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.


Set in Northern Belize, Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary happily welcomes local residents and vacationers who are lodging in this section of Belize. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. It's east of Belize City.

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

Nearby Restaurants

Guests visiting this wildlife reserve will have no problem finding a meal, since you can find an exceptionally large selection of restaurants in this area. The most frequented nearby eatery to Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is Radisson St. George Restaurant, which serves International fare. Harbour View and Chateau Caribbean are some more restaurant options within reach. At Chateau Caribbean you and your group should try out Asian meals and experience the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

There are a couple other attractions in the area, including Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse, which is within driving range in Fort George. You might want to also think about visiting Memorial Park, which is another attraction in the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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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