South Water Caye Diving and Snorkeling
Located about 30 miles north of Placencia. It is well known for off-the-beaten-reef diving and snorkeling. You can expect to find more pristine reefs and coral, as well as numerous spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays.
South Water Caye Marine Reserve
South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR) is the largest Marine Reserve in Belize covering an area of 117,878 acres.
Located just a little further North of our Local Barrier Reef Dives, South Water Caye is known for good off-the-beaten-reef diving.
Divers and Snorkeler will find more pristine reefs and corals here. This area is home to numerous spotted eagle rays and large southern stingrays.
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South Water Caye Dive Sites
Located about a 1 hour and 15 min boat ride to the northeast of Placencia, this reserve straddles the barrier reef for about a 7-mile stretch. The wall dives here are amongst the best in the country.
There are so many sites in this huge marine reserve, and along this long stretch of the barrier reef, that it definitely requires more than one visit to understand the scope of the area.
Some of the dive sites we frequently visit are:
This dive site features an incredible ridge along the top of a plunging wall, with a deep sand channel running parallel to the ridge. This area is known for its resident spotted eagle rays, as well as large southern stingrays and rough tail rays. On top of the ridge, you can expect to find an array of bright hard and soft corals infused with colorful reef fish. Both hawksbill and Loggerhead turtle frequent the area, so you will almost always see one on the dive.
This dive site got its namesake from a longtime resident of South Water Caye. You can expect encounters with nurse sharks and southern stingray in the sandy bottom between tow reef structures. Ranging from 45 -60 feet, you can also expect to see spotted eagle ray, both loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, as well as a wide variety of colorful tropical fish thriving around pristine coral structures.
This is quite an impressive wall dive. The wall begins at about 40 feet and has a sheer wall that plunges into the abyss. The visibility here often exceeds 100 plus feet. Sighings here may consist but not limited to colorful hard and soft corals, eagle rays, turtles, lobsters, and nurse sharks.
Although fishing of any kind is not allowed while scuba diving, we are permitted to spear Lionfish. This species' aggressive tendencies and a large appetite for juvenile fish make them hazardous to our reefs. Because they are not native to our waters and have very few predators, we spear them to keep their population in check. We provide tridents for divers who like to help us with the Lionfish.
- Scuba Divers must be an Open Water Certified from a reputable SCUBA association, in good health, and have dived within the last 12 months. If you have not been diving within 12 months, we recommended that you do a Refresher Course.
- Basic swimming skills are required for snorkeling.
Diving: Easy to Moderate
Snorkeling: Easy to Moderate
What Should I Bring?
- Reef Safe Sunscreen
- Dive and Snorkel Gear (if you have any)
- Underwater Camara
- Insect repellant
What Equipment Will I need?
All the equipment you need for this dive and snorekl tour is provided and includes mask, snorkel, fins and full dive equipment (except dive computers). However, we do strongly recommend getting your own personal items such as mask, fins and snorkel for fit and comfort.
- All Diving and Snorkeling Equipment
- Belizean-Style Lunch
- Bottled Water
- Beach towels
- Marine Reserve Conservation fees
- Hotel Transfer (some restrictions may apply)
- 12.5% Sales Tax
3 Dives - $180USD
2 Dives - $150 USD
(minimum 5 Divers)
1Hr 15 min
7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Includes 2 or 3 dives or snorkel sessions, pick-up/drop-off from hotel (restrictions may apply), all diving and snorkeling equipment, lunch, bottled water, conservation fees,12.5% sales taxes, and led PADI divemaster or snorkel Guide.