Our Private Island for the Day in the Belize Barrier Reef

Splash Dive Center Tour of Laughing Bird Caye Park, Belize

Laughing Bird Caye National Park in the Belize Barrier Reef

Our travels in Belize shifted south to Placencia, a chilled out beach village in the Stann Creek District. After spending a relaxing day at Dianni’s Guest House, we joined Splash Dive Center on an unforgettable snorkeling trip to the Inner Reef at Laughing Bird Caye National Park.

Located 11 nautical miles off the coast from Placencia, Laughing Bird Caye National Park is a tiny island in the extensiveBelize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site. It is the picture perfect tropical island that one fantasizes about, surrounded by translucent aqua blue water and silky smooth white coral sand. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise with incredible soft coral formations, shallow waters and plenty of marine wildlife.

Okay, so it’s not actually a private island, but aside from the lone Park Ranger and a few well-fed pelicans, our group had the entire island all to ourselves for the day! Between snorkeling sessions we took shade under swaying coconut palms, savoring the moment while enjoying a delicious BBQ lunch freshly prepared by our local chef.

Below are some pictures of Laughing Bird Caye in Belize.

Belize Barrier Reef

The clear, cerulean coloured waters of the Caribbean Sea

Paradise on Laughing Bird Caye, Placencia, Belize

Coconut palm trees at the southern tip of the tropical island

Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Palm leaf shadows on the smooth coral sand

Belize Barrier Reef - Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

A single bright blue fish in the soft coral reef

Underwater world - Belize Barrier Reef

The colourful and peculiar reef formations

Fish at Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

School of fish feeding off the coral

Snorkeling Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Cameron snorkeling around the remote atoll

The Reef at Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

The stunning coral reef in Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Belize Barrier Reef at Laughing Bird Caye

Variety of spectacular soft coral just off the shore of the tiny Belizean Isle

This is the underwater camera we used – Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Digital Camera

Nicole taking it all in - Laughing Bird Caye

Nicole taking a break between snorkeling sessions

Goofball - Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

The elusive marine wildlife of the Belize Barrier Reef

Belize Barrier Reef at Laughing Bird Caye

Coral on a shallow reef crest

Rock Lobster - Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Curious Rock Lobster crawling on Brain Coral

Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Vibrant coral reef only 10 meters from the beach

Belize Barrier Reef at Laughing Bird Caye

My personal favourite underwater photo from the day

Park Ranger’s boat anchored on the beach, flat ocean water without a wave in sight

Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Enjoying our day on a private island, courtesy of Splash Dive Center

Quick Fact – in 1996 the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System was inscribed on the World Heritage List with Laughing Bird Caye National Park designated as one of the premiere protected areas within the World Heritage Site.

**We’ve had a lot of people ask what camera we used to take the underwater photos. Here is the camera – Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Digital Camera


Have you ever visited the Belize Barrier Reef? What did you think?
Share your experience in the comments section below!


About Traveling Canucks

Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.