Situated 28 miles east of Belize City, Turneffe Atoll stands as a captivating coral reef formation, spanning 30 miles in length and 10 miles in width. The atoll boasts a fringe reef enveloping three expansive lagoons, numerous coves, and hundreds of mangrove islands, earning its reputation as a premier habitat for bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the hemisphere. However, the atoll is confronted by various threats that loom, each capable of permanently transforming its distinct ecosystem.
Entrepreneur Sir Karim Hakimi has made a bold move to embark on development activities on the Atoll, stirring controversy by shaping beach areas and allocating space for construction. In response, advocate Craig Hayes, the founder of Turneffe Atoll Trust (TAT), has taken the lead in spearheading efforts to safeguard this precious ecosystem and curtail excessive development.
Hayes, a longstanding champion of the Atoll, has consistently championed a green mentality. He established the Turneffe Flats Resort on the eastern side of Turneffe Atoll over 40 years ago and has remained dedicated to environmental preservation. The resort employs eco-friendly solutions such as double-processed sewage for odorless irrigation, solar technology to power the entire lodge, and the innovative practice of collecting condensation from air conditioners for reuse.