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: 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
Reviewer: Tim Blom
After we tendered in to shore, we took about a 35 minute ride in another boat to the 1.2 acre island in the middle of the ocean, Goff Caye. The staff were really great. There is a bathroom on site and change area. There is also two canteens to purchase food (bring cash with you, no interact machines here). The snorkel was pretty good, I just wish we had more time to snorkel. The guides (1 guide per 8 people) were very professional and aware of where everyone was when in the water, safety was first. We were in the middle of the ocean, drifting over the reef and the guides were very diligent in making sure everyone in their group stayed close. Over all it was a good excursion, we just wished we could have spent more time snorkelling over the reef.
Reviewer: linda sorrow
this was Awesome. I recommend you do this.
Reviewer: Deanna Hiller
During our ride out we seen dolphins. the captain turned around and circled the dolphins so we could all see them and get pictures. I feel that is a nice gesture. They really want to deliver a truly enjoyable experience. the 2 adult and 1 baby dolphin were a bonus to get to see. The boat stopped on the island and if you didnt want to snorkel, you can lounge there, or stay on the boat to go to the snorkel spot. We get to snorkel. it was rough waters for us. We seen some fish, although i expected more. However the coral alone, with all the magnificent colors was unbelievable to see. Made up for seeing only a handful of species of fish. Then we went back to island to relax and we ordered the lobster lunch. We paid $10 for 2 lobster tails and rice with coleslaw. The lobsters were very good, an excellent lunch after your workout of snorkeling. Rum punch was Awesome too!
We went to an amazing little island to snorkel and sunbathe. The boat ride was fun, the staff was also fun and friendly. We enjoyed the trip and would recommend to anyone.