What It’s Like to Snorkel in Belize

What It’s Like to Snorkel in Belize


It’s widely known that Belize has some of the best snorkeling in the world. With a heavily protected barrier reef that is home to thousands of different types of marine life, to the colorful atolls and islands, there are so many places to snorkel that a visitor to Belize could spend every day snorkeling and never run out of places to explore. If you are staying in Ambergris Caye, you are within walking distance of some of the best snorkeling spots in the world.

The Best Places to Snorkel

If you are interested in getting up close and personal with some of Belize’s wildlife, there are a few ideal spots. The first is the barrier reef, which is directly adjacent to Ambergris Caye. If you are staying on this island, you will only have a short boat ride out to the reef. Many of the shallow atolls in this region are also home to lots of different underwater wildlife. If you are just starting to snorkel, starting in the waters around Ambergris Caye is a great way to get used to the sport and see lots of beautiful fish and plants.

Glover’s reef is another great place to snorkel, but is only accessible by boat and it is quite a ride from accommodations on Ambergris Caye or in Belize City. That doesn’t make the sights not worth the trip, however. For those staying on the mainland, any of the waters directly off of Belize’s coast are also great for snorkeling, especially if you can find a sheltered cove where the surf doesn’t ward off schools of fish.

What You’ll See

No matter where you snorkel in Belize, you are almost guaranteed to see a huge variety of fish. The waters in this area of the world are warm all year round, which draws thousands of species of fish to the reefs. The reefs themselves are a sight to behold, with colorful plants and formations spanning long stretches of the ocean floor.

Because tropical fish are common in Belize’s waters, so are the predators that hunt those fish. From shark rays to actual sharks, most snorkelers are rewarded with a glimpse of some of the ocean’s bigger and more aggressive hunters—though, don’t worry, they aren’t interested in humans.