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.


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

Located in Northern Belize, Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary invites travelers rooming in this area of Belize. Whether or not you are staying nearby, you are free to drop by for some fun in the sun. Belize City is to the west.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of restaurants to pick from in the neighborhood around the wildlife reservation. Radisson St. George Restaurant, which has a menu full of International food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Harbour View and Chateau Caribbean are a couple other food and drink options near Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary. At Chateau Caribbean you and your party should be sure to try out Asian dishes and experience the Belize culture.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of local activities include Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse, which is within traveling distance in Fort George. You might want to also consider heading to Memorial Park, which is another attraction not far away.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this particular outdoor site 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.


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