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Snorkeling at Silk Cayes – Placencia, Belize

Snorkeling at Silk Cayes – Placencia, Belize
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The water is so clear that there are at least five shades of blue at different depths. Then, the island is completely surrounded by a coral reef and a variety pack of colorful fish.


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Upside down jellyfish

The reef is a good depth to enjoy with just snorkel gear. Everything around the island is either just below eye level or free dive-able.

Above water


It’s hard to choose if the view was better from above or below the surface. The snorkeling was the top 3 that I have ever done, but just look at the views from the sand!

From shore, we saw a lemon shark just as we were gearing up, and then he came back around lunchtime as our cooks through some scraps in the water.

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5-foot lemon shark in about 2 feet of water
Snorkel lunch
Lunch with a view

During our afternoon snorkel we got a chance to swim with several rays, nurse sharks, and a massive lager head turtle, sadly the turtle did not want his picture taken and was extremely fast for a turtle!


A special thanks to Splash Dive Center in Placencia Belize, for having us for an amazing day!


Disclosure: We were guests of Splash Dive Center. However, all opinions are our own.


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Hi, How is the easiest way to go to the Silk Caye ? From which city ?


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

From Placencia is the most common way to get to Silk Caye.


Friday 5th of February 2016

Hello! I wanted to ask how much is boat ride to Placencia/Silk Caye from Ambergris Caye?


Friday 5th of February 2016

Hi Kyla, Unfortunately I don't think there are any boats that would take you to Silk Caye from Ambergris Caye they are very far apart. However, there are some other smaller Cayes and Atolls near Ambergris Caye worth checking out too.


Sunday 11th of August 2013

I don't know how to swim but reading this post and seeing those pictures makes me want to learn so I can go snorkeling. Thanks for sharing!!


Monday 12th of August 2013

You can totally snorkel, wear a life vest & bring a floaty noodle and you will be fine. Let me know when you try it out and how it was!


Friday 26th of July 2013

Great post guys! I haven't been to Belize yet but it's a place I plan to visit. Here in the FL Keys we have beautiful offshore water but the water near shore isn't nearly as clear as in your pictures.


Saturday 27th of July 2013

Thanks! We haven't been to the Keys yet!!! You will love Belize!!!