Given this COVID-19 experience, we will all need to revive and refresh our spirits eventually, especially those who are confined to an area. Here in Belize, we are lucky to live in more ventilated spaces. Not to mention, Belize is all about living with nature and there are totally private spots for a different kind of positive isolation. Glovers Reef Atoll, found 45 miles from the mainland, is the pristine, castaway experience to enjoy.
What is an Atoll
An atoll is a coral island consisting of reef surrounding a lagoon.In the Western Hemisphere, there are 4 atolls and Belize is home to three. Glovers Reef Atoll is southwest as one of three atolls offshore Belize, offshore of Dangriga. After all, it is remote, with the most transparent water thats teeming with marine life. It gets its name from two Pirate brothers, John and Rodger Glover from the 1750s who used this atoll as a base from which they plundered Spanish merchant ships. This was their refuge and hiding place for all their spoils, stolen from the New World.
What it is Like Today
Within the atoll, there are a number of islands where visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. It is off the beaten track and away from the crowds. However, it is truly ideal for adventure seekers. At 90 square miles, 700 patch reefs is in the lagoon of Glovers Reef Atoll and is surrounded by 50 miles of sheer drop-offs, which start from 25 feet and drop straight down to 2,700 feet. Venture 45 miles from the mainland for an isolated paradise.
Top Adventures in Glovers Reef Atoll
Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve offers world-class snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.
Feature photo courtesy ROEming Belize Travel Agency.