Half Moon Caye Natural Monument

Type of Attraction
Caye, Natural Monument
Gold Standard
Near Turneffe Atoll

  • Coconut Trees, Beach, Swimming
  • Corals, Snorkeling, Diving
  • Marine Life

About Location
Half Moon Caye is an island and natural monument located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize. The island was the first nature reserve to be established in Belize under the National Park System Act in 1981. It is also the first marine protected area in Central America. 

Half Moon Caye is also a well-known dive site as it provides a unique diving experience that allows visitors to see a diversity of marine life such as corals, eagle rays, sea turtles, and an abundance of fish. The island is also home to a large colony of red-footed boobies, which can be seen nesting on the cliffs. 

In addition to its natural beauty, Half Moon Caye is also a significant historical site. The island was once home to a Maya settlement, and the ruins of the settlement can still be seen today.

Half Moon Caye is a truly unique destination that offers visitors a variety of experiences. Whether you are interested in diving, snorkeling, bird watching, or exploring the island's history, Half Moon Caye is sure to impress.
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What better way to spend your summer than to go snorkeling at the Great Blue Hole and exploring the paradise island, Half Moon Caye? The Belizing Team had the opportunity to visit ... moretwo of Belize's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just one day with the Belize Audubon Society!
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Author Name:
Angela Wu
Added Date:
Friday, 2 Sep, 2022
Tours & Shuttles
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
We plan a trip to the Blue Hole located at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll on a daily basis but need a minimum of 10 divers or snorkelers to confirm. ... more

This is an offshore full-day trip that consists of the following 3 sites:

The Great Blue Hole

Half Moon Caye

Long Caye Wall also known as The Aquarium

The Blue Hole and the island of Half Moon Caye are natural monuments and as such are protected areas which require park entry fees as follows:

Blue Hole: US $30
Half Moon Caye: US $10
Total: US $40 (which must be brought in cash to be paid on the island of Half Moon Caye)

Pick Up: Done via boat between 5:15 to 5:30 am depending on where you are staying. Complimentary pick-up extends from Tuto (north) all the way down to Pelican Reef (south).

Food: We include continental breakfast, lunch, fruits throughout the day, refreshments and drinks on the way back.

Continental Breakfat: Seasonal Fruits, Powder Bun, Cheese, Coffee and hot water for Tea.
Lunch: Belizean Rice and Beans and stew chicken

Boat Ride: 2 to 2 1/2 hours (approx.) 

Time: 6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Experience The Great Blue Hole Its deepest point lies at 124 meters and has an almost perfect circular shape which is 300 meters wide. ... more

Discover Yourself In The Ocean

French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared it “one of the top ten dive sites in the world.”

The Great Blue Hole, off the coast of Belize, is a diver’s paradise. But if diving is not for you, you can also snorkel for a full day around the hole and nearby. The Blue Hole is well known among diving enthusiasts, for whom this place has them all: clear waters, a variety of flora and fauna as you can meet here nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and bull sharks.

Scuba Diving the Blue Hole is a full-day diving experience. On this trip, you will do three tank dives in three different spots. The first stop is at the Blue Hole. The second stop is at Half Moon Caye Wall. After the second dive, we head to Half Moon Caye, where you rest for a while and have lunch. The third dive spot will be at the Aquarium at Long Caye. Then, we cruise back home watching the sunset.

*dive gear can be rented for an additional cost 
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