Turneffe Atoll

Type of Attraction

  • Largest True Atoll in Belize
  • Marine Life, Snorkeling, Diving
  • Fishing, Caribbean Sea

About Location
Turneffe Atoll is one of three atolls of the Belize Barrier Reef, besides Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef. It is a chain of small Caribbean cayes southeast from the island of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye and twenty miles off the coast of Belize City. This is the largest true atoll in Belize and the Mesoamerican Reef System at thirty miles long and ten miles wide. The Turneffe Atoll was declared a national marine reserve on 22 November 2012 by the government of Belize. The atoll is home to many marine species that are threatened and/or commercially important. The land and seascape consists of a network of highly productive flats, creeks, and lagoons dotted by more than a hundred and fifty mangrove islands and higher cayes with savanna and littoral forest.
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San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Turneffe is the largest of the three atolls and the only one with an extensive cover of mangroves, featuring spectacular wall diving suitable for every level of diver. Because of its ... moreundeveloped, the atoll has an untouched marine life. Visibility is excellent, making it easy to enjoy the large school of horse-eye jacks, snapper, and permits. Turneffe Island makes the scuba diving an adventure like no other dive destination in the Caribbean. The vastness and variety of marine life and coral formations are truly unmatched.

The isolation, lack of any large-scale development and the natural attributes of the atoll make it the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean. Sixty species of birds live or migrate through here. The water teems with dolphins and sharks and crocodiles.

But it’s the fish that most people come for.

With visibility, up to 100 feet and such a rich marine environment we were able to see spotted eagle rays slowly flapping by like birds underwater, loggerhead turtles, colorful and diverse coral formations (soft and hard), big schools of creole wrasse which flash by in a blur of black and blue, tiny snapping shrimp (which really do snap), spotted toadfish, peppermint shrimp, dancing crabs and a remora (aka suckerfish) so big it had a smaller remora attached to it and lots more.
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