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Setting & Trip RouteOur journey to Lighthouse Atoll takes us 60 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 and then 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.
In partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, Island Expeditions Co. has established an Adventure Camp within the Half Moon Caye Marine Reserve, opening up for the first time this spectacular wilderness to kayakers, snorkelers, and adventurers
Lighthouse ReefFROM 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.