South Water Caye is one of the smallest cayes in Belize, which adds to its charm and evokes the feeling of paradise. Another plus is that it is located right on the coral reef, which means great snorkeling is accessible straight from the island itself. On the island there are three separate businesses. One resort is off limits to non-guests, but otherwise the island is free to roam about on. For accommodation, you can opt for a room at the marine research center, or else ask around where you can pitch your tent. The research center can also provide decently sized meals, just talk to the manager who can usually be found on the grounds.
At the research centre it is also possible to rent snorkeling gear for the day, which is definitely a must. You can reach the coral reef just by swimming to it from the island and see vast numbers of colourful fish, manta rays, and a sea turtle if you’re lucky. Plenty of tour boats with snorkelers come here for the afternoon, and they are likely to know the best spots.
Try to arrange a boat for your next destination - Tobacco Caye. You can ask at the docks, or the owner of the Blue Marlin Resort. There is plenty of traffic here during the day, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
When you aren’t snorkeling, you can relax on the lounge chairs in the sand or enjoy a drink at the beach bar where people come together in the evenings.