Turneffe Island Resort
to Turneffe Island Lodge
Turneffe Island Lodge is located beyond the Barrier Reef in one of Belize’s three atolls. The atoll is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide and has many small cayes.
Turneffe Island Lodge 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 Island Lodge. The options are as follows:
Option 1: Direct Route to Turneffe Island Lodge (Blue Route)
After you board the helicopter, the flight goes directly to the waters of the Caribbean Sea. See the colors of the Sea changing as you get at different angles. Fly directly over the Barrier Reef where when across it, 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 Islands and not too long before arriving at the final destination of Turneffe Island Lodge in Big Caye Bokel, located at the southern part of Turneffe Islands.
Option 2: Belize City and Reef Flight Transfer to Turneffe Island Lodge (Red Route)
After you board the helicopter and start your journey, the flight takes you to view the beautiful City of Belize. It’s just like a land tour of the city only you get to see more from the air. The flight out of Belize City will take you directly across into the cayes that borders the Barrier Reef. The flight will then continue along the coast line of the Reef passing over Cayes like Swallow Caye, where you will be able to see Manatees swimming around; Gallows Point, Spanish Lookout Caye, Water Caye and Goff’s Caye. Then the flight continues as it crosses the Barrier Reef and unto the Turneffe Islands to the white sandy Lodge in Big Caye Bokel.
Option 3: Blue Hole Over Flight Transfer to Turneffe Island Lodge (Orange 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 Gallows Pt. At the cross over of the reef you will view the rushing waves that fight to get across the reef. Open your ears as the music of the waves take you far away into a relaxation zone. 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.
Helicopter Transfer to Turneffe Island Lodge
Not further along will be the beautiful view of the very Atolls upon which Turneffe Island Lodge 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, beyond the barrier 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, the flight will take you over one of Belize’s largest protected areas, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument which encompasses 10,000 acres of atoll and 15 square miles of surrounding areas.
Your journey comes to an end as we head back to Turneffe Islands where you land at your private Heliport and Turneffe Island Lodge.