Southwater Caye is a half mile long palm-fringed coral island sitting right on top of the Barrier Reef with excellent snorkelling and diving. A 40 minute boat ride from Dangriga, there are several accommodation options including a deluxe dive resort – The Blue Marlin Lodge – and several cottages and rooms to rent which are owned by the Pelican Beach Hotel.
Tony Read runs a first rate dive operation which is based on the island – The Living Reef Dive Center. The Southwater Caye Marine Reserve has been designated a World Heritage Site. The tiny island to the south is Carrie Bowe Caye, until recently, home to the Smithsonian Institute’s Marine Research Station which was unfortunately razed to the ground by fire.