challenging: how to write a review that is totally credible yet truly expresses what a wonderful wonderful experience this was? see answers below.
Half Moon Caye is truly a paradise. I spent 9 days enjoying the island with its warm breeze, beautiful sunrise with frigates flying overhead. I had a wonderful time snorkeling off the island, kayaking and kayak sailing. I like the morning walk to the bird tower to see the Red Footed Bobbie and Frigate birds nesting. The home cooked meals and dessert are excellent. Beautiful island, warm blue water, palm trees, sand and friendly Belizean staff make a perfect vacation.
The beauty of the setting, the people, the camping folks from around the world, the sea, the sun, the breeze, the birds, the food, the drums and celebrating, the beach, the fish . . . what more can I say? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
This was a wonderful trip. The guides were very attentive, knowledgable, and aware of us at all times. We really enjoyed the snorkelling and found the accommodations suited us perfectly.
This was our first trip to Belize and we went with 8 other friends in their 70s. It was wonderful. It is funny that it comes up as a "resort" as in fact it is 10 high wall tents on a wooden base and good beds inside. One walks to the composting toilet ( clean and efficient) dodging the hermit crabs on the pathway. The food is superb..Even after 8 days we were still getting wonderful papaya and pineapple and fresh salads. It is totally off grid and 2 hours away from the mainland by a big boat. Once there, you are away from it. Early morning with a yoga lesson on the beach at sunrise, then on to the activities of the day. Everything is weather dependent and we were very lucky: enjoying fabulous snorkelling. The Blue Hole is the best snorkelling I have ever done, including the Galapagos, the Great Reef,Hawaii and Malaysia. We kayaked, tried paddle boards and one day rigged sails on our kayaks and sailed to the next reef. They are very safety conscious. We always had two guides with us in the water and one nearby watching from a boat. Yes we pushed ourselves a bit and were challenged--but enjoyed every minute.
Others who we met that had been on Ambergris Caye and Glovers Reef were complaining of mosquitoes and sandflies. We didn't have that problem. Audubon was on the reef as it is where the red footed boobies nest and the frigate birds nest. The birds were there in February so it was also a treat. The company is Island Expeditions that runs the trips; a Canadian company.
Room Tip: this is an adventure camp--not a resort. All rooms are oceanfront!!!
I spent 5 days on Half Moon Caye and had the best time of my life. This trip exceeded my expectation of adventure, natural beauty and relaxation. Excellent food was prepared by Oliver and Anna. The Blue Hole trip had world class snorkeling and views of the coral. My pictures were like the ones on National Geographic TV . I recommend future guests to rent an underwater camera for some excellent underwater pictures.
Plenty of activities. Great staff. Tasty Food. Lots of opportunities to learn. Equipment in good shape.
SSSnorkeling Blue Hole
Great time snorkeling and spending time with friends! Water was beautiful and also enjoyed stand up paddle boarding and kayaking! Helpful and informative guides. Would definitely go again!
This was an amazing vacation. The island was beautiful. The colors of the water was breathtaking and the activities were exciting and fun. The staff were very friendly and professional. They made the activities fun and made sure you were safe. I loved the kayaking and snorkeling expeditions. This was a trip and vacation I will never forget.
Oh my GOD. After an overnight visit to Crooked Tree Lodge we found ourselves at the docks just outside of Belize City. We loaded up on an expertly captained 40 sea cruiser. Getting there was quite the ride - 55 miles east - 2.5 hours - we crossed "the blue" - about an hour of 3000 ft deep seas - in 25 MPH winds outta the NW. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE RISK this is not for you. This was the craziest part of the journey. We arrived in what I would simply call paradise. PARADISE! It is a small caye surrounded by the reef protected warm and crystal clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. We were greeted by an amazing staff - Pablo, Daton, Jill, Andi, Ann the cook, Dane the cook, Rodney, Bryan...all made the 21 of us feel at home. We were shown our accommodations and oriented in a calm and methodical manner to whatever was going on during the week. The snorkeling was incredible....world class...all guided expertly by the team. Kayaking was minimal due to high NW winds. Paddle boarding was minimal too. Visiting the Red Footed Booby nesting grounds was a daily event. Frigate birds nest there too. This was the Jurassic Park neck of the caye....complete with scorpions, iguanas, hermit crabs, rats (yes, rats) and some incredible little geckos. The trip to snorkel the Great Blue Hole was 20 minutes...but worth the visit. THE FOOD WAS TERRIFIC...no complaints...fresh and tasty. That is all I want to share because you must experience this jewel and make it yours. You must
My second trip to Lighthouse Reef was even better than my first awesome trip. Kayak sailing is always the highlight of my trip. It was amazing. There were great snorkel trips with a variety of sea life. This was my first time night snorkeling and visiting the blue hole. The chef (Bol) and his team made fantastic meals from scratch and took time to address all of my food allergies. Love you Bol!
Each time I come, I wish that I could stay longer. Some people stayed over for a second week. I think that they had the right idea. Maybe next time…
This trip was an excellent antidote to the sterile, packaged getaways at resorts. It was active and engaging, the guides were excellent, and the meals were superb!
This trip met my expectations so perfectly, that the day before my planned departure, I asked if i could stay on Half Moon Caye, I felt as if i had joined a family. Every staff member was beyond friendly and knowledgeable; this is primitive camping at its most luxurious. i will do this trip again, and again. thank you!
A friend and I were looking for a holiday that would give us adventure, exercise and relaxation, and Island Adventures provided all of that an more. Incredibly well organized by an experienced and friendly staff, we snorkeled, SUP'd and ocean kayaked on this beautiful Island for a week. The food was delicious, the accommodations comfortable and clean. Looking forward to doing it again.
We had a great trip this past February with Island Expeditions. Everything we had looked forward to was better than expected. On the Maya World Extension we excited about the number of bird sightings we had; in addition we very much enjoyed the lodge and our fellow guests- the staff was very courteous, helpful and clearly proud of their home.
The trip to Lighthouse Reef was wonderful - we loved the reef and the fact that we had it to ourselves much of the time. But we also loved sharing the reef with the boobies and frigate birds. They were nesting and hatching chicks which was very special to watch over our week there. Our undersea neighbours were fascinating as well. So many colourful fish, barracuda, shark, turtles and coral. As with the Maya world portion of our trip the Island Expeditions staff were amazing; always helpful, always concerned to ensure we were enjoying our holiday. They were all very special people, and I very much appreciate how much of themselves they gave. Their qualities reflect so well on the Belizean people! I would not hesitate to recommend Island Expeditions to anyone, and hope that I may return again.
Wonderful trip away from the world. The staff were knowledgeable and enthusiastic no matter what the activity. I enjoyed snorkeling the most and the reefs offered an abundant variety of sea life that rivaled anything I'd ever seen elsewhere. We had a great time with the fellow travelers in our group.
the food was delicious and satisfying. We are true Belizers now.
The Lighthouse Reef Adventure is popular for a reason and that is nature at it’s finest. The rookery with the Red-footed boobie birds and magnificent frigate birds are a joy to encounter. As well, the snorkeling at the aquarium is divine. When weather does not permit a trip to the aquarium IE has a back up plan. This time we snorkeled by Long Caye. It is all so amazing. Island Expeditions is so organized, experienced, friendly and thorough. We had another great adventure. This was our third expedition with IE and would repeat in a heartbeat.
Some of the kindest people you will ever meet clearly are from Belize. The weather in March is warm and perfect. Nice breezes and broken clouds keep you from too much heat.
The Bird's Eye View Lodge was FANTASTIC. The Belize Biltmore Plaza was PERFECT! Half Moon Caye Basecamp will stay in my heart forever!
All guides were awesome, but I have to single out Jack for his leadership, knowledge and ability to challenge and inspire the guests. Bryan for his love of finding & sharing the joys of underwater. Dayton for his ability to make ALL of us laugh and enjoy our time together. Pablo for his calmness, leadership and knowledge of the sea and Terence (Roo) for his quiet humor as still waters run deep!
The food was FANTASTIC - thank you ladies for delicious, cooked with love meals! Thank you for all the work your team did to make such an amazing adventure for us to share together. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
This was our second trip to Belize so we found the country and it's people as welcoming as we had experienced the first time. Lighthouse Reef is very insulated from the world - part of its essential charm. Indeed it's a wonderful 'soft' adventure destination; actually it exceeded our expectations! All of the staff are clearly very proud to be working for Island Expeditions.
We would have liked to spend more time at the Crooked Tree Lodge as it was well worth the detour.