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Setting & Trip Route
On this adventure, we visit two of Belize's most spectacular coral reef systems, Glover's Reef & Lighthouse Reef Atolls
Lighthouse Reef - Our journey to Lighthouse Atoll takes us 55 miles offshore to Belize’s most remote and spectacular atoll. On our way to Lighthouse we weave our way through channels and picturesque islands within Belize’s Barrier Reef. Then, after crossing the reef wall, we enter a keyhole passage and wind through narrow mangrove lined channels to reach the eastern Coral Wall of Turneffe Atoll. Finally, we continue another 20 miles to the world renowned Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Half Moon Caye. One of only four coral atolls in the Caribbean, Lighthouse is home to the famous Blue Hole. In 1972, Capt. Jacques Cousteau and the intrepid crew of the Calypso explored and filmed this incredible atoll, exposing its amazing underwater diversity to the world for the first time.
Glover's Reef Atoll - Glover's Reef is protected as a Marine Reserve and is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Atoll is 20 miles long by seven miles wide, encompassing a turquoise clear shallow lagoon with an estimated 850 coral heads and pinnacles rising to the surface. On the eastern edge of the atoll, five post-card perfect sand cayes, fringed with coconut palms, lie atop the reef crest. The prevailing Northeasterly Trade winds blow across hundreds of miles of open sea before reaching the atoll where the swells break and dissipate in foaming white surf. This east wall of the atoll is breached in three places by channels, allowing for a tidal flow of water into the lagoon that sustains one of the most diverse coral ecosystems in the Caribbean.
Each Basecamp perched on the white sand shores of Southwest Caye or Halfmoon Caye - both with stunning views facing east over the main reef crest and the open Caribbean Sea - we are ideally located for snorkelling, sea kayaking and kayak sailing, diving, and fishing. Led by guides who are skilled naturalists, fishermen, marine biologists, and kayakers, your experience at Glover’s and Lighthouse are a blend of adventure, island culture, tropical vacation, and learning. The remarkable abundance of life and the staggering beauty of these rich tropical marine environments leaves its mark on all those who are fortunate enough to visit each location, but you will be lucky enough to visit both!