7 + Reasons to Visit Glover’s Reef Atoll in Belize

Glover's Reef Atoll

Glover's Reef Belize

Glover’s Reef Belize

Belize has hundreds of offshore islands that follow the contours of the Belize Barrier Reef, part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world. Composed of three coral atolls, the region of Glover’s Reef in southeastern Belize are world-famous for their transparent conditions and profusion of colorful marine life.

Glover’s Reef gained its name in the early days of Belize when an English pirate named John Glover used the sheltered waters of the reef as a base of operations for attacking Spanish merchant ships. Today, the thriving marine biosphere and postcard-perfect tropical island and lagoon of the reef make it one of Belize’s most popular destinations for kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

Glover’s Reef Atoll, commonly referred to simply as “Glover’s Reef”, lies in the extreme southeastern part of the country. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glover’s Reef is the home of a permanent scientific station that studies the incredible diversity of wildlife found in the area.

Perhaps the most unique diving and snorkeling opportunities available on Glover’s Reef is interacting with migrating whale sharks during their annual visit to the waters of Belize each spring. Rising from the depths on the occasion of the full moon, whale sharks are drawn to Glover’s Reef because of the enormous numbers of fish spawn and eggs that provide the whale sharks with nourishment. Despite their enormous size, with some specimens measuring up to 45 feet (14 meters) long, whale sharks pose little danger to humans.

7 Reasons to Visit Glover’s Reef Atoll

1. The beauty – Even if you never set foot in the water, Glover’s Reef is simply a breathtakingly gorgeous place to visit.
2. The lagoon – The pirate John Glover may have been the first foreign visitor to marvel at the beauty of the lagoon, but this 80 square-mile body of shimmering green water is a great place to marvel at the cornucopia of underwater life that calls the lagoon home.
3. Diving with whale sharks – Weighing as much as 21 tons, whale sharks are the largest animals on the planet that humans can get up close and personal with.
4. The marine life – Whether you prefer snorkeling or scuba diving, Glover’s Reef is a giant natural aquarium brimming with barracuda, angelfish, sharks, turtles, dolphins, and octopuses.
5. Scuba diving – Whether you’re a beginning diver who stays near the surface or an experienced pro looking for the thrill of a deep dive, the waters of Glover’s Reef have great dive locations for everyone.
6. Water sports – The shimmering green waters of Glover’s Reef draw in people like a magnet, making it easy to enjoy paddleboarding, swimming, kayaking, and sailing.
7. See nature thriveIn 1993, the government of Belize made the entire area a protected nature reserve. Today, the 86,000+ acres of Glover’s Reef are a UNESCO World Heritage Site where endangered and at-risk species thrive.

Island Expeditions

Founded in 1986 by adventure enthusiasts who wanted to share the beauty and excitement of Belize with visitors from around the world, Island Expeditions is the country’s premier adventure travel company.

Island Expeditions has decades of experience in bespoke adventure vacations in Belize, including expeditions to Glover’s Reef.

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