Snorkeling at 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
The clear, cerulean coloured waters of the Caribbean Sea
Coconut palm trees at the southern tip of the tropical island
Palm leaf shadows on the smooth coral sand
A single bright blue fish in the soft coral reef
The colourful and peculiar reef formations
School of fish feeding off the coral
Cameron snorkeling around the remote atoll
The stunning coral reef in Laughing Bird Caye National Park
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 a break between snorkeling sessions
The elusive marine wildlife of the Belize Barrier Reef
Coral on a shallow reef crest
Curious Rock Lobster crawling on Brain Coral
Vibrant coral reef only 10 meters from the beach
My personal favourite underwater photo from the day
Park Ranger’s boat anchored on the beach, flat ocean water without a wave in sight
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
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