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Lighthouse Reef Adventure

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Explore the stunning Lighthouse Atoll on this 8-day Belize itinerary. Travel the atolls by kayak and snorkel to your heart's content. Visit an old shipwreck and soak up the sun as you relax on this island getaway. White sand beaches, comfortable hammocks, and tropical reefs are waiting.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive at Crooked Tree Village
Day 2 : Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Days 3-5 : Activities at Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Day 6 : The Aquarium
Day 7 : Long Caye
Day 8 : Depart Lighthouse Reef

Highlights

  • Snorkel the rich reef system of Lighthouse Reef Atoll
  • Visit the Ermlund, a 1971 ship wreck
  • Kayak to The Aquarium, a dive spot known for its abundance of fish & coral
  • View over a colony of over 4,000 red-footed boobies

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive at Crooked Tree Village

Arrive at the Belize International Airport and meet your guide. Transfer to the Bird's Eye View Lodge and check in to your room. Enjoy some time getting to know your fellow travelers and enjoy dinner. If time permits, explore Crooked Tree Village, one of Belize’s oldest Creole settlements.

Day 2 Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Enjoy a steaming mug of coffee at sunrise and, with binoculars in hand, watch as the surrounding wilderness and hundreds of birds wake for their day. After a healthy Belizean breakfast, embark by boat to explore the area. Throughout the sanctuary, hope to view iguana, turtle, parrot, ibis, and Morlet’s crocodile.

Later in the morning, drive along the old Belize Road to the sea, and meet a motorized charter which takes you through white sand caves and mangrove ranges, past the main Barrier Reef to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Upon reaching Half Moon Caye, settle in to your new island setting and enjoy a late lunch before heading out for an afternoon snorkel or kayak around Half Moon Caye.

Day 3-5 Activities at Lighthouse Reef Atoll

  • Campsite
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters of Lighthouse Reef Atoll are exceptionally clear with inspiring scenery and a fabulously rich reef system which offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. To begin, the guides provide instruction; teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in the tropics.

Over the course of several days, explore the area. Visit the Ermlund, a shipwreck that looms just north of the caye and wrecked in 1971. This 4000-ton wreck sits silently as a landmark, and is one of many shipwrecks in the area that serve as constant reminders of the hazards of navigating these waters. Another day, visit the renowned Great Blue Hole with a motor-supported kayak sailing excursion. Take the chance to learn from your guides about the marine reef ecology and the island’s mangrove habitat that spreads over the park’s 45 acres. Many species of birds nest on the island, including a 4,000 strong red-footed booby colony for which the Audubon Society has built a series of viewing platforms to intimately observe the many nesting sites.

Day 6 The Aquarium

Pack a hearty lunch and your snorkel gear in your kayak, then paddle to the Aquarium, a fantastic dive spot known for its abundance of fish and towering coral formations. Spend the day exploring before returning home, stopping at the Half Moon Wall for a spectacular drift snorkel over the undersea cliff of the atoll.

Day 7 Long Caye

In the morning, take out a kayak and paddle along the protected waters of the southern reef to Long Caye. Stop to snorkel some of the atoll's best patch reefs and return to the camp just in time for dinner: a wonderful seafood medley.

Day 8 Depart Lighthouse Reef

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The choice is yours for your last morning at Lighthouse Reef. Don a mask, snorkel, and fins for a visit to a favorite patch reef, enjoy walking the island trails, take a last visit to the red-footed booby colony, or beach comb along the island beaches before the motor charter arrives to pick you up for the return boat trip back to the mainland. Transfer to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where you can enjoy a swim in the pool and a fresh shower before transferring to the airport for your onward travel

Basecamp on Half Moon Caye

Lighthouse Reef - Campsites

Per person starting at
$1,999

Notes

$300 single supplement
The number of single rooms available on most departures is limited, and is not guaranteed

Price includes $270 for Gov't Fees & Taxes.

Alternative 6 day options available. Please contact us for details.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 7 Nights Camping
  • 8 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Meals not Included
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