Turneffe Islands Atoll
This is a renowned diving and fishing destination about 30 miles east of Belize City. Most of the Turneffe islands are small dots of sand, mangrove clusters, and swamp, home only to seabirds and wading birds, ospreys, manatees, and crocodiles; a few support small colonies of fishers and shellfish divers. Only Blackbird Caye and Douglas Caye are of habitable size.
If you’re looking to hook a bonefish or permit, miles of crystal flats are alive with the hard-fighting fish. Tarpon are abundant late March–June within the protected creeks and channels throughout the islands. Those who seek larger trophies will find a grand choice of marlin, sailfish, wahoo, groupers, blackfin tuna, and many more.
Most visitors to Turneffe are day-tripping divers based in Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker; a select few choose to book an island vacation package. There are a couple of upscale resorts and one research facility where visitors can stay.
© Joshua Berman and Avalon Travel from Moon Belize, 9th Edition