[Wishlist] Gladden Spit, Belize – Whale Sharks

Gladden Spit, Belize

A mass fish-spawning period between March and June draws whale sharks to Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, around 40km off the southeastern coastal town of Placencia.

  • When to go: April and May are the most consistent months for sightings; most are spotted a few days after the full moon.
  • Where to stay: the sandy streets of Placencia, which loosely – and fittingly – translates to ‘Pleasant Point’, offers a handful of affordable cabana-style accommodation. Try Julia’s (
  • Operators: Placencia’s Sea Horse Dive Shop ( runs diving and snorkelling tours to GSSCMR in season.
  • Tour price: snorkelling – $100; diving – $185.

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