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We catch our motor charter to spectacular Lighthouse Reef, one of only four coral atolls in the Caribbean, and home to the famous Blue Hole.

In 1972, Capt. Jacques Cousteau and the intrepid crew of the Calypso explored and filmed this incredible atoll, showing its amazing underwater diversity to the world for the first time.

In partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, Island Expeditions Co. has established an Adventure Camp within the Half Moon Cay Marine Reserve, opening up for the first time this spectacular wilderness to adventurers.

Lighthouse Reef

From the Air, Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a Dazzling island necklace of white sand cayes encircling a sapphire blue lagoon  

On the extreme edge of the Belize reef system, miles beyond the main barrier reef, these isolated atolls support the greatest diversity of reef types and marine life. Formed over millennia, the coral reefs grew on top of the inundated Maya Mountains as sea levels rose (some 10,000 years ago as the last ice age retreated) and eventually formed an oval shaped wall of corals around a shallow sand and coral lagoon. Stunningly beautiful islands, a sheltered lagoon brimming with life and the dynamic interaction between the outer reef, open seas and inner lagoons are the prime attractions of our atoll basecamp on Half Moon Caye. 

To get to Lighthouse, we travel by boat beyond the main barrier reef, past Turneffe Atoll – some fifty-five miles east of the mainland where the underwater walls of Lighthouse atoll rise 3000 feet from the surrounding depths of the sea. The inner protected lagoon provides a rare underwater habitat for snorkelers with miles upon miles of shallow, warm waters studded with corals and where the lagoon drops off to the open sea, precipitous walls, undersea ridges, canyons, tunnels and valleys brimming with life are the deeper realm of scuba divers. Long difficult to access and out of reach for kayakers and snorkellers, Island Expeditions has pioneered the first-ever basecamp at Lighthouse Reef where we sleep in spacious walk-in tents, each with an ocean view. You may begin your day with a morning yoga class, and after each day’s activities our open-air dining pavilion and lounge is the perfect place to relax in comfort with fine meals, splendid company and conversation charged with the excitement of the day’s adventures.