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Scuba Diving in South Water Caye

Many people who visit Belize normally scuba dive or snorkel in Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker or Placencia because those are the three destinations that are heavily marketed online and offline by the Belize Tourism Board, Guidebooks and Travel Magazines.

South Water Caye which is a 15 acre gem in the southern part of the country is also an ideal destination for snorkeling or scuba diving but doesn’t receive the amount of exposure from the organizations that I mention above thus we feel it is our job to write about it and tell the world how wonderful this island is for sea and reef adventures.

Another reason that we feel it is a perfect destination for scuba or snorkeling is because it is secluded and not crowded like Ambergris Caye or Placencia. In addition, South Water Caye is pristine and beautiful and just this year, it was voted as one of the top islands by Island’s Magazine.

If you are looking for spectacular scuba diving, snorkeling and salt water fishing then you might want to consider South Water Caye.

Here are some photos that illustrate the beauty of this gem:


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Dreaming of a trip to Belize but not sure where to start? With the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, abundant of Maya ruins, over 400 islands and islets, and endless wildlife spotting, Belize rewards repeat visits.

If you do not know what to do in Belize, start with these remarkable attractions, it will certainly steer you in the right direction:

Visit a Maya Ruin like Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or Altun Ha

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Visit a water fall. Belize has amazing waterfalls to take a swim.

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Explore a Cave. Belize has numerous caves that were used by the Maya.

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Belize offers world class snorkeling so it is a must to go on a snorkeling trip! Here is a snorkeling package you might like:

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Belize is also an excellent destination for fishing! Take a look at this package: Belize Fishing package

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Belize offers a variety of delicious meals. One of the must try meals is the Rice and Beans.

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Belize has over 400 islands and islets. One of the top islands to visit is South Water Caye.

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Belize also offers the best scuba diving in the world.

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All photos courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board.

It is considered the largest marine reserve in the Stann Creek District of Belize and covers 47,702 hectares of mangrove and coastal ecosystems. It also includes the crown reserve of Man of War Caye which is a nesting site for the brown booby and majestic frigate bird. Its marine reserve is also zoned to protect fishing, nurseries and inimitable habitats and is a mecca for snorkeling, fishing, diving and educational activities.

Yes, I am talking about South Water Caye!

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South Water Caye is a 15 acre gem in the southern part of the country and is one of Belize’s sandy beauties according to Fodor’s Travel. The Caye is approximately 14 miles off the coast of Dangriga and Hopkins and is the perfect tropical island getaway.

This year, Island’s Magazine voted South Water Caye for having the best beach in Belize. And you bet, the beaches are gorgeous!

It is also a treasure a for sea and underwater enthusiasts as spectacular scuba diving, snorkel and salt-water fishing is literally at your doorsteps and the marine Reserve is home to sea grass beds, patch reefs, sand bores, mangrove habitat and over a dozen major cayes and many smaller islets.

If you visit, Blue Marlin Beach Resort is the best beach resort to stay in South Water Caye. The Resort features picturesque 180-degree views of the Caribbean Sea and offers guests waterfront restaurant and bar, underwater adventures, salt-water fishing, complimentary kayaks and water tubes, immaculate sandy grounds, and air-conditioned cottages, rooms and igloos with verandahs and private bathrooms.

If you love culture and not crowds then Dangriga is the place you have to visit. Located at the end of the Hummingbird Highway, Dangriga is the capital of Belize’s Stann Creek District and is home to the Garifuna, a cultural and ethnic group who are descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs.

The town is a suitable base to explore the following Belize tours:

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986 as the first jaguar reserve in the world. Covering approximately 150 square miles of tropical forest, the park lies at the foot of Victoria Peak, the highest peak of Belize’s Maya Mountains.

Hike through the jungle, splash by the waterfall, or float down the river under a sky of birdsong and green canopy.

Zip Line and Water Fall

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Soar with the birds through the pristine canopy in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. The complete system features 3 zip line courses over 2000 feet with the longest being over 2,300 feet. You will soar with the birds in this magnificent rainforest.

After zipping for a mile and a half on the longest zip line in Belize, fill your belly with a delicious lunch provided by Mama Noot’s Restaurant. You will then venture on a guided hike to Bocawina Falls where you will have the opportunity to rappel one hundred feet down the falls!

Dangriga Culture Town Tour

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Get to know the Garifuna journey and culture, view paintings, murals and thread art portraying all aspects of Belizean culture at a colonial era gallery. Practice some basic drum rhythms and learn about Pen ́s musical creation, Punta Rock. You will have an introduction to the four major Garifuna dances and rhythms: Jankunú, Punta, Hungu Hungu, Chumba. Lunch is a traditional Garifuna delicacy of Hudut, cooked on a fire hearth. Relax under shady coconut trees and listen to the sound of nature.

Following the visit at the Gallery you will visit the quaint workshop of legendary drum-maker, Austin Rodriguez, who manually carves Garifuna drums from mahogany, cedar and mayflower wood.

Marie Sharp’s Factory Tour

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Marie Sharp’s Pepper is one of the best hot sauces on the planet and on this tour; you will enjoy the different samples of products that Marie produces.

Marie’s Sharps is a household name in Belize and is found on hundreds of dining tables around the country.

A recent guest posted this review on Trip Advisor about the Marie Sharp Factory tour:

We enjoyed sampling all their sauces and jams. They are very good. The tour of the factory/plant was quite interesting. Our guide was very pleasant. The small gift shop had all their products at great prices and you could create your own gift boxes.

If you visit, the Bonefish Hotel is the premier hotel in Dangriga and can arrange the above tours for you. The hotel offers modern comforts for business and leisure travel.

From Dangriga, you can also head to South Water Caye, a treasured secluded paradise where you can enjoy a private island experience at Blue Marlin Beach Resort.

Contact us today for more information!

South Water Caye is a 15 acre gem in southern Belize that is a haven for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Belize Barrier Reef is only a short swim from the shore and the beach at the southern end of the island is one of Belize’s sandy beauties according to Fodor’s Travel.

We hope we can lure you to South Water Caye with these 7 beautiful photos:


South Water Caye is about 14 miles off the coast of Dangriga and Hopkins in Southern Belize.

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South Water Caye Marine Reserve is home to sea grass beds, patch reefs, sand bores, mangrove habitat and over a dozen major cayes and many smaller islets.


The Marine Reserve at South Water Caye is zoned to protect fishing nurseries and unique habitats; however it provides extensive multi-use areas for snorkeling, fishing, diving and educational activities.

See also: South Water Caye Lodging

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Three times as big as Tobacco but with half as many resorts, the 15-acre South Water Caye has excellent sandy beaches and an interesting combination of palm and pine trees.

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South Water Caye is your perfect tropical island getaway!

See also: Belize Dive Packages

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South Water Caye is a treasure for sea and underwater enthusiasts as spectacular scuba diving, snorkel and salt-water fishing is literally at your doorsteps.

See also: Belize Fishing Vacations

Blue Marlin Resort, Belize.

Blue Marlin Beach Resort is the only full-service resort on this intimate coral island.