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: Patrick C.
From the minute we got onto the small speed boat that took us to Goff Caye I could tell that the crew was professional!! every one of the crew was very knowledgeable and inviting! you could tell that they were excited to be bringing us to their "office" and I must say that "the office" was the best I had ever seen, yes the island was a bit small and we had to flush the toilets with water from a bucket that was taken from the ocean but they made us feel so at home from the time they picked us up to the time they dropped us off. the crew treated us with respect and looked out for our safety for the duration of the excursion. these people are the best in the business and they will take great care of you if you chose this excursion!! thanks to the entire crew for the wonderful experience!! keep crushing it!!
Picture perfect island. Excellent snorkeling. (should be a fair swimmer as it is a long snorkel)
Reviewer: Jennifer Boles
We LOVED this one. In fact, I think it was one of my favorites of the whole trip. When our planned caving excursion was overbooked and we got bumped we looked for a replacement. This sounded simple but it was a great time! Fun boat ride out to the island, snorkling around and then up on shore for local music and food. We grabbed lunch and sat in the sand for a perfectly relaxing afternoon. It felt really special and I would seriously consider it again. Definitely recommended!
Reviewer: Annie Xie
Goff Caye island is stunningly beautiful with white sand and blue water, amazing reef deep down in the water. I was so afraid of jump into the water. The tour guides refused to leave me alone on the boat. Two men on the boat held my hands while I descend into the water and a third man standing in the water waiting to catch me. I was able to jump then held the guide's hand and his floating device for over 20 minutes until I was completely comfortable to snorkel on my own. I got to enjoy the beautiful view of the reef in all kinds of shape: tree, shrub, mushroom, Joshua. after that I got to sit in the middle of the crystal blue water enjoying warm sunlight and gentle sea breeze while the guide delivered the barbecue lobster to my hands. The whole experience was just so warm, loving and touching. I wish I could stay there longer than 3 hours. Thank you all for your wonderful guidance and your beautiful island. God bless you and your country you are all so proud of.
This was by far one of the BEST excursions I have ever taken. Grandma and grandpa were able to relax by the beach with their 4 toddler grandchildren while the rest of us went snorkeling. The island is in the middle of the ocean with no one else around has the most beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The sand bar was perfect and safe for the little ones while some locals grilled awesome lobster and chicken kabobs. The snorkeling was great even though we didn’t see too many fish but lots of under water fans and corals and it was still amazing. The tour guides were amazing and I can’t wait to do this again in the near future. Worth every penny!