We just recently got the pleasure of finally going to Glover’s Atoll. I have always wanted to go and finally I had the perfect reason. My sister came to visit and it was our turn to enjoy some time together and do what we love to do go diving. We decided to go to Glover’s Atoll Resort and Isla Marisol. We stayed our first 2 nights on Glover’s Atoll Resort also known as North East Caye and our 3rd night Isla Marisol also known as Southwest Caye. Both places where amazing. So, if any of you out there need detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
GLOVER’S ATOLL was named after pirate brothers, John and Rodger Glover, in the1750′s. Before pirates the Mayans sailed here, pieces of Mayan pottery have been found on the islands and beaches. In 1996 the Atoll was designated as Marine Reserve. Thirty percent is zoned as a no take zone patrolled by Rangers from the Belize Fisheries Dept. The Rangers are stationed on Middle Caye, a research center owned by Wildlife Conservation Society. In 2000 Glover’s Atoll was designated a WORLD HERTIAGE SITE under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. This not only is an honor for Belizeans but it also makes us aware of how important our magnificent atoll really is. And it really is.
Glover’s Reef Atoll is located some 35 miles South East of Dangriga Town. It is made up of about five atoll islands. Glovers Reef Atoll and Glovers Reef is a Managed Resource Area that’s part of the National Protected Area System of Belize. It serves the function of wildlife protection, environmental protection, visitation, research and education in addition to allowing controlled extractive use; hence the catch and release policy of fishing. All guests are asked to adhere to the Marine Reserve rules.
Wildlife and environmental protection of Glover’s Reef are ensured by the Government of Belize in the form of a Fisheries Protection Vessel stationed at Middle Caye. Located to the North East, Middle Caye also has a research station that provides accommodation for non-governmental organizations which study the marine life of the Reef. This protection has helped rebuild fish stocks from over fishing.
Glovers Atoll the Marine reserve has also benefited by an increased awareness of the need to protect the reef. This awareness is fostered by the resort staff and guides. All protocols given by staff are so that the pristine nature of the area is maintained for the future. Caring for our environment and ecology is important and essential if these islands are to be maintained for future generations.
The waters around the Cayes, provides plenty of opportunities to see Turtles, Dolphins, schools of Flying fish and myriad’s of sea birds. The Pelican and the Frigate Bird are often seen following the fishing boats into the pier swooping low to see what has been caught. The Island is home to some seagoing Hawks that nest high in the coconut palms. The white sand beaches of the Caribbean are here at the resort. Here you may find conch shells and small pieces of coral. The area has spectacular views of nearby Islands and at night the stars light up the heavens. The moon shines clearly across the open sea and reflects softly on the calm waters.