Diving in Belize

Overview

Belize is justifiably famous for its diving and snorkeling. For the sheer number of excellent locations, visibility, variety of marine life, ease of access, and water temperature, there are few places in the world that can beat it. You can dive or snorkel from both the Cayes and from the beach towns along the southern coast of Belize. The barrier reef runs only a couple hundred yards off the length of Ambergris Caye, making it a fantastic starting point for snorkeling trips out to great spots like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, and also an ideal base for diving spots that are both nearby and further afield. See below for more information on specific diving spots off the northern cayes (particularly Ambergris Caye) and the southern coast. We can arrange diving trips in any part of the country, working with the finest local operators.

Diving from Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in Belize, and is a great base for exploring some of Belize’s most classic dive spots. Some of the most popular sites are Tacklebox, Tres Cocos, Tuffy Canyons, and Amigos wreck. Tacklebox is a good spot for seeing sea turtles in March and April. You can also access the Turneffe Atoll and the Lighthouse Atoll from Ambergris Caye, which require an hour or two travel time in the boat, but can be extraordinary diving. The famous Blue Hole (a 400 feet deep perfectly round sinkhole) is in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, as are the North Long Wall, Gorgonian Wall, and the Zoo. In the Turneffe Atoll, one of the most popular spots is the Elbow, where lots of big fish and marine animals are often seen, including sharks, eagle rays, snapper, and spadefish.

Diving from Placencia and the southern coast of Belize

Diving in southern Belize is also excellent. The barrier reef is about 45 minutes offshore from Placencia, and there are numerous spots to choose from. Some of the most popular spots include the Laughing Bird Caye, Ranguana Caye, and Silk Caye. Laughing Bird Caye is a relatively shallow spot. Gladden Spit near Silk Caye is a particularly famous spot, as whale sharks can be spotted from April through June for about a week and half after the full moon. Generally, the reef in this part of Belize is wider than it is in northern Belize, and there are many walls and canyons.

Glover’s Reef is the third of Belize’s three atolls (the other two are Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Islands Atoll), and is accessible in about 2 1/2 hours from Placencia. It offers some of Belize’s best visibility (and that’s saying something), and some of its most elaborate coral formations.


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