Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 2002, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary works to protect the habitat of the local West Indian Manatee Population. Under strict regulations, guests are able to tour the area and hopefully catch a glimpse of the sea creature.

Covering 9,000 acres, Swallow Caye is comprised mainly of mangrove and turtle grass beds.

A sailing tour to Swallow Caye is done so with the express purpose of viewing the endangered West Indian Manatee. Dolphins, cormorants, and dozens of species of birds are often spotted while guests are on the lookout for these defenseless creatures.


Positioned in Northern Belize, Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes travelers who are lodging in this section of Belize. Even if you are not staying particularly close, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. It's east of Belize City.

Swallow Caye is located about 19 miles southeast of Caye Caulker.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be eating fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The most nearby restaurant to Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is Radisson St. George Restaurant, which serves International food. Also nearby, you'll find restaurants like Harbour View and Chateau Caribbean where you and your party should be sure to eat some Asian meals and enjoy the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Additional local activities include Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse, which is within driving distance in Fort George. Also think about checking out Memorial Park, which is another attraction close by.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse Historic Site 3.7 mi. (0.5 km) W Fort George
Memorial Park Other Attraction 3.7 mi. (0.3 km) W Fort George
Museum of Belize Museum 3.8 mi. (0.4 km) W Downtown Belize City
Supreme Court Building Historic Site 4.0 mi. (0.2 km) W Fort George

More Information


In order to protect the area and especially the manatees, all boat engines must be turned off at a specific point, and operators should use poles for steering instead. Only six boats are allowed in the main hole at one time, and these boats should be less than 36 feet in length and only stay for 30 minutes at a time. Not inboard/outboard diesel engines are allowed in the main hole.

Noise pollution is prohibited, as is touching the animals, and littering is unacceptable.


It costs $5(USD) for adults and $2.50(USD) for children to enter Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, a cost that is often absorbed into the cost of a tour of the area.

Location: Northern Belize, Belize


(501) 226-0151




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