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 from 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 southern most 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. Then hit the water, taking advantage of assistance from your guide 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 s park fee per person of $5 but goes to great causes. It is a very cute island and guide gives you a brief summary of its history. Yes go. Loved it!
Snorkeling at Silk Caye National Park
Visit beautiful white sand beaches on a caye (tropical island) occupied by about a dozen coconut trees surrounded by turquoise seas filled with coral and amazing tropical critters! Licenced snorkel guides are delighted to show you the ins and outs of snorkeling and how to find the good stuff. Snorkel before and after a delicious Belizean lunch on the caye.
Like a dream slowly materializing, docking at Silk Caye Marine Reserve triggers unexplored senses… With every second upon arrival, the beauty of this little picturesque island (surrounded by miles of turquoise waters and resting in view of Belize’s Great Barrier Reef) is emphasized.
This is it, your snorkeling adventure is about to begin. Right here, within the confines of this heaven-on-earth…
With feet planted onto its shores and a 360-degree view of the alluring body of water, you will be guided into the shallow shores. A sitting position is the preferred way to slip on fins and securing the snorkel masks.
Making-way toward deeper waters, a group usually consists of swimmers and first-timers of various ages. With (life-vests fastened) let-go and float atop the blue waters.
Magical coral formations compete with other marine life for appeal, each complimenting the other so beautifully!
Quick Facts About Silk Caye
- Silk Caye Marine Reserve is located just 36 km. east of Placencia Village, Belize.
- A legislated protected zone since 2003, Silk Caye makes up only part of the attraction of this region known as Silk Caye and Gladden Spit Marine Reserve.
This wonderland of the marine eco-system is home to numerous endangered species of corals, turtles and fishes, one of which can be spotted by your licensed tour guide during your snorkel!
It was a Loggerhead Turtle, about four (4) feet in length, slowly swimming. Tour guide's suspects these turtle’s age at around 45-years-old, in human-years!
Protected Marine Life includes:
- Staghorn Coral
- Fire Coral
- Star Coral
- Elkhorn Coral
- Green Turtle
- Loggerhead Turtle
- Hawksbill Turtle
- Goliath Grouper
- Nassau Grouper
- Great Hammerhead
(The gentle Whale Shark, a filtered eater, is a seasonal attraction for divers just outside of the Great Barrier Reef, in the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve.)
- Perfect for all ages and skill level
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Lunch included
- Vegetarian meal option available
- Ideal choice for families
From schools of permit fishes to the docile nurse and lemon sharks, every second of our 45-minute circular tour of Silk Caye was filled with epic discoveries…