Belize City, Tuesday, January 11, 2005 – Columnist Doug Perrine of Sport Diver magazine is currently in Belize on a three-week familiarization trip. The major emphasis of Mr. Perrine’s trip will be concentrated in the interior of the country.

Sport Diver magazine is notably the official publication of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. It caters to an estimated audience of 250,000 and reaches approximately 90 percent of new divers.

Mr. Perrine’s itinerary will take him first to Orange Walk where he will engage in a Night Safari and Crocodile Encounter, a Sunrise Cruise and Canoe tour along the Irish River, and a tour of the Lamanai Maya site. Then, it’s off to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary for a tour and lunch at the sanctuary. Also in his itinerary is a visit to the western region of the country for a cave exploration and then south for diving.

It is noteworthy to mention that Mr. Perrine was in Belize in April of 2004 writing a 6-page feature article on the “Unique Scuba Diving and Dive Travel Aspects of Belize”. Additionally, Belize was also featured in the March 2004 edition of Sport Diver Magazine, which focused on several of the country’s popular dive attractions including the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, while also noting some of the splendors of inland Belize.

“Belize is considered the Adventure Coast, predominantly among scuba divers. The impressive Belize Barrier Reef is the largest in the Western Hemisphere and every dive is living proof of the splendor and scene of the undersea adventure,” comments Tourism Director, Tracy Panton. “Visitors to Belize continue to take advantage of Belize’s diverse attractions and flexibility of the destination. Scuba Divers are not only interested in our magnificent reef, but also in the other myriad of inland attractions that provide equally educational tourism experiences,” Panton went on to say.