Snorkeling Carrie Bow Caye – Good Barrier Reef Spot


Snorkeling Carrie Bow Caye was interesting and good, but not exceptional. Carrie Bow Caye is located on the barrier reef at a cut that is often used by boats heading back and forth to Glover’s Reef.

Snorkeling Carrie Bow Caye Reef, Belize

We snorkeled the south end of Carrie Bow Caye, after our morning ocean crossing sailing back from Glover’s.

It was a small area and healthy, which is to be expected right on the barrier reef with all the flowing currents moving in and out of the barrier cut.

Queen Triggerfish over a sandy bottom at Carrie Bow Caye Belize

What We Saw While Snorkeling Carrie Bow Caye

There was a nice variety of hard corals that were very healthy, as well as some beautiful soft corals.

Like many of the barrier reef areas in Belize, there was not a great number of fish, but we did see some beautiful fish like a Queen Triggerfish and a long trumpetfish trying to look inconspicuous.

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Purple Sea Fan and a grunt at Carrie Bow Caye Belize
Bluehead Wrasee and sea rods at Carrie Bow Caye Belize
School of grunts under a cave of sea rods, Carrie Bow Caye Belize

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Black Ball Sponge at Carrie Bow Caye

Like many spots in Belize the sponges were very interesting, like the Black Ball Sponge in this image.

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