Snorkeling Rendezvous Caye – A Gem Underwater
Snorkeling Rendezvous Caye in Belize is well worth it, if you can get out to this little piece of tropical heaven. It is a tiny tropical island with palms and some palm thatched shade structures.
Rendezvous Caye is about about halfway between Belize City and Dangriga, out on the reef between Middle Long Caye and Bluefield Range. It is located right on the barrier reef.
It is deep open ocean on one side, and shallow on the other and surrounded by a coral reef.
It can be confusing though because it appears there are a few places named Rendezvous Caye in Belize. The cruise ships sometimes book folks on a snorkel trip to a “Rendezvous Caye” that reportedly has no trees, so it is not this one. And there are a few more. This one is marked on charts.
Rendezvous Caye was one of the locations we stopped at on our week long catamaran sailing tour of Belize snorkeling spots. But you can get out there with a tour company or a sailing camping group.
The snorkeling is really very good. The reef is particularly healthy because it is basically right on the ocean, so it gets flushed regularly with sea water and a variety of species frequent the area. The snorkeling is along the north and south sides of the island, more to the open ocean side of things. There are some very beautiful shallow reef areas close to shore, and then it just drops off into the blue depths.
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What We Saw While Snorkeling Rendezvous Caye
We saw a very nice variety of hard and soft corals and sponges here. Although the spot was not heavily abundant in fish, there was a nice variety. While snorkeling Rendezvous Caye there may not have been a ton of fish, but we did have a great experience with a group of Caribbean Reef Squid (see below).
These amazingly color changing creatures were so evidently intelligent that it was simply amazing. You could just see how interested they were in us, and how family oriented they appeared to be. It was a wonderful experience hanging out with them, and fortunately not our last in Belize.
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Below is another beautiful creature that is common in the Caribbean. The little white object with yellow spots hanging on the side of the sea fan is called a Flamingo Tongue. It is a little snail in the mollusk family. They feed on soft corals. And the fish to the right is a Spotted Trunkfish.
We also found a number of beautiful sponges when snorkeling Rendezvous Caye.
Hopefully you have enjoyed the pictures we took while snorkeling Rendezvous Caye. If you get the chance to snorkel it it is easy to recommend, so long as it is not too windy.