Maya Reef Explorer

A Jewel of White Sand Cayes Encircling Belize's Richest Coral Reefs 
plus the Spectacular Maya World and Wildlife of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary


Trip Features

The Maya Reef Explorer combines a three day inland adventure to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary with five days at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a remote tropical marine park and designated world heritage site fifty-five miles off the shore of the Belize Mainland.

Ideal for those wanting to experience both reef and inland, as well as the local Creole and ancient Mayan cultures. Well suited for families and couples of mixed abilities, our Basecamp trips offer a choice of guided activities on the reef and the flexibility for traveling companions to do things together or separately. All abilities welcome! Includes accommodation on the mainland before and after your trip to Lighthouse.
  • Discover the diversity of indigenous birds and wildlife at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat tour of Crooked Tree Lagoons. 
  • Check out Crooked Tree, one of Belize’s oldest Creole settlements
  • Journey to the ancient Mayan ruins of Lamanai and Altun Ha.
  • Explore and stay on remote and renowned Lighthouse Reef Atoll, with four nights in a tent-walled cabana at our all-inclusive Adventure Basecamp on Half Moon Caye.
  • Paddle and snorkel ‘the Aquarium,’ as well as Jacques Cousteau’s legendary Blue Hole.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 - Welcome to Belize! You will be met at the airport and transferred to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax after your journey, meet your fellow travelers and visit Crooked Tree Village.
Day 2 - Travel overland and by river to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, returning via the New River to our lodge on Crooked Tree Lagoons.
Day 3 - Enjoy the waking wilderness and the hundreds of birds feeding along the shores of the lagoon. Boat tour in the protected lagoons and a tour to the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha.
Day 4 – Travel to Belize City and board a chartered water taxi for the scenic two hour journey to Lighthouse Reef. Upon arrival at our Basecamp, you will get an orientation and introduction to sea kayaking and snorkeling before heading out on your first reef adventure.
Days 5-7 – Explore Lighthouse Reef. Choose from morning and afternoon guided reef activities or enjoy some time at leisure, walking the beach or relaxing in your hammock. Snorkel ‘the Aquarium’ and the renowned Blue Hole. Check out the red-footed booby colony from the Belize Audubon Society viewing platform.
Day 8 – Savor one last swim, snorkel or paddle before lunch. This afternoon, your boat charter will transport your group back to the Belize Biltmore Hotel, your accommodation in Belize City.
Day 9 – Day at leisure before your flight.

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My husband wanted to go fishing, and because Half Moon Caye is part of a marine reserve, Alex explained that there is no offshore fiishing...but he would see if something could be arranged. The next morning my husband, Zach & Adolpho went fishing in the early morning hours. My husband caught 2 barracuda. These guys were so very kind as to do this for my husband in the early morning hours and then be back before breakfast and know that they had a whole day full of activities. The cooks then prepared the barracuda for our group for lunch and we were all able to share in the stories! Wonderful memorable experience thanks to these folks! Bravo! 
Karen Kozyra 
Maya Reef Explorer

Trip Details

$2019 USD + $330 Taxes & Fees
$2204 CAD + $395 Taxes & Fees
Per Person based on Double Occupancy  
(Traveling as a Family?)
Duration:    9 Days   
When:    Weekly, December through April - Contact our office for details
Starts:     Belize City     
Finishes:     Belize City
Dates & Prices:   Click Here for Dates & Prices
Group Size:         6-25    
Guides:       2-6 Leaders
Accommodations:      1 Night Biltmore Plaza Hotel, 4 Nights Lighthouse Reef Basecamp, 3 Nights Birdseye View Lodge
Activities:   Sea Kayaking (paddling & sailing), Stand-up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving (optional, not included in trip cost), Fishing, Exploring Mayan Ruins & Rainforest, Birding, Photography, Natural History Interpretation, Beachcombing.
Extensions:   This trip combines well with the  Rainforest Canopy Extension. Also, visit our  Combining Trips Page  for more suggestions