Silk Caye Marine Reserve

Type of Attraction
Aquatic Wonder, Marine Reserve, Nature Reserve
Gold Standard
Caribbean Sea

  • Barrier Reef
  • Island BBQ & Snorkeling
  • Picnic Tables

About Location
This Marine Reserve is located approximately 22 miles from Placencia on the main barrier reef. This area is one of the more popular spot for day excursions from Placencia and offers great snorkeling and with our version of Shark, Ray and Turtle alley. Visitors to this reserve are guaranteed to have the time of their lives snorkeling and swimming with these creatures in their natural environment. The small coral islands offers the perfect place for an island bar-b-que or a picnic lunch.
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This tour is a snorkeling and Fishing Combination tour We visit a minimum of 3 islands in one day, where guests get to snorkel at each island ( optional)... more
While moving from one island to another, we do some fishing ( trolling, bottom fishing or spin casting)
This tour departs at 9 am and returns at about 3 pm
Island Hopping tours are private charters, so it's just your group on board, along with the guides, captain and cook
Minimum of 3 people

Island Options are
- Silk Caye
- Laughing Bird
- Moho Caye
- Ray Caye
- Lark Caye
- Abigail Caye
-Scipio Caye
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Silk Cayes is a marine reserve consisting of 3 small islands formerly known as the Queen Cayes. The Marine Reserve host over 25 species of reef fish, different corals and much more! ... moreThe Silk Caye is considered one of healthiest areas in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System due to its elevation and water quality. It is a great destination to snorkel, scuba dive or simply spend a day on the island! Snorkelers sightsee the reefs surrounding the islands. Scuba Divers, on the other hand, are able to explore the diverse dive sites the Silk Caye has to offer. As a bonus, each guest including the divers gets a chance to snorkel with the Sharks, Rays and Turtles!
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In the Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve there are 3 small islands called the Silk (or Queen) Cayes. Around these islands and in the reserve one can snorkel for days and not get ... morebored, but there is one spot in particular that we like to call Turtle Alley. Here huge loggerhead turtles come up to stare you in the face, stingrays zoom by and nurse sharks cruise around the bottom, all safe and harmless, unless provoked. These critters hang out in the area waiting for scraps of food which is, most time the unwanted parts of lobsters, fish, and conch, that fishermen catch and clean in the area. They toss the scraps in the water and it makes for a yummy dinner for the critters.

Tour starts in Placencia Village at our private dock. Here you will meet up with your boat crew, get checked in and fitted with gear, we load up on the boat which we already prepped and ready to go after the captain gives a safety briefing. The boat ride is about an hour out to sea. After the boat ride we get ashore the southernmost Silk Cayes, meet the park ranger as he gives us a briefing about the history and the do's and dont's of the park system. Your snorkel guides then steps in and share about the first snorkeling adventure that will be around the island for about an hour. Once done you get to enjoy a beach lunch which is usually a beach BBQ. Then we relax on the beach a bit and let the tummies settle. When the group is ready we get in the boat and we do a boat snorkel around a patch reef which will lead up to the area we call "Turtle Alley" and here is where you get to meet the fun critters, LoggerHead Turtles, Nurse Sharks, Stingrays, and Eagle Rays. We enjoy some encounters with them the get onboard the boat via a provided ladder. When everyone is accounted for we head on back to Placencia as we reminisce on the day of adventure.
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Usually, our tours start from 9 pm roughly to 3 pm, giving you a little extra time so that you really enjoy yourself. We always take time in considering your needs and try to make ... moreyou fulfill your wishes. We will go snorkeling roughly to an hour depending on your age range, have lunch then after, a little walk on the island and chill in a hammock. We can also do a second snorkel if you want to if not, we decide to head back sailing-in nice and slow with the Caribbean breeze!
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