Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize, popular for it’s laid back atmosphere and world-class coral reefs. Caye Caulker should be on any Belize bucket list. Although the island is small, it has lots of personality and things to do. Residents live by the motto “Go Slow”, which is well fitted for the Belizean tropical paradise. This is a quick guide on the best things to do in Caye Caulker Belize.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia. This makes snorkelling and scuba diving one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker. The best snorkelling and diving spots are:
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Caye Caulker Marine Reserve
Belize Barrier Reef
The Great Blue Hole
Shark Ray Alley
Expect to pay between $35USD – $250USD for a snorkelling or scuba diving trip from Caye Caulker.
Snorkelling is one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker!
Fly over the Great Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is Belize’s postcard image. No doubt you have seen it scattered on advertisements and across social media before.
The Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole, 318 m wide and 124 m deep. It lies near the centre of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City.
Visitors can visit The Great Blue Hole by boat, or can fly over it. It is said that the best way to experience The Great Blue hole is by flying over it. This is because you get to see more than you do by boat, where you can only see it at eye level. It is also said that there are better places to snorkel and scuba dive than the Blue Hole because once you get inside you actually can’t see a lot. And that is why I recommend taking a flight over The Great Blue Hole.
This isn’t a cheap activity, costing 250 USD and upwards. Despite it being so expensive, it would be an unforgettable thing to do in Caye Caulker.
Spend the day at the Split
Caye Caulker is an island chopped in two and separated by a narrow channel of turquoise water that’s called The Split. On the southern island, you will find the Caye Caulker settlement, which is likely where you will be staying. The north island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve.
The Split is a popular place to hang out for the day. Here you will find a bar/restaurant, volleyball court, places to swim and lounge chairs to relax in. Sunset is best enjoyed from the Split.
Enjoy sunrise and sunset
Catching sunrise and sunset is one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker. Sunrise and sunset are both amazing from the Split. If you wish, you can also book a sunset sailing cruise.
Spend a day at Koko King
The north island of Caye Caulker remains largely untouched and is covered in natural reserves. There is, however, one place you will want to check out on the North Island of Caye Caulker – Koko King.
You can reach Koko King by a water taxi which runs every half an hour.
Once there you’ll find a bar built on stilts over the water, a swimming pool, a restaurant, lounges, and clear water to swim in. Koko King is the perfect place to head for a day to chill out and enjoy a beer or cocktail.
Yoga by donation
Namaste cafe in the centre of town offers yoga by donation every day from 9 am Monday – Saturday. This is the perfect way to start the day in Caye Caulker.
Try the best Falafels in town
Head to Falafel Bar for the best lunch in town, for vegetarians.
Get on the water
Caye Caulker offers many watersports – Kayaking, stand up paddle boardings, jet skiing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and parasailing. The choice is yours.
It goes without saying that fishing is one of the most popular things to do in Caye Caulker. You can go deep sea fishing or spearfishing. Half and full day tours are available.
Eat fresh lobster
For those who love seafood, Caye Caulker is the perfect place to enjoy a freshly caught lobster, for an affordable price.
Sail from Caye Caulker to Dangriga
From Caye Caulker, you can arrange 3 day, 2-night sailing tours. They include sailing through the islands and reefs, snorkelling, camping on private islands, all meals, fishing and spearfishing. This would be an unforgettable experience. You will be dropped in Dangriga. The cost is around 400 USD per person. I wish I got to do this on Caye Caulker.
Explore Caye Caulker by foot
The Island of Caye Caulker is relatively small so you could spend a morning or afternoon walking around it. I suggest doing this outside of the middle of the day, as it gets very hot. Exploring Caye Caulker by foot is one of the cheapest things to do in Caye Caulker.
Hire a golf buggy on Caye Caulker
This is one of the most popular things to do in Caye Caulker and is certainly the most fun way to get around. Although the island is walkable by foot, a gold buggy is also a great option.
You will find a seahorse sanctuary out the front of Iguana Reef Inn. It is best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon. They can be hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled and be patient.
Getting to Caye Caulker Belize
From Belize City, you can take a ferry or flight to Caye Caulker. A ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker is the cheapest option, costing 19 BZD one day and taking around 45 minutes.
If you’re coming from Mexico you can also take a ferry directly from Chetumal to Caye Caulker (via San Pedro), which saves going all the way to Belize City. A ferry from Chetulaml to Caye Caulker costs around $60 USD and takes 3 hours. If you are on a budget, going overland to Belize City is the cheapest option.
Accommodation on Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker has a range of accommodation available, ranging from hostels to hotels. Luxury accommodation options are limited. Search for accommodation options on Caye Caulker.
Travel Insurance for Caye Caulker
I recommend getting travel insurance before your trip to Caye Caulker. When taking out a policy, ensure you are covered for the activities you plan on doing, such as scuba diving. I recommend World Nomads.
If you are still unsure if you should buy travel insurance or not, read this.
Budget For Caye Caulker
$ – Expect to pay around $50+BZD for a bed in a hostel dorm room.
$$ – Expect to pay around $100BZD – $150 BZD for a mid-range hotel room.
$$$ – Expect to pay $200+ BZD for a luxury hotel room. Luxury hotels are limited on Caye Caulker.
The ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker costs 19BZD one way, 29BZD return. This is the cheapest way to get to Caye Caulker.
There are no cars on Caye Caulker. Bike hire costs 15 BZD per day and golf buggy hire costs 150BZD per day.
Expect to pay between 10BZD – 25 BZD per meal, depending on what you want to eat. I usually spent 15 BZD on each meal.
The cost of tours on Caye Caulker is not cheap.
Snorkelling and scuba diving costs $35 USD – $250USD.
Flights over the Blue Hole Costs $250USD +.
Kayaking and paddle board hire costs $25BZD per hour.
Currency in Caye Caulker
Belize dollars BZD and USD are accepted on Caye Caulker. Carry cash with you to the Island as ATMs are limited. $1USD = $2BZD.
Language in Belize
Everyone on Caye Caulker speaks English. Most locals also speak Creole.
Vaccination for Caye Caulker
Check the Travel Doctor website to find out if you need any vaccinations for your trip to Caye Caulker.
Safety in Caye Caulker
Overall, Caye Caulker feels like a relatively safe destination. You will, however, be stopped on the street often by locals looking to talk to you or sell you tours. If you aren’t interested in engaging, don’t make eye contact and keep walking.
I recommend exercising all the usual safety precautions:
- Keep an eye on your valuables
- Remain aware of your surroundings
- Avoid drinking too much
- Avoid walking down unknown streets at night, especially alone
- Lock your valuables in the hotel safe
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Other tips for visiting Caye Caulker
- Be warned that Caye Caulker is a relatively expensive destination. Many things to do on Caye Caulker will cost you a considerable amount of money, so if you are on a tight budget, another destination in Central America may be better suited. I visited Caye Caulker on a budget and feel like I missed out on some things – such as flying over the Blue Hole and snorkelling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
- 3 nights on Caye Caulker is enough time to experience all the island has to offer.
- No plastic is recycled on the island, so refill your water bottle as opposed to buying a new one every day. The Reef Friendly Snorkelling shop offers this. Not only is it better for the environment, but it will also help you save money on Caye Caulker.
- Pack reef safe sunscreen and wearing any moisturisers or creams in the water.
- Don’t feed the marine life, and if you see people doing it, let them know that it is negative for the environment.
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