VOLUNTEER IN AMBERGRIS CAYE
Our base in Belize is located in one of the world’s, and the country’s, top diving destinations, Ambergris Caye, an island just off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean sea. The term “caye” describes a sandy island resting on top of a coral reef structure. Ambergris Caye itself is covered in mangrove forests, surrounded by crisp white beaches and clear, warm and vibrantly blue waters.
Ambergris Caye is also the top location for expeditions to Belize’s famous Great Blue Hole and Belize Barrier Reef, which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The reef is part of the second-largest coral reef structure in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and features a great abundance of coral species packed tightly together. Other than the barrier reef structure it features three atolls, circular coral reef structures, and over 400 cayes or islands.
One of the nearby protected areas of the reef that you can visit while staying on Ambergris Caye is Hol Chan Marine Park. Here, you’ll be able to see dramatic sea fan, staghorn and elkhorn corals as well as intricate giant brain corals. The area is also home to a rainbow of parrotfish species as well as little seahorses and a variety of other underwater Caribbean species including critically endangered sea turtles. Speaking of sea turtles, other areas of the park feature sea grasses where some turtle species graze along with manatees. Eagle rays, manta rays and a number of other species can also be spotted in the park’s famed Shark Ray Alley.
Of course, no trip to Belize is complete without snorkelling or diving in the Great Blue Hole, an ancient cenote, or sinkhole, now covered by the ocean. The trip is often part of the Lighthouse atoll reef tour and during which you’re also likely to stop off at the island of Half Moon Caye. Another top diving site is the “Elbow” on Turneffe atoll, for which you’ll need to take a short trip to the island of Caye Caulker.
If you’re looking for a break from diving, you rent your own golf cart, the fastest means of transport on the island, and tour the many beaches. You can also stop off at the island’s only town of San Pedro for a day of restaurant eating and shopping. It’s also possible to book yourself a spa day at one of the many resorts.
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