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Hattieville
Middle
Cayes

not for navigation

The Middle Cayes

10 km
6 miles

Spanish
Lookout Caye

Reef

Depth
0-35ft
36-70ft
71-600ft
600-700ft

Barrier Re
ef

701ft+

Gales Point
Nature Reserve
Gales Point

Melinda
Forest
Reserve

Dangriga

Cangrejo Caye

Hopkins

Cockscomb Basin
Wildlife Sanctuary
(Jaguar Reserve)

Sittee River

500 m
0.3 miles

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Spanish Lookout Caye

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Seine51
Bight

Tobacco Reef

South Water
Caye Marine Reserve

r Reef

Tobacco Caye

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Barrie

Maya Centre

See Tobacco Caye
Enlargement

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Giant barrel sponge cleaning station

43 FAEGON’S POINT

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44 FAEGON’S BLUFF
45 ‘CUDA POINT

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46 FISHY POINT
47 TURTLE’S REST
48 TOBACCO CUT
49 TOBACCO CHANNEL
50 EAGLE RAY BOWL
51 JACK FISH CITY

Sun shines through gorgonians

52 CORAL MONUMENT CANYON

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ADVANCED

INTERMEDIATE

NOVICE

Tobacco Caye

GOOD SNORKELING

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Farther south, the area in the central
part of the country is pretty much an
uncrowded and wide-open affair that
can be dived from the mainland or by
staying on one of the Middle Cayes, such
as Tobacco Caye or South Water Caye. A
boat ride to the dive sites on good days
is roughly 30 minutes from a mainlandbased dive operation around Dangriga
and Hopkins to the Middle Caye sites.
Beautiful on sunny, calm days with
blue sandy flats, reefs and old staghorns peeking above the surface, the
dives are done in the deep passes in the
middle of the reef. Near Dangriga and
rustic and peaceful Hopkins there are
nine passes or cuts, and these are dived
the same as the northern counterparts,
with a descent to 35-55ft and then a
swim along the deep drop-off looking
for denizens.
The nightlife may be pretty much
non-existent, but the starry nights and
sound of the wind and waves more than
make up for it.

Close to the big city but far enough
away to be another world are the small
isles and resorts that are idyllic and
really convenient for barrier reef divers.
Normally not as busy as the reefs farther north, it is quite possible at many
of these sites to go the whole day and
not see another dive boat.
Spanish Lookout Caye is one of the
most interesting destinations just off of
Belize City. It is home to a resort run by
Nancy Parkey, who is the wife of the late
Hugh Parkey - one of the Belize diving
pioneers. This well developed caye has a
dive facility, daily boat dive and snorkel
trips to many dive sites near and far, a
restaurant, ...
Close to the big city but far enough
away to be another world are the small
isles and resorts that are idyllic and
really convenient for barrier reef divers.
Normally not as busy as the reefs far-
ther north, it is quite possible at many
of these sites to go the whole day and
not see another dive boat.
Spanish Lookout Caye is one of the
most interesting destinations just off of
Belize City. It is home to a resort run by
Nancy Parkey, who is the wife of the late
Hugh Parkey - one of the Belize diving
pioneers. This well developed caye has a
dive facility, daily boat dive and snorkel
trips to many dive sites near and far, a
restaurant, bar and waterfront bunga-
lows, plus a cute gift shop.
It also hosts a number of marine
groups and student organizations that
are involved in research and conserva-
tion. Waterways through the mangroves
provide memorable sea kayaking expe-
riences and perhaps a chance to see a
resting saltwater crocodile.
Farther south, the area in the central
part of the country is pretty much an
uncrowded and wide-open affair that
can be dived from the mainland or by
staying on one of the Middle Cayes, such
as Tobacco Caye or South Water Caye. A
boat ride to the dive sites on good days
is roughly 30 minutes from a mainland-
based dive operation around Dangriga
and Hopkins to the Middle Caye sites.
Beautiful on sunny, calm days with
blue sandy flats, reefs and old stag-
horns peeking above the surface, the
dives are done in the deep passes in the
middle of the reef. Near Dangriga and
rustic and peaceful Hopkins there are
nine passes or cuts, and these are dived
the same as the northern counterparts,
with a descent to 35-55ft and then a
swim along the deep drop-off looking
for denizens.
The nightlife may be pretty much
non-existent, but the starry nights and
sound of the wind and waves more than
make up for it.
The Middle Cayes
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Tobacco Caye
GOOD SNORKELING
NOVICE
INTERMEDIATE
ADVANCED
43 FAEGON’S POINT
44 FAEGON’S BLUFF
45 ‘CUDA POINT
46 FISHY POINT
47 TURTLE’S REST
48 TOBACCO CUT
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49 TOBACCO CHANNEL
50 EAGLE RAY BOWL
51 JACK FISH CITY
52 CORAL MONUMENT CANYON
Barrier Reef
Barrier Reef
Tobacco Reef
Hattieville
Seine Bight
Maya Centre
Sittee River
Hopkins
Gales Point
Dangriga
Reserve
Forest
Melinda
Nature Reserve
Gales Point
(Jaguar Reserve)
Wildlife Sanctuary
Cockscomb Basin
Caye Marine Reserve
South Water
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56
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Depth
701ft+
Reef
600-700ft
0-35ft
36-70ft
71-600ft
Middle Cayes
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500 m
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0.3 miles
not for navigation
0 10 km
0 6 miles
Cangrejo Caye
See Tobacco Caye
Enlargement
Tobacco Caye
Spanish
Lookout Caye
Giant barrel sponge cleaning station
Sun shines through gorgonians
Spanish Lookout Caye
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