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"Snorkeling!" Placencia Village Things to Do Tip by ShellyLe

Placencia Village Things to Do: 21 reviews and 26 photos

  Laughing Bird Caye/Gladden Spit
by ShellyLe

We almost didn't do this but I'm so glad we did. Go to the Splash Dive Shop in the marina (or any of the dive shops, but Splash is great) and ask for a daytime snorkeling trip to one of the Cayes ("keys") on the reef. They will take you out in a boat for about a 1/2 hour drive and you can swim with the fishes (or bow-legged women, whichever you prefer). For only $40 US each you get an all-morning/most of the afternoon trip to the Laughing Bird Caye in Gladden Spit national park, on the Barrier Reef, and lunch is included. (and lunch is good too).
The national park fee is $10 US. You get a guide who will help you snorkel in the area on the reef. You will be on a little tiny island out in the middle of nowhere, but it's fantastic.
If you go in March, you may get a view of a whale shark, a very rare sighting. We missed the whale shark, but people with us saw a big ray in the water, and we saw many flying fish leaping out of the water. And about 100 kinds of colorful fish, lobsters, and coral under the water that was unbelievably beautiful. Don't miss this tour! It's an enormous bargain for what you will experience.

Snorkeling is easy but it can be a little tricky to not breath out of your nose, which is important. I hadn't done it before except for the day before. You will have a guide but make sure you are in your swimming comfort zone and that he is aware of how much experience you have.

Address: Go to any of the dive shops in Placencia.
Directions: The Splash dive shop is right at the tip of the peninsula in the marina area. Go to the barrier reef!

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2005
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