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How to do a Caye Caulker Sunset Cruise (Best Tours)

During my full month of travel in Belize, I had the privilege of joining a very special Cay Caulker sunset cruise. Watching golden the go down over the Caribbean sea while sipping fruity rum punch on a tiki boat with dolphins swimming beside was by far one of my favorite things to do on Caye Caulker, and in Belize as a whole.

If you’re looking for information about the best Caye Caulker sunset tours, this article is for you! I’ll share all about my firsthand experience and the exact cruise I booked, plus things you should know beforehand.

Woman standing on tiki themed boat on a Caye Caulker sunset cruise

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🌺 My Belize Favorites 🏝

🤿 Barrier Reef Snorkeling & Diving: Belize has the best snorkeling I’ve ever experienced! You can book guided snorkel and dive trips from Hopkins, San Pedro, or Caye Caulker. Browse Belize snorkel and dive trip.

🌲 Escape to Mountain Pine Ridge: Climb up in elevation to a cooler (and less visited) area with gorgeous waterfalls, fun swimming holes, Mayan ruins, and so much more! You will need a vehicle with 4WD here, but this day trip from San Ignacio is also an option.

🥾 Cave Adventures: Cave tubing is an adventure unique to Belize, and many people come all the way here to experience the ATM Cave, where you can witness human remains and Mayan artifacts.

🚙 Explore the Hummingbird Highway: This breathtaking lush scenic drive connects the Cayo District and the Caribbean coast. Stop along the way at waterfalls, a cenote, a chocolate workshop, caves, and more! My guide to the Hummingbird Highway.

🌴 Where to Stay: A sustainable jungle treehouse beside the beach in Hopkins at Hamanasi, a quiet breezy room at Weezie’s on the vibrant small island of Caye Caulker, or a luxury bungalow overlooking waterfalls at Gaia Riverlodge.

Find more of my Belize favorites and Belize travel tips at the bottom of this article!

Caye Caulker Sunset Cruise: My Experience

Joining a Caye Caulker sunset cruise was one of the highlights of my month-long adventure in Belize! Along with four other vacationers, my husband and I journeyed along the coast of Caye Caulker’s lush North Island on a fun tiki-themed boat with unlimited rum punch.

As the sun set over the gorgeous blue Caribbean Ocean, our local guide and captain told us stories about growing up on Caye Caulker, and lesser known facts about the island. It was the perfect way to get to know locals and other travelers while taking in the beauty of this magical part of Belize.

Tiki themed Caye Caulker Sunset Cruise

Best Caye Caulker Sunset Cruises

Sunset Tiki Bar Cruise in Caye Caulker, Belize

This is the exact Caye Caulker sunset cruise I booked! It’s run by a new locally owned business and the sunset cruises are led by a guide and captain who grew up on Caye Caulker. Unlimited rum punch is included, and the tiki theme is a fun touch, but for me the best part was learning about the island from locals and seeing dolphins swim right beside the boat!

Although this is a group boat tour, there are only a maximum of 6 passengers on the tiki cruise each day, so its quite intimate! I think its great for couples, small groups of friends, and solo travelers who want to meet others.

Book Sunset Tiki Cruise Here

Sunday Funday and Houseboat Sunset Cruise (For Backpackers)

Hosted by Bella’s Backpacker Hostel, this weekly Sunday Funday experience and sunset tour is one of the best things to do on Caye Caulker for backpackers. Although tour itself isn’t particularly cheap, since its hosted by the island’s top hostel, it attracts young budget travelers looking to socialize and have a great time!

Unlike the other Caye Caulker sunset cruises, this experience only happens on Sunday, and include more than a boat ride. Before cruising the Caribbean on Bella’s houseboat, you’ll spend some time mingling with other backpackers while playing volleyball, beer pong, corn hole, water balloon toss, and other games.

Book Sunday Funday Sunset Cruise Here

Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Wanderlust Sailing & Snorkeling hosts a daily sunset cruise from Caye Caulker! If you want to be on a bigger boat with room for more passengers, this is the one to book. It’s a more elevated experience compared to the backpacker Sunday Funday cruise, and great for larger groups. Wanderlust’s tour lasts two hours and includes bottomless rum punch and fresh ceviche!

Wanderlust Sailing’s Website

More Belize Boat Tours

PRIVATE Caye Caulker Tiki Boat

Rent Caye Caulker’s fun Friki tiki pontoon boat! It is the exact same boat and crew I loved so much on my sunset tiki cruise, but all yours! Rentals are typically available for 6-7 hours, for up to 8 people. The itinerary is flexible and customizable. Common activities include swimming with manatees, snorkeling in the Belize barrier reef, and of course cruising along the North Island at sunset!

Book Private Friki Tiki Tour Here

Hol Chan Snorkeling Day Trip from Caye Caulker

This full day Caye Caulker snorkeling tour is the best way to experience all the best snorkel spots near the island! I went on a few snorkel tours in Caye Caulker and this one was the most comprehensive with seven unique stops! Along the way you get to swim in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and several parts of the Caye Caulker Reserve, plus Shark and Ray Alley, some spots known to have sea turtles and manatees!

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Caye Caulker Sailboat Snorkeling Tour from Ambergris Caye

If you’re staying in San Pedro or somewhere else on Ambergris Caye, you can still experience the magic of Caye Caulker on this fun boat day trip! The full day experience includes roundtrip transportation on a gorgeous sailboat, two hours to explore the island of Caye Caulker, and several snorkeling stops at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

Book Caye Caulker Snorkel Tour Here

Woman standing on boat looking at sun setting over the Caribbean ocean

Caye Caulker Sunset Cruise FAQs

What should you bring on a sunset cruise in Caye Caulker?

💦 Water bottle
🌤 Long sleeve shirt/sweater for cooler nights
☀ Reef safe sunscreen
🧢 Hat
📷 Camera (Optional)

Can you take a sunset cruise to Caye Caulker from San Pedro or Ambergris Caye?

This sunset cruise from Ambergris Caye is a lovely option for anyone staying near San Pedro, though it does not include a visit to Caye Caulker.

Can you rent your own private boat for a Caye Caulker sunset cruise?

Yes! It seems like the only option for renting a boat for a Caye Caulker sunset is renting the Friki Tiki pontoon boat, which includes a private captain and guide for 6-7 hours, plus rum punch, snacks, snorkeling equipment, and more!

Sunset on a Caye Caulker sunset cruise

Getting Around Mainland Belize

🚙 Renting a Car: The best way to experience all (mainland) Belize has to offer is to rent a car! Just keep in mind that some roads are not in the best shape and you should never drive for the first time after dark (learn the potholes in the light first!) You can compare rental prices from various rental companies here, but I usually end up renting from locally-owned Crystal Auto Rental when I’m in Belize.

🚕 Private Shuttles (and Tours): If you prefer not to drive in Belize, you can easily get around by booking a private shuttle from the airport, and then going on guided tours for all your jungle adventures. This shuttle is also the best option for folks flying into Belize airport and then going directly the islands!

🚍 Public Busses: Riding the local chicken bus is a popular way to get around Belize for backpackers and budget travelers, but I wouldn’t recommend it to most people as the busses are hot, crowded, slow, and unreliable. Spend the extra money for a private shuttle (or car rental) so you can get your destination more quickly and maximize your time in beautiful Belize.

Best Things to do in Belize

🌲 Explore Mountain Pine Ridge: Perhaps the most underrated area of Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge is full of beautiful waterfalls and fun swimming holes, plus the most striking cave I’ve ever seen! You will need a vehicle with 4WD here, but this day trip from San Ignacio is also an option!

🏺 Discover Ancient Ruins: There are far more Mayan ruins here than you could ever expect. I recommend a day trip Tikal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in nearby Guatemala, a river cruise to Lamanai in Northern Belize, and/or a visit to Xunantunich near San Ignacio.

👙 Experience ATM Cave or go cave tubing: Dare to explore the famous ATM cave system, where you’ll swim upstream until you find rooms with hundreds of Mayan artifacts and human remains. Book your ATM tour here ahead of time (they sell out!) Or, go on a more relaxing cave experience, cave tubing!

🚙 Drive the Hummingbird Highway: Belize’s most scenic drive connects the Cayo District to the Caribbean coastline. Chase waterfalls, swim in a cenote, indulge in local chocolate, go caving, and taste Belize’s famous hot sauce along the way. My guide to the Hummingbird Highway.

🦈 Coral Reef Snorkeling & Diving: Whether you stay in Caye Caulker, San Pedro, or Hopkins, be sure to book a guided snorkeling or diving experience on Belize’s gorgeous barrier reef!

My Favorite Places to Stay in Belize

🤿 Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in HopkinsThe best place I’ve stayed in Belize! Hamanasi is located in Hopkins, which is said to be the friendliest place in Belize. The town is full of Caribbean charm, and the resort itself is incredible with next-level service, a gorgeous oceanfront property, and wonderful guided day trips to both the jungle and islands. Read my review of Hamanasi.

🌺 Weezie’s in Caye Caulker: My favorite hotel on the vibrant island of Caye Caulker. Weezie’s has a beautiful property on a quieter part of the island, but it is still very close to all of Caye Caulker’s restaurants. Check Weezie’s nightly prices.

🚠 Gaia Riverlodge in Mountain Pine Ridge: The most breathtaking (and peaceful) hotel I’ve ever seen! Gaia is situated on a cliff overlooking the river and mountains in Mountain Pine Ridge, with an excellent onsite restaurant, and a tranquil area by the waterfalls below to relax. Check Gaia Riverlodge nightly prices.

More Belize Travel Guides

🏺 Worth It? Belize’s ATM Cave Tour

🚙 Unforgettable Stops Along the Hummingbird Highway

🚤 Best Lamanai Belize Tours & What to Expect

🐠 My Honest Review of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

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