Snorkeling Around Belize

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Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see what's down below you might want to check out Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Part of the national park, this is a natural wonderland for snorkelers looking to explore an authentic underwater habitat. The cut is a channel that acts as a highway for fish swimming from one side of the reef to the other. This snorkeling site is found in Belize.

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Mexico Rocks is another option. The shallow reef that makes up this site is home to a number of fish, lobster, as well as the occasional nurse shark and sea turtle. With the calmer waters, and density of marine life, this is one of the best spots for beginners.

A third location to consider is Belize Barrier Reef System. One of the most picturesque snorkeling sites in the country, this is a very shallow site that lets you get close to all the action. The clear and calm water make it a more peaceful site, and a great option for those still needing a little practice snorkeling before trying one of the deeper sites.

A fourth place to go snorkeling is Belize Barrier Reef System. One of the best places for anyone looking to spot some tropical fish and marine life, this site stands out. Eels, coral, small fish, and large fish all can be found swimming about. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site found in the eastern part of Belize.

Belize Barrier Reef System is a fifth option to consider. Walls are steep underwater cliffs that make for fantastic snorkeling. A diverse mix of marine life exists at this wall from your average tropical fish to large sea turtles.

Take some time to look through the table just below for summary info concerning 41 of the most popular locations to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Belize
Site Location
Carrie Bow Caye 14.9 mi. Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Hol Chan Marine Reserve 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro Belize
San Pedro Reef 0.7 mi. East of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Reef 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Reef 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Mexico Rocks 1.7 mi. South of Central Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye
Belize Barrier Reef System 33.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 32.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 31.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 33.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 32.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Blue Hole 20.5 mi. East of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Half Moon Wall 23.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Lighthouse Reef 19.9 mi. Southeast of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Rendezvous Caye 18.9 mi. East of Central Placencia Belize
Colson Caye 5.7 mi. Southeast of Central Placencia Belize
Gladen Caye 24.6 mi. East of Central Alabama Warf Belize
Sapodilla Cayes Marine Park 26.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Alabama Warf Belize
San Pedro Reef 13.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Turneffe Atoll 23.4 mi. Southeast of Central Belize City Belize
Turneffe Atoll 23.1 mi. East of Central Belize City Belize
Laughing Bird Caye 12.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Placencia Belize
San Pedro Reef 4.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize Barrier Reef System 32.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 32.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 33.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 33.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Turneffe Atoll 4.3 mi. North of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Caye Caulker Marine Reserve 3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Belize
South Water Caye Marine Reserve 12.5 mi. Southeast of Central Hopkins Belize
San Pedro Reef 12.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Baking Swash Reef 27.7 mi. Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Silk Cayes Marine Reserve 31.5 mi. Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 28.0 mi. East of Central Dangriga Belize
Belize Barrier Reef System 27.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga Belize
Elk Horn Caye 20.1 mi. Southeast of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Long Caye 19.3 mi. Southeast of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Lighthouse Reef 19.9 mi. East of Central Turneffe Cays Belize
Drowned Cayes 9.1 mi. East of Central downtown Belize City Belize

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Reef Runner

Some people believe the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with Reef Runner. The sightseeing and snorkel tour takes guests along the second largest barrier reef in the world. The trip is three hours long and goes to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley.

Another option to consider is Blue Tang Tours. For those embarking on a sailing tour aboard the Sirena Azul, you are in for a treat. The 40' "Blue Mermaid" is a beautifully built boat that can accommodate up to 20 guests comfortably. They're located within San Pedro, Belize.

A third good option is The Moorings. Offering bareboat charters for experienced sailors who want to spend some of their Placencia vacation doing a bit of sailing, the Moorings is one of the top ranked charter operator in the area.

Take some time to look through the following table to find out more about boat trip providers that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Belize
Name Phone Location
Blackhawk Sailing Tours (501) 607-0323 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Blue Tang Tours (507) 519-6000 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Cari'Bean Tours (501) 601-8586 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
El Gato (501) 226-2264 San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Raggamuffin Tours (501) 226-0348 1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Reef Runner (501) 226-2172 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Sea Hawk Sailing Trips (501) 607-0323 Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Tanisha Tours (501) 226-2314 San Pedro Ambergris Caye
The Moorings -- 0.9 mi. South of Central Placencia Belize

Snorkeling Services

White Sands Shop

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Portofino Snorkeling. On the Bacalar Chico snorkeling adventure, you can explore the northern region of Ambergris Caye and do a complete loop of the island; three special snorkel stops will be chosen especially for you. The Caye Caulker Day Sail explores a neighboring island, marine life and coral gardens. They are located within Belize.

A second place worth knowing about is Ecologic Divers Snorkeling. In addition to being one of the best scuba diving school and tour operator in the area, Ecologic Divers also offers a huge number of snorkeling excursions. This is a great way for tourists who are not quite ready to take the full plunge under to see what lies just beneath the surface.

A third place to consider is Star Tours. Snorkeling tours bring adventurers to either the Barrier Reef or Hol Chan for several hours of swimming and snorkeling. They're found within Caye Caulker, Belize.

Some details regarding 24 places that offer snorkeling related services are listed below.

Snorkeling Services In Belize
Name Type Phone Location
Adventures in Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-3706 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Amigos del Mar Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (501) 225-2706 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Anda De Wata Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 666-7374 1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Aqua Scuba Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4775 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Aqua Scuba Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 670-4775 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Aquatic Sports Belize Watersports Equipment Shop (501) 226-4601 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Belize Diving Adventures Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Caveman Snorkeling Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 605-0345 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Ecologic Divers Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4118 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Ecological Tours & Services Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 223-4874 Fort George, Central Belize Belize
Goff's Caye Beach and Snorkeling Excursions Snorkeling Tour Operator -- Fort George, Central Belize Belize
Happy Go Luckie Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 635-0967 Hopkins, Central Belize Belize
Paradise on the Caye Rentals Watersports Equipment Shop (918) 237-0114 4.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Patojo's Scuba Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2283 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Portofino Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-5096 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Red Mangrove Eco Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 607-1440 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Reef Adventures Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (971) 506-5242 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Seahorse Dive Shop Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 523-3166 0.9 mi. South of Central Placencia Belize
Searious Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4202 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
Seven Seas Resort Dive Shop & Pier Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2382 San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize Ambergris Caye
South Belize Reef & Jungle Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 523-3330 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Placencia Belize
Star Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2374 1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
White Sands Shop Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2405 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
XTC Dive Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (983) 839-8865 0.7 mi. North of Central Xcalak Mexico

To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our detailed guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

 

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