Snorkeling Around Caye Caulker

Photo credit: © Mathew Keenan

Just one mile off the shore of Caye Caulker is the Great Belize Barrier Reef, the largest reef system in the Western Hemisphere.  In addition to this natural wonder, there are two different marine reserves within easy reach, making this destination a top choice in Belize and throughout the Caribbean for snorkeling.

With so many snorkeling options, it can be hard to pin down where you want to go.  This makes local tour operators invaluable.  They are well-versed in where you'll find the conditions each day based on weather and what marine life is in season, plus, most of the best snorkeling destinations require a boat for access.  You can even often find tours that take you both to the barrier reef and one of the marine parks, the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve or the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Of course, if you prefer to rent a snorkel kit and go it alone, most hotels keep their piers primed for snorkelers, so you can just jump in and go to it.  

As you begin your snorkeling adventure in the waters of Caye Caulker, here is what you can expect to see: colorful reef fish, barracudas, red snappers, octupi, eels, nurse sharks, eagle rays, and even bottle-nosed dolphins on occasion. 

Snorkeling Sites

The following table has some key facts regarding one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Caye Caulker
Site Location
Caye Caulker Marine Reserve 3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker Belize

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Raggamuffin Tours

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Blackhawk Sailing Tours. Blackhawk Sailing tours (previously known as Seahawk Sailing) has been successfully run by Stephen Wright since 2000. Since then he has shown thousands of tourists the beautiful sights that can be seen on the waters surrounding Caye Caulker.

Another option to investigate is Raggamuffin Tours. Offering what they call "Laid Back Tourism," Raggamuffin Tours began in 2002 with just one boat, but has been so successful that there are now four offering daily tours with licensed guides and captains. Although the specialize in overnight cruises, there are a number of other sailing tours that they offer for those who don't want to miss the chance to get out to sea during their visit. They're located in central Caye Caulker.

A third option is Sea Hawk Sailing Trips. Specializing in snorkeling adventures to the Barrier Reef, Sea Hawk Sailing Trips can also take you anywhere along the Belize coast you'd like to see. Boasting an amiable captain and a well-equipped boat, you won't regret a sail with this operator.

Check out this table to read more about boat trip providers that offer snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Caye Caulker
Name Phone Location
Blackhawk Sailing Tours (501) 607-0323 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker
Raggamuffin Tours (501) 226-0348 Central Caye Caulker
Sea Hawk Sailing Trips (501) 607-0323 Caye Caulker

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Anda De Wata Tours. Let a local, professional guide show you the amazing wonders that surround Caye Caulker by signing up for a snorkeling trip with this tour guide. They specialize in the authentic Belizean experience. They are found within the southern part of Caye Caulker.

A second place catering to snorkelers is Star Tours. Snorkeling tours bring adventurers to either the Barrier Reef or Hol Chan for several hours of swimming and snorkeling.

A third option is Red Mangrove Eco Adventures. Although they mainly book snorkeling tours, they also arrange inland tours that include cave tubing, river rafting, and tours of the Belize Zoo. They're located in the southern part of Caye Caulker.

Some key facts concerning 4 places that offer snorkeling services are provided below.

Snorkeling Services On Caye Caulker
Name Phone Location
Anda De Wata Tours (501) 666-7374 1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker
Caveman Snorkeling Tours (501) 605-0345 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker
Red Mangrove Eco Adventures (501) 607-1440 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker
Star Tours (501) 226-2374 1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Caye Caulker's snorkeling options are plentiful and diverse, making this an ideal setting for underwater exploration.  Make sure you make your plans in advance so that you can be sure you'll be able to squeeze in at least a few hours of snorkeling during your trip.


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