It had been 20 years since the last time we visited Caye Caulker; at that time, we were backpacking through Central America on a scuba diving trip. This time, we were focused on enjoying all of the things to do in Caye Caulker outside of studying for our Dive Master’s course, and we were so excited to be back. Hopping on a flight from Belize City, we landed on Caye Caulker, which is just a 10-minute flight from mainland Belize. As we flew over the turquoise waters littered with cayes and atolls, we felt excited to revisit places like Shark Ray Alley and try new things, like a scenic flight over the Great Blue Hole. Oh yeah, this was going to be fun!
Best Things to Do in Caye Caulker
Backpackers have always enjoyed the island vibe and low prices of Caye Caulker over the neighboring island of Ambergris Caye. This tiny island is only five miles long and one mile wide, where roads are made of sand and cars are replaced by golf carts. But you will soon see in this Caye Caulker travel guide that what Caye Caulker lacks in size, it makes up for in adventure.
Stay at El Ban Cabanas on Caye Caulker North
The north side of Caye Caulker is slowly becoming a luxury escape from the more backpacker vibe of Caye Caulker South. We stayed at El Ben Cabañas on the island’s north side and had complimentary water taxis to Caye Caulker town throughout the day on a regular schedule. Staying here felt like a tropical paradise as we had a private luxury beach cabana with air conditioning, a beautiful private veranda, and two outdoor pools.
El Ban also had an excellent restaurant worth visiting, even if you stay at one of the Caye Caulker hotels on the south side. It’s easy to get to via their free water taxi or the Split water taxi shuttle, which costs $5 per person. It’s then just a five-minute walk to El Ben Cabañas.
Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a natural wonder that is an underwater sinkhole located off the coast of Belize, near the center of Lighthouse Reef.
This remarkable geological formation, approximately 300 meters (984 feet) in diameter and 124 meters (407 feet) deep, is visible from space and known for its distinct, deep blue color.
Formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower, the hole was initially a limestone cave system before collapsing and forming this spectacular vertical cave.
It became famous after being explored by Jacques Cousteau in 1971, who declared it one of the top…