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

Be sure to look at the following table to find out more about 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 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 to consider is Raggamuffin Tours. Raggamuffin loves overnight and sunset cruises more than anything else, they offer offer daily sailing and snorkeling to Hol Chan. 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.

Some information with regard to boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities are provided down below.

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're looking for a business offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with Star Tours. A family friendly tour operation that offers daily snorkeling excursions, these trips are hosted by knowledgeable, friendly guides who are happy to teach newbies the ropes. They are found within the southern part of Caye Caulker.

Another place catering to snorkelers is Anda De Wata Tours. The top snorkeling excursions include trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and to a special destination that is known to abound with manatee.

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.

Information concerning 4 companies that provide snorkeling related services are shown in the following chart.

Snorkeling Services On Caye Caulker
Name Type Phone Location
Anda De Wata Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 666-7374 1.5 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker
Johnny’s Snorkeling Shop 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

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive discussion of 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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