Amazing Snorkeling Just A Mile Off Shore !
Belize has long been known as an excellent snorkeling destination. Located about a mile off shore from Caye Caulker is the worlds second longest coral reef. This makes Caye Caulker an excellent choice for a base of operations for those who want to experience some amazing underwater vistas.
There are about a dozen different snorkeling tour operators based on Caye Caulker. No need to pre-book your tours before your arrival, as there will almost always be availability amongst the different operators going to the various sites.
Most snorkeling tour operators offer a 1/2 day or full day tours of either the "Caye Caulker Marine Reserve" or the "Holchan Marine Reserve". The Holchan Marine Reserve has been established longer than the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and as a general rule offers larger fish. Also although Holchan is a little further and costs more, you are almost guaranteed to see turtles,sharks and stingrays and sometimes even a Manatee !
For those who want to try something a little different, some of the tour operators also offer night time tours to the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and are often treated to creatures not often seen during the day such as octopus and on occasion Hammerhead sharks !
Another popular destination from Caye Caulker for snorkeling is the "Turneffe Atoll". This Atoll is the largest coral atoll in Belize. The famous pirate "Blackbeard" captured a large ten-gun ship "The Adventure" off Turneffe in 1718. Located about an hour and a half by boat from Caye Caulker there are several outstanding snorkeling spots in and around the Atoll.
Full day tours to the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve will usually cost about U.S. $40.00 per person, full day tours to Holchan around $70.00 per person, and tours to the Turneffe Atoll around $150.00 per person. Most tour operators will supply all the necessary gear required and will also often provide fruit, snacks and beverages. Prices, equipment and amenities can vary widely among the different operators = shop around = ask at Colinda's for our current recommendations.
For those who are not into boats or large groups or are on a bit of a budget we offer free snorkel gear and complimentary Kayaks at Colinda Cabanas and can recommend some cool spots to go snorkeling nearby.
After your arrival at Colinda Cabanas we will be happy to suggest our favoutite operators and point you in the right direction !