By Pam Thomas – (Miami Beach)
Has anyone been snorkeling in the cayes east of Placencia, Belize? I am going with a few friends on a catamaran out of there (the Moorings) for 5-6 days. I think the farthest north we will get is South Water Caye and then south toward Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Has anyone had any experience snorkeling in this area of Belize?
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Eric – Feb 25, 2019 – South Water Caye
We went to Belize last year and stayed in Hopkins, one of our trips took us to South Water Caye where we snorkeled from the southern beach of the caye out through the channel and back in. Then we snorkeled on the outside of the reef. Lots of coral, fish, and even a nurse shark.
Pam – Feb 25, 2019 – Thanks Eric!
I’ll check it out. Appreciate it!
Zeke and Marty – Mar 3, 2019 – Whipray Caye
A few years ago we stayed with Captain Julian on Whipray Caye, nine miles off from Placencia. While it is primarily a fly fishing spot, four of us went to snorkel and relax. We were the only ones there. The cabins and dining areas are off the grid with rainwater collection. While it’s a bit primitive, we had good beds, hot water, great food, wonderful snorkeling and plenty of cold beers. We understand the Whale Sharks come in March.
Mike – Mar 4, 2019 – Snorkeling Laughing Bird Caye – Nothing Special
My wife and I were staying in Placencia for a week and decided to go to Laughing Bird Caye for a day trip. It was only our second time snorkeling and it was nothing special.
During that same week we took a fishing trip the other way which would be north of Placencia and we brought our snorkeling gear with us and after a few hours fishing, it was a gorgeous day, we asked our guide if he could take us somewhere close to go snorkeling so he took us to the reef near Dangriga and it was sensational. The water was so clear and warm and we’d never seen so many fish.
So if you want to snorkel from Placencia I’d go north to the reef instead of south. We’ve snorkeled quite a bit since then, 2012, and the Belize reef is one of the best.