Belizean coastline marks the western limit of the Caribbean Sea
and is shadowed by the Mesoamerican Reef, with the corridor between
the reef and the land being dotted with picturesque atolls and
cayes. The beginner diving in Belize offers the chance to gain
further experience in the company of whale sharks, turtles,
dolphins and eagle rays, as well as an impressive selection of
smaller critters such as seahorses and frogfish.
Our team of Original Diving specialists love exploring the
diverse coastline of Belize, from Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes
Marine Reserve in the south, to Ambergris Caye in the north, and
Lighthouse Reef-the home of the Blue Hole-in the centre.
three outer atolls (Turneffe Atoll, Glover's Atoll and
Lighthouse Reef) are a huge draw for divers, with Lighthouse Reef's
Great Blue Hole topping many visitors' Belizean bucket lists.
Although the Great Blue Hole is not ideal for beginners (it's deep
and dark), the nearby sites on the protected Belize Barrier Reef
offer some of the best beginner diving in Belize, with The Aquarium
dive site being a particular highlight.
southern region of Belize is perfect for those looking for
seclusion and scuba away from the madding crowds. You can stay in a
Francis Ford Coppola-owned beachfront resort in Placencia or a
private-island paradise on the edge of Gladden Spit. Nearby
Laughing Bird Caye offers shallow sites ideal for snorkellers and
divers alike, while Silk Cayes Marine Reserve sees annual spawning
aggregations of snapper between March and June, which attracts
hungry whale sharks to the area.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a stone's throw from the southern tip
of Ambergris Caye, boasts colourful coral formations and an
abundance of marine life. While nearby Shark Ray Alley is a great
place to spot nurse sharks and southern stingrays, its gentle
conditions are perfect for diving newcomers.
Beginner diving in Belize should at least feature a trip out to
see the Great Blue Hole, and if you don't yet have the required
experience to descend into the sinkhole, you can opt for a
snorkelling tour instead and spot the Caribbean reef sharks below,
and if you're lucky, maybe even a hammerhead shark!