CCMR is a single Reserve—but it has two hearts. Located near Caye Caulker village is the Conservation Zone associated with South Caye Caulker Channel. Attractions include a high-relief channel including Elkhorn Coral visitable on calm days, sheltered area for protection from rough weather, an area for interaction with Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) and Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana). The site is well supplied with reef mooring systems to minimize visitor impact.
Approximately 4-5 miles north lies Caye Caulker Mini Reef and North Channel areas, located only a mile off the Caye Caulker Forest Reserve (CCFR) and therefore easily visitable within a single tour. It shows an exceptional high relief channel entrance and a world class stand of Elkhorn Coral with Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis)—both IUCN-listed as Critically Endangered—and many colonies of the hybrid Fused Staghorn (Acropora prolifera). There is also a submerged barge located within 100m of the Mini Reef. Though this area is awaiting legislation for inclusion within CCMR, this will soon take place.
We ask that if you intend to visit CCMR or any other reef site following your trip to CCFR, please be sure to rinse off any repellent you may have on your body before leaving CCFR so as not to introduce repellent into fragile coral areas. We are planning to install an on-site outdoor shower for your convenience.
VISIT OUR REEF SAFELY-LEAVE STRONG CHEMICALS AT CCFR, IN THE SHOWER DRAIN. Sometimes West-Indian Manatees may be in the area—NEVER CHASE OR DIVE ON THESE ANIMALS.