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A Jewel of White Sand Cayes Encircling Belize's Richest Coral Reefs
plus the Spectacular Wildlife of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary


Lighthouse Reef, made famous by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, has become known amongst divers as the ‘Aquarium’ due to the sheer abundance of marine life, crystal clear waters, and thriving coral reefs.

Beyond the Barrier Reef, past Turneffe Atoll – some fifty miles and more eastwards of the Belize mainland – a coral atoll rises from the sea. Shimmering with white-sand cayes and lush green with groves of coconut palms, the lagoon provides a rare underwater habitat for snorkelers, with miles upon miles of shallow waters rich with corals. Where the lagoon drops off to the open sea - precipitous walls, undersea ridges, and valleys brimming with life are the deeper realm of scuba divers. Long difficult to access and out of reach for kayakers and snorkelers, Island Expeditions has pioneered the first-ever basecamp at Lighthouse Reef. We sleep in spacious walk-in tents (every window has an ocean view) and after each day's activities our open air dining pavilion is the perfect place to relax in comfort with fine meals and splendid company.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - located northwest of Belize City, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary consists of a large network of inland lagoons, wetlands, and waterways. The sanctuary provides both the abundant food sources and the safe resting areas necessary to support a large and diverse population of birds. Those visiting in the later months of the dry season (Feb – May) are treated to a concentration of wildlife, that congregate in the park’s shrinking lagoons as freshwater resources across the country dry up.

My husband wanted to go fishing, and because Half Moon Caye is part of a marine reserve, Alex explained that there is no offshore fiishing...but he would see if something could be arranged. The next morning my husband, Zach & Adolpho went fishing in the early morning hours. My husband caught 2 barracuda. These guys were so very kind as to do this for my husband in the early morning hours and then be back before breakfast and know that they had a whole day full of activities. The cooks then prepared the barracuda for our group for lunch and we were all able to share in the stories! Wonderful memorable experience thanks to these folks! Bravo!
Karen Kozyra
Maya Reef Explorer - Feb. 11, 2012

Trip Details

Price:    $1599 USD or CDN Per Person (Traveling as a Family?)
Duration:    6 Days / 6 Nights   
When:     November through May
Starts:     Belize City     
Finishes:     Belize City
Dates & Prices:  Click Here
Group Size:        2-22    
Guides:       2-6 Leaders
Accommodations:      1 Night Biltmore Plaza Hotel, 2 Nights Lighthouse Reef Basecamp, 3 Nights Birdseye View Lodge
Activities:   Sea Kayaking (paddling & sailing), Stand-up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving (optional, not included in trip cost), Fishing, Hiking, Birding, Photography, Natural History Interpretation.
Extensions:  This trip combines well with the Rainforest Canopy Extension, the Maya World Extension, Also, visit our Combining Trips Page for more suggestions