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Laughing bird caye & lark caye Snorkeling

Our snorkeling tour to Laughing Bird Caye and Lark Cayes is being raved as a snorkeler’s Paradise. Enjoy White Sandy beaches leading off into shallow turquoise waters, great for snorkeling.

Located 11 miles offshore Placencia is our first stop at, Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Book this snorkeling trip from Placencia gives you more bang for the buck. Snorkeling these two islands is the opportunity for more marine life and tropical corals.

Snorkel around corals teeming with tropical fishes of different sizes. Look out for lobsters, conch, coral, shrimps, the occasional ray or turtle, you never know.

On our way back to Placencia, we will stop at a group of islands near the Peninsula called the Lark Cayes. This is a great place to see some more huge coral heads. Visit an area not offered as a tour to many tourists, so there is always a lot to see. Lark Cayes is a great option for Cruise passengers or anyone looking for a half-day trip.

turquoise water at laughingbird caye

Included in your snorkeling TRIP

Park fees, Lunch, Water, Sodas or Juice, Guide and snorkel Gears (mask, fins, snorkel), Transportation.

Please bring along: Sunscreen and Towels, Underwater Camera (GoPro).

Departure time: 9 a.m from our dock on the lagoon side of Placencia

Travel time: 45 munites boat ride to Laughingbird Caye National Park

snorkeling Photo Gallery

about laughing bird caye

Laughing Bird Caye National Park is a beautiful World Heritage Site. The Park island is just one of many situated on the western side of Victoria Channel, 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 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 dos 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 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.

Laughing Bird Caye vs Silk Caye; There is a lot more marine life to see during your snorkeling tour at Laughing Bird Caye. If a close encounter is what you are looking for then the Silk Caye is the place you want to snorkel. It offers a 90% chance of swimming with sea turtles, rays, and at times a Nurse shark or two.

Fun Facts About Laughing Bird Caye

  1. Laughing Bird Caye has a landmass of 1.4 acres.
  2. The island and the Marine habitat covers about 10,000 acres.
  3. The area was established as a National Park in 1991.
  4. The island and area name was derived from the Laughing gulls that once lived on the island.
Visit Laughing Bird Caye during your Belize Vacation, as it is one of the must see national parks in the country. Advanced booking is recommended to secure your sport on our Belize snorkeling trips.
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