Snorkeling Colson Caye was very good; maybe not as good as Rendezvous, but well worth a stop. The Colson Cayes are a few cayes south of Rendezvous Caye, past Alligator Caye, inside the barrier reef.
The snorkeling that we did was not actually at Colson Cayes, but east of the southern most Colson Caye, at a patch reef area, inside, but close to the barrier reef. This was one of our many stops sailing down the coast of Belize. And on this day we hugged the inside of the barrier reef, wandering through patch reefs.
As you can see in the picture below, it was another very healthy reef with a wonderful variety of corals, hard and soft, sea rods and fans, and vibrant red sponges. The depths were perfect for snorkeling, with a maximum depth of probably around 12 feet.
There was not a great number of fish, but a decent amount. They were a little shy at this location, probably because of fishing in the area.
Once again we had the hovering barracuda hanging out. But really this location was best for seeing healthy corals and sponges. Enjoy the rest of the pictures below.
On the way we came across a number of local fishing boats (see picture below). There were about nine guys on this little fishing boat. They get dropped off with their little canoes, and free dive by themselves for most of the day, catching Conch and other prized fish, and then get picked up later in the day. They all sleep on the boat and stay out for weeks at a time. They have a huge block of ice in the hold to keep their catch fresh. It was pretty amazing to see. We actually had to bum some dish soap off of these guys.
So if you love seeing interesting sponges then snorkeling Colson Caye is what you want to do.