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Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye

Lighthouse Reef Adventure - 6 Nights

Crooked Tree Wetlands, then a remote Basecamp Adventure exploring the rich coral reefs and white sand cayes of Lighthouse Atoll

Crooked Tree Wetlands, then a remote Basecamp Adventure exploring the rich coral reefs and white sand cayes of Lighthouse Atoll


6 Days / 6 Nights
$2399 USD
When: December through April
Starts: Belize City
Ends: Belize City
Activities: Swimming Stand-up Paddle Boarding Snorkeling Sea Kayaking (Paddling) Sea Kayak Sailing Scuba Diving Archaeology Mayan Ruins Hiking Fishing Birding

Trip Highlights

All abilities welcome! 

  • Glamping on Half Moon Caye, with this condensed version of our signature Lighthouse Reef Adventure.
  • Snorkel ‘the Aquarium,’ as well as Jacques Cousteau’s legendary ‘Great Blue Hole’. 
  • Outstanding walk-in snorkeling from the beaches of Half Moon Caye.
  • Contribute in a meaningful way to the conservation and protection of tropical coral reefs.
  • An overnight at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, with early morning boat tour and birding 
  • Includes airport pickup, accommodation and dinner with your group, plus lodging in Belize City at the end of your trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Stay: Bird’s Eye View Lodge
Meals: Dinner is included on this night

Upon arrival at the Belize International Airport, you will be welcomed by an Island Expeditions representative and whisked away to the Bird's Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. This area is renowned for its extensive wetlands, and four main lagoons which are home to hundreds of species of birds and other fauna.

Day 2
Stay: Half Moon Caye Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We rise early, and with a coffee in hand, take a motor boat birding tour of the Crooked Tree Lagoon.  After breakfast, we travel back to Belize City, make a quick stop at a local shop and 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, a session of sea kayak and snorkeling instruction before heading out on the water.

Days 3-5
Stay: Half Moon Caye Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

“If there’s a heaven on earth, then this must be it” one guest wrote of Halfmoon Caye. You’ll find empty beaches, a rare bird colony, untouched coral reefs and sleep with breathtaking views of a billion stars stretching over the ocean.  Over these 3 perfect days we snorkel the Blue Hole and Aquarium, paddleboard, sail our kayaks and venture outside of the reserve for Belizean style fishing expeditions.

Day 6
Stay: Biltmore Plaza Hotel
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 immaculate island beaches. After lunch, a motor charter arrives, and you'll begin to prepare for your trip back to the mainland.


Day 7
Stay: n/a
Meals: n/a

This day is yours to enjoy at your leisure before you fly home or continue on your travels. Relax by the pool or investigate the optional tours offered by the hotel activity desk.

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.

Bird's Eye View Lodge
Bird's Eye View Lodge

A special location on the shoreline of the Crooked Tree Lagoons, Birds Eye View lodge offers a stunning encounter with nature matched with heartfelt Belizean hospitality. Superb local naturalist guides, clean and comfortable accommodations and the historic nearby Creole Village of Crooked Tree combine to make this a favorite lodge we have partnered with for close to 30 years.




Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel
Belize Biltmore Plaza

The Belize Biltmore Plaza, close to the Municipal and International airports is the perfect jumping off point in Belize City.  Located just north of the city center, the Biltmore has modern rooms, restaurant, bar and a lovely inner courtyard with inviting pool. 


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$2399 USD
Includes taxes and fees. Per person based on double occupancy.
6 Days / 6 Nights
$300 Deposit to secure your space


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