Day 1: Arrive at the Belize International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center, adjacent to the Belize Zoo. After settling into our forest cabanas we meet our fellow travelers over dinner. At the Tropical Education Center, we have a chance to explore the surrounding savanna forest through their network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms.
There is also an interpretative center, which details the diverse ecology of Belize, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure ahead. Transfers from the airport, dinner and lodging are included. This day is your day to arrive before the trip starts, meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Accommodation: (Tropical Education Center). Meals: Dinner.
Day 2: After enjoying a healthy Belizean breakfast we spend the morning enjoying the Tropical Education Center trails and facilities. Throughout the TEC area we have tremendous birding and wildlife opportunities: iguana, turtle, parrot, ibis and toucans are frequently viewed and a Morlet’s crocodile can be seen along the banks of the Lagoon. Next, we connect with our motor charter that takes us offshore to our Basecamp at Lighthouse Reef Atoll arriving in the late afternoon. Accommodation: (Half-moon Basecamp) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3-5: 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 rusted wreck sits silent 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 4,000 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: (Half-moon Basecamp) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: 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 it's 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: (Half-moon Basecamp) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: 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: (Half-moon Basecamp) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: 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, Dinner is not included on this day.
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