The Utila Cayes – eleven tiny outcrops strung along the southwestern edge of the island – were designated a wildlife refuge in 1992. Suc Suc (or Jewel) Caye and Pigeon Caye, connected by a narrow causeway, are both inhabited, and the pace of life is even slower than on Utila. Small lanchas regularly shuttle between Suc Suc and Utila, or can be rented to take you across for a day’s snorkelling. Ask at The Buccaneer or call Steve Christiensen (2425 3988).

Water Caye, a blissful stretch of white sand, coconut palms and a small coral reef, is even more idyllic. Captain Hal charges around US$45 for return trips to Water Caye (ask for him at Parrots).

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