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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.