Laughing Bird Caye
Laughing Bird Caye is a beautiful Belizean isle situated on the western side of Victoria Channel, only 11 miles off the coast of Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District of Belize. The exact location of the island is 16°27' North latitude and 88°12' West longitude. Laughing Bird Caye is the southernmost island in the central lagoon of the Belize Barrier Reef.
This long narrow isle stands on an elongated ridge of reef known as a faro. A faro is an angular atoll on a continental shelf, also known as a shelf atoll. Like an atoll, a faro is steep sided and encloses a central lagoon. The Laughing Bird Faro is separated from the mainland, the barrier reef and other cayes by deep channels on all sides.
Your adventure begins in the morning at The Placencia Municipal Pier, where you will meet your captain and guide(s). Get fitted with snorkeling gear and climb aboard your boat. This vessel will transport you on a 45-minute (max) boat ride to the Caye. Once on the island, you will listen to a briefing about the area and the park system, including the do's and don'ts. Before getting into the water, your guides will assist with putting on and fitting your equipment. There will also be practice time for the beginners. You’ll spend the next hour to hour and a half enjoying the underwater scenery of this protected marine area and World Heritage site, live corals, great fish life and many different types of undersea creatures and critters.
We snorkeled at three different places while I’m Placencia and this was my favorite. It is a national park so it is a no-take zone, so therefore we saw many exciting sea creatures for a novice snorkel Mom. I will return when I go back and I went to the barrier reef as well but still this was the best. Saw mating lobsters, nurse sharks, prettiest coral I have ever seen, sea cucumber, so many conchs, lizard fish, a very rare shy type of fish with bright blue and white polka dots, stingrays and much more. There is a park fee per person is $5 but goes to great causes. It is a very cute island and the guide gives you a brief summary of its history. Yes, go. Loved it!