Elk Horn Forest Snorkeling

The 31st most popular snorkel dive spot in Belize.

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East of Belize City and Turneffe off the southeast side of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the snorkeling at Elk Horn Forest is known for its elkhorn coral. The elkhorn coral reef structure provides habitat to a large population of juvenile reef fish. The Elk Horn Forest snorkeling dive site is located off the east side of Long Caye.

To reach the snorkeling in Belize by air, fly into Belize City International Airport (BZE) which is located west of Belize City. Since there are few hotels near the airport and the airport is pretty far from the sketchy Belize City, you will want to arrive as early in the day as possible to meet your connection. There are two small inter-island airlines that serve many other destinations off-shore of Belize. Note, even if you reserve a specific inter-island flight at a specific time, only after you check-in with the inter-island carrier are you really assigned to an actual flight at an actual time. While there is a ferry service from downtown Belize City to some islands, there are only informal taxis (in personally owned vehicles) from the airport along slow roads thru run-down neighborhoods to the ferry dock, which is located in a very sketchy area. Hence, the ferry service does not tend to be a very popular option with tourists. When you are departing from Belize, the departure tax is included in the airline ticket, but make sure to verify.

Overall, Elk Horn Forest is the 31st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 44 snorkeling dives in Belize. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Elk Horn Forest including Half Moon Caye Wall, Gorgonia Forest, Great Blue Hole, Long Caye Ridge, Que Brada and Tarpon Cave.


Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Belize" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "Belize Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Dec. - Apr.

Base Camp:  Huracan Diving Lodge (954) 802-5005

GPS:  17.207869, -87.562108

Date Published:  12/28/2011

Date Updated:  11/29/2017

ID:  23991


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