Manatee Watch

8 Hours

Come enjoy a trip to Swallow Caye Manatee sanctuary where you will see the endangered Antillean manatee, followed by two reef snorkel stops.


Join the crew on an exciting boat tour to Swallow Caye to see and observe Manatees. Swallow Caye is a Manatee Sanctuary in Belize where these animals spend time year round. We will also go and explore the Drowned Cayes home to many exotic birds and plants through out the mangrove sanctuary. On the way home a snorkel stop at Caye Chapel and  Shark Ray Alley in Caye Caulker reserve before returning back to the island.

We will be departing from the Rainbow Restaurant dock which is just a 1 minute walk north from the San Pedro water taxi terminal and a 3 minute walk north from the Ocean Ferry terminal.

Trip Highlight

  • See Manatees by Swallow Caye, one of three important manatee sanctuaries in Belize.
  • Explore Belize's barrier reef and snorkel in the famous Shark Ray Alley.
  • Cross paths with a variety of underwater wildlife such as rays, sharks, manatees, fish, turtles and more.


8:30am Departure from Rainbow Restaurant on Caye Caulker
8:30 - 9:15am Boat ride to Swallow Caye
9:15 - 11:30am Tour of Swallow Caye
11:30 - 1:00pm Lunch at Sandbar or St. Georges Caye
1:00 - 3:30pm Snorkeling barrier reef St Georges to Caye Chapel
3:30 - 4:00pm Arrival back at Caye Caulker

Cost includes

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Entry to Swallow Caye
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Life jacket

Cost excludes

  • Sunscreen

Tour FAQ

Are you guaranteeing we see Manatees?

Unfortunately, we can never guarantee you will get to see manatees since they are in their natural habitat, however there is a very high chance you will see them since Swallow Caye is a Manatee sanctuary where historically we have seen manatees here year around.

What to bring?

Reef-friendly sun screen
GoPro if you have one

Why Reef-friendly sun-screen? And what brands do you recommend?

To help preserve our coral that is still alive, we highly recommend you use reef-friendly sunscreen. Non-reef friendly sunscreen has a lot of chemicals (like Octinoxate & Oxybenzone) that are extremely harmful to the marine life. But not only are they harmful to marine life, these exact same chemicals are also harmful to the human body. So you are actually doing yourself a favor by using reef-friendly sunscreen!

A few brands we, in Belize, recommend are:
-Kokua Sun Care
-Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Lotion – Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free)
-Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen
-Blue Lizard Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen – No Oxybenzone, No Octinoxate

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Manatee Watch
From $120
/ Adult/Ages 8+
  • 4-8
  • Yes
  • 265lbs/ 120kg
  • Rainbow Restaurant Dock, Caye Caulker
  • Motor Boat
  • Provided

Private Tours

Any of our experiences are available for private tours as well. If you would like to schedule a private tour please contact us for availability, pricing and other details at US 918-203-0013/ BZ 501-610-8687, via email at [email protected] or via our contact us page.

Minimum Passengers Requirement

If a tour does not meet the minimum passengers by one week before departure we may contact you and offer to reschedule to another date/tour or offer you to upgrade to a private tour to cover our minimum operational costs.