Almost 18 kilometres east of Placencia (which also has miles of gorgeous beaches) is a palm-studded island and national park. Perched on the edge of a shelf atoll, or faro, it is a protected area within the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Named for birds that used to breed here (and are still present), the caye is surrounded by shallow coral reef.
If you're discovering Belize on a superyacht, set up beach camp on its south west end and snorkel from shore, then dive the eastern side. (It is a popular day trip from Placencia, though, so your jolliest hours here will occur after other guests have returned to the mainland.)
Picture courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board
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