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Lighthouse Reef Adventure

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Explore the stunning Lighthouse Atoll on this active 9-day Belize tour. Paddle the atolls by kayak and snorkel to your heart's content to dozens of world-class snorkeling and kayaking spots such as the famous Blue Hole. The Lighthouse Atoll is a 22 mile long by 5 mile wide shallow lake that is 6-20 feet deep composed of several Cayes like, Sandbore Caye, Northern Caye, Half Moon Caye, Saddle Caye, Long Caye, and Hat Caye. 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.
Snorkel along the Belizian reefAttach a sail to your kayak for peaceful driftingPristine Belizean atollsKayak the tranquil tropical waters of BelizeIsolated islands await your arrival on your Belize tourSnorkel the vibrant reef system in the pristine atollsKayak the clear blue waters of Belize
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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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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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 in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary 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. The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, with its swamps, wetlands and four lagoons, provides an ideal resting place for thousands of migrating and
resident birds.

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

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

Each day, a variety of activities are offered, including beachcombing, kayaking to a shipwreck that has washed up on the reef, and snorkeling in the shallow waters around the aquarium.

Day 7: Long Caye

Today's main excursion is the famous "Blue Hole" of Jacques Cousteau. We kayak and sail to a remarkable underwater sinkhole noted for its abundance of fish and soaring coral structures. One of our visitors' preferred activities is snorkeling at the "Blue Hole."

We pause at Half Moon Wall for a drift snorkel over an underwater wall on the way back to camp. On our departure night, we enjoy tropical cocktails, a special supper, and a lot of Garifuna drumming, dancing, and singing.

Day 8: Depart Lighthouse Reef

The choice is yours for your last morning at Lighthouse Reef. Snorkel your favorite patch reefs, walk the island trails, swing in a hammock or beachcomb along the immaculate island beaches. After lunch a motor charter arrives, and you’ll begin to prepare for your trip back to the mainland. This return journey takes you through Turneffe atoll across the Great Barrier Reef, and you’ll arrive at the Belize Biltmore Hotel usually by late afternoon. You can enjoy a fresh shower and swim in the hotel’s pool. Your final evening is reserved for relaxing at the hotel or exploring the local area.

Day 9: Return Home

Head to the airport for departure back home.
 

Accommodations

Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza

Biltmore Bar
Biltmore Plaza, Patio
Deluxe Room

Basecamp on Half Moon Caye

Bird’s Eye View Lodge

Bird's Eye View Lodge
Bird's Eye View Lodge
Bird's Eye View Lodge

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  • 8 Nights Accommodations
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  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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