Manatee Watching


If you are staying on or near the coast, you can find a manatee watching trip near you.   Belize, in fact, has the highest concentration of manatees in the world.  These large “sea cows” hang out in shallow water which makes them easier to spot from the boat.  Their super cute, fuzzy big bowling ball-like noses poke up above the water to breathe.

Whether headed up the Monkey River from Placencia or out to Swallow Caye from Caye Caulker, you need to approach these guys slowly with your trained guide.  Boat motor off, the guide pushes the boat with a long stick so as not to disturb their feeding.  Manatees eat 10-15% of their body weight in sea grass a day…that’s 100-150lbs a day.

And it might explain their not so girlish figures.

Depending on where you are staying in Belize, this might be a half day or full day trip, might include snorkeling or a beach BBQ…so what I’m saying is:  you’ve got lots of options.  If you have specific ideas, make sure you ask.

Some smaller guides, from Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye, might have the inside scoop on a trip to SWIM WITH A MANATEE.  You can read about a snorkel I did off Caye Caulker…

Once in a lifetime experience.