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For such a small private island paradise (so small, in fact, that it only takes 30 minutes to kayak around), Thatch Caye packs a hefty punch, with activities by the boatload, all while maintaining a laid-back luxury vibe. The perfect combo, if you ask us.
With a maximum capacity of 30 guests, Thatch Caye is all about rustic charm, with overwater villas and beachfront cabanas built using local materials and white washed beach chic interiors. With Wi-Fi and TV only found in the Coco Lounge, guests are encouraged to mingle and relax into a Caribbean pace of life. The island is all-inclusive and the restaurant offers communal dining (although private dining is also possible) to encourage guests to eat together, further adding to the family atmosphere.
Diving is with our favourite dive centre in the area, with trips to Belize Barrier Reef (the second largest of its kind in the world) only a few minutes away, as well as day trips to further afield sites such as Great Blue Hole. Enjoy the calmness of Thatch Caye's drift dives, where divers are gently taken on an submarine safari by the Caye's currents. Several snorkelling trips are also on offer, often in conjunction with diving. The Caye's surrounding flats mean saltwater fly fishing fanatics can chase the Grand Slam dream (of permit, bonefish and tarpon), or opt for some reef fishing and enjoy the rewards of their catch by eating it with the other guests for dinner.
Above water, a wide array of experiences are on offer, from yoga retreats to a champagne-accompanied stargazer cruise. Zip-lining and the so-called 'Black Hole Drop' cave abseil may entice more daring guests, and for those looking for a calmer adventure, there's a river boat tour down the Sittee.
Private island paradise Thatch Caye is conveniently located on the doorstep of some of Belize's best diving.
Louisa, Original Diver