The Belize Cayes Diving Holidays: An Overview

Tucked up in the north of the country, in the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Ambergris Caye is a little more than 25 miles long and just over a mile wide in some places.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The cayes are blissfully brilliant for relaxation and soaking up the rays or for more wildlife spotting - this time below sea level. Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world, and subsequently some excellent diving.
  • You can find some wonderful hotels here, some of the best in Belize.
  • Take a day trip to dive the world-famous Blue Hole. Something all divers should experience.

Our Guide to The Cayes Diving Holidays

San Pedro Town is the only inhabited area on the island. This is a great base from where to go on diving tours or to take lessons, to go on organized snorkelling trips and to go fishing. Ambergris Caye is also a good starting point for any sailing trip.

About four miles off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve; one of the most popular snorkelling sites. Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Whilst the local reefs offer some diving, activities nearby include fishing, snorkelling, birding and cave tubing. For those seeking the very best, it's a long day, but from here you can do day trips out to experience the famous Blue Hole dive which is near the top of any diver's hitlist and the truly staggering sites of Lighthouse Reef.


Original Highlight

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Dive the Blue Hole, the perfectly round collapsed sinkhole that is home to giant groupers and curious black tip reef sharks.

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  • Average Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 5.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Top picks for The Cayes



The Cayes

Matachica Beach Resort is located a stone’s throw away from Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, and is backed by tropical rainforest.

Where to stay

Spa Suite, Victoria House

Victoria House

The Cayes

Victoria House in Belize lies between picturesque white beaches and coconut groves with lush tropical gardens planted with hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander.

Where to stay

We really did have the most amazing time and i was very impressed with Original Travel, your attention to detail was spot on and all worked seamlessly. I especially liked the travel documents you sent, very bespoke.


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