Moon Caye Wall and Long Caye Wall at Lighthouse Reef are two
of the best Atoll dives of Belize and we dive both on our Blue
Hole trips. When you dive the reefs off Ambergris Caye, you
dive into deep spur-and-groove canyons.
very different offshore at Lighthouse Reef. When you dive the
Atolls, you dive some of the most pristine walls in the Caribbean.
These walls start very shallow at just 25-35 ft. Because more
sunlight filters through at shallow depths, the marine life
there is abundant and the colours are vivid.
is less diving pressure on Lighthouse Reef because they're not
so close to Ambergris Caye. The coral and sponges are in an
almost virgin state. We have had many divers tell us that the
diving at these two atolls surpassed anything they've seen in
the waters off Ambergris Caye can be too rough to dive safely.
When the wind is blowing more than 15 knots from the east, most
dive shops cancel their outside-the-reef dives, leaving only one
or two shallow dives possible inside the reef. Lighthouse Reef
has dozens of sheltered brilliant dive sites, and the water is
calm. I'll say that again. Lighthouse Reef gives you access to
sheltered calm water. Don't let your vacation get "blown
away". Dive the atolls.
also go ashore for lunch at Half Moon Caye at the southern end
of Lighthouse Reef. Half Moon is home to 4000 red footed Booby
birds, and hundreds of Frigate birds. The island and the surrounding
waters are completely protected by law. It's a National Monument
and a World Heritage Site. You can't take anything from the island,
except trash, and even then check to see if that soft drink can
has become home to some small creature before bagging it.
an observation platform in the middle of the bird sanctuary, and
in the spring you'll see the fluffy Booby Bird chicks that seem
larger than their parents! Bird enthusiasts will enjoy dozens
of other species that inhabit the sanctuary. Bring your binoculars!
birds, Half Moon Caye is home to huge hermit crabs that scuttle
around the underbrush. Don't worry, they're quite timid and keep
to themselves. For a demonstration of animal camouflage, try to
spot the iguanas lying stock still in the branches of the ziricote
trees. Some reach five feet in length, but they are quite harmless.
Moon Caye has two distinct areas. The western side consists of
dense ziricote and gumbo forest. This is the main animal/bird
sanctuary and covers 30 acres. The other 16 acres has wide open
sandy beaches scattered with palm trees. Half Moon Caye is the
perfect stopover for honeymooners - it's hard to believe there
could be a more romantic place on earth!
trips to the Blue Hole depart 4 or 5 times a week depending on
weather and demand. Lighthouse Reef is located about 50 miles
offshore so we depart at 6 AM and return about 5 PM. A picnic
lunch is provided on Half Moon Caye. The trip is also excellent
for snorkelers since the dives sites are located close to shallow
Hole Dive Center is located in San Pedro Belize, on the island
of Ambergris Caye. In business for over ten years, Blue
Hole Dive center offers diving and snorkeling trips, scuba
instruction, excursions to the ruins and rainforests and caves
of Belize. We also have dive & hotel packages available from
budget to luxury.
more information about diving in Belize please visit our web site
Presented by Blue Hole Dive Center, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
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