Caye Caulker Belize is a small island off the mainland. It’s just a mile inside Belize’s Barrier Reef (the world’s second largest) and a must visit destination if you are going to Belize. In comparison to San Pedro, its closest neighbour, Caye Caulker is much smaller, (only 5 miles/ 8 km long and 0.15-1.2 miles/ 0.25-2 km wide). Even though it’s small, there are plenty of things to see and do whilst you are there.
So what are the best things to do in Caye Caulker Belize?
Here’s my list of top activities to do on your visit to this beautiful island.
Table of Contents
- 1 18 Awesome Things to do in Caye Caulker Belize
- 1.1 1. Snorkelling the clear waters – it’s awesome
- 1.2 2. Diving the world’s second largest barrier reef in Belize
- 1.3 3. Hire a bike and go explore the Island
- 1.4 4. Take a scenic flight over Belize’s Blue Hole
- 1.5 5. Treat yourself to a yummy snack and iced coffee
- 1.6 6. Go out for dinner – Try Wish Willy or Roy’s!
- 1.7 7. Top up on your vitamins with some fresh juice
- 1.8 8. Visit Seahorse Ranch Reserve
- 1.9 9. Watch the sunset from Caye Caulker (With a Beer)
- 1.10 10. Visit the Split …. the what!
- 1.11 11. Try a new hairstyle – get your hair braided
- 1.12 12. Go shopping in Caye Caulker
- 1.13 13. Try one of the many Watersports
- 1.14 14. Go fishing
- 1.15 15. Catch a boat to Koko King
- 1.16 16. Bird watching around the island
- 1.17 17. Continue the wildlife and nature watching
- 1.18 18. Swimming in sea
- 2 Useful books for your Belize trip*
- 3 Further information Caye Caulker Belize
18 Awesome Things to do in Caye Caulker Belize
1. Snorkelling the clear waters – it’s awesome
- There are many tour companies (ages 13+) that do either full or half day options out to the reefs to swim with marine life including Nurse Sharks!
- Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Caye Caulker Marine Reserve or even book yourself a Manatee tour.
- Full day tours include lunch/fruit/drinks/water and a half day tour includes fruit/water.
- Snorkelling equipment all included or you can take your own.
- Cost* – Full day $65 USD/$130 BZ or Half day $35 USD/$70 BZ or Manatee tour (full day) $85 USD/$170 BZ.
2. Diving the world’s second largest barrier reef in Belize
- Fancy going a bit deeper than snorkelling, well this is the option for you. Again with many dive shops on Caye Caulker Island you have plenty to choose from. I spent a full day with ‘Blue Sea Diving’, visiting Lighthouse Reef Atoll which includes Belize’s famous Blue Hole (scary but one of my highlights).
- Tours start early in the morning around 5.30am but it’s totally worth it.
Top tip – wear long-sleeved tops for snorkelling and diving to protect the corals from suncream
3. Hire a bike and go explore the Island
- Want to explore a bit more of the island? Jump on a bike. Cycle to the Split (this is where the island literally splits in two by a body of water).
- Or head in the opposite direction towards the airfield, mini reserve, mangroves and wait for it…. the largest conch wall in the world. Come on that’s worth a look! It’s also a cooler way as you create your own mini breeze when you cycle.
- Cost* – $5 BZ for an hour or $15 BZ all day. (I chose this option, although there’s probably not a full day’s worth of cycling in Caye Caulker it’s nice to have).
For those not experienced with bikes without brakes, to stop or slow down, you simply pedal backwards. I wish I knew this before my poor Teva sandals got a tough time!!
4. Take a scenic flight over Belize’s Blue Hole
Photo by Rus @Travel2Unlimited
- An expensive thing to do in Caye Caulker, I was so tempted to do this flight but it was a little out of my price range. Plus I have to leave something to do for next time I visit Belize!
- You also need a minimum of 3 people, not always easy to find (especially moving into the low season).
- Cost* – $200 USD/$400 BZ per person.
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5. Treat yourself to a yummy snack and iced coffee
- Pop into ‘Crepes & Dreams’ on Caye Caulker main street to visit Chris and Cassie, they are open 7 am – 1 pm for a range of breakfast options and treats. You can enjoy a delicious crêpe, Nutella and banana is my recommendation. Yummy!
6. Go out for dinner – Try Wish Willy or Roy’s!
- Try out some of the many amazing restaurants on Caye Caulker island.
- Something traditional at ‘Wish Willy’ – you feel like you are at a home BBQ.
- ‘Roy’s’ restaurant you can try the very pesky Lionfish which has now become a huge problem in Belize due to being introduced to an environment with few natural predators.
7. Top up on your vitamins with some fresh juice
- There are a couple of open-air stalls on the island that will keep you juiced up all day long. They do mixers or fruits in a smoothie or you can buy a bottle of your favourite – orange, pineapple, mango, watermelon to pop in your fridge. All for $5 BZ.
8. Visit Seahorse Ranch Reserve
- A local hotelier at Iguana Reef Inn created a mini marine reserve right outside his hotel. There are numerous seahorses (very mini ones), an eel, Queen Angel and French Angelfish that visit and live there. Eric the owner is lovely, you’ll probably see him around sunset chatting with guests.
- This is also a popular spot for the Brown Pelicans and Magnificent Frigatebirds so you’ll be likely to see these guys here.
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9. Watch the sunset from Caye Caulker (With a Beer)
- Maybe an obvious thing to do in Caye Caulker but no harm in reminding you. I missed it the first night as was in a bar on the opposite side of the island!
- There are a couple of good spots, either Seahorse Ranch Reserve by Iguana Reef Inn, Caye Caulker or you can take a boat to the North of the island to Koko King and there’s a great view there.
- And you can buy a beer to enjoy the view!
10. Visit the Split …. the what!
- This is where the island has been split in two by a hurricane, mother nature at it’s strongest. (You might hear rumours whilst you are there that this was man made – I will let you decide when you see it!)
- Have a drink at the Lazy Lizard, go for a swim or simply chill out and relax – isn’t that what travelling is all about.
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11. Try a new hairstyle – get your hair braided
- One for the ladies or gents if you have long hair. For a hassle-free time on Caye Caulker island, they can sort your hair disasters out.
- After seawater boat trips and various snorkelling gear mine was a big tangled mess. I was then transformed into a thing of beauty, well not quite, it was me but hey you know what I mean.
Becky’s Tip – Remember to put sun cream where your hair parting is. Yes, I did burn my head and yes it did hurt 🙁
12. Go shopping in Caye Caulker
- Visit the many gift shops and stalls on the island, selling pretty bags, hammocks, jewellery and much more. They also polish the conch shells which look amazing when they have finished.
- Most of the shops in Caye Caulker close for a couple of hours around 12 – 2 pm (it’s pretty hot so you’ll probably want to take a swim).
13. Try one of the many Watersports
- Fancy trying something different, you can: hire a jet ski, try windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, do some exploring whilst kayaking or paddleboarding.
Top tip – don’t forget to take a cool water bottle with you! Help reduce plastic waste!
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14. Go fishing
- Again, you’re on an island so plenty of options for fishing. I didn’t research these fully but those I did see were costly. Maybe shop around for the best offer.
- Half and full day options available on Caye Caulker Island.
15. Catch a boat to Koko King
- A water taxi goes every 15/20 minutes from the opposite side of the island, to which you arrived (a 3-minute walk) known as Koko King. And it’s FREE!!
- There’s a bar, restaurant, a pool and plenty of swings that you can chill out on. A great place to spend the evening.
16. Bird watching around the island
- Plenty of birds both on the land and sea to keep any bird lover busy for a few hours.
- Each morning I saw many Brown Pelicans chilling on the posts in the sea. There are also lots of Magnificent Frigatebirds and many other smaller ones in the mini reserve.
Top tip – Take some binoculars (if you can fit them in)
- Exploring the island either by bike, golf buggy or on foot keep your eye out for the wildlife living on the island.
- By Caye Caulker’s ‘World’s largest conch wall’ you will probably meet iguana’s sunbathing, crabs scurrying along or lizards darting in the bushes.
- And lastly, a free activity. Get your best bikini or shorts on and jump in the ocean. It really is the best way to cool down on a hot and sunny day in Caye Caulker.
Top tip – take your own snorkelling gear and mask so you can see all the sea life!
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Further information Caye Caulker Belize
Arriving in Caye Caulker Belize
Firstly, getting to the island. It only takes about 45 minutes from the mainland Belize City via water taxi. Even if you arrive by plane, it’s just 20 minutes in a taxi to the water taxi station. So in less than an hour an a half you are chilling out on this beautiful island. (Check out transport times and costs below).
After a smooth (or bumpy) journey on the boat from Belize City, it was a windy day when I arrived! You dock on a small jetty and walk down to collect your bags. There are palms trees swaying and a few bars along the front.
Already you start to feel that Caye Caulker is going to be an awesome place to spend a couple of days or maybe more.
Caye Caulker’s motto is ‘Go Slow’.
Caye Caulker’s motto is ‘Go Slow’.
See how many signs you can spot! You notice this by the transport, it’s either a bike (which have no gears and are pretty rustic) or the other more random option which is tourists the popular golf buggy. Who’d have thought that so many people would be driving around the island on these? They do look pretty cool though. Comfy seats, shade from the sun and big wheels to drive over those bumpy roads!
Accommodation – Where to stay in Caye Caulker? Check out prices here at Booking.com
At first, you might think what is there to do on such a chilled and relaxed island? Well believe it or not it’s really easy to spend more than a couple of days in Caye Caulker Belize as there are so many things to do. It’s easy to see how a couple of days can turn into a week on the island.
- The exchange rate is $1 USD = $2 BZ (Bank rates vary).
- Credit cards are accepted in some places (extra charge 3-5%).
Taxi from Belize Airport to Water Taxi
- These are readily available outside the airport and they accept USD and BZ dollars.
- Cost $25 USD/$50 BZ. (For more than 2 people they will try to charge $30 be sure to haggle).
Caye Caulker Belize Water Taxi
Option 1 – Belize Express*
Belize City to Caye Caulker
Departure times: 08.00, 09.00, 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.30.
Caye Caulker to Belize City
Departure times: 06.30, 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.30, 17.00.
One-way – $15 USD/$30 BZ or
Return – $25 USD/ $50 BZ
Option 2 – Ocean Ferry (cheaper option)*
Belize City to Caye Caulker
Departure times: 08.00, 10.30, 13.30, 15.00, 17.30.
Caye Caulker to Belize City
Departure times: 06.30, 08.30, 10.30, 13.30, 16.30.
One-way – $9.50 USD/ $19 BZ or
Return – $14.50 USD/$29 BZ
* All times and prices correct at time of writing. USD = US Dollars. BZ – Belize Dollars
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