Snorkeling Long Caye Wall – A Bit Deep for Snorkelers


Snorkeling Long Caye was OK, but not great. This was the third stop on our Lighthouse Reef Atoll trip. Sometimes this location is called the Aquarium.

Snorkeling Long Caye with lots of fish
Corals in deep water at Long Caye Wall in Belize

Long Caye is really a better diving spot than a snorkeling spot. It is a coral wall that drops down into the depths. Since it starts at about 20 feet deep, and gets deeper quickly, it is only OK for snorkeling. There is also often a decent current that pulls you quickly along the length of the wall.

For divers this is nice, the boat drops them off at one spot and picks them up later on. But the snorkelers have to stay with the boat, so you fight the current.

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What We Saw While Snorkeling Long Caye Wall

There were a couple of good things about snorkeling Long Caye Wall. The visibility was the best we had seen in all of Belize. There were tons of fish and eels. And the sea bottom corals, sponges, and fans were beautiful. But it is just a little too deep to be a great snorkeling spot.

And below you can see a big moray eel dashing between coral outcroppings.

Big Moray Eel at Long Caye

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One highlight was when one of the boat guys jumped in the water and started feeding all the fish the leftover beans and rice from lunch. He got swarmed. We never recommend feeding fish, but it happened, and it was fun.

We had a good time taking pictures of this activity. Galen even swam into the solid wall of fish.

Snorkeler swarmed by fish at Long Caye Belize

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