Fragments of Hope works closely with fishers and tour guides in an effort to build local capacity and to ensure the sustainability of coral restoration and mangrove reforestation efforts. Booking a tour through Fragments of Hope with the Belize Tourism Board licensed tour operator, Placencia Ecology Tours, ensures that you receive a unique and insightful experience of our marine ecosystems. Let us be a part of your Belize vacation and support our work at the same time, as all net profits will go back into the restoration work.
We offer two short (three hour) routes and two departure times: 7am and 2pm. The Viva Verde route includes a walking tour of a private nursery established over 15 years ago, accessible only by boat. Your guides will identify local fruit and ornamental trees, and many species of orchids and bromiliads. Countless birds and butterflies can be seen here. This route also includes visiting a bird island with White Ibis and other species. The second route option travels through meandering channels and through “tunnels” of overhanging vegetation until we reach the tranquil waters of the inner lagoon. We will visit isolated small mangrove cayes in the center of the lagoon where many species of birds nest.
Throughout your tour, our guides will share their knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history. You can set the pace.
(2 person minimum)
What to bring
- Your own water and snacks
- Long sleeve (lycra or lightweight) shirt
- Water shoes
- Binoculars (if you have them)
- Waterproof camera (if you have one)
What we provide
- Kayaks, paddles, life vests
- Small personal dry bag (5L) for wallet, phone, etc.
- First Aid kit
- Emergency plan (plus guides have cellphones)
- Laminated guides for flora/fauna
- One set of binoculars
- One GPS
- Data sheets for logging flora/fauna sightings
- One waterproof camera