Fantastic appreciation for the land and the people and the culture.
This tour was the highlight of our trip to the Caribbean! I cannot say enough good things about this tour. If you are going to Belize and you want to learn as much about the flora, fauna, history, and culture as you can, then book a tour with Coral Breeze. Ivar met us when we got off the tender boat, and took us to our guide. It was an hour drive out to the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, but the trip flew by. Our guide, Ray, was phenomenal! He stopped many times on the way to show us rare birds and medicinal plants, taught us all about the history and the local government, all before even making it to the ruins themselves. And the temples did not disappoint! We ended up getting a private tour, and were there early enough that the place was pretty much empty. The enthusiasm of our tour guide was infectious, and we came away from this tour with a fantastic appreciation for the land and the people and the culture. Ray also took plenty of photographs of us as a family, which was so nice (usually it's me taking the photos and never being in them -- ha!). He provided us with complimentary bottles of water for the tour, which was wonderful. Our daughter was feeling a little under the weather when we were on our way back to the ship, and Ray stopped so we could get sodas and snacks. And if you've never had the chance to drink a soda (made with pure cane sugar) out of a glass bottle, you are missing an amazing experience. We made this reservation in order to see the ruins at Altun Ha, but we got so much more. Book with Coral Breeze Tours, and you will not be disappointed! And if you're fortunate enough to get Ray as your tour guide, then you will have an epic experience!!
If you're like me and slightly apprehensive about booking a shore excursion privately (since cruise ships will only wait for their own shore excursions if you're running late), let me put your mind at ease. Coral Breeze Tours depends on cruise ship passengers, so they're committed to getting you back to the ship well before it's time to leave. They monitor the cruise tender schedules very carefully, so you don't have to worry. Just relax and soak up the wonder that is Belize!
Very knowledgeable, informative, and ensured every aspect was an enjoyable experience.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and ensured every aspect was an enjoyable experience. Our group age range was 2-63 and everyone had a great time. I would highly recommend Coral Breeze. Thanks for such a great experience.
February 21, 2018
Excellent guides - very personable and knowledgeable.
Your Altun Ha tour was great. Dennis and Mr. Martinez were excellent guides - very personable and knowledgeable. On the way to the ruins, we learned a lot about Belize in addition to Mayan culture. They were also very willing to make any stops we wanted and to tailor the tour for our group - there were 18 of us traveling together as a group. Our cruise ship was in Belize for one day. It was EZ to find your representative at the port and board our van. Everyone was very helpful and I would recommend the tour to anyone.
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
February 2, 2018
Treated to a day of history, culture, and humor.
What an amazing day! We were met promptly at the dock by our tour guide and treated to a day of history, culture, and humor. Ivar rates among the top guides we've ever encountered. He constantly entertained us with his knowledge of the local flora and fauna as we traveled to and from Altun Ha. We will definitely request him for our next excursion in Belize. Coral Breeze Tours provided a quality tour for an exceptional price. Highly recommended. Thanks again, Ivar!
November 29, 2015
We took the Altun Ha excursion with Peter as our guide. Peter was very knowledgeable and knew all about the Mayan civilization. He provided all the information and more. We were very pleased with his service and would not hesitate to recommend Coral Breeze and Peter, the guide. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas to you all and all the best of new year.
Toronto, ON Canada
December 14, 2015
If you had a question, he knew the answer.
Give this 5 out of 5 stars. This is a must do. Our tour guide was great. If you had a question, he knew the answer. VERY VERY good at his job. It is an hour trip there but he talked to us the whole time and made it all worth while. The bus was very nice. Quite a bit of walking and climbing but again it's worth it.
July 29, 2016
Wonderful to have our own personal guide at the ruins.
My family and I visited Belize last week during a cruise aboard the Carnival Conquest. I had researched various options for this port ahead of time and opted to book a tour to Altun Ha with Coral Breeze rather than directly through the cruise line. Mark sent us a detailed email a few days before our cruise with instructions on how to locate our tour guide as the meeting point would be just outside the gates of the tourism village. Our tender boat arrived at the dock shortly before our meeting time. My family and I followed the instructions provided and were very happy to see Ivar waiting for us right at the gate. From the moment he picked us up to the time he dropped us off (directly in front of the gate to return to tourism village). Ivar proved to be a wonderful guide and host. It was obvious from the get go that he is incredibly proud of his country and quite knowledgeable about its history, geography and wildlife. It was wonderful to have our own personal guide at the ruins. We had Ivar's undivided attention while he expertly led us through the history of Altun Ha. For anyone looking to book through a private company rather than the cruise line for an excursion I would highly recommend Coral Breeze and Ivar. We felt completely safe walking and driving through Belize and Ivar made several stops along the way for water, fresh mangos and photo opportunities that enhanced our experience. Along with all this, he delivered us back to the port with a few hours to spare so we also had plenty of time to do some shopping in tourism village as well.
Granite City, IL
May 30, 2013
Small group size was perfect.
We had a fabulous time on your tour. The small group size was perfect and our guide Allen was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We would highly recommend your tour to others!
May 3, 2012
Made sure everything went smoothly.
My wife and I had a wonderful time on your tour. The guide was fantastic -- full of great facts and stories, funny, and kind. He took great care of us and made sure everything went smoothly. And it was much cheaper to book with you through the internet than it would have been to book through the cruise line, so it was a great experience all around. We would do it again, and recommend it to anyone.
Holland America Ryndam
April 7, 2011
Much more personal, smaller groups, and a lot cheaper.
Our tour of the Mayan Ruins was great. We had no problems finding our tour guide after we got off the ship. Our quide, Junior, was very good and knew a lot about the Mayan culture. We had our grandsons, 11 yrs old with us, and he was very patient with them. He stayed with us the whole time, and we were not rushed at all. We had a small group of 12 -- 6 in our group and 6 in the other group. We saw some of the ship tour groups and they were very large.
We climbed to the top of the ruins and Junior came along with us and explained everything. The boys asked many questions and he knew the answers to all of them. He gave us a leaf to smell along the way, smelled a lot like garlic. It was used for medicinal purposes in the Mayan culture. I would not hesitate to recommend Coral Breeze to anyone taking this tour, instead of booking with the cruise ship. Much more personal, smaller groups, and a lot cheaper, also very reliable.
April 20, 2011
Wealth of information about the country.
We had a wonderful tour despite a bit of rain during our visit to Altun Ha. Our guide was fantastic. He was very passionate about the site and its history. On our way to and from the site he was a wealth of information about the country and was more than happy to point out landmarks and places of interest along the way.
While we were at the site he continued to provide excellent information. He even kept the attention of the children that were with us. We had a great tour and would recommend it to anyone. We however are still wondering what the leaf was that our guide had us smell, we forgot to ask him when we left the bus at the pier. Thanks for a great tour!
February 4, 2010
Exceptional in his knowledge of Altun Ha.
We had a spectacular time!!! Gustavo, our guide was exceptional in his knowledge of Altun Ha. His desire to make us feel comfortable in his country, and he gave a tour we will always remember. The personal attention each of us in our tour group set the standard for future tours!
Our group of seven was the right size when compared to the many large tour buses at the site. It was intimate and allowed for a more informative time at the site. Gus did such a great job that members from other groups drifted to join us and ask him questions as they were not getting the same attention to their questions, level of detail of the history, and of the plants and animals at the site.
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas
February 25, 2009
Eager to tailor our tour to our personal needs and interests.
My daughters, my mother and I were charmed and delighted with our tour of Altun Ha with Gus. He was a fantastic tour guide, taking his time to show us the entire picture of his country, of which he is very proud. He was fluent in his English, well-informed about his topic, and not only willing but eager to tailor our tour to our personal needs and interests. In my mind, this tour was among the best value for price tours I have ever taken.
March 20, 2009
Did not need to drive for hours and climb mountains of stairs to experience a Mayan ruin.
The tour was WONDERFUL! We felt safe, comfortable and pampered. Our guide, Gustavo, was gracious, so informative (he educated us on Belizian history, culture, wildlife, plantlife & local flair). We had a "private" tour of the ruins in Altun Ha. Just the four of us and that was perfect. All the other tours were mass crowds of people and I'm certain they did not receive the kind of service that we did. We were able to smell the fresh "all spice" leaves and touch the cotton tree blooms. I loved it! And the ruin size and location were perfect. We did not need to drive for hours and climb mountains of stairs to experience a Mayan ruin. This tour was just exactly what we hoped for! A great day in Belize! Thank you very much. We would recommend THIS tour to anyone, of any age.
June 13, 2009
Small size of our tour was so much more enjoyable than the large cruise ship groups.
My family really enjoyed our tour with Gus. He was great, so friendly and very informative. I would definitely book through Coral Breeze again if we ever return to Belize. The small size of our tour was so much more enjoyable than the large cruise ship groups. Thank you GUS!
Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
May 23, 2008