"Swimming with the Rays" Caye Caulker Sports & Outdoors Tip by HasTowelWillTravel
Caye Caulker Sports & Outdoors: 11 reviews and 16 photos
Belize is known for its beautiful azure waters ... snorkeling and scuba diving abound. There are two sites around Caye Caulker that are a lot of fun to visit, with something a bit unique. You have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with Southern Stingrays, a rare treat.
The first place to visit these creatures is in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, a place known as Shark and Ray Alley. Many half-day snorkel trips stop here, and when we were there it was possible to swim in the shallow water (not much swimming needed, it was only about 4-5 feet deep). The rays were there by the dozen-full, it was sublime. They were like cats, playful and shy ... when you try to touch them, they skitter away, but if you leave them be they swim around and between you legs, sometimes swimming up a leg to your torso. If you hold a fish in the water for them to see, they will literally clamber all over you in order to get at it! they do not sting when swimming, so there was no danger. It was such a great experience.
There is a second spot, known by the same knickname, is found in Hol Chan reserve. There, there were not as many rays, but a few know the boats and did follow us and swim playfully along. It was fun.
Equipment: For snorkeling, a good snorkel mask, fins, and lots of sunscreen!
For scuba diving, the usual tanks, regulartors, and equipment is good to have.
Most of the tour companies provide equipment, either snorkel or scuba, for those taking tours.
Address: Caye Caulker, Belize
Theme: Scuba Diving
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