Laughing bird caye & lark caye Snorkeling

Discover the wonders of Laughing Bird Caye and Lark Cayes through our exhilarating snorkeling tour. Laughing Bird Caye, located just 11 miles off the coast of Placencia, is a snorkeler’s paradise boasting pristine white sandy beaches and vibrant turquoise waters. Explore the breathtaking coral reefs teaming with tropical fish of all sizes, from lobsters and conch to shrimps and the occasional ray or turtle. This tour offers an opportunity to witness an abundance of marine life and immerse yourself in the beauty of tropical corals.

As we journey back to Placencia, we’ll make a stop at the Lark Cayes, a group of islands near the Peninsula. Here, you’ll have the chance to encounter massive coral heads, adding to the thrill of your snorkeling adventure. Book this tour with us to experience a hidden gem not often visited by tourists, ensuring you’ll have plenty to see and explore.

turquoise water at laughingbird caye

Included in your snorkeling TRIP

During your snorkeling trip, we provide all the essentials to enhance your experience, including park fees, lunch, water, sodas or juice, a knowledgeable guide, and high-quality snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel).

What to bring: Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, towels, and an underwater camera, such as a GoPro, to capture your incredible snorkeling memories.

Departure and travel time: Our tours depart at 9 a.m. from our dock on the lagoon side of Placencia, and the boat ride to Laughing Bird Caye National Park takes approximately 45 minutes. Laughing Bird Caye itself is a stunning World Heritage Site situated on the western side of Victoria Channel within the Stann Creek District of Belize.

snorkeling Photo Gallery

about laughing bird caye

The island is separated from the mainland, the barrier reef, and other cayes by deep channels on all sides.

Upon arriving at the island, our guides will provide a briefing about the area and the park system, including important guidelines. They will assist you in fitting your snorkeling equipment and offer practice time for beginners. Spend the next hour to hour and a half immersed in the protected marine area and World Heritage site, marveling at live corals, diverse fish life, and a variety of fascinating underwater creatures.

While both Laughing Bird Caye and Silk Caye offer exceptional snorkeling experiences, Laughing Bird Caye boasts an abundance of marine life. If you seek a close encounter with sea turtles, rays, and even the occasional Nurse shark, Silk Caye is the ideal snorkeling destination. 

Regardless of your choice, our snorkeling tours guarantee unforgettable adventures and allow you to make lifelong memories in the remarkable waters of Belize.

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.
Don’t miss the chance to visit this must-see national park during your Belize vacation. We recommend booking in advance to secure your spot on our Belize snorkeling trips and ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

Are there any facilities or amenities available on Laughing Bird Caye?

Laughing Bird Caye is a protected national park, and as such, it maintains a natural and unspoiled environment. While there are no facilities like restaurants or shops on the island, there are picnic areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch. Additionally, the park provides restroom facilities for visitors. It’s important to remember to bring your own food, water, and other essentials for your visit to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines I should be aware of while visiting Laughing Bird Caye?

Laughing Bird Caye is a protected area, and it’s important to follow certain guidelines to preserve its natural beauty. Visitors are advised not to touch or disturb the marine life or corals, as they are delicate and sensitive ecosystems. Additionally, the park has regulations in place to ensure the preservation of the environment, such as no fishing or collecting of any marine resources. It’s crucial to respect these guidelines to help maintain the ecological balance and sustainability of the caye.

Can I bring my own snorkeling gear, or is it provided?

If you have your own snorkeling gear and prefer to use it, you’re welcome to bring it along. However, if you don’t have your own gear or prefer the convenience, snorkeling equipment will be provided as part of the tour package. This includes a mask, fins, and a snorkel to ensure you have everything you need to explore the underwater world of Laughing Bird Caye.