Embark on this extraordinary cruise through the Caribbean Sea, sailing along four different countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. From idyllic beaches to UNESCO world heritage sites, you will discover the landscapes and culture of Central America in an unforgettable way. Starting in Puerto Morelos in Mexico, your journey will take you down to Isla Útila in Honduras, known for its coral reefs and many dive sites. Continue to Guatemala, where you’ll be able to discover the original culture and music, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After learning about the local cultures, you will discover Belize and its wonderful beaches, its superb barrier reef and the Great Blue Hole, one of the most spectacular diving spots in the planet.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Champlain ship, part of the Explorers fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Trip highlights

Outings and landings in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

An idyllic and varied cruise that will let you experience peaceful beaches and pre-Columbian sites and discover the Garifuna culture.

The possibility of swimming or scuba diving at the Great Blue Hole in Belize, one of the best places in the planet for diving.

Experience the Western Caribbean alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

Discover the town of Livingston, which can only be reached by sea.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Puerto Morelos

Start your expedition cruise in the Mexican port town of Puerto Morelos. The quiet, small town is famed for its electric coral reef that is a kaleidoscope of bright turquoise and dark green stripes that are swarming with exotic marine wildlife that thrive in the shallow waters. Inland, enjoy the local market, bars or restaurants that line the streets of Puerto Morelos

2 Banco Chinchorro

The largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere, Banco Chinchorro is a picture-perfect island overflowing with rich coral and an abundance of shipwrecks. An excellent location for diving and exploring the diverse seabed and the fauna that live there take this opportunity to explore the nine intriguing shipwrecks that each have a fascinating story behind them.

3 Isla Utila

The divine tropical landscapes of Útila are recognised as some of the best in the world with diving a key attraction. The small island is centred around Útila Town with much of the rest of the island being made up of dense wilderness. The rich waters make it perfect for diving with over 80 diving sites located around the island, boasting exotic marine wildlife including the elusive whale shark.

4 Livingston

Located in eastern Guatemala, Lívingston is a melting pot of surrounding cultures and therefore a rich town to explore. There are seven freshwater pools and waterfalls leading into the Caribbean, these are locally known as Los Siete Altares.

5 Half Moon Caye

The Half Moon Caye is a natural monument situated at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The crescent-shaped caye is a protected marine reserve that was established as a World Heritage Site in 1996. The pristine caye has breath-taking reef, idyllic sandy beaches and magnificent wildlife both in the sea and within the littoral forest.

6 Calabash Caye

Calabash Caye is situated in the Turneffe Atoll that is closely protected by a barrier reef not far offshore. The picturesque caye is home to a number of threatened and endangered species including the American crocodile, Hawksbill sea turtle, Antillean manatee and Nassau grouper.

7 Isla Mujeres

Known for its idyllic beaches and rich marine wildlife, Isla Mujeres is a Mexican Island in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Once a secret, this tranquil island has managed to keep its serene island-like vibe despite its growing popularity. Explore the calm, crystal-clear waters where you can discover sea turtles and maybe even whale sharks if you’re lucky.

8 Puerto Morelos

Head back to Puerto Morelos, the sleepy fishing village that is a step back in time to ‘real Mexico’. The small village is lined with cafes, local stores and cafes where you’ll find friendly locals. Explore the underwater delights of the great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, where you’ll be able to swim amongst vibrant marine flora and fauna.

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