Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby

Belize Lighthouse Reef

Belize Lighthouse Reef


Lighthouse Reef, made famous by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, is known as the “Aquarium” – renowned for its crystal clear waters, abundance of marine life, and thriving coral reefs.

In partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, we’ve established an Adventure Camp within the Half Moon Caye Marine Reserve, opening up for the first time this spectacular wilderness to adventurers.

Beyond the barrier reef, a coral atoll rises from the sea. Shimmering with white-sand cays and lush green with groves of coconut palms, the lagoon provides a rare underwater habitat for snorkelers, with miles of shallow water 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.

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.

Optional diving is available for certified divers on certain days of the trip. Please let us know in advance. We can also arrange a variety of dive packages before or after your trip. For further information please contact our office.

Scuba Diving Rates
Two Dive Package with BC and Reg $125 US
Three Dive Package with BC and Reg $165 US
Blue Hole Park fee $30 US


  • Comprehensive pre-trip information package
  • All meals, accommodations and transfers described in the tour
  • Unlimited use of our equipment
  • Accommodation on the day before the trip (Day 0) and the final night
  • Professional guiding services
  • Belize 9% Hotel Tax
  • 12.5% Belize Sales Tax

Not Included

  • Transfer to the airport after the trip
  • Gratuities
  • International flights and Airport Departure Tax
  • Snorkeling or dive gear and diving fees
  • Extra costs due to late arrivals


A new 6 day Lighthouse Reef Adventure has been added. It is the same itinerary, but instead of staying 6 nights at the Half Moon Caye Basecamp on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, you spend 4 nights. The cost is $1,409 USD + $290 USD Taxes and Fees. The dates are as follows for 2017-2018 dates:

  • Dec.18-24
  • Dec. 22-28
  • Dec. 26-Jan. 1
  • Dec. 30-Jan. 5
  • Jan. 12-18
  • Jan. 16-22
  • Jan. 26-Feb. 1
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 5
  • Feb. 9-Feb. 15
  • Feb. 13-19
  • Feb. 23-Mar.1
  • Mar. 9-15
  • Mar. 13-19
  • Mar. 23-29
  • Mar. 27-Apr. 2
  • Apr. 10-16
  • Apr. 6-12
  • Apr. 20-26


Quick Facts

Cost: $2283.76 CAD USD
5% GST + $395 Taxes and Fees
Duration: 8 Days
Trip Type: Tropical Expedition
Skill Level: Beginner
Rendezvous Point: Belize City, Belize

Upcoming Trip Dates

  • Sat Jan 20 - Sun Jan 28, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Feb 03 - Sun Feb 11, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Feb 17 - Sun Feb 25, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Mar 03 - Sun Mar 11, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Mar 17 - Sun Mar 25, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Mar 31 - Sun Apr 08, 2018   Book Now
  • Sat Apr 14 - Sun Apr 22, 2018   Book Now

To get more information or book a date call us at 1-800-297-6927


Please note that due to the remoteness of the Lighthouse basecamp, the activities on the reef portion of this trip are weather dependent and the following itinerary is only a guide, and will remain flexible and open to any changes at the trip leaders’ discretion.

Day 0: Arrive at the Belize International Airport where you’ll be met by an Island Expeditions representative and transferred to the Birds Eye View Lodge, in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

After checking into our accommodations we have a chance to meet our fellow travellers and enjoy a fine meal, and as time permits, explore Crooked Tree Village, one of Belize’s oldest Creole Settlements.

Transfers from the airport, dinner activities and lodging are included. This is your day to arrive before the trip starts, meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.

Accommodation: Lodge 
Meals: Dinner

Day 1: Coffee is served at sunrise, and with binoculars in hand, we enjoy the waking wilderness and many hundreds of birds feeding right in front of the lodge along the shores of the Crooked Tree lagoons. After a healthy Belizean breakfast we’ll embark by boat to explore the area. Throughout the sanctuary there are tremendous birding and wildlife viewing opportunities: iguana, turtle, parrot, ibis and Morlet’s crocodile are frequently seen.

Later in the morning, we’ll drive along the old Belize Road to the sea where we board our motor charter that takes us through white sand cays and mangrove ranges, then past the main barrier reef to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, 60 miles offshore of the mainland.

On reaching Halfmoon Caye your guide team will orient you to our new island setting and settle you into your accommodations and camp, enjoy a late lunch and an afternoon snorkel or kayak around Halfmoon Caye.

Accommodation: Halfmoon Basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2-4: Due to it’s isolation from the mainland, the waters of Lighthouse Reef Atoll are exceptionally clear, with inspiring scenery and a fabulously rich reef system that offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean.

To begin, the guides provide instruction, teaching the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling and safety in the tropics.

Over the next few days we have many options to explore, including a shipwreck that looms just north of the caye. In 1971, a ship named the Ermlund lost power during a storm and was deposited on the reef by a large wave. This 4000-ton wreck sits as a landmark and is one of many shipwrecks in the area that serve as a constant reminder of the hazards of navigating these waters.

We also have ample opportunities to learn from our guides about the marine reef ecology and the island’s mangrove and interior forest habitat spread over the park’s 45 acres. Many species of birds nest on the island, including a red-footed booby colony for which the Audubon Society has built a series of viewing platforms to intimately observe the many nesting sites. And, of course, we always have the option of hanging out in a hammock with a good book and a cold drink!

Accommodation: Halfmoon Basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: The “Aquarium” is today’s big adventure. We pack a hearty lunch and our snorkel gear in our kayaks and paddle with motor support. This dive spot is known for its profusion of fish and towering coral formations. We return home, stopping at the Halfmoon Wall for a spectacular drift snorkel over the undersea cliff of the atoll.

Accommodation: Halfmoon Basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Today, we paddle along the protected waters of the southern reef to Long Caye where we have a chance to snorkel some of the atoll’s best patch reefs. After a full day of exploring, we return just in time for a wonderful seafood dinner prepared by our cooks.

Accommodation: Halfmoon Basecamp
 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: For our last morning at Lighthouse, the choice is yours. Don a mask, snorkel and fins for a visit to a favorite patch reef, enjoy walking the island trails or beach comb along the island beaches before the motor charter arrives to pick us up for the return boat trip back to the mainland. We transfer to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel where we can enjoy a fresh shower and a swim in the pool.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

More Information About Accommodations

On Day 0, we’ll be staying at Birds Eye View Lodge, situated on the water’s edge of the Crooked Tree Lagoon. This comfortable Belizean-style hotel offers private bath and lakeside views. Over top of the hotel there is a deck and bar, which is a perfect place to catch the evening breeze and reminisce over your recent discoveries.

On Days 1 – 6 we are “base camping,” sleeping in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds.

On the final night we’ll be staying at the Belize Biltmore Hotel in Belize City. This is a modern and comfortable hotel, located 5 miles north of Belize City, with a central courtyard and swimming pool to relax and unwind.


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