Belize Island Adventure Blog


South Water Caye Marine Reserve is the largest Marine Reserve in Belize covering an area of 117,878 acres and is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Dangriga town.

The Government of Belize included South Water Caye Marine Reserve as an important part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, established in 1996 for its “outstanding universal value”, and is obligated under this international convention to conserve and protect the area.

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South Water Caye Marine Reserve along with Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye Marine Reserve and Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, comprise the Southern Barrier Reef Complex, probably one of the areas with the highest biodiversity in the MAR region.

Read also: 10 Reasons to dive the Southern Belize Barrier Reef

The reserve includes a mosaic of coastal and marine habitats including rare littoral forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, and a diversity of coral reef types.

Please visit our website for more information on South Water Caye.

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A recent article on USA Today listed the beaches in South Water Caye as one of the best in Belize.

USA Today described South Water Caye as follows:

The south Belize mainland town of Dangriga is a prime spot for embarking by boat to explore nearby cayes, including South Water Caye, located 14 miles from Dangriga’s coast. The island is only 15 acres in size and actually sits over Belize’s Barrier Reef, guaranteeing optimum snorkeling from shore. 

“And indeed the snorkeling is spectacular in this part of the country,” says Carlene Sanchez, the Reservations Manager of Blue Marlin Beach Resort, a top rated resort in South Water Caye that offers sea and reef adventures that are literally just a few steps from your room.

“This is your home away from home to escape and unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” says Carlene.

For more information about Blue Marlin Beach Resort, please visit


Blue Marlin Beach Resort in South Water Caye is offering a whopping discount of 25% on their Romance Getaway Package.

The honeymoon getaway is an extraordinary package that entails adventure tours to Belize’s pristine reef, kayaking, massages, candle light dinner, star gazing, and much more.

Blue Marlin is located in South Water Caye, a secluded island getaway in Southern Belize that is your slice of paradise where “first” memories are built to last a lifetime.

The special offer expires on October 31st 2014 and is valid for travel now thru December 15, 2014. Email to book now!



I’m 130 feet down in the throat of Belize’s most famous dive site-the Blue Hole-when a feeling of childhood déjà vu creeps into my head. Maybe it’s the two-story-tall stalactites hanging from the grotto walls like King Kong’s fangs, maybe it’s the ripped bull sharks that always seem to appear in the green fog behind me like ghostly gatekeepers. Or maybe it’s the fact that the ancient Maya believed caves like this were the portals to their underworld, Xibalba.

I know this place. It is torn from the pages of my favorite childhood story about naughty Max, who, when sent to his room, conjured up a surreal world where bedroom walls melted into vine-draped jungles and a stony moon glowed on fearsome-looking beasts.

See also: Snorkeling in Belize

I’m five days into a weeklong journey along the length of this former British colony wedged between Guatemala and Mexico, and it hasn’t taken me long to realize that it’s not just the Blue Hole that seems otherworldly. The whole country is the Yucatan on adrenaline-a natural theme park that’s a little weirder and a lot wilder than anywhere else in these parts. It’s a country where you can stalk gentle sharks the size of trawlers, dive South Pacific-like atolls in the Caribbean and swim deep into the Cave of the Crystal Maiden to uncover a chilling mystery more out of a gothic horror novel than a modern-day fairy tale.

Belize, I decide, watching the silver tinsel of bubbles pour out of the jaws of Xibalba and glitter to the surface like a reverse waterfall, is Where the Wild Things Are.

Stalking Giants

The evening I arrive in Placencia, a barefoot beach town in southern Belize, an Apocalypse Now sunset has ignited cloud castles in the sky-appropriate since director Francis Ford Coppola owns a Balinese-inspired resort on the edge of town.

I wander along a planked sidewalk and pass fishing shacks on stilts, hurricane shutters drawn, next to rebar quills poking out of time-share villa foundations. At the pier at the end of the road, sunburned Texan tourists in $200 Orvis fly-fishing vests unload coolers of empty Belikin beer from their boats, while local men hammer wayward nails back into fishing pangas turtled under coconut palms. Nearby, a European couple bickers over how to set up their North Face dome tent on the brown-sugar beach. The sidewalk winds past acupuncture clinics and Internet cafés, and a colorful hand-painted Creole sign admonishes potential litterbugs: “Sho Yur Luv Fo’ Di Bare Foot.”

See also: Scuba Diving in Belize

Placencia’s mellow vibe is lost on me two days later as I roll into the swell 25 miles offshore at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve. I’m hot and cranky, my neck is covered with red pica-pica welts, and I’m well into my second unsuccessful day of whale shark diving.

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You can’t make this stuff up.

Jonathan Cain, the keyboard player for Journey and writer of perhaps the band’s biggest hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” vacationed in Belize recently—and tweeted about what a fantastic experience it was.

The Belize Tourism Board got wind of this, and with help from its ad agency, Olson, orchestrated an elaborate thank-you to Cain—in the form of a cover song, “Don’t Stop Belizein.” Popular local Belizean group The Laru Beya Boys recorded the song, which you can hear below.

Olson and the Belize Tourism Board have collaborated on quirky campaigns in the past. Last year they offered free vacations to Vince Gilligan and eight members of the Breaking Bad cast—after the phrase “taking a trip to Belize” was used on the show as a euphemism for getting murdered.

The Belize Tourism Board – Don’t Stop Belizein’
― “Don’t Stop Belizein’” by The Belize Tourism Board