fbpx Double Atoll Adventure | Island Expeditions
Snorkeling the Coral Atolls of Belize

Double Atoll Adventure

An exceptional trip, spanning two of Belize's coral jewels. Visit both Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef in one trip. The very best of Belize.

An exceptional trip, spanning two of Belize's coral jewels. Visit both Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef in one trip. The very best of Belize.


11 Days / 10 Nights
$3799 USD
When: December through May, each year
Starts: Belize City
Ends: Belize City
Activities: Swimming Stand-up Paddle Boarding Snorkeling Sea Kayaking (Paddling) Sea Kayak Sailing Scuba Diving Archaeology Hiking Fishing Birding Zip Line
Coral Atoll in Belize

Trip Highlights

A unique opportunity to visit two of Belize’s coral atolls in one visit.  Start with three nights at our Glover’s Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye - located in a protected marine park and UNESCO world heritage site, thirty-six miles off the shore of mainland Belize. Spend three nights at Bocawina Rainforest Resort in Mayflower Bocawina National Park for a mix of inland adventure.  Then, travel to Belize’s most remote island group at Lighthouse Reef Atoll - also a marine protected area and UNESCO world heritage site, located fifty-six miles off the shore of the Belize coast. Stay on Half Moon Caye, where you will spend three memorable nights sea kayaking and unparalleled walk in snorkel gardens or quietly observe the nesting colony of red-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. 

"Basecamping" involves sleeping in wall-tented cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around, are on raised wooden floors, and have real wood-framed beds (6-inch foam mattresses). Tents can be configured with either double or single beds. All bed linen is provided.

Package includes:

  • Round trip domestic flight 
  • 1-night accommodations at Pelican Beach Resort
  • 3-night safari-style “basecamp” accommodations at Glover’s Reef
  • 3-night accommodations at Bocawina Rainforest Resort
  • 3-night safari-style “basecamp” accommodations at Lighthouse Reef
  • Meals (as per itinerary)
  • Boat transfers Dangriga/Southwest Caye - Belize City/Half Moon Caye
  • Guided activities and equipment (as per itinerary)
  • Park fees and taxes

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Stay: Pelican Beach Resort
Meals: None

 Upon arrival at the Belize City International airport, you check in with the Maya Island Air desk and board a plane to Dangriga.  We overnight at the Pelican Beach Resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Day 2
Stay: Glover's Reef Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we get an early start, meeting at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from Dangriga. We travel beyond the main Barrier Reef to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye, arriving around 10 a.m. Upon arrival, your guides will introduce you to your new environment, give you a camp orientation, and allow you to settle into your tent cabana. After lunch, we get out on the water where you'll receive professional instruction, learning the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. We paddle to a nearby patch reef and begin exploring one of the 700 snorkel sites Glover's Reef Atoll has to offer.

Days 3-4
Stay: Glover's Reef Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Start your day with an early swim or grab a mat and practice sunrise yoga by the beach. We keep our itinerary flexible to respond to the interests and abilities of the group and the current weather conditions. Activities include sea kayaking, snorkeling the lagoon and outer walls of the reef, Belizean-style handline fishing, and learning to sail a kayak. “Hammock surfing” with a good book and a cold beverage is also a popular option. We host informative sessions on Belize, the marine environments, and local culture. We end each day with a “boca” and drink to share stories of the day's adventure.

Day 5
Stay: Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Choose your own adventure for your last morning on Glover's Reef! Grab a mask, snorkel, and fins for a final visit to your favorite coral reef spot or fly fish on the flats. Our boat returns to Dangriga where your adventure continues with a short 30 minute drive into the southern Maya Mountains. Situated in the middle of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Bocawina Rainforest Resort is the perfect location to experience the broadleaf tropical rainforest and the amazing flora and fauna.

You'll start your trip by settling in and learning about the property and the experiences that lie ahead in the surrounding mountains and rainforest. You may want to sign up for the optional afternoon activities or a nocturnal hike

Day 6
Stay: Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise with the first light of day emerging through the jungle mist, and experiencing the sounds of the tropics is a pure delight, with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead. Finding a quiet spot to sip a coffee with binoculars close at hand is a sure way to soak in the essence of the rainforest.

After a hearty breakfast, we will make a quick stop to the adventure center and get outfitted with a harness. This exhilarating and invigorating hike to Antelope Falls carries us deep into the national park, past an unexcavated Mayan Ruin and up steep rainforest trails. We make a slow and steady pace up towards the falls, stopping to learn about the jungle flora and fauna from the guides.

At the crest of the hike, there is a rewarding cool off in the refreshing emerald pools at the top of the falls. From the top of the hill, we can see past the lowland savannah to the Caribbean sea. Just a breathtaking setting.  After a break, the guides set us up to rappel down Antelope Falls. This is optional and highly recommended for those looking for a thrill. Guests are welcome to hike back down rather than rappel down. We hike back to the restaurant for our pre-ordered lunch.

Note: Antelope Falls is a 2 pitch, 250 foot drop. A minimum of 100 lb per participant. An alternative for families with children and those looking for a less strenuous experience, we recommend Bocawina Falls hike and rappel

Day 7
Stay: Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day seven is completely flexible. You can stay close to the lodge or follow a trail to a favorite pool or waterfall.  The Mayflower Bocawina National Park is a haven for hiking enthusiasts, offering a captivating network of trails for various skill levels.  The park features the family-friendly Bocawina Falls Trail or the Bird Loop, ideal for a leisurely hike.  Adventure seekers can test their limits on the strenuous Big Drop Falls trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall.

Day 8
Stay: Half Moon Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 We rise early to transfer to the Maya Air terminal in Dangriga and fly to Belize City to head to our waiting motor boat charter. We travel by boat 56 miles out to sea, passing through mangrove ranges, white sand cayes, arriving at Belize's furthest island group, on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Upon arriving at Half Moon Caye, your guide team will orient you to the island and camp to settle you into your accommodations. You will then enjoy a late lunch and then a session of sea kayak and snorkeling instruction before heading out on the water.

Days 9, 10
Stay: Half Moon Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Due to its isolated location from the mainland, the waters of Lighthouse Reef are exceptionally clear with the most abundant fish populations and colorful coral reefs in Belize. This rich ecosystem offers access to some of the best sea kayaking and snorkeling (as well as scuba diving) in the Caribbean.

You will have ample opportunities to learn from our guides about the marine reef ecology, the local flora and fauna, as well as the island's coconut and littoral forest (more common to the interior of the mainland). Half Moon Caye is a beautiful and rich 45-acre nature preserve, hosting a red-footed booby colony as well as a magnificent frigate bird rookery. We tour the viewing platforms built by the Belize Audubon Society to observe the many nesting sites on the island.

Over the next few days, you will have many options to explore, including a quickly disappearing shipwreck just north of the caye. The guides will present activities each day based on the weather conditions, and the group's desires. And of course, we always give you the option of hanging out in a hammock with a good book and a cold beverage!

Day 11
Stay: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The choice is yours for your last morning at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Snorkel your favorite patch reefs, walk the island trails, and swing in a hammock or beach comb along the island beaches.

After lunch, a motorboat charter picks everyone up for the return trip to the mainland. This return journey takes you through Turneffe Atoll across the Great Barrier Reef, and you'll arrive at the Belize City Biltmore Hotel, usually by late afternoon.

Travel Notes:  For travelers leaving Belize after this trip, we strongly suggest spending a night in Belize City. International connections out of the country require a departure the next day.

The Places We Stay

Lighthouse Reef Basecamp
Halfmoon Caye Basecamp, Lighthouse Atoll

We are privileged by special arrangement to stay within the Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument. Our basecamp within this pristine marine park is designed to provide maximum comfort with a minimal ecological footprint.

Sleep in seaside tent-cabanas furnished with wood-framed beds, nightstand, lighting and room to store your personal gear.  Tents can accommodate singles, doubles and families.

Meals are served in our comfortable dining room with spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. Our central bathhouse has  modern eco-sensitive composting toilets, running water and solar warmed showers.

Glover's Reef Atoll, Belize, all inclusive glamping
Glover's Reef Marine Basecamp

On the water's edge, with dramatic views over the main reef wall and the open Caribbean Sea, is our dining area, with large raised verandah, lounge and resource library. The enclosed outdoor verandah is where your island guides give their fun and informative talks on the surrounding ecology each morning.

The camp is powered by solar generated electricity with freshwater showers, modern compost toilets and solar powered refrigeration. Guests sleep in comfortable wall-tent cabanas with beds, wooden floors, a night stand, lighting and can be outfitted for singles, doubles and family sizes.

Delicious meals featuring Creole and international cuisine are prepared and served buffet style in our open air dining area by our much beloved cooks.

Bocawina Rainforest Lodge & Adventures
Bocawina Rainforest Lodge & Adventures

This boutique lodge in the midst of a 7000 acre Bocawina National Park offers guests a quintessential tropical rainforest experience. Over 150 species of birds, howler monkey, wild peccary, jaguars and ocelots have been recorded in close proximity to the lodge.  Enjoy the beautiful tropical landscaping on the property and dine in style at the acclaimed Wild Fig restaurant.

Dates and Prices

Start Date   -

End Date

Dec. 21   -
Dec. 31
Dec. 28   -
Jan. 07

Start Date   -

End Date

Jan. 11   -
Jan. 21
Jan. 25   -
Feb. 04
Feb. 08   -
Feb. 18
Feb. 22   -
Mar. 04
Mar. 08   -
Mar. 18
Mar. 22   -
Apr. 01
Apr. 05   -
Apr. 15
Apr. 12   -
Apr. 22

Start Date   -

End Date

Check back soon for 2026 departure dates.
$3799 USD
Includes taxes and fees. Per person based on double occupancy.
11 Days / 10 Nights
$300 Deposit to secure your space

Double Atoll PDF Itinerary


Check Availability & Confirm Your Vacation

Learn More