South Water Caye Marine Reserve – fun kayaking and snorkeling in Belize
South Water Caye Marine Reserve is a paradise for kayaking and snorkeling in Belize. On Belize’s Southern Barrier Reef, the 117,875 acre reserve is dotted with beautiful little cayes and teeming with marine life. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is part of the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching approximately 1,000 km (621 mi) from the Yucatan to the Bay Islands in Honduras.
Paradise Islands – Lodge to Lodge Paddling
Kayaking and snorkeling is one of the best ways to explore this marine paradise and we did both on a guided kayak trip with Island Expeditions. You could rent the kayaks from the company and do this trip independently, but we liked the security of a guided trip for our first time exploring this area. Also, when we paddled from one island lodge to the next, they took some of our luggage in a motorboat, so we didn’t have to stow all of it in the kayak hatch. Here are some of my favorite memories from one of my favorite Belize adventure tours – kayaking and snorkeling in Belize.
Note: If you’re thinking about visiting Belize, you won’t want to miss Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Check out our post about Birding in Belize.
Kayaking in Belize
It’s amazing how fast you can move with a sail attached to your kayak!
Island Lodges – South Water Caye Marine Reserve
Some of the Belizean Cayes cayes in this area are uninhabited, but there are many little cayes with lodges on them. Tobacco Caye Paradise was our favorite accommodation on this trip. These little over-the-water bungalows are basic, but they had everything we needed. We loved falling asleep to the sound of the waves lapping underneath our bungalow and we loved sitting out on the deck and watching marine life swim by. The food was great too. It really is a paradise. It’s such a tiny caye, that it only takes about 10 minutes to walk around the whole island.
Belize Marine Birds
Brightly colored coral gardens and brightly colored fish are both abundant in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Photo by DEBBIE OLSEN
Greg Olsen snorkeling over some brightly colored coral formations in South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize. Photo by DEBBIE OLSEN
The Paradise Islands kayaking and snorkeling tour with Island Expeditions really is paradise found. Photo by DEBBIE OLSEN
If you want to try something adventurous and unique, explore Belize by kayak. You’ll discover that kayaking and snorkeling in Belize is an experience of a lifetime – whether you’re a beginner or a hardcore kayaker.