What Is There To Do in Harvest Caye, Belize?
In Belize, islands are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”), and Harvest Caye is a privately owned island operated and managed by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). All NCL cruise ship passengers docking in Belize will arrive at Harvest Caye located just a few miles offshore from mainland Belize.
Except for some food and drink facilities and a large swimming area, there’s not really that much to do on Harvest Caye. But the good news is that there is a regular ferry service from Harvest Caye to Placencia Village on the mainland. Tickets can be purchased from NCL (either onboard the ship or at the information station on Harvest Caye) and cost $20 USD round-trip.
The ferry service operates several times throughout the day and only takes a few minutes to arrive at the brand-new docks in Placencia Village. Placencia is a lovely village with cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, souvenir shops, and dive outfitters, its lovely central “main street” a pedestrian-only sidewalk lined with colorful murals. Placencia hosts a raucous Lobsterfest every June and a lovely Sidewalk Arts festival every February.
Placencia is perfectly situated close to all of the top attractions in the country, making it an ideal place for NCL cruise ship passengers to enjoy a day trip in Belize. Options include taking a boat tour up the very well-named Monkey River, visiting ancient Maya pyramids and palaces at sites like Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, or exploring the rainforest on foot or on horseback. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is just a few miles away, a vast, trackless wilderness that is home to the world’s only dedicated jaguar conservation program.
Other, more adventurous options include zip lining through the jungle canopy, cave tubing (using a canoe or inner tube to navigate underground rivers that flow through vast cave systems), and rappelling down waterfalls and through the floor of the Mother of All Caves into the infamous Black Hole.
Placencia is also a multicultural hotspot where visitors can learn more about the distinct cultures that make up Belize. NCL cruise ship passengers can visit Mayan villages to learn how to make traditional foods like chocolate or visit Garifuna villages to enjoy and learn more about their unique Afro-Caribbean drumming style, music, and dance.
Barefoot Rentals and Services has a wide variety of day trip options for NCL cruise ship passengers coming to Placencia. Barefoot also rents cars, dirt bikes, and golf carts for visitors who want to explore the region on their own.