What to Bring Along
- Bug spray
- Intensity: Easy
- Duration: Entire day
"If you want to unwind, snorkel a bit, kayak a little, fish some, hammock a lot, and fall asleep to the gentle sound of the waves coming ashore - this is the place!"
South Water Caye has a colorful past. Named by local fishermen for the availability of fresh water to be found in shallow wells on the island; prior to the 1970’s. South Water Caye was home to a few local fishermen and summer getaways for several families in the Dangriga area.
South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR) is the largest Marine Reserve in Belize covering an area of 117,878 acres. It is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Dangriga town.
The Government of Belize included South Water Caye Marine Reserve as an important part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, established in 1996 for its "outstanding universal value", and is obligated under this international convention to conserve and protect the area.
South Water Caye Marine Reserve along with Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye Marine Reserve and Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, comprise the Southern Barrier Reef Complex, probably one of the areas with the highest biodiversity in the MAR region.
The reserve includes a mosaic of coastal and marine habitats including rare littoral forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, and a diversity of coral reef types. The reserve has been zoned to accommodate different types of visitor usage.