Trips up and down the New River and around the New River Lagoon are adventures for the entire family, with a chance to see Morelet’s crocodiles and iguanas sunning on the bank.
By day you’ll see the sights of verdant jungle and wildlife along the river. Most people combine a river trip with a visit to the ruins of Lamanai . It is the most impressive way to approach the site, and a time-saver, as well, compared to going by land.
Bob the crocodile and a group of spider monkeys have become regular tour stops, as they are accustomed to feeding routines. Some boats invite spider monkeys on board to eat bananas, which should be discouraged; they can become aggressive toward people and cause serious injury.
Your Orange Walk hotel  or any of the local guide companies  can arrange a trip up the lagoon. Night safaris can be especially exciting, offering a chance to see the habits of animals that come out to play only after the sun sets; you’ll need the help of a good guide and a spotlight.