Silk Cayes Marine Reserve

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Declared a protected area in 2001, the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve offers protection for a significant portion of the Belize Barrier Reef. The reserve covers about 26 thousand acres of marine habitat just off the coast of Placencia, and has several areas open for public exploration.

Within these protected waters lies the most continuous and best developed section of the Belize Barrier Reef. It is also worth noting that the water quality is great.

Silk Cayes Marine Reserve has been favored amongst fishermen since the beginning of the 20th century. Early on, the fishermen noticed that whale sharks would come to the area in high volumes to feast on fish eggs, and soon an industry had developed around the idea of shark tours. This is what the area is known for more than anything else today, and tourists can take a tour to learn more about all of the area's wildlife.


Located in Belize, 30.1 miles east of Hopkins, Silk Cayes Marine Reserve is found within Belize Barrier Reef System, and invites local customers and visitors lodging in this area of Central America. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. In case you're wondering, Dangriga is 29 and a half miles (47 and a half kilometers) to the west-northwest.

About 22 miles off the coast of Placencia Village is where the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve can be found.

Nearby Attractions

If you'd like to find out more about seeing two nature preserves, seek out Belize Barrier Reef System, which is found 3.6 miles away from this wildlife reservation. Active travelers will find Silk Cayes Marine Reserve peacefully removed from most hotels and popular attractions, in a remote area.

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In order to protect local wildlife, Silk Cayes has begun to regulate the number of whale shark tours are allowed to be given each year. Furthermore, the reserve has been divided into a general use zone and a no-take zone with hopes of promoting the conch, whale shark, and reef fish population.

Location: Belize



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