As well as exotic marine life there is also lots of interesting things to see above the water. The reef is also the home of some exotic birds including white crowed pigeons, royal terns, frigate birds, hawks, and mangrove warblers.
The Great Blue Hole is an immense underwater sinkhole that is 407 feet deep and runs 985 feet across. It is believed to have been created about fifteen thousand years ago – give or take a year or two. This sinkhole is considered one of the most spectacular areas on the planet and so it is protected as one of the World Heritage sites. Within the Great Blue Hole are numerous caves and limestone structures.
Most people spending time on the Lighthouse Reef will base themselves in Long Caye Island. This is only a couple of miles away from the reef and offers all the beauty and relaxation that is expected from a tropical island; Long Caye beach is stunning. The accommodation here is of a real high standard, and there is plenty of opportunity for lounging around in a hammock on Long Caye beach after a long day diving.
Of course the main attraction around Lighthouse Reef is diving and this is what brings most people to the area. There is also the opportunity for snorkeling though, and there can be lots to see without going too deep in the water. Those who want to enjoy the Great Blue Hole though will need to put on Scuba gear and go deeper. Those who do choose to dive will also have a few wrecks to choose from as well as other interesting diving opportunities.
Kayaking around the reef is also a great way to experience the beauty of the place and this can be a really pleasant way to spend a few hours. If you have never done this before you will be able to receive instruction. It will also be possible to go on a kayaking tour of the area as part of a group. Most people will also fit in a bit of beach time on one of the local islands.