South Water Caye is another Belize Marine Reserve on the barrier reef protecting the marine and reef environments which makes for some excellent diving. Outer reef dive sites at South Water Caye include a myriad of interesting walls and canyons with spur and grove formations and very healthy corals. The outer reef walls are one of the best places to see spotted eagle rays.
There are many dive sites at South Water Caye with Rosella’s Garden, Trick Ridge, Long Reef , and the Abyss being among the most popular ones. Also the Shark Hole dive site which is about 20 minutes away. Attractions include spotted eagle and southern stingrays and nurse sharks in the sandy bottom, spiny lobsters, huge spider crabs, spotted eels, turtles, schools of tarpons and a wide variety of smaller tropical reef fish thriving around healthy corals.
South Water Caye has unique formation of corals big barrel sponges with cleaning stations where huge barracudas and groupers visit resident cleaner shrimps. Also to be seen here are colorful tube and vase sponges that attracts many juvenile spotted drums.
These dives are suitable for beginner to advanced level scuba divers.
South Water Caye is 24 nautical miles north-east of Placencia. The boat ride takes about 1 hour and thirty minutes. Because of the time, distance and attractions, this destination is often done as a three tank dive and may include the intriguing Shark Hole dive site.
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