Long Caye Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Long Caye Lighthouse Reef Atoll is part of Belize.
There are no cities in this region. There are isolated homes scattered through the keys as well as a Belize Coast Guard station on Lighthouse. Please be aware this station serves a vast area and is not consistently (fully) staffed as the medics and riflemen are usually on patrol.
Virtually all passage to this area is via Belize City, Caye Caulker, or San Pedro. As such all may be included in your itenerary before or after your visit.
Long Caye or Lighthouse Reef are generally visited as either a part of a diving expedition or on a private yacht.
The Great Blue Hole dive traditionally features the Lighthouse Reef as part of its itinerary. Lighthouse Reef is a well known diving spot that is absolutely among the top 5 in the Caribbean. Lighthouse Reef coupled with the Great Blue Hole dive is a one-two punch that will impress even the most jaded diver.
Please be aware that to dive the Great Blue Hole you must be Advanced or higher in SCUBA rating, regardless of agency. Without a deep diving certification the dive is perfunctory and aimless. With a deep certification it becomes an awe inspiringly breathtaking endeavor.
The 4 hour boat ride from Belize makes this a great opportunity to get to know the people on your boat.
The only other humans you may encounter are fellow divers or Belezian sailors/soldiers.
Unless you have a seaplane, yacht, dive boat, or well armed merchant ship, you should try to ride on one of these.
The vast majority of transit is by sea. Seaplane pilots may seek moorings on private cayes. On the islands it is a strictly walking affair.
Let it not go without mention that this site is a 3-4 hour choppy, rough, open ocean trek that generally departs the better traveled parts of Belize at 4am. Do not let storms put you off as this is an expensive dive, most shops will sail no matter what, although if you trust your life to the VERY rustic Belize Coast Guard you may be disappointed.
Hundreds of virginal and unspoilt cayes, reefs, islands, and atolls exist in this area.
In general the itinerary is such:
3.00 meet your dive team and breakfast
4.00 depart caye Caulker or San Pedro
8.00 arrive and dive blue hole.
12.00 arrive at lighthouse.
17.00 back to port of launch.
Activities are generally ocean-centric with SCUBA being th glaring piece de resistance. Snorkeling or other eco adventures on the cayes is a posibillity. So is gaining your scuba certification.
Generally speaking there is no food other than what one has provided by an expedition or has caught from the ocean on the trip.
Chicken bones are known to attract hordes of yellow snapper. This makes for an excellent dive/snorkel photo op.
Beer will quickly become hot. Bring a cooler full of Belizean-bottled Coca Cola and mix with a host of island rums after your final dive.
Should you somehow miss your outbound vessel, attempt to contact Belize City via cell or radio.
A second option is to contact the naval forces of your country. Allow a week or more for European, Central American, or South American navies or call the United States Navy which is superior in outfit and knowledge. Allow half a day to a day and a half for them to save you.
Should you be in need of provision, hydration is via coconut and food is what you can catch.