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 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.
The chart directly below provides a few details concerning one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker||Belize|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you want to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact Blackhawk Sailing Tours. Captain Steve personally accompanies his guests as they sail around the area, usually stopping at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see the manatees. With the reggae music blasting and the fish swimming around the boat, you won't experience a more magical time on your getaway.
Another option worth investigating 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 found within 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.
Take a look at the chart below to read more about boat trip providers that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|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|
If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Star Tours. Snorkeling tours bring adventurers to either the Barrier Reef or Hol Chan for several hours of swimming and snorkeling. They are found in the southern part of Caye Caulker.
Another place catering to snorkelers is 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.
A third place to consider 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 found in the southern part of Caye Caulker.
The following chart offers a few details about 4 firms that provide services related to snorkeling.
|Anda De Wata Tours||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(501) 666-7374||1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker|
|Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(501) 226-0070||Caye Caulker|
|Red Mangrove Eco Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(501) 607-1440||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker|
|Star Tours||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(501) 226-2374||1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker|
For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive 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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