BELIZE NATIONAL PARKS, NATURAL RESERVES, & WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

BLUE HOLE, LIGHTHOUSE REEF

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ESTABLISHMENT HISTORY
The site was proposed as a National Reserve by a FA0 (1978) and has subsequently been recommended for designation by the CZMU and as a Conservation Management Area by Wilson (1995). It is possible designation as a Natural Monument will be forthcoming in 1996, under the National Parks System Act.

CURRENT AREA
There is no boundary defined as yet, but Blue Hole covers approximately 1.2 acres.

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JUSTIFICATION
Declaration was suggested to protect this internationally known underwater feature.

HABITATS
Reef and underwater caves.

ZOOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFINITIES
Caribbean.

MARINE REGION
Coral Atolls Division of the Belize Region.

LOCAL POPULATION
The nearest settlement (fishing, coconut plantation and tourism) (population 14) is at Half Moon Caye approximately 4.5 miles to the south.

PHYSICAL FEATURES & CLIMATE
This underwater sink hole is 135 yards deep and 345 yards wide. Its stalactites and stalagmites indicate that the site was once above sea level. Approximately 60 inches of rain fall on the site a year.

VISITOR FACILITIES
The feature is a heavily used dive site, visited by Belize City and San Pedro dive boats on a daily basis.

BELIZE NATIONAL PARKS, NATURAL RESERVES, & WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
Belize Parks Home / Bacalar Chico / Bird Sanctuaries / Burdon Canal Nature Reserve / Blue Hole National Park / Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef / Chiquibul National Park and Caracol / Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary / Columbia River Forest Reserve / Community Baboon Sanctuary / Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary / Five Blues Lake National Park / Glover's Reef Marine Reserve / Guanacaste National Park / Half Moon Caye Natural Monument / Hol Chan Marine Reserve / Laughing Bird Caye / Marco Gonzales / Mexico Rocks / Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve / Payne's Creek National Park / Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area / Shark Ray Alley / Shipstern Nature Reserve / Turneffe Atoll /

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