Goff Caye Beach Break with Snorkeling
Explore Goff's Caye on this Belize tour
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: Megan H
This island is really beautiful, and was probably my favorite beach we visited on our cruise. It is rocky, so I recommend having water shoes available. Gilbert and our other guides were friendly and made us feel safe despite us having to outrun a thunderstorm on the way back to Belize. We had a group of 5 ranging in ages from 4 to 63, and everyone enjoyed their day. Several of us opted to just relax on the beach versus snorkeling. We did not eat while we were on the island, but the people that did seemed to really enjoy the lobster tails.
Great day. Snorkeling was very good. The Island was beautiful and peaceful. It was a small group so that was a plus. We ate lobster tail for lunch and it was $8 with your drinks. We have been on a lot of excursions & this is at the top of the list.
Reviewer: Karen J Martin
We visited Roatan, Honduras first and the reef was beauftiful. No hurricane hit thereso, everything was clear and undisturbed. This excursion was great and quaint although the reef was hit. The food and beverage served was delicious. The crew was attentive and broke us down in groups for better viewing and experiences.
beautiful location relax at beach then snorkel got to hold a starfish (feathered?)Found a conch shell got to bring it to boat back to island rum punch relax enjoy could do it everyday
Reviewer: Carol Blancato
The staff were very knowledgeable and took your safety very seriously. The water was a little rough that day and the current was a little strong however did see some fish and the water was beautiful but the girl wasn't too plentiful right there. The island is tiny but very clean they had a great lunch you could select from I had the shrimp and thrush on the grill and that comes with a drink. I bought the fresh coconut with rum in it and then they added more rum since I didn't get a regular drink with my meal. Would recommend it