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Caye Caulker Snorkeling: The BEST Tours in 2024

Caye Caulker Snorkeling: The BEST Tours in 2024

If you’re visiting Caye Caulker, then we’re sure you’ve got snorkeling on your mind. From Caye Caulker, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the incredible Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is a star attraction of the world-class Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. By doing a snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker, you can easily explore the magnificent Hol Chan Marine Reserve, enjoying some of the best snorkeling in the world. In this guide, we’re going to talk about the best Caye Caulker snorkeling tours.

Caye Caulker Snorkeling: Everything You Need to Know

A Caye Caulker snorkeling trip should be high on your to-do list if you’re visiting this beautiful island in Belize. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is certainly a popular place to snorkel (and dive).

Caye Caulker is a small island that’s conveniently located near the Belize Barrier Reef. Indeed, from Caye Caulker, there are several tour companies offering snorkeling tours to the world-famous reef. Whether it’s a full-day or half-day tour from Caye Caulker (or even from San Pedro in Ambergris Caye), the highlights of these tours are always the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

At the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you’ll explore an amazing underwater paradise full of various marine life, fish and coral. Whilst, at Shark Ray Alley, you’ll get to swim with nurse sharks and stingrays. Undoubtedly, Caye Caulker snorkeling tours are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many visitors, offering an unforgettable experience.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about doing a snorkelling tour from Caye Caulker. We’ll cover the most popular Caye Caulker snorkeling tour options and companies. We’ll then tell you about our personal experience doing this Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour. By doing so, we’ll give you the rundown of a typical full-day Caye Caulker snorkeling tour itinerary.

We’ll then cover important details about tour prices, what to bring and what’s included in a tour. We’ll also answer a bunch of FAQs about snorkeling in and around Caye Caulker.

A nurse shark in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours

First things first, because Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a protected area, you can only explore it with a guide. This means, if you’re wanting to snorkel at the marine reserve, you’ll need to do a tour. As mentioned, most people base themselves on Caye Caulker to do a snorkeling tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. But, some visitors will do a day trip from Ambergris Caye and visit both the marine reserve and Caye Caulker.

Either way, from both Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, there are full-day and half-day group tours. Basically, near-identical full-day and half-day group tours are offered by several tour companies in Caye Caulker (as well as in Ambergris Caye). Whilst, from Ambergris Caye, there are private Caye Caulker snorkeling tours available.

Without further ado, let’s look at all of these options in a bit more detail, whilst looking at the tour companies that offer these trips.

Dan underwater during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour Companies

There are numerous tour companies offering similar full-day and half-day snorkelling tours from Caye Caulker. The most popular tour companies include Salt Life Eco Tours, Caveman Snorkeling Tours, Raggamuffin Tours, Anda de Wata Tours and Nauti Time Tours. So, which tour company is the best? Well, of course, each company will tell you that they’re the best and are the most environmentally conscious and eco-friendly. After all, that’s what people want to hear.

Admittedly, all of these tour companies offer a near-identical full-day and half-day tour. Indeed, all of the tours roughly follow the same itinerary visiting the same places. So, in reality, it doesn’t really matter which tour company you choose! Basically, don’t stress it. Whichever company you go with, you’ll have an awesome time.

Personally, Beck and I booked this Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour on GetYourGuide. This tour was run by the friendly folks at Salt Life Eco Tours. Because we had a smashing time, we’re more than happy to recommend Salt Life Eco Tours. Feel free to use this link to book your Caye Caulker snorkeling tour with this company.

Now, we’ll look at the two most popular snorkelling tours from Caye Caulker – the full-day and half-day option.

Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours

A full-day snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker is the most popular tour option for exploring the Belize Barrier Reef. After all, if you’ve travelled all that way to Belize to snorkel, you should make a full day of it!

When it comes to snorkeling tours, the tour companies mostly promote their full-day tour. You’ll also find that the tour companies refer to their full-day tours as seven-stop tours and bucket list tours. For a full breakdown of the typical stops and attractions seen on a full-day Caye Caulker snorkeling tour, read about the Full-Day itinerary below.

As mentioned, Beck and I did this Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour with Salt Life Eco Tours and really enjoyed it. With this in mind, we recommend you do the same and book this tour.

FYI – you can book this same full-day tour with the Salt Life Eco Tours on Viator.

Half-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours

Of course, not everyone wants to spend the whole day snorkeling. If you want just a few hours of snorkeling, the half-day tour will be a great option for you. By doing a half-day tour, you’ll still see the main attractions – you’ll visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. These tours usually run in the morning for 3–4 hours.

Overall, a half-day tour option is actually a decent option. Not only is it cheaper; but, the tour prioritises the main attractions – Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, without dilly-dallying at other less-exciting snorkeling sites. To be honest, getting in and out of the water half a dozen times for various stops is fairly exhausting. By just snorkeling a few times at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, you certainly won’t feel over-exerted or that you’ve ‘over done it’.

You’ll find most tour companies in Caye Caulker offer this half-day option.

Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours From Ambergris Caye

There are Caye Caulker snorkeling tours available to do from the neighbouring island of Ambergris Caye. As mentioned, these tours not only visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley; but, they also visit the island of Caye Caulker. So, if you’re staying on Ambergris Caye and want to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef and visit Caye Caulker, these tours are an excellent choice.

You can book this highly-rated Full Day Hol Chan, Sharky Ray Alley and Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour From San Pedro on Viator.

Half-Day Snorkeling Tours From Ambergris Caye

There are also half-day snorkeling tours available from Ambergris Caye. Again, if a full-day tour sounds like it’s a bit much, a half-day tour may be a perfect option. By doing a half-day snorkeling tour from Ambergris Caye, you’ll get to visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

Although, these tours tend not to visit Caye Caulker. So, if you just want to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef and aren’t fussed about visiting Caye Caulker, then these half-day tours from Ambergris Caye may suit you down to the ground.

You can book this popular Half-Day Hol Chan Marine Reserve Shark Alley Tour From San Pedro on Viator.

Private Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours

Generally speaking, group tours are the most popular Caye Caulker snorkeling trips. But, there are private snorkeling tours available from Ambergris Caye. If you are with a large group of friends or family and want to spend a special day together, it’s possible to book a private charter yacht. Truly, this would be a memorable experience!

If you’re based in Ambergris Caye and are interested in a private tour, that includes all inclusive snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley (and also visiting Caye Caulker), then head to Viator and book here.

Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour Prices

All of the tour companies in Caye Caulker charge a very similar rate for their tours. Whether you’re doing a full-day or half-day tour, or, starting from Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye, pricing is fairly identical across the board.

Keep in mind that the prices for Caye Caulker snorkeling tours significantly increased post-pandemic. Before the pandemic, full-day tours usually cost around $60USD ($120BZ). Staff at the tour companies will blame the soaring price of petrol. Of course, travel is generally just more expensive post-pandemic.

  • Full-day Tours From Caye Caulker: $90USD ($180BZ) per person
  • Half-day Tours From Caye Caulker: $50USD ($100BZ) per person
  • Full-day Tours From Ambergris Caye: $90USD ($180BZ) per person
  • Half-day Tours From Caye Caulker: $50USD ($100BZ) per person

Bonus tip: it’s definitely possible to barter down the price of a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour. We think it’s possible to get the price down to around $80USD (BZ$160) by negotiating the price in person.

What’s Included in Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours?

Because all of the Caye Caulker snorkeling tours are near-identical, the companies all essentially have the same inclusions and exclusions. Below, you’ll find a list of what’s included in a Caye Caulker snorkelling tour.

  • Snorkeling equipment including a life jacket
  • Entrance fees to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Guides that provide information and assistance in the water
  • Food and drinks: lunch, snacks (mostly fruit), water and drinks (beer and rum punch)
  • GoPro photography and videography: these are usually accessible on Google Drive a few days after the tour

When it comes to exclusions, transport to and from your accommodation usually isn’t covered in the price of a tour. Given Caye Caulker is such a small island, most people have no trouble walking to the designated meeting point on the island for the tour.

Where Do You Visit During a Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour?

Most snorkeling tours from Caye Caulker (and from Ambergris Caye) will spend the most time at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Certainly, these are the highlights of any snorkeling tour in the Belize Barrier Reef.

But, the full-day tours usually include around seven stops, which involve visiting various snorkeling sites. Although, some of these extra stops and sites aren’t additional places to snorkel. Rather, additional stops may simply involve spotting or feeding the wildlife.

So you’re clued up on all of the stops on a typical full-day snorkeling tour, let’s look at the typical itinerary below.

Nurse sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour: Full Day Itinerary

The full-day Caye Caulker snorkeling tour usually includes around seven stops. Because Beck and I did the Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour with Salt Life Eco Tours, we’re going to tell you about this company’s itinerary. As mentioned, all of the tour companies offer, more or less, the same itinerary. During the day, you’ll notice all of the boats tend to head to the same places. Essentially, it’s a convoy of boats, from different tour companies heading to the same places at about the same times.

Below, is a typical list of attractions and activities that you’ll see during a full-day Caye Caulker snorkeling tour.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Shark Ray Alley
  • Conch Shell Graveyard
  • The Shipwreck (Belizean Titanic)
  • Manatee spotting
  • Coral Gardens
  • Tarpon feeding
  • Seahorse Viewing Platform

Many of the attractions and activities take place in the extraordinary Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Indeed, Shark Ray Alley, the Shipwreck (Belizien Titanic), Conch Shell Graveyard and Manatee spotting all take place in Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Whilst, snorkeling at the Coral Gardens, tarpon feeding and visiting the Seahorse Viewing Platform all take place at Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.

Basically, the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve includes the coastal area immediately adjacent to Caye Caulker. Beyond the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and further away from Caye Caulker, you’ll find the Belize Barrier Reef, including the breathtaking Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour: Our Experience

Let’s talk about the exciting places you’ll visit during a snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker. We’ll tell you about our experience doing GetYourGuide’s Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour, which fairly reflects all other full-day tours offered on the island.

As mentioned, you’ll usually need to make your way to the tour company’s office that you’ve booked with. For Beck and I, that meant walking a short distance from our accommodation (Go Slow Guesthouse) to the Salt Life Eco Tours office located here, meeting at around 9am.

The friendly staff will be there to greet you and walk you over to the boat, where they’ll give a safety briefing and give you your snorkeling equipment. Then, you’ll head straight to the breathtaking Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is certainly the star attraction of any snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker. The marine reserve is a protected area in the Belize Barrier Reef System. Whilst, the reef system, as a whole, was delegated UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1996. As expected, the reserve is an immensely rich area of marine life and wildlife.

Day to day, snorkeling tour itineraries can change in terms of the order of places visited owing to the ocean conditions. But, more often than not, your first snorkel with take place in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Expect to see an abundance of fish, stingrays, eagle rays, eels and turtles! You’ll also see beautiful coral reef, seagrass beds and mangrove forests.

As you may know, at Travel Made Me Do It, we tend to focus more on land-based adventures, especially hiking. But, Beck and I were absolutely stoked about changing up our routine. After all, when in Caye Caulker, it would be rude not to snorkel! And, we certainly had an extraordinary time exploring the underwater delights of Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Only at the Great Barrier Reef had I experienced such wonders under the sea. Beck also commented to say it was the best snorkeling she had ever done before (having not been to the Great Barrier Reef)!

It’s likely that you’ll make one or two stops that generally explore the marine reserve. You’ll then explore more specific sites and attractions such as Shark Ray Alley.

For a more exhaustive list of the wildlife you’ll see at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, please read our FAQs – What Wildlife Can You See During a Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour?

A turtle in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley is another major highlight of any snorkeling tour near Caye Caulker. As you may gather, Shark Ray Alley is teaming with sharks and rays. But, don’t let that frighten you. The sharks that call Shark Ray Alley home are nurse sharks, which are harmless to humans. Although, of course, if you’ve never swam with sharks before, having a few nerves beforehand is normal! We assure you that snorkeling and swimming near the nurse sharks is a once in a lifetime opportunity and an unbelievable experience!

You’ll also spot plenty of stingrays and eagle rays at Shark Ray Alley. Although Steve Irwin might disagree, the rays are also harmless.

Without a doubt, snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley is one of the best parts of the full-day tour.

Once you’ve explored Shark Ray Alley, usually you’ll then have lunch on the boat. This is included in the price of the tour. You’ll want to eat up that ceviche to give you more energy for the remainder of the tour!

Read more: Shark Ray Alley Belize – Swim With Sharks in Belize!

A nurse shark in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour
A stingray in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

The Sunken Shipwreck (Belizean Titanic)

Once you’ve explored Shark Ray Alley and had lunch, you’ll then explore some other sites in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. One of the other highlights in the area is a sunken barge known as the Belizean Titanic. It’s certainly an interesting area to snorkel around with plenty of fish swimming in and out of the nooks and crannies of the shipwreck.

Dan underwater during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour
The shipwreck

Conch Shell Graveyard

Located in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the Conch Shell Graveyard is another interesting site to explore. Basically, it’s an area where anglers would clean conch they caught that day and discard the shells. This practice essentially created a pile of conch shells, which has become known as the Conch Shell Graveyard. The site has now become one with the reserve as it’s become home to many different fishes.

FYI – a conch is a tropical marine mollusc with a strong spiral shell that may bear long projections and have a flared lip. The meat of conches is often eaten raw in salads or cooked in other meals.

Manatee Spotting

Another highlight of exploring Hol Chan Marine Reserve is looking out for West Indian manatees. During our visit, we were lucky to see two manatees briefly breaching. It was a magical experience just to see the manatees from afar.

The staff at Salt Life Eco Tours explained that manatees are quite shy. So, attempting to snorkel with them and creating a disturbance wouldn’t be wise as they would swim away. So, we simply admired the manatees from the edge of the boat. Although, of course, the manatees go where the manatees like! We’ve heard accounts of people snorkeling near manatees in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve during these tours. So, really, it’s luck of the draw!

Coral Gardens

After exploring Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you’ll then head to the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. As mentioned, this reserve is a little closer to Caye Caulker. So, basically, you’ll stop in at the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve on your way back to the island from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The highlight of the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is the Coral Gardens. Indeed, it’s one of the prettiest underwater landscapes you’ll visit during the tour.

Other than the magnificent coral on display, it’s also a great place to see turtles, and, if you’re lucky, seahorses!

Coral at Hol Can Marine Reserve

Tarpon Feeding

After exploring Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, that’s all of your snorkeling completed for the day. Most tours will then include some ‘bonus stops’, which are just stops at Caye Caulker that you could otherwise visit on land. But, still, the advantage of having a boat is helpful for feeding the tarpons, which are very large fish. From the boat, it’s possible to feed the fish. You’ll simply hold out your hand with the food in between your fingers and the tarpons will fly out of the water to eat the food (thanfully, not your hand)!

Bonus tip: you can visit the Tarpon Feeding Deck and feed the tarpons! Personally, Beck and I did this the day before doing the full-day snorkeling tour.

Beck at the Tarpon Feeding Dock the day before doing the full-day snorkeling tour
Beck at the Tarpon Feeding Dock

Seahorse Viewing Platform

The last stop of the full-day snorkeling tour is at the jetty at Igunana Reef Inn, near the famous Stingray Beach. The jetty is a great place to see seahorses, so the jetty has become known as the Seahorse Viewing Platform. Admittedly, the seahorses aren’t easy to spot. But, the friendly staff at Salt Life Eco Tours helped point them out to us. You’ll then head back to the initial jetty you boarded to complete the tour.

Bonus tip: head back to the Iguana Reef Inn for sunset. Beck and I did this the night before doing the snorkeling tour. The inn provides a great setup to watch sunset from the jetty, or from the small beach filled with stingrays!

Snorkeling in Caye Caulker (Belize) – Summary

There you have it – a rundown of a full-day snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker. Personally, Beck and I had a wonderful experience doing GetYourGuide’s Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour. We highly recommend this tour because we had a great time! Otherwise, as mentioned, we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful experience snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley with whichever Caye Caulker (or Ambergris Caye) tour company you go with.

Now you know all about the tour, let’s look at some logistics to help you plan your day. Let’s start with what to bring on a snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker.

What to Bring When Snorkeling in Caye Caulker

Let’s talk about the things you’ll need to wear and pack for your snorkeling tour from Caye Caulker.

  • Swimming gear: well, this probably goes without saying, but you’ll need your swimmers! We recommend wearing a rash shirt or a wetsuit (if you have one) to help protect your skin from the sun.
  • Reef-safe sunscreen: you’ll also want to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. But, of course, we want to conserve the coral reef, so a reef-safe sunscreen is ideal.
  • Microfibre towel: a small lightweight microfibre towel is a great addition also and much better than sneaking the hostel/hotel’s bath towel out.
  • Waterproof or minimalist draw-string bag: you can take a backpack on board. Personally, we just took a minimalist drawstring bag that we didn’t mind getting wet.
  • GoPro and other accessories: although most snorkeling tours include a guide taking photos, having your own action camera is part of the fun!
  • Waterproof phone case: this is a wise choice to protect your phone whilst out on the boat.
  • Extra snacks and drinks: yes, lunch and snacks are provided. But, we found snorkeling and swimming tiring work. So, it was good to have our own snacks to keep us going throughout the day.

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Getting to Belize City and Caye Caulker

To do this trip from abroad, it makes sense to fly to Belize City. When booking flights, you should definitely use Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. That’s what Beck and I always do.

Once you’re in Belize City, make your way to the San Pedro Belize Express ferry terminal and ticket office located here. Booking in advance often isn’t required. Personally, Beck and I booked our ferry tickets from Belize City to Caye Caulker at the ticket office. Just to be on the safe side, you can book tickets online on the official website.

You can find the ferry schedule on the website here. The roundtrip ferry ticket covering Belize City to Caye Caulker and Caye Caulker to Belize City usually costs around $35USD ($70BZ). In 2022, Beck and I paid $34.50USD/person ($69BZ) for a return ferry ticket.

Getting to Belize City From Chetumal By Bus

Personally, Beck and I caught a chicken bus to Belize City from Corozal after crossing the Chetumal Mexico-Belize border. We paid around $5USD/person ($10BZ) for the bus. Basically, after crossing the border in the morning when it opened at 9am, we were able to get the bus by mid-late morning and arrive in Belize City by around 3pm.

We then caught one of the last ferry services of the day, arriving in Caye Caulker by late afternoon. You’ll have to check the latest schedules to make sure this journey is possible for you. Certainly, it’s difficult to get up-to-date information on the bus schedule from Corozal to Belize City, which makes planning this journey tricky. But, usually, there are quite a few departures from Corozal to Belize City in the morning.

So, hopefully, you can catch one of those buses and arrive in time for a ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker. Just make sure to arrive at the Chetumal Mexico-Belize border when it opens so you can be one of the first people processed.

To get from the Chetumal Mexico-Belize border to the bus station at Corozal, we organised a taxi with Alberto, who’s also known as The Transporter BZ (+501 630-2700). He’ll organise a driver to pick you up from the Belize side of the border. It cost us $25USD to get from the Belizean border to the Corozal bus station, whilst the ride took around 25 minutes.

FYI – we also organised a taxi from Chetumal in Mexico to the Chetumal Mexico-Belize border through Alberto. He has some contacts in Chetumal. So, he’ll organise a taxi for you to get from Chetumal to the border. You’ll then cross the border and take a different taxi to get to Corozal.

Getting From Chetumal to Caye Caulker By Ferry

Getting a 2.5 hour ferry from Chetumal to Caye Caulker is by far the easiest and quickest way to get there. This ferry is run by Water Jets International.

How to Get Around Caye Caulker

Getting around Caye Caulker itself is very straightforward. The island is very small, so you can easily walk around the island and to all of its attractions on foot. Some people hire a golf cart to help get around the island. You can easily book this in person on arrival.

Where to Stay: Caye Caulker Hotels

Despite being a small island, there are plenty of awesome accommodation options on Caye Caulker. Below, we’ll look at the best budget, mid-range and luxury options on Caye Caulker.

  • Budget – Go Slow Guest House: Beck and I booked the Go Slow Guest House and really enjoyed it. We stayed in a lovely private room that was comfortable and clean. We highly recommend this budget option.
  • Mid-range – Tropical Paradise: there are plenty of excellent mid-range Caye Caulker hotel options. Tropical Paradise is our pick of the bunch given it has the most reviews.
  • Luxury – La Isla Resort: if you’re looking for a special place to stay on Caye Caulker, look no further than the exceptional La Isla Resort.

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FAQs About Caye Caulker Snorkeling

Below, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about snorkeling in and around Caye Caulker.

A nurse shark in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve seen during a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour

Does Belize Have Good Snorkeling?

Yes, it has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Read our guide about The Best Snorkeling in Belize.

Is There Snorkeling on Caye Caulker?

Snorkeling in Caye Caulker, Belize, is possible. But, the best snorkeling takes place in the nearby Hol Chan Marine Reserve in the Belize Barrier Reef. That’s why snorkeling tours, that depart from Caye Caulker, usually only involve snorkeling at the Belize Barrier Reef and not Caye Caulker itself.

Can You Snorkel Off the Beach in Caye Caulker?

Yes, there are several areas you can snorkel from the beach at Caye Caulker. It’s possible to snorkel from Stingray Beach at Iguana Reef Inn. It’s also possible to do snorkeling from the Split. But, the snorkelling in these areas is only so-so. For the best snorkeling, you’ll have to do a tour that heads to the Belize Barrier Reef.

Which Company Should I Snorkel With in Caye Caulker?

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter which company you choose as they all offer near-identical tours for the same price. Personally, we recommend Salt Life Eco Tours as we did their Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour and really enjoyed it.

Which Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour Should I Choose?

Whichever snorkelling tour you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a great time. As mentioned, we definitely recommend doing a full-day tour to make the most out of your day. Again, Beck and I did this Full-Day Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour and can highly recommend it as we loved it!

How Much Is Snorkeling in Caye Caulker?

This will depend on which snorkeling tour you choose. Please read Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour Prices for more information.

What’s Included in a Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour?

Most tour companies provide all of the necessary snorkeling equipment. For more information on what’s included in the price of a tour, read What’s Included in Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tours?

Do I Need to Pre-Book a Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour?

It’s possible to pre-book a Caye Caulker snorkeling tour on GetYourGuide, Viator or directly through a company’s website. Although, some of the companies have insecure websites, so I wouldn’t trust booking online through those websites. Otherwise, it’s possible to book in person once you arrive on the island. You can usually book a tour for the next day.

What Wildlife Can You See During a Caye Caulker Snorkeling Tour?

There is plenty of amazing marine life and wildlife to see during a snorkeling tour in the Belize Barrier Reef. Below, is a list of the most impressive wildlife you’ll see on a tour.

  • Nurse sharks
  • West Indian Manatees
  • Green Sea turtles
  • Caribbean Lobsters
  • Seahorses
  • Eagle Rays
  • Southern Stingray and Yellow Stingrays
  • Tropical fish: Bar Jacks, Blue-striped Grunts, Dogsnappers, Bluehead Wrasses, Stoplight Parrotfish, Grey Angelfish, Short Nose pufferfish and Suckerfish (amongst many others)
  • Sea anemones
  • Coral: elkhorn coral, fire coral, brain coral
  • Tarpons
  • Starfish

What Is the Best Time of Year to Snorkel in Caye Caulker?

Basically, any time of year! You’ll have a great time snorkelling the Belize Barrier Reef any time of year. Although, from November to April, the waters are generally the clearest. Whilst, mating season for manatees is between April and December.

How Far Is Caye Caulker From the Belize Barrier Reef?

The Hol Chan Marine Reserve part of the Belize Barrier Reef is around 12km north of Caye Caulker.

Bonus Tips

  • Ambergris Caye snorkeling tours: it’s just as easy to do a snorkeling tour of Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley from Ambergris Caye as it is from Caye Caulker. So, whichever island you’re based, you can enjoy an awesome snorkeling tour.
  • Caye Caulker scuba diving: scuba diving in Caye Caulker is another popular way to explore underwater. If you want to dive in Caye Caulker, we recommend checking out Blue Wave Divers – they’re one of the most reputable diving companies on Caye Caulker. Check out their website for Caye Caulker diving prices.
  • Visit the Great Blue Hole: whilst you’re in Belize, you’ll have to consider seeing the mindblowing Great Blue Hole by plane or boat.
  • Where to next in Belize: San Ignacio is a great base for exploring the jungle side of the country on the west. From San Ignacio, you can visit the ATM Cave, Mountain Pine Ridge, Caracol and Xunantunich.

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To find out more about the best snorkeling in Belize (including details about other Belize snorkeling tours), please read our huge Belize Snorkeling Guide.

Daniel Piggott

Dan is a travel blogger, physiotherapist, hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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