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THINGS TO DO > Snorkeling and SCUBA Diving


Toledo offers snorkeling and diving for all skill levels. The Port Honduras Marine Reserve with its mangrove coast, hundreds of protective cayes and extensive lagoons form one of the most important fish nurseries in the Caribbean. The extensive root systems of the mangroves support a rich diversity of marine life including large schools of young fish and a wide variety of colorful marine invertebrates like sponges, shrimps and tunicates. These root systems make for a unique snorkeling experience.

The beautiful Snake Cayes are just northeast of Punta Gorda, about 5 miles off Punta Ycacos, rising from the relatively deep inner lagoon of the Belize coastal zone. The marine life around these isolated islands is unique, for it is influenced by the run off from the many rivers of the region as well as the deep clear waters typical of the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef surround many of the islands, perfect for snorkeling and diving. West Snake Caye also has a wide strip of white sandy beach on the west side of the island, ideal for a picnic between dives or snorkels.

SCUBA on the drop off

The pristine reefs of the Sapodilla Cayes lie far offshore, about 40 miles east of Punta Gorda. The Sapodilla group of islands lie atop the extreme southern boundary of the Belize Barrier Reef. One of the most beautiful beaches in Belize - and an important turtle nesting beach - lies on the east side of Hunting Caye. Inside the barrier reef grow extensive reefs of lettuce corals. Deep channels separate the islands and lead to the gradual slope of the outer drop off, home to dolphins, turtles and the occasional whale shark. Overnight trips are the best option to experience and explore a wild and rarely visited region of the Belize Barrier Reef.

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