Sharks and Rays in Caye Caulker

January 17

White bell sleeve off the shoulder dress in Caye CaulkerWhite tiered bell sleeve off the shoulder dressWhite off the shoulder dress and straw hat in Belize bayPom pom straw beach bag and blue Jack Rogers wedge sandals

I’m the kind of girl who hates roller coasters but loves to pet sharks.

Dress: Shein (last summer), love this year’s version here // Shoes: Jack Rogers // Bag: Primark, similar here // Hat: Primark, exact copy from Target here // Sunglasses: Forever 21 ($7.90) // Choker: Forever 21, Boohoo has it for $5

I found out how much I love sharks and rays on the Belize leg of our vacation, which had to be one of my favorite experiences ever. Once we docked in Belize, we took a boat to Caye Caulker, a little island that had been split into two by a hurricane (!!). Once there, we were led to a snorkeling area where my sister and dad finally got to see some coral (if you read my last post, they both hated snorkeling initially because they kept getting salt water in their snorkels).

Then we boarded a small guide boat and moved into shallower waters where the captain began throwing small fishes overboard. Within seconds, a swarm of curious nurse sharks came close to the boat, followed by giant rays that were easily 4 feet across. We got to swim in the midst of these cute creature and I was shocked at how they were unafraid of humans. I didn’t bring an underwater camera but I wouldn’t have used it even if I had one. I was too overwhelmed because I was surrounded on all sides by sharks (they actually have huge heads and look really adorable, like a stuffed plushie come to life) and rays the size of a blanket were swimming under my feet. I felt like I was in a moving tapestry of sea life and I could only gawk in awe.

Sharks and Rays Carnival Cruises

The guide brought a shark and ray up to the surface so we could pet them as well. The sharks felt like sandpaper and the eels were slimy and soft! An errant eel also came up to the group while I was standing right next to the guide (who was feeding all these creatures) and the eel swam straight through my legs on his way to get his share of the food!

I can’t recommend this experience more; it was the highlight of my cruise and worth the 2-hour boat ride back and forth to Caye Caulker. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to order a life-sized nurse shark plushie from Amazon.

  • Ahh all of the jealousy!!
    I remember getting to swim with stingrays (with their stings removed, of course) when I went on a Caribbean cruise years back! It was so much fun so I can only imagine how great of a time you must have had! What a fun vacation this must have been for you!
    And, I must say, you’re dressed perfectly for the occasion – that dress is so cute! Very island-chic :]

    • I’m so glad I had the experience! It was honestly the highlight of my trip. And thank you!

  • Holly Jean Benjamin

    Omg take me to Belize with youuuuu!! It looks so amazing and I love your outfit!!

    • Thanks, Holly! It was such a wonderful experience and I hope you get to visit!

  • Loving the salmon pink details in your dress. Such a cute beach outfit.


    • Thank you! This dress has to be one of my faves (and it’s now on-trend with its bell sleeves!)

  • Biana Perez

    What a fun experience!! Loving your outfit – the pop of color is perfect! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Cute outfit and love the photos!

  • What a super cute dress, girlfriend!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • streetmadonna

    How fun! But now I feel like a baby because I’ve only swam with cute and sweet dolphins. Loving these photos though. What a dream vacation!

    • Oh my gosh, I’d love to swim with dolphins next! These sharks were very nice though, probably even nicer than dolphins, which I’ve heard can be kind of frisky.