The Island borders the southwestern side of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll and is the dominant Island in the Atoll. An atoll is large lagoon with coral formations around its perimeter. The islands in the atoll are land masses where the coral buildup is above sea level and plant life has taken root. Lighthouse Reef is one of only four atolls in the Western Hemisphere. Long Caye is located approximately 45 miles east of Belize City in the southern quarter of the atoll, which is 27 miles in length (North and South) and about eight miles wide. The Island itself is 2 1/4 miles in length, 3/4 miles in width and approx
For tropical migratory birds, the Caye serves as an essential rest stop during the long flights north and south. As more and more habitats are destroyed or lost to development along the migration routes, islands play an ever increasingly important role in this seasonal migration. Due to its significant size and extreme eastern location, this Island is unique in these open waters of the Caribbean.The Caye is a premier location for scuba diving, snorkeling, recreational fishing, bird watching, beach combing, and exploring. Its location allows for the control needed for ongoing research and study by members of the scientific community.