Spectacular Views En Route to Turneffe Flats
Turneffe Flats is located beyond the Barrier Reef in one of Belize’s three atolls, Turneffe Islands.
The atoll is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide and has many small cayes within the atoll. Turneffe Flats is one of the few islands with beautiful white sandy shores. What better way to get there than by a fun and exciting sight-seeing helicopter ride to the island.
There are two different routes to choose from in the transfer from the Belize International Airport to Turneffe Flats. The options are as follows:
Option 1: Direct Route to Turneffe Flats (Blue Route)
After you board the helicopter, the flight goes directly to the waters of the Caribbean Sea. You will quickly have the Reef in view where you will fly over Gallows Pt., you will be amazed by the colors of the Sea changing as you get at different angles over the reef. Once you leave the main reef, all you have is fresh air and the view of the deep blue sea.
Not further along you will be able to spot the Turneffe Island as the colors of the Reef around it transform the views of the atoll. As you fly over Turneffe Islands you will be amazed by its size and many lagoons, not too long before arriving at your final destination of Turneffe Flats in Northern Bogue on the Northeast of Turneffe Islands.
Option 2: Blue Hole Over Flight Transfer to Turneffe Flats (Red Route)
After leaving from the Belize International Airport, the flight takes you over the mainland and directly into the crystal Blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. You will quickly have the Reef in view where you will fly over the Drowned Cayes. At the cross over of the reef you will view the rushing waves that fight to get across the reef. Keep your eyes open too; you may be one of the lucky few who get to see sharks, dolphins, sting rays, manatees or crocodiles along the way.
Not further along will be the beautiful view of Turneffe Islands the very Atolls upon which Turneffe Flats is located. Turneffe Island is the largest of the three Atolls located in Belize stretching 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. The flight enters over the north of the Island at Snake Pt., then you will enter the Central Lagoon where you will fly over many small cayes before reaching the Northern Bogue and the east end of Turneffe Islands. At the atolls, there are about 200 cayes that are covered by mangroves. The Turneffe Islands are home to many exotic marine animals the more popular of those are the eagle rays, playful dolphins, turtles, huge green morays, giant Jew fish, nurse sharks, reef sharks, grouper, snapper and hose-eye jacks.
The adventure continues as you venture into the open ocean continuing south- east heading towards the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, first you will fly over Long Caye where you will get a different view of the “The Aquarium” a popular wall dive site.
Next, you will fly inside the Lighthouse Reef observing many of the reef structures inside the atoll en route to the one of a kind Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world, created by a collapsed underground cavern, hence giving the appearance of a dark blue circle amidst the turquoise sea. The Blue Hole measures 1,000 ft in diameter and 460 feet in depth. It is located approximately 60 miles west from Belize City and in March of 1996 it was declared a World Heritage Site and later declared a National Monument in February of 1999.
Passing inside the Lighthouse Reef you will now see the great Blue Hole surrounded by hard reef that borders it with only two small channels breaking into it. As you go across this spectacular hole, you will be dazzled by its size and color.
As you continue to soar in the sky, your journey comes to an end as we head back to Turneffe Islands where you land at your private Heliport and Turneffe Flats.