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Landing at Half Moon Caye

Land at Half Moon Caye National Monument and explore one of the most important atolls in the Belize Barrier Reef. Explore coconut groves and climb up to the red-footed booby and frigate bird colony on the western side of the island.

Included in your cruise
  • Explore Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
  • Enjoy the turquoise waters of the atoll lagoon.
  • Land at Half Moon Caye and explore the red-footed booby and frigate bird colonies.
  • Take time to swim and relax on a beach in paradise.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    2–2h30

  • Max. passengers

    60

  • Booking Code

    INCL-LH1

  • Notices

    We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and to bring water. A swimsuit is recommended.

Lighthouse Reef is an atoll on the easternmost part of the Belize Barrier Reef System, part of the larger Mesoamerican Reef System. Located about 50 miles southeast of Belize City, this important atoll is 22 miles long and 5 miles, forming a shallow sandy lagoon with an area of 46 square miles and a depth between 6.5 and 20 feet deep. This unparalleled area is known for its crystal-clear waters and extraordinary marine life.

We plan to anchor just off the shallow waters of the lagoon and land at Half Moon Caye National Monument in small boats (RIBs). Located at the south-eastern corner of Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye is a 44-acre island just over a half-mile long and covered in coconut trees. It’s the postcard-perfect image of a tropical island. Despite its small size, the biodiversity of this Caye is remarkable, as half is covered in a littoral forest. Half Moon Caye is also home to a rookery of the magnificent frigate bird and a nesting colony of the red-footed booby.

Rangers will be waiting on shore to guide us toward an interpretive trail. We will have time to explore the island at our leisure, so watch the birds, stroll around the Caye’s perimeter, or simply relax on the beach and have a swim.

Practical information:

  • Language: English

  • Included: Government fee and permission to land at Half Moon Caye, local rangers giving directions to guests

  • Remarks/requirements: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bringing water. A swimsuit is recommended.

  • Walking information: Walking over unpaved terrain, mostly flat

  • Wheelchair accessible: No