Coral Diving in Belize

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which follows the Belizean coast along the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, is the second largest barrier reef on the planet. The diving in Belize is unique among Caribbean dive destinations; it’s the only country in the region that can boast both a true barrier reef and true atolls within its waters, and as such, the coral diving in Belize is superb.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site and is home to 65 hard coral species, which represents about 90% of the total number of hard coral species found in the entire Greater Caribbean region. If you're in the Caribbean and looking for colourful coral seascapes, you will be hard-pressed to find anything as impressive as the coral diving in Belize.

And with Mayan ruins in the mountains and jaguars in the jungle, Belize has much more in its arsenal than just amazing coral. Diving in Belize also throws up the opportunity to dive the infamous Great Blue Hole and to spot whale sharks, French angelfish, mantas and a variety of turtles, and we are on hand to put together the perfect trip for you to enjoy the superb diving on offer here.

Southern Belize

The range of spectacular wall dives in the country's less-populated south will provide divers with the opportunity to test their photography skills on the many macro creatures hiding among the colourful corals. And with large pelagics, such as whale sharks, regularly spotted on the outer walls, the diving around Gladden Spit and Silk Caye will not disappoint.

The Outer Atolls

There are more than 400 atolls in the world, with only four being located in the Western Hemisphere. And three of those are in Belizean waters: Glover's Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll. All three boast impressive and bountiful coral reefs, home to an array of sharks, turtles and rays, and Lighthouse Reef is home to the epic Blue Hole dive.

The Cayes

A stay in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye puts you in the ideal place to check out the excellent coral coverage in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. With over 40 species of coral providing shelter for sleeping nurse sharks and occasional manatee sightings, the marine reserve is a perfect first dive in the area before heading to the depths of the Great Blue Hole.

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Coral Diving in Belize' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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