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Snorkel the Perfect Tropical Isle Silk Caye with Turtles, Rays and Sharks

Snorkel the Perfect Tropical Isle Silk Caye with Turtles, Rays and Sharks
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About
Silk Cayes is a marine reserve consisting of 3 small islands formerly known as the Queen Cayes. This Marine Reserve hosts over 25 species of reef fish, with a variety of coral and other marine life! The Silk Caye is one of healthiest areas in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System due to its location and protected status. It is a great destination to snorkel, scuba dive or simply spend a day on the island! Snorkelers explore the reefs surrounding the islands. Scuba Divers explore the the barrier reef wall and other dive sites the Silk Cayes have to offer. As a bonus just before returning to Placencia, everyone has an opportunity to snorkel with rays, sharks and (usually) huge turtles in an area where the local fishermen clean their catch - when the critters hear the boat engines, they think it is meal time and come to the dive boat.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Silk Cayes is our most popular snorkel destination and offers great scuba diving on the nearby Barrier Reef. A perfect getaway for whole family, Silk Cayes are part of a marine reserve established to protect the outer reef and has an abundance of marine life, tropical fish, and healthy corals. Start with a briefing by the park rangers before your licensed snorkel guide leads you into the water to meet the local residents. If you have not snorkeled before, no problem; the guides are happy to teach and guide you! The snorkel guides will show you where to find the coral and the fascinating creatures who live there. Critters include lobsters, cleaner shrimp, arrow crabs, snapper, barracuda and more varieties of reef fish than you can count. Around mid-day enjoy an authentic Belize style picnic lunch or Island Barbecue. Then head back into the water to explore more corals and denizens who make Silk Cayes their home. The best is yet to come!  After the second snorkel expedition, you'll head to a spot just inside the barrier reef where local fishermen clean their catch. You are almost certain to have close encounters with huge turtles, rays, and nurse sharks!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Silk Cayes is our most popular snorkel destination and offers great scuba diving on the nearby Barrier Reef. A perfect getaway for whole family, Silk Cayes are part of a marine reserve established to protect the outer reef and has an abundance of marine life, tropical fish, and healthy corals. Start with a briefing by the park rangers before your licensed snorkel guide leads you into the water to meet the local residents. If you have not snorkeled before, no problem; the guides are happy to teach and guide you! The snorkel guides will show you where to find the coral and the fascinating creatures who live there. Critters include lobsters, cleaner shrimp, arrow crabs, snapper, barracuda and more varieties of reef fish than you can count. Around mid-day enjoy an authentic Belize style picnic lunch or Island Barbecue. Then head back into the water to explore more corals and denizens who make Silk Cayes their home. The best is yet to come!  After the second snorkel expedition, you'll head to a spot just inside the barrier reef where local fishermen clean their catch. You are almost certain to have close encounters with huge turtles, rays, and nurse sharks!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 43876P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off along the main road in Placencia Village.
  • Park Fees.
  • Taxes.
  • Licenced Snorkel Guide.
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Use of Snorkel Vests or Life Jackets (available on request)
  • Towels
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off outside of Placencia Village (can arrange for US$ 10.00 per person)
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Splash masks for sale for prices ranging from US$ 2.50 to $ 7.50.
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We text guests to arrange time and place for pickup. We provide complimentary pickup and drop off along the main road in Placencia Village but charge US$ 10.00 per person for pickup/drop off north of Placencia Village.
  • Splash Dive Centre, 2287 Placencia Peninsula Road, Placencia 00000, Placencia, Belize
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant meals not included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off along the main road in Placencia Village.
  • Park Fees.
  • Taxes.
  • Licenced Snorkel Guide.
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Use of Snorkel Vests or Life Jackets (available on request)
  • Towels
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Pickup and Drop off outside of Placencia Village (can arrange for US$ 10.00 per person)
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Splash masks for sale for prices ranging from US$ 2.50 to $ 7.50.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We text guests to arrange time and place for pickup. We provide complimentary pickup and drop off along the main road in Placencia Village but charge US$ 10.00 per person for pickup/drop off north of Placencia Village.
  • Splash Dive Centre, 2287 Placencia Peninsula Road, Placencia 00000, Placencia, Belize
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant meals not included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct 2021
A note from Snorkel the Perfect Tropical Isle Silk Caye with Turtles, Rays and Sharks
Belize protocol requires guests to arrive at pickup points or at our dive center wearing masks, apply hand sanitizer and be subject to temperature measurement. You must wear your mask except when eating, drinking or have a snorkel in your mouth. Masks are available for sale for US$ 2.50 to $ 7.50.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Juan Q
Laredo, TX24 contributions
Smashing success!!
3 days of incredible diving, snorkeling and lion fish spear fishing. This is an amazing team of well coordinated professionals that will take you to incredible sites.

Our family of 4 enjoyed diving Silk Cayes as well as a couple of private areas. We observed everything from loggerheads to eels, lobster to crabs and dolphin to nurse sharks. The nurse sharks followed us around the entire dive like pets.

Between dives we enjoyed wonderful authentic Belezean food on beautiful small islands.

During the dives we encountered several lion fish, an invasive species in the area. So we took up spearfishing and cleared out a few.

The days were beautiful, the staff was friendly and attentive, the diving was spectacular and the lion fish… delicious!

Thanks to all the staff at Splash Dive Center. We highly recommend you!
Written 19 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Juan, thank you for your review and in particular, thank you for helping to preserve and reef and marine life by removing some lionfish. These things are a serious threat and we encourage divers to do just what you did. It is fun, lets you practice your buoyancy skills, is the right thing to do and as you say - they are delicious. The nurse sharks were following you hoping you would feed them some lionfish. We discourage feeding the sharks in this way as it is affecting fish behaviour. Thank you for sharing your experience at Splash on Trip Advisor. We hope we will see you down this way again.
Written 23 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chrissy E
Prairie Village, KS9 contributions
This is a must do in Placencia!
Apr 2021
My husband and I had the BEST time snorkeling at Silk Caye! The staff at Splash were incredible and made us feel so safe even as things start to open back up after the pandemic. They were so nice and knowledgeable and answered the many questions I had as a first time snorkeler! I will never forget this experience - I have never seen water that blue in my entire life. I am already trying to find a way to get back and do another trip with them. Thank you, Splash, for the unforgettable memories!
Written 27 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SplashRalph
Hi Chrissy. Thank you for your enthusiastic review of our Silk Cayes snorkel tour from Patty and the crew at Splash. We really appreciate you taking the time to do a great review and we hope you will go forth as a Belize ambassador to share you experience. We certainly hope to see you down this way again - maybe to learn to dive?
Written 28 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Erin
5 contributions
Unforgettable Expereince with Splash!
Jan 2021
We had the best tour of our trip snorkeling at Silk Caye with Splash. The company went above and beyond to keep us safe with the ongoing COVID pandemic and the day was fantastic from start to finish. The snorkeling was incredible and our guide Ruth was so kind. Highly recommend this tour operator!
Written 26 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for a very kinds review. We have been all in on protecting our guests and crew from the pandemic and seems like we have been fully successful to date. Our crew is now all fully vaccinated and we continue to apply our Belize Gold Standard covid protocols in accordance with best industry practice and in compliance with the Government of Belize Statutory Instrument covering covid-19. Belize now well on the way to full opening but must still be vigilant even though we are down to less than 100 active cases in Belize. We will pass on your comment to Ruth.
Written 20 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lauren E
Seattle, WA29 contributions
Amazing experience, guides were wonderful
Feb 2020
Our 2 families traveling with 4 children (ages 6-9) had a wonderful experience with Splash Belize today on our snorkeling trip to Silk Caye. Luis was amazing with our young girls and very patient. He was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. One member of our group went diving with Mark and had a fantastic time. Highly recommend.
Written 20 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SplashRalph
Silk Cayes is a great spot for families with snorkelers and/or divers to experience marine life on the barrier reef in Belize and our guides especially enjoy showing kids how to find all the good stuff. This marine reserve was established to support sustainable marine life for all to enjoy. Thank you for a great review and we hope we will see you down this way again.
Written 22 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kaarina M
North Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
Great Day of Snorkelling
We were very happy to have taken the tour with Splash. We went to Silk Caye in a large fast boat, which meant a smoother faster and sun sheltered ride than many of the other tour boats. Half the folks aboard were going to dive and the rest of us were snorkelling. They dropped us snorkellers and our guides off on the small deserted island and took the divers out to the nearby reef. We had three different snorkel sessions. Saw a variety of life including corals, fish, lobsters, nurse sharks , turtles and even squid! The guide was very informative pointing out and naming things. Lunch was tasty. Fortunately for us it was mostly an overcast day as there is no shade on the island! Even though , some folks still managed to burn! Beware of the sun! We booked it in town two days before.
Written 13 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for sharing your experience with Splash on Trip Advsor. There is so much to see at Silk Cayes that you can go again and again. As you pointed out, there is not much shade on the caye so reef safe sun screen is a must. The alternative destination is Laughing Bird Caye which has a large palapa which lets you get out from under the sun and is a great snorkel destination.
Written 14 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Debbie L
1 contribution
Beautiful day snorkeling!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent a full day with Slash Dive Shop, going to Silk Caye and doing 3 snorkels. The diversity of this coral reef is incredible, and the variety of fish is impressive. We saw many varieties of tropical fish, rays, Nurse sharks and turtles. There were only 8 people on our boat, and we split into 2 groups, so the staff was very available and helpful.
The only negative is the boat- it’s got hard seats all along the sides and the hour long ride going out was pretty rough.
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for sharing your experience with Splash on Trip Advisor. At Splash we work with a low ratio of maximum of 4 snorkelers per snorkel guide so you get that personal attention and get to see all of the good stuff. Silk Cayes is a great destination with the third snorkel excursion an almost certain close encounter with the rays, sharks and huge turtles. The ride can be bumpy when we encounter rough seas. Our boats can handle the waves but as Debbie points out the ride is sometimes a bit rough. One tip - when the seas are rough, lean forward rather than sitting straight up and it is a lot easier on the body. It is definitely worth the ride to get out to Silk Cayes.
Written 14 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sandra V
Ontario, OR42 contributions
Amazing experience
These guys were so awesome. Kyle, Rudy and captain Alan were so fun and so knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to make sure we saw many things without disturbing the wildlife. My husband and I are wildlife biologists and it's important to us to maintain distance with the wildlife and enjoy them from a far. We saw other tour guides harassing a sea turtle, and I was happy our guides did not. Instead of lunch with all the other groups, they took us to the shark, ray and turtle spot to eat lunch and snorkel before the other groups arrived to ensure we had the best experience. We saw lots of sharks, turtles and rays and when we spotted dolphins, they slowed the boat and got us close enough to take video and photos even though I know they were on a schedule. The lunch was delicious, and they allowed us to stay out longer with them, and even let us hunt for and try fresh conch. Don't miss out. Book these guys, they were incredible. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Written 6 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SplashRalph
A great review by a pair of biologists!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your experience with Splash on Trip Advisor. Our guides are specifically directed to not harass or handle sea life and to encourage our guests to be very careful around coral and other marine life.
Written 8 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sharon M
11 contributions
Great snorkeling experience!
Jan 2020
Splash did a good job and we had a great experience. The ride out to the island went smoothly, it was nice that we could sit in the shade. Once on the island we were surprised to see so many other people--it was SUPER crowded and not what we were expecting, but this was not the fault of the Splash Crew--just know that by booking a tour to Silke Caye, even if you are in a small group, or have a private tour, it is likely lots of other tours and their participants will be there too. There are only a few tables so people must stand and eat, or squeeze in to share.

One thing I appreciated about Splash is that they did not have disposable dishware at lunch--this was important to me as anytime I can avoid single-use products, I do. I appreciated their commitment to the environment. Also, Mary was an excellent chef and prepared a delicious lunch. Yum! Not your average picnic.

The snorkeling tour was fine, we had a guide with us and he pointed out various things of interest. He was patient and knowledgable.

All in all a good tour, the best part was seeing and swimming with sharks and rays. Very cool!

I wish all of the tours to the island would be forbidden from wearing regular sunscreen as this kills the reef. Splash and the other companies should talk about this and mention the reef-safe sunscreen. When I tried to suggest this I was given blank looks, as if I was speaking another language. Surely reef-safe sunscreen is something these companies should be promoting at this point, and educating their guests about the ill-effects of regular sunscreen on the corals and ocean life.
Written 4 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SplashRalph
Thank you for a very ecology centered review. Splash does try to promote green policies and is the only PADI Green Start dive center in Placencia which requires us among other things to employ reusable catering utensils and biodegradable soap. Sharon makes a very good point about sunscreen. You should avoid sunscreens with high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide which is harmful to all sea life. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two chemicals recently banned in Hawaii and are believed to cause coral bleaching. Silk Cayes is a very popular destination so can be very crowded at times. Pompion Caye and Laughing Bird Caye are much less crowded but do not have the third snorkel excursion with the rays, sharks and turtles.
Written 5 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rebecca F
3 contributions
So freaking cool!
Jan 2020
This trip exceeded our expectations in every way! Just wait until you see the water out there, if it's your first time like it was ours. Dreamy. And of course, all the water life too! Hope to get the chance to do it again sometime. Thank you, Splash!
Written 31 January 2020
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SplashRalph
We are really pleased that you had a great time. As you discovered, Silk Cayes is a very special place to see marine life. We expect to see you back this way again - maybe to learn to dive. If you do theory on line, we can teach and certify you as an open water diver in as little as two days.
Written 1 February 2020
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Steve S
6 contributions
Top-notch, knowledgeable guides lead fun, educational snorkeling trip
Jan 2020
Everyone at Splash is committed to providing a great experience from the moment you walk into the lobby where you were welcomed with a warm greeting, to the professional staff members who efficiently fit the equipment, to the clearly experienced, knowledgeable and very personable guides. Our captain did a good job of navigating us out to Silk Caye and avoiding rainstorms in the area and some of the rougher seas. A special call-out to Luis who led our snorkeling group, pointing out plant and sea life, and educating us at every return to the surface. This was our third snorkeling excursion in Belize, so we have a point of comparison, and by far, the most enjoyable and educational. Look forward to returning next year.
Written 16 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Jim W
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Awesome snorkeling excursion
We booked a half-day snorkeling excursion to Laughing Bird Caye through our hotel and it was amazing! Everyone we d
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Amazing. Refreshing
Awesome experience! Definitely coming back here more often, with more friends and family for sure. I had a memorabl
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Helpful and Experienced People - Great Trip
Before my recent visit to Belize I got in touch with splash to ask a number of questions. They were very responsiv
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Great Experience | Amazing Staff | Professional & Efficient
I want to write you and share my profound thanks to Splash Dive Center. While new to the sport, I know what a thoug
ConnerCat
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Nice boat, nice lunch, dive operation just OK.
Nice boats, nice equipment but staff does not seems as competent as another dive operations that I used. Splash is
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Great wildlife experience
Jason Williams was our guide, he is a resident of the Monkey River village. He is very knowledgeable and we saw a v
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Don't Think Twice -- Book a Trip to Splash
If you ever have the opportunity to dive with Splash, do it!!!!! Patty, the owner of Splash Dive Center, is one of
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A true 5 star PADI experience!
My wife and I are both PADI DMs and we’re looking for a dive shop to do a couple of dives before heading out to Ree
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Excellent snorkeling in Belize
My wife and I were picked up in Placencia, checked in at the Splash base, a very nice office with shade, juice, and
STEVE W
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MONKEY RIVER
It was a great tour and delivered everything promised and then some. We saw plenty of monkeys, crocodiles, turtles
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The best crew and experience.
The BEST CREW! We (a group of 15) took a catamaran tour to snorkel at Laughing Bird Caye, Belize. The beauty was ou
Classclown
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Ask for Rene as your snorkel guide
We were snorkeling at Ranguana Caye as an activity on our Nat Geo/Linblad cruise In Belize on the the Quest. We ha
Kathy194017
Kathy194017
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Interesting Tour of the Monkey River
Splash did a great job in helping me book this trip and communicating what I needed to know. We were picked up b
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Kathy194017
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Interesting Tour of Cockscomb!
First, I have to commend the Splash Dive shop. We had another similar tour scheduled farther in advance that cance
Megan S
Megan S
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Loved this dive team!
Our group absolutely loved our time diving with Splash at Silk Caye and Pompion Cay! The dives were absolutely exce
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