Photograph by by Marius Jovaiša, author of Heavenly Belize
Half Moon Caye is located at the southwest corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll and just this week was selected as a top dive site by Jacksonville Business Journal, a popular business website in the United States.
Kristina Fazzalro, the writer who put together the article entitled “10 Best Dive Sites in North America” described the Caye as follows: Half Moon Caye in Belize offers divers the chance to go on a wall dive–a dive in which the vertical facades of the earth’s landmasses are explored. The depths at Half Moon Caye (and really at any wall dive) are tremendous, giving you the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss. The waters at Half Moon Caye are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels.
See also: Atoll & Mainland Belize Vacations
Weather permitting, our dive package can include a trip to Lighthouse to dive the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and Long Caye
Of course we agree with Fazzalro’s description on Half Moon Caye and we also have 8 great reasons why we believe this beautiful gem is an amazing Caye in the country. Here are our 8 reasons:
REASON # 1 the fact that the water in Half Moon Caye is ridiculously crystal clear
REASON#2 the fact that the area is diversely populated with abundant marine life like groupers, snappers, hogfish, stingrays, and sand eels and all of these beautiful and colorful creatures are protected under Belize Law
REASON#3 the fact that the spectacular coral growth makes it the ultimate destination for snorkeling and diving in Belize
See also: 5 Ways to get Seduced by Belize
REASON#4 the fact that Half Moon Caye is a historical national park and protected area
REASON#5 the fact that the Caye supports the only viable breeding for the Red-footed Booby colony in the western Caribbean.
REASON#6 the fact that the Island Leaf-toed Gecko, also known as the Belize Atoll Gecko, is endemic to Belize, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world.
REASON#7 the fact that its beaches are clean and gorgeous
See also: Belize Manatees
REASON#8 the fact that it is crescent- shaped and is divided into two ecosystems: on the western side it has dense vegetation with rich fertile soil and on the eastern section it sustains coconut palms and other vegetation.
For more information about Half Moon Caye or Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Reservations Manager at: email@example.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the “Placencia Sidewalk” which was constructed over 30 years ago as a means of wheel barrowing fish without fighting through the sand as the narrowest street in the world.
The street which runs to the center of the village is lined with homes, coffee shops, hotels, guest houses and restaurants.
For those who do not know, Placencia Village sits at the tip of a 16–mile peninsula in Southern Belize and is the only place on mainland Belize that offers unspoiled white sand beaches. The village is also known locally as “Barefoot Perfect.”
Miles of natural sandy beach, a virgin mangrove–fringed lagoon, a wonderland of coral–studded cayes just off-shore, nearby jungle rivers (home to the howler monkey) and pristine rainforests, Garifuna, Creole and Maya cultures and ancient ruins, all within a short tour away, make Placencia the ideal destination for the intrepid traveler.
For more information about Placencia or Belize, you can chat with our Concierge at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Reservations Manager at: email@example.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.
We do agree with Parm that once you visit Belize you will not want to go back home because Belize is truly a blissful paradise. With the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere that is ideal for snorkeling and diving, unspoiled rainforest for mountain biking or horseback riding, friendly people to have stimulating conversations, and delicious food from eclectic ethnic groups who would want to leave?
It was Parm’s third trip to Belize and it looks like she is now addicted to BELIZE.
“This former British colony bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south may be a small country, but it has a diverse geography that includes the second largest barrier reef, a tropical rainforest that’s home to hundreds of species, ancient Maya ruins, miles of white sand beaches and hundreds of islands. How could one not fall in love with the intoxicating beauty of this country?”
Belize is so diverse in its ethnic and cultural backgrounds due to its multi-cultural ethnic groups – Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonite, East Indian and Chinese, she remarks.
She then goes to describe the Belize Barrier Reef as one of the world’s most famed sites for snorkeling and diving.
Read more about how to get seduced by Belize here: http://www.travelandescape.ca/2014/03/5-ways-get-seduced-belize/
All photos by Parm Parmer – Twitter @parmiep
Manatees are lovable and gentle water creatures that spend their entire lives in the water. According to researchers, manatees can have a life span of up to 60 years and are found habitually in warm shallow waters. They only eat plants making them herbivores.
Belize has the region’s largest concentration of manatees by the count of the United Nations Environment Programme due to the fact that our country has the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and extensive mangrove swamps. In addition, Belize’s network of rivers and lagoons which is protected in part by the reef provides fertile feeding grounds and shelter for these amazing mammals.
Manatees can be spotted along Belize’s entire coast line and can weigh as much as 1000 pounds. According to a UNEP report, manatees in Belize number fewer than 1000 but the population’s birth rate and cub survival rate is moderately stable and analogous to the population of Florida’s Crystal River area.
There are three protected manatee areas in Belize: The Northern Lagoon/Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary near Belize’s border with Mexico, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sactuary which is a few miles from Belize City and Gales Point Manatee Wildlife Sanctuary in the Southern Lagoon area.
Many of our guests have spotted manatees on their way to Monkey River Village for the Howler Monkey Tour which remains one of the top tours to do from Placencia. On this tour, you will not only see manatees but also a variety of exotic birds, crocodiles and howler monkeys in their natural tropical environment.