Turneffe Atoll Print

With more than 70 named dive sites, the marine life at Turneffe Atoll is a spectacular experience. This 30-mile long and 10 mile long atoll is located 25 miles from Belize mainland and offers unrivalled fishing, coral formations, dive and snorkel sites in deep channels and shallow reef patches.

Notable Features

  • Currents pull in schools of grunt, grouper, permit, snapper and jack, while an exploration of hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, eagle rays and hammerhead sharks await divers at the Elbow, the area’s ultimate wall dive.
  • This set of cayes offers the best chance in the Caribbean for an angler’s grand slam – catching a bonefish, tarpon and permit in one day. The Turneffe Atoll attracts fly fishers from all over the world looking to learn from expert guides, and try their luck on the spectacular flats around the cayes.

Visitor Experience There are two 19th century lighthouses on the atoll as well as an airstrip with charter service to the several small resorts on the islands in the area.

Diving, fishing or snorkeling in this area can be arranged with licensed tour operators based in can be arranged with qualified dive operators based in Belize City, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and a few of the southern islands.