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.


Positioned in , happily welcomes customers rooming in this part of Belize. Even if you aren't staying particularly close, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun.

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

Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, found within Belize Barrier Reef System, is located 30.1 miles east of Hopkins, a village in Stann Creek District; it's 29 and a half miles (47 and a half kilometers) to the east-southeast of Dangriga.

Nearby Attractions

Those who are interested in viewing another nature preserve, learn more about Belize Barrier Reef System, which is found three and a half miles to the northeast of Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. This pleasant nature preserve known as Silk Cayes Marine Reserve is in a rather peaceful region - removed from most hotels and other tourist attractions.

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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.



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