Includes Airfare ● Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs

Imagine a blue ocean adventure where you are slipping into the deep, crystal clear, aquamarine water, bubbles gently tickling your face, as you slowly descend along a 3000-foot coral wall, millions of years old. The first to welcome you to the ocean is a giant whale shark waiting at the back of the boat.  As you scuba dive towards the enormous coral formations that make up the famous Long Caye Wall, one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dives, you see plenty of nooks and crannies loaded with spiny lobsters and arrow crabs.  A highway of Creole wrasse files by you as numerous parrot fish munch on coral close by.  An enormous spotted eagle ray soars past, silhouetted by the dark blue of the abyss beyond.  While nearby, a hawksbill turtle snacks on a barrel sponge.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive in Cancun

Your Appleseed Expeditions guide will meet you upon arrival in Cancun, Mexico. Here you will go through an orientation meeting where you will become familiar with the program.

Day 2 – Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Whale sharks gather just north of Isla Mujeres in a seven mile radius to take advantage of the plankton rich waters created by the joining of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Snorkelers and divers will learn about the interaction between plankton and food chain dynamics as they interact with these giant whale sharks.

Day 3 – Transfer to San Pedro, Belize

This is an all day travel adventure that leaves Cancun either late in the night of Day 2 or in the early morning of Day 3, in order to catch the water taxi in Chetumal to San Pedro, Belize.

Day 4 – Snorkel at Holchan Reef

Due to the protected status of the area, the nurse shark population has exploded. In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of nurse sharks, grouper, snapper and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler.  It is common for snorkelers to swim with giant sea turtles in this area.

Day 5 – Volunteer with Ocean Academy

Today you will volunteer with this ocean conservancy program. Ocean Academy prepares students for careers relevant to conservation science. Appleseed students will help with preservation programs and a variety of work that helps local students.  This volunteer work ranges from data collection to helping with students with preservation programs.

Day 6 – Transfer to Belize and Volunteer at Liberty Children’s Home

After breakfast your group will take a water taxi to the Belize mainland. In the afternoon you will spend  time mentoring and serving the local children at a local children’s home.

Day 7 – Visit the Xunantunich Ruins

Your group will explore these mysterious ruins with your local guide. Xunantunich means “Stone Woman” in the Maya language and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown.

Day 8 • Cave Tubing & Belize Zip Ride at Caves Branch Outpostg

Explore the Caves Branch River and its winding waterway through the ancient caves via inner tubes. Thousands of years ago these caves where inhabited by the Maya. Become a “Zip rider” as you connect to a series of overhead cables criss-crossing the rainforest canopy. Hike through the rainforest with a naturalist who will discuss symbiotic relationships and ecological diversity.

Day 9 • Head Home

Head home after your wonderful Mexican/Belize adventure

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.



Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 stars or more on Trip Advisor
All meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided. On departure day only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.