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.


Situated in Northern Belize, Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary happily welcomes local residents and visitors who are rooming in this part of Belize. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. In case you're wondering, Belize City is to the west.

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

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be having food at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. The most frequented nearby eatery to Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is Radisson St. George Restaurant, which serves International food. Also within reach, you and your companions will come across options such as Chateau Caribbean and 501 Hub where you and your group should try out Belizean food and experience the Belize culture.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby activities include Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse, which is within driving range in Fort George. Also think about visiting Memorial Park, which is another attraction in the area.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit in Belize. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

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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