Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Lighthouse Reef, the most remote of all the atolls in Belize remains wild and unspoiled...
and with over 20 world-renowned dive and snorkel sites, including the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and the Aquarium, Lighthouse Atoll is a must-visit destination. The coral reefs contained within the atoll's lagoon, harbour a remarkable 200 species of fish in a magical setting of changing reef types; including shallow reefs, ledges, shelves and drop offs. Each season as we discover new snorkel sites, Lighthouse is becoming our most exciting destination for snorkeling along the entire Mesoamerican reef system.
The atoll is 55 miles offshore of the mainland, runs 28 miles from north to south and varies in width from 2 to 6 miles. The Marine Reserve covers 10,000 acres and 15 square miles of surrounding sea. At the center of the Reserve is Half Moon Caye - 45 acres of coconut palm, beaches and rare littoral forest which shelters a large nesting colony of red-footed boobies. Lighthouse Reef is home to 6 cayes (islands), an underwater marine trail, and two marine parks. Halfmoon Caye Protected area was the first-ever protected Marine Reserve established in the Caribbean, and is now the site of our newest sea kayaking and snorkeling Basecamp.
The Blue Hole Marine Reserve is just 8 miles north of Half Moon Caye. Formed some 10,000 years ago when jungle and forest covered what is now water, the roof of a massive cave collapsed. Then as the earth's climate warmed and sea levels rose to inundate the area, the cave was flooded to create this remarkable undersea phenomonon. Almost a perfectly circular hole, the cave is 1,000 feet in diameter and 400 feet deep.
Follow these links to our Lighthouse Reef trip pages to find how you can experience this jewel of backcountry coral reefs and cayes: