When you visit Belize on a scuba trip, you should visit Long Caye if you have the chance. For some reason not too many people know about this place, I am not sure why since you will find the best diving in Belize here. Hands down, no doubt!
Long Caye lies within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Long Caye lies in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which is one of 3 atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is part of the second biggest barrier reef in the world aka The Mesoamerican Reef System. The atoll is 27 miles long and 8 miles wide and offers epic scuba diving.
The atoll is probably best known because of the Blue Hole that lies in it. Divers from all over the world come to dive it. It is a shame though they often leave after 2 or 3 dives because there is so much more to see and do.
Where to stay at Long Caye?
At the time of writing, there are only two resorts on the Island. 1 of the resorts is the Itza resort and is owned and managed by Jim, who bought Long Caye with some friends a couple of years ago. And there is Bernard with Huracan Diving. Both Jim and Bernard are awesome people, and I could not wish for better company on a remote uninhabited Island in the middle of the Caribbean ocean.
The Itza Resort has 26 rooms and lies directly on the beach. Don’t expect a big fancy resort, you are on long caye. This is the kind of place where you retreat, where you lay in your hammock for a midday nap before you go diving. The resort is well renovated, and you can be sure that the rooms are clean, and the food is well prepared.
When you are looking for 5* luxury, then this is not (yet) the place for you. If you are looking for a unique experience on a remote island and do not want to break the bank, then this is the place to be.
If you are looking for a smaller B&B style accommodation, then you should have a look at Huracan Diving. Bernard and his team offer 4 and seven days all-inclusive dive packages from USD$ 1360 per person. Expect to do two and three tank dives within the Lighthouse Atoll. Diving with Huracan Diving is the liveaboard style but with all the land based benefits.
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