Day Trips in Placencia
Placencia Peninsula is the top coastal destination in Belize, Central America. Thousands of travelers plan a trip to Placencia every year to engage in their favorite hobby. Some wish to increase their diving skills, catch that Grand Slam or snorkel at new places. Whatever the goal, Placencia Wildside Adventures is sure to deliver.
Plan a Day trip with Conrad and experience an adventure like no other. Whether you're a first-timer or a professional, Conrad and his licensed tour guides will ensure that you are well-equipped and having fun; and if you're still unsure about the water, they will take their time until you're comfortable. All day trips are private, whether you're traveling with family, a group or alone.
Day Trips in Placencia includes traveling to islands/cayes and patches of reef. Get a chance to do the top tours in southern Belize.
Snorkel at some of the most beautiful cayes in Placencia. Silk Cayes was formerly known as "Queen Cayes" is a protected marine reserve just off the coast. Cross the Caribbean Sea to turquoise waters with white sandy beaches. The Reserve contains some of the healthiest parts of the reef system due to its elevation and crystal clear water. These three Cayes have been an all-time favorite for locals and is now a top destination for snorkelers.
While exploring the reef, your guide will take you to Turtle Alley. Get a chance to meet Loggerheads, Sting Rays, Nurse Sharks and Eagle Rays. These creatures are harmless and enjoy the company. Simply keep your hands to yourself and enjoy the encounter.
Other snorkel charters available from Placencia include: Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Pompion Caye, South Water Caye as well as half days at Lark Cayes or Bugle Cayes
Visit Laughing Bird Caye National Park for some of the best dives in Placencia. The water is crystal clear- perfect for practicing, discovering colorful corals and swimming with a large variety of fishes and other sea creatures. Whether you're a rookie or a certified diver, Conrad and his licensed guides will be at your service while providing safe and professional equipment.
Placencia Wildside Adventures offer Open Water Certification, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster Certifications. You can take private lessons and practice in your own atmosphere at your own pace. For those who don't want to be certified, Conrad will gladly teach you the basics and assist while driving. As for the professionals, you can practice your skills, learn new ones and dive deeper for longer periods.
Choose One, two or three dives for the day. Begin early and do a dawn dive, or start late and do a dusk or night dive.
Whether it's Trolling, Spin Casting, Fly Fishing, Bottom Fishing or Deep Sea Fishing, Placencia Wildside Adventures will accommodate you. Fishing Trips begin early in the morning with trolling or bottom fishing around the inner cayes. While trolling around the barrier reef, you can catch snappers, groupers, mackerels, king mackerels, barracudas and maybe even get lucky with a Dorado or Wahoo.
After fishing for a few hours, you can snorkel around a private island while your guide prepares the fresh catch for lunch. After a Belizean buffet on the beach, you can choose to fish a little longer or snorkel and explore the crystal clear water.
Depending on the season, you can also combine fishing with lobster and conch hunting.
Conrad, the owner at Placencia Wildside Adventures, has a family owned island that is perfect for a getaway. Spend an entire day at the island with friends, family or alone. You can snorkel throughout the day, enjoy a beach barbecue or relax in a hammock under coconut trees.
For those who prefer all the amenities, Hatchet Caye Island Resort and King Lewey's Island Resort offer a great island life experience. Conrad or his licensed drivers will take you either resort islands to spend an entire day and bring you back in the evening.
About 40 minutes south of Placencia is Monkey River Village, a small village at the mouth of Monkey River. Enjoy a short cruise through mangrove tunnels to the mouth of Monkey River. As the boat slowly cruises up the river, your guide will point out various wildlife along the banks of the river. There are many species of birds, minute bats, sunbathing iguanas, turtles and sometimes even crocodiles.
Eventually, your guide will stop at a nature trail for a short tour in the jungle. Follow a narrow trail and learn about tropical plants and trees while looking for the elusive howler monkey. After the tour, enjoy a local Belizean meal at the village and learn about their culture and history.
On your way back, look out for manatees. These animals are gentle and shy but very interesting.
Save the Reef!
Hunt Lion Fish! Do something different by helping the Reef! Lion Fish are an invasive, aggressive species of fish that was accidentally set loose in the Caribbean. They breed fast and feed voraciously, and we need to control their population. Help the barrier reef while enjoying a great dive. A popular saying in Belize is " The more the merrier"!
More about the Marine Reserves.....
Laughing Bird Caye
Laughing Bird National Park is located 11 miles off the coast of Placencia. This long narrow island sits on an elongated ridge of reef known as a faro. The uniqueness of this structure contributes to both the abundance and variety of coral habitats and marine life. The Caye gets its name from the Laughing Gulls. These birds once inhabited the Caye, but due to its growing human activities, the colonies moved to a nearby undisturbed caye for breeding.
Due to the uniqueness of the Caye, the Faro, and the abundant and diverse marine habitats and life, Laughing Bird Caye was declared a protected area. In 1996 the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System was inscribed on the World Heritage List with Laughing Bird Caye National Park designated as one of the premieres protected areas within the World Heritage Site.
South Water Caye
South Water Caye is the largest Marine Reserve in Southern Belize. Approximately 15 acres in size, South Water Caye sits directly above the Belize Barrier Reef and is known as the most beautiful Caye in Belize. It boasts crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and an abundance of colorful marine life. Like many reserves, the area is divided to protect fishing nurseries and unique habitats but provides extensive areas for snorkeling, fishing, diving and educational activities.