Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

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Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - Yoga on the sand in front of your tent before breakfast is a wonderful way to start your day on idyllic Half Moon Caye on Lighthouse Reef in Belize which has the second longest barrier reef in the world.
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - Stunning sandy beaches,emerald waters, waving coconut palms, a picturesque lighthouse with an active osprey nest on top, and at the far end of the peninsula, a lively colony of magnificent frigate birds and red-footed boobies. A World Heritage site.
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - This magnificent frigate bird on Half Moon Caye on Lighthouse Reef in Belize inflates a colourful throat pouch to attract a mate. I always think it is going to pop!
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - Leave camp and kayak into the lagoon then set up a card table for lunch.It's uncanny standing in a foot of water with no land in sight. The lagoon stretches to the sky in any direction
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - The white phase of the lesser red-footed booby bird is unique to Half Moon Caye on Lighthouse Reef in Belize. You can photograph the birds up close from viewing platforms in the ziricote trees.
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - Your kayak waits outside your tent for daily trips on the lagoon to paddle, snorkel, sail, drift, swim and dive, in the clear, turquoise, waters of Lighthouse Reef.
Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize - Imagine watching a tropical sunset or sunrise over the lagoon from your comfortable bed in a walk-in wall tent in the campground at Half Moon Caye.

Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize Reviews

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Creatures with Creature Comforts: Life's a Beach with Everything. Nov 15, 2009
I got hooked on this Half Moon Caye camp ground by a photo on the cover of an Island Expeditions' brochure of a long thin curving peninsula of white sand beach,a grove of slanting coconut trees, and a line of spacious white wall tents facing the emerald waters of the lagoon a few steps away where people were kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. No bugs here, but lots of magnificent frigate birds, red- footed booby birds, pelicans, marine iguanas and colourful hermit crabs. A paradise for scuba divers, snorkellers, birders, naturalists, anglers and photographers.

You can enjoy day camping by a visiting dive boat but this island has too many natural attractions for such a short time. Island Expeditions in conjunction with the Belize Audubon Society has the only camp on the caye and from December to April runs weekly trips from Belize City.From this camp (there is no other accommodation) you can explore the rest of Lighthouse Reef including the world famous Blue Hole.

Tents are walk-in airy canvas bedrooms right on the beach (great for taking pictures of sunrises or sunsets, and watching pelicans plummeting into the water for fish). Toilets, showers,the kitchen and open air dining room were all new and brightly painted on my 2009 visit. Except for two Audubon wardens and a lighthouse keeper who makes coconut oil in his spare time, you and your fellow campers have this tropical paradise almost all to yourself. I loved it.
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lynhancock says:
Thanks, Sylvia and David, it was a bird that led me to meeting the Audubon warden on Half Moon Caye and then that led me to returning to Belize to look for jaguars. Watched a fluffy white feathered chick booby bird in a flimsy nest trying to fight off a massive ferocious frigate bird, took it to the warden to care for, he looked at me as if was crackers, I explained that all my life in Canada I have been rescuing orphan animals so he had better help. We got fish for the chick and I built it a nest but at the end of the Island Expeditions week I had to leave the island. The warden continued and to thank him I sent him one of my books Love Affair with A Cougar (I raised several cougar orphans)which led to the jaguar expedition. But that's another story. As you probably know jaguars live in Cockscomb reserve in Belize. I will try to find my pic of the chick and the wing of the frigate, only the wing fits into the picture such is the size differential.Look for the pic in a short while (I am not great at computers) Thanks for noticing. Lyn Hancock
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Nice review... great bird pictures...
Posted on: Nov 15, 2009
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