It's the Belize you won't believe! After meeting your guide for this Belize shore excursion, you will board a comfortable 38-foot powerboat for the 30-minute ride to the tropical island of Goff's Caye and its neighboring extraordinary reef. Along the way, you will pass mangrove islands, which are natural habitats for brown boobies, cormorants and terns. Occasionally, bottlenose dolphins are spotted.
If you are looking for a fancy beach resort, this is not the Belize tour for you. However, if you're thinking more along the lines of a deserted island, then this is the spot. This unspoiled, powdery sand caye is a natural coral sand island, making it the ultimate beach experience for the entire family! Kids can build their dream sand castles or simply splash in the shallow, turquoise-blue waters.
Goff's Caye sits directly on top of the world's second-largest barrier reef, making it an ideal location for a world-class snorkeling experience with your Belize tour guide. After stopping at the beach for those wanting to wade ashore, the boat will reposition to the nearby reef for optional snorkeling. Here you will see coral formations alive with tropical fish in crystal-clear shallow waters. Snorkel gear is included in this Belize excursion.
When you're finished with snorkeling, take a break on the island with its rustic charm. Here you will not find the overdeveloped, crowded mob scenes of a resort, but a tropical island with just the basics, so you can enjoy a day in paradise "lost."
The island is approximately 1.2 acres. There are no beach chairs; here you spread your towel out on the white sand beach or under a swaying palm. There are no restaurants, either; locals are here selling B-B-Q, chicken kabobs, or even grilled lobster tails (when in season). They also offer cold beers, sodas and coconuts for sale (food items are not included in the tour price). Facilities on the island are very basic. Rum punch is served after the snorkeling.
Please Note: Although Goff Caye does not get the several thousand guests that some of the more developed "beach clubs" sold by the cruise lines do, it is only 1.2 acres and on multiship days, may get several hundred guests. This is not a private deserted island experience. It is a "what the Caribbean was like 30 years ago" experience.
Reviewer: Jeremy Hilley
This was an AWESOME experience! We went on a short boat ride (passing our ship) to get to the island and the water was so clear. 30 foot of water and you can see the bottom while you float over the reef. Our guide was very knowledgable and he didn't care if you stayed right up under him or strayed away to look around on your own. The only complaint is that we had to wait around the port for 2 hours until the excursion departed, so DON'T rush to be on the first tender. Sleep an extra hour, eat a good breakfast, and then tender into Belize. Other than rushing to be on the first tender, this was an amazing trip! And it is very laid back once you get done snorkeling and can lay around the beach and swim and enjoy the good rum punch they provide for you!
Reviewer: April Mills
Beautiful island, not a rushed day but back to the cruise ship in plenty of time. Food available for purchase was delicious. Clear water, warm, great people showing you a new world underwater!! Would recommend it!
Reviewer: Robert M.
My wife and I took this awesome Excursion!! The best snorkeling experience by far. The water is crystal clear and the guides were friendly and even snorkeling with everyone in small groups. The rum punch was flowing and the chicken, rice, and bean was amazing. We will take this trip over and over again!!!
Reviewer: Tara Brown
Loved this island! Would have enjoyed a bit more time on the island after snorkeling because it was so nice. Food and drink was great! We had 4 children ages 4-12, everyone enjoyed. Everyone on the boat and island were great!
Reviewer: Daniel Salazar
Overall a good time but the roundtrip boat ride took longer than expected. Once we were there, it was a good time.