Starting off with a trip to Swallow Caye, you will see the lovable, gentle manatee dancing in the seas. This endangered species has its greatest population in Belize for any country in its range, and they are often seen somersaulting and swimming upside down.
Then take a ride to Goff’s Caye, a 1.2 acre, uninhabited island sitting right in the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. With a white sandy beach and pristine waters, enjoy a barbeque lunch and snorkeling experience, with a remarkable variety of colorful tropical fishes and other marine life such as corals, sea urchins, conch, lobsters and stingrays, to name a few. At Goff’s Caye, you can bask in the shallow Caribbean waters, calmed by the Reef, and perfect for relaxing.
After snorkeling at Goff’s Caye, the boat will take you to the second snorkel spot at Shark Ray Alley Aquarium in front of Caye Caulker (Ambergris Caye’s sister island), and here you swim with nurse sharks and sting rays.
At Shark Ray Alley in waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel.
The sharks and rays hear the dive boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray wings as they vie for the scraps.
These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards the divers, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths. You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.
You will also have an opportunity to stroll around Caye Caulker, shop for local artisan crafts and paintings, or simply enjoy the local cuisine.
Included: Lunch, drinks
Park Fee $15.00 US is not included. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included
Minimum 6 guests