belize3Ever wonder what it would be like to see a whale up close and friendly? Would you still be interested if it meant you were in the water with the whales? How about if those whales were whale sharks? Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, located in Belize’s village of Placencia on the Caribbean Sea currently offers a seven-night Whale Shark package for adventuresome guests looking for a thrill in one of the world’s greatest scuba destinations.

belize2Adventure seekers can explore the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world during Whale Shark season, March through June. During the full moon these months, Whale Sharks share the ocean with divers and snorkelers allowing them to swim right beside these gigantic fish as they glide through the water. Belize is one of the few dive spots in the world that guarantees the return of the Whale Sharks each year.

belize1The package includes three 2-tank dives for experienced divers along the barrier reef from the South Water Caye Marine Reserve in the north to the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in the south. All dive trips are led by a licensed Tour Guide who is also a PADI Dive master or a certified PADI Instructor. Excursions will take place from Turtle Inn’s beautiful 46-foot dive boat, Miss Ellie, equipped with two 4-stroke, V8- 350 HP engines, VHF marine communication, fish finder, rinse tank for camera equipment, first aid kits, life support oxygen, life vests, diver down flag, and of course, a captain who knows the sea like the back of his hand!

Starting at $2,796 USD per diver, the seven-night package includes includes accommodations in a luxurious Garden View Cottage based on double/twin occupancy, daily breakfast, five picnic lunches, five dinners, three 2-tank dives, two whale shark dives and round trip transfers from Placencia Airstrip to Turtle Inn. Available from March 27-July 3, 2013, the package does not include round-trip air or marine reserve park fees. Additional whale shark dives can be added for an added cost.

For timid divers, Turtle Inn offers Whale Shark Snorkel for $122 USD per person, per day or Whale Shark Scuba for $200 USD per person, per day. A $500 deposit per diver is required upon making the reservation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Unused portions of the package are non-refundable.

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To make a reservation or for more information regarding Turtle Inn, please visit www.coppolaresorts.com/turtleinn.