Located 30 miles (48 km) east of Belize City, there is a large group of mangroves and tropical atolls, where there is nothing more than a handful of private resorts and a small population of resident fishermen.
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Located 30 miles (48 km) east of Belize City, there is a large group of mangroves and tropical atolls, where there is nothing more than a handful of private resorts and a small population of resident fishermen. The waters surrounding the Turneffe Islands are home to the largest coral reef atoll in all of Belize and were set aside as a protected marine reserve in 2012.
The luxurious accommodation offered in the Turneffe Islands includes beachfront bungalows, where the great white sand beaches await you outside your door. People who spend several days in the Turneffe Islands will definitely have a relaxing time, there are no restaurants or services other than what the resorts offer.
The biggest attraction of the Turneffe Islands are the white sand beaches, the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and the healthy reef ecosystem. With more than 50 miles (80 km) of coral reefs and more than 100 dive sites, travelers who come here have immediate access to world class diving, snorkeling and fishing. From the resorts, the best dive sites are less than 10 minutes away. In addition to the colorful corals, turtles, eels and reef fish, lucky divers will also have the opportunity to find larger pelagic species, such as: reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and large groupers.
White sand beaches at Turneffe
With hot water temperatures averaging between (26-29 ° C) 80-84 ° F and an average visibility of 75 to 80 feet (23-24 m), diving conditions are often ideal, which makes It makes an excellent place for new divers to obtain their certification. In addition to the dive sites at Turneffe Atoll, staying here will take you only 1.5 hours on a boat ride to the famous Blue Hole. Day trips to this spectacular site is easy to book at the resorts.
The network of saltwater lagoons and mangroves also provide a habitat for a variety of species, including juvenile fish and breeding birds. The Turneffe Islands have one of the largest nesting areas in the Caribbean for American crocodiles, a threatened species, where mangrove tours offer visitors opportunities for wildlife observation. Activities such as kayaking and snorkeling are very popular, since they can be done from the beach at any of the resorts.
Another unique feature of the Turneffe Islands is the kilometers of shallow salt water where visitors come from all over the world to fly fishing. Macabijo, palometa and tarpon, are just some of the species that can be caught frequently. Fly fishing classes are available to all people of any level.
From Belize City, getting to Turneffe Islands takes approximately 1.5 hours by boat, depending on the weather. The three main resorts can help you organize boat transportation, which is sometimes free depending on the day of your arrival. Private flights, which take 15 minutes from Belize City, are also available. For travelers with a more limited budget, day trips can be made from Ambergris Caye and Caulker Cay, but tours often require a minimum number of people.