Best Places for Scuba Diving in Belize
Beautiful and idyllic Belize
consistently ranks near the top of the list for best scuba diving destinations.
Recommended by experts as one of the best dive locations
in the world, Belize offers many reasons for why it should be your
number one scuba diving vacation choice.
Spectacular Dive Spots
The Belize Barrier Reef runs the
length of the country's coastline and is the second largest barrier reef on
earth. This beautiful and pristine 185-mile reef is still largely unexplored
and offers a huge variety of superb
scuba dive and snorkeling sites.
range from easy dives for novices to astonishing 2,000-foot sheer walls for
expert divers. You could spend weeks in Belize and have a new diving experience
Turneffe Islands and the
Lighthouse Reef Atolls are magnets for experienced divers. These two atoll
formations feature myriad opportunities for world-class wall, drift, and
coral-garden diving. A third mid-ocean atoll, Glover's Reef, is less travelled
to, but also offers splendid diving. These three atolls along Belize's hundreds
of cayes offer diving experiences unparalleled in the Western Hemisphere.
The fantastic Great Blue Hole
at Lighthouse Reef is a rare and wonderful diving spot,
considered to be akin to a religious experience for diving enthusiasts. This
perfectly circular limestone sinkhole, approximately 1,000 feet wide and over
400 feet deep, is like a giant pupil in the turquoise eye of the ocean. The
water is crystal clear and its temperature remains steady at approximately 76 F
all year round. Physical features include large stalactites and stalagmites
that date back to the last ice age. Although there are few creatures in the
hole itself, you may see reef, bull, or hammerhead sharks at a depth of about
130 feet. The surrounding area teems with sea life such as neon gobies,
angelfish, butterfly fish, shrimp, elkhorn coral, purple sea fans and small
If you are keen to encounter
wildlife, Gladden Spit is a natural spawning ground for a variety of species.
Massive whale sharks are common from March through June. The waters of Belize
are home to hundreds of coral and more than 400 fish species, sharks (including
mako sharks and Caribbean reef sharks), turtles, sponges, rays and manatees.
Other Belize Advantages
Compared to other world-class
diving spots, Belize is relatively close for Canadians and Americans to travel
to. Making the trek to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, for instance, is
expensive and involves a lengthy flight. Located just south of Mexico, Belize
City is a short hop from anywhere in North America and prices are not
English is the official
language of Belize, which was once a British colony. The country has a highly
developed tourist industry, with diving resorts catering to a variety of
budgets from private island resorts to chain hotels.
There's a wide range of foods
available, including local rice and beans, Mexican-style fast foods and fine
dining. You'll want to sample the fresh fish dishes and fresh fruit such as oranges,
watermelon, star fruit, soursop, mangoes and papaya.
There are also many exciting activities
to experience when you're not diving, including sampling the nightlife,
canoeing, birding, caving, visiting local historical sites and more.
Plan your trip to Belize today!