Glover's Reef

Type of Attraction
Caye (Island)

  • Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
  • Belize Barrier Reef
  • Marine Life
  • World Heritage Site
  • Largest Coral Reef in the Western Hemisphere

About Location
Deep channels coincide with dramatic rising pinnacles at the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. The reserve is one of Belize’s three stunning atolls (one of four in the entire Caribbean), ring-shaped coral reefs that encircle pristine lagoons. One of the most spectacular locations for marine biodiversity, not only for Belize but in the region, the calm waters of the atoll’s lagoon are home to at least three species of sea turtles, eight species of sharks and rays, hundreds of species of fish, including the endangered Nassau Grouper, and many different types of coral. Glover’s Reef was originally inhabited by Mayan people, and Mayan pottery has been found on the islands. Named after English pirates John and Rodger Glover, it is rumored that these seafaring brothers buried their treasures here.

The real treasure in Glover’s Reef is the outdoor adventure. This reserve is ideal for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fly fishing, and sailing. Explore the thriving coral formations of this site, and you’ll see why it is known as a top diver’s spot! After a day on the water, visitors can also recharge at one of the “off the grid” retreats.

“My adult son and I spent five wonderful days at Glover’s Atoll, which weren’t nearly enough. This island isn’t for everyone, but if you love going to sleep with the sea breeze gently blowing through your windows, getting up to find Nurse sharks and Spotted Eagle Rays swimming under your hut, and spending the evening looking at the magnificent stars in the sky then this little piece of paradise is for you!” wrote one Glover’s Reef visitor on TripAdvisor.
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Take a trip to Glover's Reef and snorkel in Belize's Barrier Reef.
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Glover’s Reef is one of 3 atolls in Belize. It is named after a 17th century pirate, John Glover, who used the area as a base from which he raided Spanish merchant ships. Glover’s ... moreReef is 35 miles off shore and the boat ride is typically 1.5-2 hours. It is located approximately 14 miles outside the barrier reef which is about 1 hour ride once you leave the barrier reef. The Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve was established in 1996 and boasts the greatest diversity of reef types and richest variety of marine life in the Caribbean. Glover’s is the most developed atoll with over 700 patch reefs. Snorkelling Glover's reef is very spectacular and worth the somewhat long journey to get there. Fishing at Glover's is also possible. Licenses and added fuel surcharge are required for fishing.
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We provide water taxi service between the Hopkins mainland and the cayes within South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Glover’s Reef as well as Dangriga and Placencia. Ideal for people ... morelooking for convenient, safe transport at a reasonable price.
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