Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It is home to a dizzying array of marine life, from corals to lobsters to nurse sharks. And Hopkins is one village where you can launch a visit to this underwater world. We chose to dive with Hopkins Underwater Adventures, and were wholly pleased with the experience. They emphasized safety (always important with diving underwater), and their dive masters were knowledgeable, patient, and interested in their work and in helping the divers get the most out of the experience, whether it was a first time diver or a long-time pro. We did a two-tank dive out on the reef, taking in some great wildlife while out there (moray eels, lobster, grouper, and non-native lionfish). I highly recommend them, and get in touch early to make sure they are available, they do book up in busy times!
I had never been zip-lining before, and so we made it a point to try it out while in Belize. And from all the research, Bocawina Eco Adventures was the longest ride in the whole country. A 30-40 minute drive from Hopkins, the adventure company is located in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. And the zip-lining did not disappoint: 12 sequential platforms totaling over a mile and a half of zip-lining, the longest single run being over 2,300 feet long (over a minute of whirring through the forest). The guides were efficient, safety-conscious, and very friendly, and everything was in place to make sure we felt secure and enjoy the ride!
Equipment: They provide all the safety and harness equipment (climbing harness, helmet, gloves, carabiners, etc.), so you just need comfortable clothing, maybe sunglasses, and you're ready to go!
Unfortunately, we didn't get to go, but from what I can gather, Hamanasi Resort is the biggest game in town when it comes to scuba diving. They were the only ones diving when we were there due to it being the off-season. We signed up for a dive, but they called us to cancel, saying that they didn't have enough people to make it worth going. But when we stopped by that day, all of their boats were gone. Maybe we got bumped by customers staying at the resort??? We'll never know.