Your adventure starts at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport where your outfitter will meet and shuttle you to the Bird’s Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The following day, you will be chartered out to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll and for the next several days, you will learn the fundamentals of sea kayaking and snorkeling around the spectacular marine environments. The island is also home to an Audubon Society run rookery and offers intimate views of birds and nesting sites from viewing platforms. You will also visit the Great Blue Hole, an iconic submarine sinkhole where you can snorkel or dive in its deep waters. On your final day on the island, you will have a final chance to snorkel, explore or relax before your water taxi brings you back to Belize City and your final night at the Belize Biltmore Hotel.
This is an active trip and your willingness to try new activities will be rewarded with lasting memories. Your trip leader will ensure that each day is full of excitement, all you need to bring is your curiosity and sense of adventure.
Each trip is unique and the itinerary is only the launching point for this adventure to unfold. The remote location of the basecamp means that the trip schedule is weather dependent, so the outfitter keeps the trip flexible to make the best of each day.
Be prepared to travel over open ocean for your trip to Lighthouse Reef. You will travel in a small craft, so if you have never traveled on the open ocean, speak to your doctor about ways to minimize any potential sea sickness.
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
This adventure begins in Ladyville, Belize at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, where your outfitter will meet and shuttle you to the Bird’s Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary for your first night’s stay.
On your last day of adventure, you will have time to enjoy breakfast and a final chance to snorkel, explore or relax before taking a water taxi back to Belize City for your final night’s stay at the Belize Biltmore Hotel.
All lodging and meals, all adventure-related equipment, and all transportation (including to/from the airport).
December through April brings cool breezy days with lots of sunshine and temperatures between 71°F – 85°F. This time of year is also considered the dry season, so little rain is expected.
Enjoy warm ocean temperatures around 75°F and mostly calm blue-green water. The protected waters of the reef are relatively shallow and have excellent water clarity and visibility to view the diverse marine life that you will encounter on the trip. Since this adventure takes place on the eastern most part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the trip may be affected by weather conditions; luckily, your guides know how to make the best of any weather!
The group size is kept intimate with 6-25 participants and 2-6 local guides. This ensures that you will have the ideal size group for instruction and exploration.
The first night of your trip, you will stay at a family owned lodge within a wildlife sanctuary and for the rest of your trip, you will stay at a basecamp amidst the natural environment. At basecamp, your accommodations will be tent walled cabanas with raised wooden floors, beds with all linens provided, and ample headroom to walk around inside the tent. Also, available at basecamp are freshwater showers, modern composting toilets, and solar powered refrigeration to create a well-appointed field camp.
All meals are included and will be an assortment of fresh seafood, grilled meats, tropical fruit, fresh vegetables, and Belizean cuisine. Most diets can be accommodated for during your trip and the outfitter works closely with any other lodges providing meals to assist in menu planning.
Length: 6 or 8 nights
Price: $1,699- $2,099 per person
Season: December – May
Min. Age: 8 years
Activity: Multi Activity
Adventure Level: Moderate
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