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Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye

Lighthouse Reef Adventure - 8 Nights

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, then a remote safari-style Basecamp adventure exploring the rich coral reefs, Great Blue Hole and white sand cayes of Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, then a remote safari-style Basecamp adventure exploring the rich coral reefs, Great Blue Hole and white sand cayes of Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Overview

8 Days / 8 Nights
$2299 USD or $2699 CAD
When: December through May
Starts: Belize City
Ends: Belize City
Activities: Swimming Stand-up Paddle Boarding Snorkeling Sea Kayaking (Paddling) Sea Kayak Sailing Scuba Diving Archeology Mayan Ruins Hiking Fishing Birding Yoga

Trip Highlights

  • Snorkel, dive and paddle amongst the best reefs in the Caribbean on this signature trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
  • Spend six nights at Half Moon Caye, voted in 2019 the most beautiful caye in Belize!
  • Paddle and snorkel the ‘Aquarium’ and Jacques Cousteau’s legendary ‘Blue Hole’, the largest undersea sinkhole in the world.
  • 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 a sunrise boat tour and birding in the wetlands.
  • Select departures feature yoga instructors.   

Trip Itinerary

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


Arrive at the Belize International Airport where an Island Expeditions’ representative will meet you and welcome you to the country. You’ll be taken to the Bird’s Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary harbor tens of thousands of birds and is one of the most important protected wetlands in Central America.

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


In the morning, 50 ft from the lodge verandah one can typically view several hundred birds feeding along the shores of Crooked Tree lagoon. Mid-morning we embark on a boat journey beyond the main Barrier Reef to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and our basecamp on Halfmoon Caye. To begin, guides provide professional instruction - teaching you sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in the waters of the tropics.

Days 3-5
Accomodation:Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye
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, untouched coral reefs and sleep with breathtaking views of a billion stars over the ocean. Fifty miles from the mainland, the protected waters of Halfmoon Caye Marine Reserve are exceptionally clear with abundant fish and colorful corals.

Day 6
Accomodation:Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Each day presents a variety of activity choices; sea kayak or paddleboard to a shipwreck washed on the reef, snorkel the shallow waters of the ‘Aquarium’ and in the evening beachcomb along the deserted western beaches of Half Moon Caye.

 

 

 

 

Day 7
Accomodation:Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The great ’Blue Hole’ of Jacques Cousteau fame, is today’s big adventure. We sail and paddle our kayaks to this extraordinary underwater sinkhole  known for its profusion of fish and towering coral formations. Snorkeling at the ‘Blue Hole’ is a top favorite among our guests.

On our way back to camp we stop at Half Moon Wall for a drift snorkel over an undersea wall. Our farewell night features tropical drinks, a special dinner and lots of Garifuna drums, dance and songs. 

Day 8
Accomodation:Belize Biltmore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

For your last morning at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the choice is yours. Snorkel your favorite patch reefs, walk the island trails, or swing in a hammock and watch the frigate birds patrol in the sky. After lunch a water taxi arrives to take us back to the mainland.

Day 9
Accomodation:n/a
Meals: n/a

This last 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

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Lighthouse Reef Basecamp Tents, Halfmoon Caye Belize
Lighthouse Reef Marine Basecamp

Situated on spectacular Half Moon Caye National Monument, we are extremely lucky to be the only operator to overnight on Belize's first national park. Under a canopy of coconut trees, and next to a fantastic littoral forest (unique in the cayes of Belize), and red-footed boobie colony, our camp looks south over the endless Caribbean sea. Our comfortable Basecamp consists of a central pavillion, which acts as the social hub of camp. Here we eat our meals, learn for our island guides with morning talks on the local ecology, and discuss the day's plan. There is also a fully stocked resource library, and an endless supply of drinking water and juices that can be accessed through the day. The camp is powered by small generator in the evening, and there are freshwater showers, modern compost toilets and propane powered refrigeration giving us all the comforts of a well-appointed field camp. Guests sleep in comfortable wall-tent cabanas with wooden floors, a wooden night stand with a kerosene lamp, and outfitted with either single or double beds.

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

Dates and Prices

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Jan. 25   -
Feb. 02
Feb. 08   -
Feb. 16
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Mar. 01
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Mar. 15
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Mar. 29
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Apr. 12
Apr. 18   -
Apr. 26

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$2299 USD
$2699 CAD
Includes taxes and fees. Per person based on double occupancy.
8 Days / 8 Nights
Family Pricing
$200 Deposit to secure your space

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