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Atolls and Outer Cayes, Belize
Belize travel destination
A refugee from the world could not get farther away than the atolls and outer cayes of Belize. These 450 precious gem islands, set in a sea of shimmering aquamarine, range from mere specks of coral awash a high tide, to exotic resorts.
The Outer Cayes or islands along the Belize Barrier Reef are too numerous to name. They include three of the four coral atolls in the Caribbean: Lighthouse Reef (location of the famous diving site the Great Blue Hole), Turneffe Island and Glover's Reef.
Glovers Reef Atoll
Seventeenth-century English pirate John Glover used these islands to raid Spanish merchant ships and hide the treasures. Today Glovers Reef Atoll is the treasure – a marine reserve since 1987, enjoyed by boaters, divers, anglers, kayakers, campers, and researchers. Its pristine lagoon harbors 750 coral patches, while outside the ring of islands, 50 miles of sheer drop-offs from 40 to 2,600 feet, plus numerous shipwrecks, wait to entertain divers. Glovers Reef Atoll can take five hours to reach by boat. Fast boats from Dangriga make the trip in just over one hour.
Lighthouse Reef Atoll
The Blue Hole is part of the Lighthouse Reef System. At approximately 62 miles (100 km) from Belize City it's the entrance to a former Ice Age cave – and today it is one of the world's most popular dive sites.
Turneffe Islands Atoll
South Water Caye