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Lighthouse Reef Sea-kayaking Adventure

Camp on Lighthouse ReefOn the furthest boundary of the Belize reef system at world renowned Lighthouse Atoll, we have established the first ever Adventure Basecamp. Here we sea kayak,snorkel, learn about reef ecology, enjoy incredible seafood feasts, and take in one of the most beautiful island and coral reef settings you can possibly imagine. 

BirdThe Lighthouse Reef Adventure starts with an overnight inland discovery of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, then heads out by boat to Lighthouse Reef, fifty-five miles off the shores of the Belize mainland. 

We now have two versions of this very popular trip: 
The Lighthouse Reef 6 Night Adventure 
and  
The Classic Lighthouse Reef 8 Night Adventure.   
Depending on which you choose, you will have a choice of spending 4 or 6 nights at our Half Moon Caye Basecamp on Lighthouse Reef Atoll.   
Lodging on the mainland is included before and after both trips, as well as dinner on Day 0 and a Crooked Tree lagoon boat tour on Day 1.   

Lighthouse Reef atoll is a tropical marine park and designated world heritage site offering unparalleled snorkeling and paddling. The Half Moon Caye Basecamp is well suited for families and couples of mixed abilities, offering a choice of guided activities on the reef and the flexibility for traveling companions to do things together or separately. All abilities welcome! 

HIGHLIGHTS:



Lighthouse Reef sea-kayaking adventure itinerary

Day 0:

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 Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, with its swamps, wetlands and four lagoons, provides an ideal resting place for thousands of migrating and resident birds.

After checking into your accommodations you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers, enjoy a meal and if time permits, explore Crooked Tree Village. Crooked Tree Village is one of Belize’s oldest Creole Settlements. Airport transfers, dinner and lodging are included. Day 0 is the day to meet your fellow travelers, and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.

Accommodation: Birds Eye View Lodge
Meals: Dinner is included on this Day

Day 1:

CrocodileCoffee is served at sunrise. With your binoculars in hand you’ll enjoy the sounds and sights of the awakening wilderness. There are usually several hundred birds of many species feeding in front of the lodge along the shores of the Crooked Tree lagoons. After a healthy Belizean breakfast, you’ll embark by boat to explore the surrounding areas. Throughout this adventure, our aim is to provide you with tremendous birding and wildlife opportunities. Turtles, parrots, ibis, Morelet’s crocodiles, and Iguanas are frequently seen.

Weather permitting, later in the morning you’ll be driven along the “Old Belize Road” to the seashore where you’ll board a motor charter. This charter takes you through white sand cayes, mangrove ranges, and beyond the main Barrier Reef to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Lighthouse Reef Atoll is located at the furthest edge of the Belizean Reef System. It is 55 miles offshore of the mainland. Upon reaching Half Moon Caye, your guide team will orient you to your new island setting and help you settle into your accommodations. You’ll then enjoy a late lunch and an afternoon snorkel or kayak around Half Moon Caye.

Accommodation: Halfmoon Caye Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2-4:

Sail-kayakingDue to its isolated location from the mainland, the waters of Lighthouse Reef Atoll are exceptionally clear, with inspiring scenery, and a fabulously rich reef system. This ecosystem offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. To begin, our guides will provide professional instruction - teaching you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and safety in the waters of the tropics.

Over the next few days, you’ll have many options to explore, including a shipwreck, which 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 rests silently as a landmark, and is one of many shipwrecks in the area. It serves as a constant reminder of the navigational hazards in these waters. You’ll also have ample opportunities to learn from our guides about the marine reef ecology, the island’s mangrove, and the interior forest habitat. This area of the park consists of 45 acres. Many species of birds nest on the island, including a 4000 red-footed booby colony. The Audubon Society has built a series of viewing platforms to intimately observe the many nesting sites. And of course, we always give you the option of hanging out in a hammock with a good book and a cold beverage!

Accommodation: Half Moon Caye Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

The "aquarium" is today’s big adventure. You’ll pack a hearty lunch and your snorkel gear in our kayaks and paddle with motor support to this exciting location. This dive spot is known for its profusion of fish and towering coral formations. Snorkeling at the ‘Aquarium’ is usually one of the favorite activities among our guests. You’ll return home, stopping at the Half Moon Wall for a spectacular drift snorkel over the undersea cliff of the atoll. As you float (or drift) along the sea surface using your snorkel gear, you’ll have an opportunity to view the amazing underworld that lies beneath.

Accommodation: Half-Moon Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Today you’ll paddle along the protected waters of the Southern Reef towards Long Caye. At this location, you’ll have a chance to snorkel some of the atoll’s best patch reefs. After a full day of exploring, you’ll return just in time for a wonderful seafood dinner prepared especially for you by our cooks.

Accommodation: Half-Moon Basecamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Patch ReefFor your last morning at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the choice is yours. Snorkel your favorite patch reefs, walk the island trails, swing in a hammock or beachcomb along the immaculate island beaches. After lunch a motor charter arrives, and you’ll begin to prepare for your trip back to the mainland. This return journey takes you through Turneffe atoll across the Great Barrier Reef, and you’ll arrive at the Belize Biltmore Hotel usually by late afternoon. You can enjoy a fresh shower and swim in the hotel’s pool. Your final evening is reserved for relaxing at the hotel or exploring the local area.

Accommodation: Biltmore Plaza Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Dinner is not included on this day

*NOTE: Due to the remoteness of the Lighthouse basecamp, the activities on the reef portion of this trip are weather dependent and the itinerary is only a 'guide', and will remain flexible and open to any changes at the trip leaders' discretion.

RATES & DEPARTURE DATES 2017/2018

Price per Person
6 night version US$1409 + US$290 Taxes & Fees
8 night version US$1769 + US$330 Taxes & Fees

Rate per person, based on double occupancy

Departure Dates 6 Night Trip:

Arrival Day '0' Start Date End Date
Dec 18, 2017 Dec 19, 2017 Dec 24, 2017
Dec 22, 2017 Dec 23, 2017 Dec 28, 2017
Dec 26, 2017 Dec 27, 2017 Jan 01, 2018
Dec 30, 2017 Dec 31, 2017 Jan 05, 2017
Jan 12, 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Jan 18, 2018
Jan 16, 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Jan 22, 2018
Jan 26, 2018 Jan 27, 2018 Feb 01, 2018
Jan 30, 2018 Jan 31, 2018 Feb 05, 2018
Feb 09, 2018 Feb 10, 2018 Feb 15, 2018
Feb 13, 2018 Feb 14, 2018 Feb 19, 2018
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Mar 01, 2018
Mar 09, 2018 Mar 10, 2018 Mar 15, 2018
Mar 13, 2018 Mar 14, 2018 Mar 19, 2018
Mar 23, 2018 Mar 24, 2018 Mar 29, 2018
Mar 27, 2018 Mar 28, 2018 Arp 02, 2018
Apr 06, 2018 Apr 07, 2018 Apr 12, 2018
Apr 10, 2018 Apr 11, 2018 Apr 16, 2018
Apr 20, 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Apr 26, 2018

Dates for 8-Nights Itinerary


Arrival Day '0' Start Date End Date
Jan 20, 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Jan 28, 2018
Feb 03, 2018 Feb 04, 2018 Feb 11, 2018
Feb 17, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Feb 25, 2018
Mar 03, 2018 Mar 04, 2018 Mar 11, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 18, 2018 Mar 25, 2018
Mar 31, 2018 Apr 01, 2018 Apr 08, 2018
Apr 14, 2018 Apr 15, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

What's IncludedWhat's Not Included
  • Comprehensive pre-trip information package
  • All meals, accommodations and transfers described in the tour
  • Unlimited use of our Equipment and facilities
  • Accommodation on the day before the trip ('Day 0') and the final night
  • Professional Guiding Services
  • Transfer back to Belize City after the trip
  • Gratuities
  • International Flights & Airport Departure Tax
  • Fishing License
  • Snorkeling or Dive Gear & Scuba Diving Fees
  • Extra costs due to late arrivals and other circumstances beyond our control

Note:Some departures may have a certified yoga instructor on staff. Please inquire.

 

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