Spot

Caye Caulker Shark Ray Alley


Even if it is not as popular as the « real » Shark Ray Alley, located in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve a few miles north of Caye Caulker, this spot allows you to get up close and personal with nurse sharks and southern stingrays in quite the same way for less money. Located only 5 minutes by boat from Caye Caulker piers, Shark Ray Alley is a not-to-be-missed spot if you stay in this tiny island.
How to get there?

Shark Ray Alley can only be visited in organized excursions, but you will be free to swim on your own once you are there. Most excursions (2 hours 30 minutes), include a stop at other spots (South Channel, The Coral Garden), and leave from Caye Caulker. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to get there by boat and costs $45 per person fot 2-3 spots (including a $10 entrance fee for the reserve). Half-dozen excursion organizers and diving clubs share the market. It is easy to reach Caye Caulker from San Pedro (30min) or Belize City (70min), several water taxi companies running 10 to 20 trip per day in each direction. If you stay in San Pedro, then Ambergris Caye Shark Ray Alley is much nearer.

Water entrance

You enter the water directly from the boat. You won’t have to look for the sharks and the stingrays for long, since they will come up to see you!

Aerial view



Exploration

The area has a constant sea level (↕4-8ft/1.5-3m) and the seabed is entirely made up of sand and seagrass.

Nurse sharks and stingrays are the main attractions of the spot. Shark feeding has been common for many years (and some excursion organizers still do so), and has made the sharks familiar with a human presence. While shark feeding is controversial, the spot remains a unique place to watch these superb creatures close up.



As soon as the boat arrives, the stingrays and sharks are attracted by the noise of the engine and swim toward the boat. Get into the water as soon as possible to make the most of the sight. You only need to put your head under the water to see the sharks and stingrays coming and going between the boats. You can easily get close to them, but they will swim away if you make any sudden gestures. Some stingrays are quite “tactile”, but don’t forget that they have a stinger that can inflict serious injuries.

Snorkeling Report Shark Ray Caye Caulker Belize
Southern stingray at Caye Caulker Shark Ray Alley

Here and there, you will also see horse-eye jack, Bermuda chub, smooth trunkfish and small barracudas moving above the seagrass.

This is a very popular spot at certain times of day, so watch out for the boats and the other snorkelers. The water is shallow and generally calm and clear, which makes it an ideal spot for children and beginners who are looking for strong sensations.

Restaurants and accommodation

This spot is on a coral reef facing Ambergris Caye, about 1km from the shore. Most excursions include water and fruit as refreshments.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    8ft (3m)
  • Water entrance
    From a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Stingrays
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Marine reserve entrance fee (10$ pp.) + excursion price (approx. 25$ pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Caye Caulker Shark Ray Alley

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Nurse shark
Ginglymostoma cirratum
Southern stingray
Dasyatis americana
Horse-eye jack
Caranx latus
Bar jack
Carangoides ruber
Great barracuda
Sphyraena barracuda
Live sharksucker
Echeneis naucrates
Smooth trunkfish
Lactophrys triqueter
Queen conch
Lobatus gigas
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