Experience the excitement of watching docile nurse sharks and Southern stingrays feeding just a few feet away from you, later, cruise to a popular nearby island for some relaxation.
Depart from the pier on a boat made for sightseeing and begin cruising past several isles northeast of Belize City. Just over an hour later, you will reach a sand bar off Caye Caulker, an attractive island on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. The crystal-clear waters here are teeming with marine life such as groupers, angelfish, Southern stingrays and nurse sharks.
Before entering the water for your up-close and personal encounter with the sharks and rays, you will be provided with a swim vest, mask and water shoes and given a safety briefing. Entering the water in small groups your guide will then entice the creatures to come closer by offering them some tasty morsels. Although you may choose to simply watch your guide feed them, you are invited to enhance your experience by touching their smooth, aerodynamic bodies as they gather around.
While the idea of being in the water next to a shark may seem frightening, nurse sharks are actually quite docile and sluggish. Their name derives from the fact that they sound like nursing babies while feeding. Southern stingrays usually locate their food by flapping their “wings” over the sand to uncover it, although they can be hand fed.
Following this unforgettable adventure, you will re-board your boat and head for shore where you will enjoy some free time on Caye Caulker. You might dine on your own at the Island Magic Grill, shop for tropical-themed art, or sit back and relax on the beach. If you are feeling energetic, explore the small island either on foot, or by renting one of the available golf carts. Afterwards, you will cruise back to the pier in Belize City, listening to Caribbean music while your attentive crew serves you complimentary rum or fruit punch.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time on the island. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should know how to swim and must be able to climb in and out of the boat via a dive ladder with limited assistance. Swimwear worn under loose, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.