Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve

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Dive operators off the coast of Placencia and Hopkins in Southern Belize have access to one of the most amazing experiences in the world. For 10 days after the full moon during the months of March, April, May and June, every year Snappers spawn around Gladden Spit and attract numerous Whale Sharks to dine on clouds of Caviar.

Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve has been drawing divers for years, with not a guarantee, but merely a possibility that they might have a chance to dive alongside the largest cartilaginous fish in the world. Like many giants, their massive form is accompanied by a gentle nature.

Here’s a video of Whale Sharks spotted at Tom Owens Caye

Having been in the water with them once, I can attest to it being one of the most spectacular experiences underwater.

However, I have not been to Gladden Spit myself but next month I will be in Placencia and can go for a dive. With any luck I might be one of the lucky ones to leave with unforgettable recollections and photos.

Wish me good fortune on my dive and expect an update soon!




About Ilya Rosado

ILya Rosado is a Caye Caulker native who fell in love with scuba diving as a teenager and ever since hasn't stopped diving. He is currently a dive instructor and works at Belize Diving Services. If you would like to plan a dive with ILya, you can email him at


13 Responses to Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve

  1. Suki F April 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

    insane! I would love to see one of those up close. It is so cool looking.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM #

      Yeah, I’d also love to swim with them! It’s on my bucket list!!!

  2. Richard April 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM #

    We’ll be in Placencia in 5 weeks! Hopefully we can do this!

  3. Sherry April 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM #

    I did this in Mexico. Amazing experience, we saw many of them.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM #

      I’ve seen photos via NatGeo… i think they congregate more over there.

  4. Gene April 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM #

    “Clouds of caviar” haha good one

  5. TS May 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    wow nice video, thanks for sharing this video , i like it ….

  6. Tyler Amato September 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM #

    What are the chances of seeing whale sharks if you go on a dive like this? Is it low like 20% or is there a pretty decent chance you'll see them if you go?


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