MesoAmerican Reef System
Belize Barrier Reef
The extraordinary Belize Barrier Reef and atoll ecosystem is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System, the second largest reef system in the world. (An atoll is a large lagoon with coral formations around its perimeter.) The Lighthouse Reef Atoll, one of only four atolls in the Western hemisphere is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System.
Belize Barrier Reef (Photo Credit: Wiki)
Diving Belize Barrier Reef: UNESCO Video
Lighthouse Reef Atoll is approximately 50 miles east off the coast of Belize City. Equivalent to a large saltwater lake surrounded by a ring of coral in the middle of the Caribbean, the Lighthouse Reef Atoll is 27 miles in length and about eight miles wide.
Lighthouse Reef Atoll
With its unique variety of marine life in such an untouched state, Lighthouse Reef is one of the largest and most impressive examples of an atoll coral reef ecosystem.
Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Long Caye, the largest island within Lighthouse Reef Atoll and the largest island in an atoll in the western hemisphere, borders the southwestern edge of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, and is 2 1/4 miles in length and 3/4 miles at its widest point.
In its entirity, it encompases approximately 600+ acres. It is surrounded by water ranging in depth from three to 30 feet inside the atoll, to over 4,000 feet in depth beyond the coral formation.
Diving at Lighthouse Reef Belize
Scuba diving at Lighthouse Reef Belize attracts people from all over the world. They come to Lighthouse Reef to dive this magnificent underwater paradise and explore its magnificent marine ecosystem that extends for miles.
Within the atoll and a few minutes away from Itza Resort are two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Half Moon Caye Bird Sanctuary and the Belize's most famous diving spot, the Great Blue Hole.
Additionally, we are near some of the world’s most pristine reefs and dive sites, including the Aquarium, Half Moon Wall, Long Caye Wall and Cathedral.
Diving The Aquarium at Long Caye Belize
Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef offers extraordinary opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling, photography, sailing, recreational and sport fishing, sea kayaking, bird watching, swimming, relaxing and exploring in the midst of Caribbean magnificence of Belize.