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South Water Cay

Part of Belize’s World Heritage Site, idyllic South Water Cay is an amazing 15-acre coral island sitting right on the edge of the barrier reef. With its crystal clear waters and soft powder white sand beaches lined with majestic palms, it’s easy to see why it’s worth making the effort to stop on this tropical island.

The snorkelling here is not to be missed, and on the east side of the Cay the barrier reef drop-off is close to the shore, creating one of the few places in Belize where you can literally swim off the beach and straight into the reef. After a morning spent exploring the amazing array of underwater life, head back ashore and take a pleasant stroll amongst the coconut trees and mangrove islets. Although part of the marine reserve, South Water Cay is also one of the largest inhabited resorts with a few bars and restaurants to dine out at. Enjoy freshly caught lobster and delicious local specialities before heading back onboard for a relaxing sundowner.



  • There are no moorings available but you can anchor to the west of the Cay in the numerous sandy patches between tufts of sea grass
  • Protection here is only good from the prevailing easterly winds
  • If the winds are predicted to shift or strengthen (even from the east), a better anchorage for overnight stays can be found at nearby Twin Cays
  • Beach the dinghy virtually anywhere on the west shore or near the lodge docks

Things to do

  • The snorkelling here is not to be missed and dining ashore at one of the bars and restaurants is a must


  • Internet access, limited water and provisions (by arrangement), and laundry service are all available
  • Scuba tank air fills are available from the Blue Marlin Lodge