanai was recently shown on both ABC’s The Bachelor and the A&E reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
The journey back to Ambergris Caye and Victoria House begins. Your arrival time back at the resort is approx. 5pm.