Deep channels coincide with dramatic rising pinnacles at the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. The reserve is one of Belize’s three stunning atolls (one of four in the entire Caribbean), ring-shaped coral reefs that encircle pristine lagoons. One of the most spectacular locations for marine biodiversity, not only for Belize but in the region, the calm waters of the atoll’s lagoon are home to at least three species of sea turtles, eight species of sharks and rays, hundreds of species of fish, including the endangered Nassau Grouper, and many different types of coral. Glover’s Reef was originally inhabited by Mayan people, and Mayan pottery has been found on the islands. Named after English pirates John and Rodger Glover, it is rumored that these seafaring brothers buried their treasures here.
The real treasure in Glover’s Reef is the outdoor adventure. This reserve is ideal for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fly fishing, and sailing. Explore the thriving coral formations of this site, and you’ll see why it is known as a top diver’s spot! After a day on the water, visitors can also recharge at one of the “off the grid” retreats.
“My adult son and I spent five wonderful days at Glover’s Atoll, which weren’t nearly enough. This island isn’t for everyone, but if you love going to sleep with the sea breeze gently blowing through your windows, getting up to find Nurse sharks and Spotted Eagle Rays swimming under your hut, and spending the evening looking at the magnificent stars in the sky then this little piece of paradise is for you!” wrote one Glover’s Reef visitor on TripAdvisor.
Located in the southernmost region of Belize, Glover’s Reef is the most remote atoll in Belize. From Belize City, travel by road or domestic flight to Dangriga or Placencia. From there, Glover’s Reef is a 2.5-hour boat ride away. You can also reach the islands via helicopter. Resorts and tour operators along Belize’s southern coast offer day trips to visit the area, or visitors can stay in Glover’s Reef overnight in family-run accommodations. Find more information on its website. See our responsible visitation guidelines before visiting so you can do your part to protect the Belize Barrier Reef for future generations to enjoy.